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Malawi government denounces “xenophobic” attacks on Asians; Unity Minister Mtambo preaches co-existence, unity

Feb 26, 2022

We appeal to the general public, organizers of the demonstrations and all peace-loving Malawians to desist from using statements that have potential to instigate racially charged violence against fellow Malawians of Asian descent and the Asian business community

By Staff Writer

Malawi government through the Ministry of National Unity has appealed to Malawians to embrace co-existence and unity as a catalyst for national development and prosperity in line with Malawi Development Vision 2063 saying no country can develop without peace and unity.

The Ministry says it is strongly condemning any form of hate speech and discrimination, appealing to the general public to always desist from hate speech, provocative statements and any conduct that might cause disunity.

It says it is deeply concerned and regrets that there are some citizens who are promoting hate speech, racially motivated violence and xenophobic statements against fellow Malawians of Asian descent and the Asian business community.

In a statement signed by the Minister responsible for National Unity, Hon. Timothy Pagonachi Mtambo, the Ministry says while it is acknowledging the right to peaceful protest, it is appealing to everyone against instigating racially motivated violence and any form of discrimination.

The Ministry is reminding all citizens that Malawi is governed by laws, the right to freedoms of opinion and expression is sacred to all, advising Malawians to exercise it with great caution without infringing other person’s human rights and freedoms.

It says having an issue with one or two members of a grouping should not amount to profiling the entire race of the Malawian-Asian descent, encouraging citizens to respect the rule of law and always allow the due process of the law to take its course.

“We appeal to the general public, organizers of the demonstrations and all peace-loving Malawians to desist from using statements that have potential to instigate racially charged violence against fellow Malawians of Asian descent and the Asian business community,’’ reads part of the statement.

The Ministry is also advising Malawians of Asian origin to avoid provocative responses which may lead to tensions saying the Ministry is engaging with all relevant stakeholders and taking all the necessary measures to ensure that any kind of conflicts and misunderstandings are always resolved amicably, and in a timely manner.

It is further appealing to the general public to keep engaging the Ministry’s leadership on any issue of concern related to peace and unity with a promise to keep the Ministry’s doors open, to allow continued dialogue in order to foster peaceful co-existence, social cohesion and unity in diversity.

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