Govt moves to protect Albinos


GOVERNMENT has moved to protect the rights of people living with albinism and has approved the recognition of 13th June as the International Albinism Awareness Day.

And Government has approved the Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism National Strategy which would provide a clear roadmap of how to deliver effective outcomes.

At its 20th Cabinet meeting held on Monday at State House, Government said it had decided to recognize the International Albinism Awareness Day which is the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council resolutions on the attacks and discrimination of persons with albinism.

In a statement by Chief Government spokesperson read by Sports Minister Vincent Mwale, Government said there was need for technical cooperation for the prevention of the attacks against persons with albinism.

Mr Mwale said the move by Government was meant to protect the rights of people living with albinism and that the decision was going to give credence to Zambia’s efforts to preserve the lives of persons with albinism so they could enjoy full life with dignity and security.

“This could not have come at a better time than now when the country is still concerned at the brutal murder of an albino woman in Lundazi in June this year which was suspected to have been a ritual killing,” Mr Mwale said.

And Mr Mwale said the Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism policy was in line with the global trends and techniques in dealing with the vice.

Mr Mwale said the development of the strategy was a demonstration of Government’s commitment to the International Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism standards.

Government has also approved the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) of Zambia and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States of America.

Mr Mwale said the MoU between the two countries would enhance international cooperation in combating illicit drugs and control over chemical precursors which he said were causing substantial harm to people across boundaries.

Meanwhile, Cabinet has approved the Civil Aviation Bill aimed at consolidating the various laws on aviation and repeal of the Aviation Act of 1995 in order to provide for the general promotion of safe and secure and efficient use of aviation.

Mr Mwale said the enactment of the Civil Aviation Bill would ensure Zambia’s compliance with the international standards in aviation.

“This is in fulfilment of President Edgar Lungu’s address to the National Assembly on Friday where he informed the nation of taking this Bill to Parliament during this sitting and the Government plans of the creation of the National Flag Carrier to support the tourism sector among others,” Mr Mwale said.