Tanzania’s president has urged the public to identify the killers behind a spate of ritual albino murders that have tarnished the reputation of the east African nation.albino

Police and officials will deploy in 22 regions next week and offer people the chance to confidentially name the culprits. At least 40 albinos have been killed in Tanzania since mid-2007, mostly in the remote northwest near Lake Victoria.

“Even the officer in charge … will not know who you named,” President Jakaya Kikwete said in a speech seen by Reuters on Wednesday. “I am urging you to help us in stopping these cruel acts and this shame on our country.”

The murders are embarrassing for the government which wants to capitalise on its image as a stable destination for foreign investment in otherwise volatile east Africa.

At least 90 people, including four police officers, have been arrested in recent months for involvement in the killings or the trade in albino body parts — which witchdoctors tell their clients will bring them luck in love, life and business.

The violence has also spread to neighbouring states, with at least one albino murder each in Burundi and Kenya last year. Police in those countries say Tanzanians ordered the killings.



One Response

  1. ablino are kind of wierd and scary

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