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Uganda: Albinos Demand Special Seat in Parliament
Emmanuel Gyezaho
26 February 2010

Kampala — A special interest group is lobbying for a seat in Parliament to defend the rights
and aspirations of the albino community in Uganda.
Lawmaker Wilson Nokorach, who represents persons with disabilities from northern Uganda,
tabled a petition on behalf of the Uganda Albino Association in Parliament yesterday, making
a passionate call for affirmative action for the minority community.
Albinism is a congenital lack of the melanin pigment in the skin, eyes and hair, which
protects the human skin from the sun's ultraviolent rays.
Mr Nokorach said the albino community is in dire need of special parliamentary
representation because of societal injustice. He said albinos suffer the brunt of community
segregation because people continue to regard them as "social misfits."
The association said in its petition, which was first presented to deputy Speaker Rebecca
Kadaga on Monday, that they want Parliament to reserve a seat for the minority group, in
part because of a string of murders in Tanzania and Burundi targeting albinos over the past
two years.
Ms Kadaga referred the petition to the parliamentary Gender, Labour and Social
Development Committee.
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