Chakwera condemns afrophobic attacks: Malawi opposition leader dialogue with South African diplomat

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera, who is also  Leader of  opposition in Parliament, has condemned the spate of xenophobic attack currently underway in South Africa, which has affected African immigrants including Malawi nationals.

Chakwera speaking to reporters after talks with South African diplomat

Chakwera speaking to reporters after talks with South African diplomat

Addressing a news conference in the capital Lilongwe on Friday after meetung South Africa High Commissioner to Malawi, Chakwera spoke out against the deaths and injuries of foreign nationals that had been inflicted by South African citizens.

“I am shocked and I strongly condemn the horrible killing of our brothers and sisters in the senseless xenophobic or afrophobic attacks currently taking place in the Republic of South Africa. It is sad that more than five lives have been lost while thousands are homeless and living in makeshift shelters,” said Chakwera at a news conference.

Chakwera was accompanied by Parliamentary Deputy chair, Joseph Njobvuyalema, deputy shadow secretary of international relations, Khumbize Kandodo and parliamentary women’s caucus chair, Dr Jessie Kabwira.

Leader of Opposition said:”This senseless crusade is being perpetrated by misguided but well organised criminal minds that live under the veil of ignorance whilst hallucinating about their own prosperity in the absence of free and fair competition,”

Adding that “What makes it worse is that this is not the first time that black Africans from other countries have experienced xenophobic attacks in the Republic of South Africa; and we have no reason to be convinced and believe that it will be the last.”

Chakwera then  called  upon the Government and the majority of civilized people of the Republic of South Africa to ensure that all perpetrators are not rewarded with a golden plate of impunity.

The MCP president said he met  the High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa “to dialogue on how the situation could be contained and solutions found towards the treatment of our fellow African citizens in South Africa.  This is in the spirit of one Africa that we ought to champion.”

Meanwhile, Chakwera has condoled the believed families for losing their loved ones to Xenophobic attack.

Malawi government is repatriating its citizens trapped in the senseless violence.

Latest reports indicate that foreign-owned shops in South Africa have been attacked and looted Thursday night in eastern Johannesburg, the latest in a series of xenophobic attacks.

Police said about 200 foreign nationals took refuge at a police station in Jeppestown, and 12 people were arrested for the attacks.

Foreign-owned shops in South Africa have been attacked and looted overnight in eastern Johannesburg, the latest in a series of xenophobic attacks.

Police said about 200 foreign nationals took refuge at a police station in Jeppestown, and 12 people were arrested for the attacks.

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56 thoughts on “Chakwera condemns afrophobic attacks: Malawi opposition leader dialogue with South African diplomat”

  1. tikadadziwa sibwezi titapitako..km tazindikira khwanga iri mutu…pano cangokhala ndi pemphero..gud blss malawi.

  2. tiyeni amalawi tipemphere azathu ali ku south africa kt mulungu awateze.

  3. chakumanda betha says:

    Ena anthu NDE ndimbuzudi mmalo moyamikira akumba zosonyeza kuduka mutu kwawo mmaganizidwe a umunthu weniweni. Mungoti reverand adakuwuzani ndani kuti Malawi amafuna ziwanda kapena mizukwa chonde tiziwona zonyadira ngati iwe ukulandirapo la mchere popanga phokosoli koma udziganizira za anthu ambiri osawuka akumudzi omweso amazuzidya kuti akavote kenaka mkuwatenga ngati masikini achabechabe. Kapena akuva kuwawa ndi achewa ndi atumbuka okha et??? A lomwe mukhalupa ali chenene ndi xenoyi???

  4. mary says:

    Wawa bwana Chakwela

  5. kangaroo says:

    good show Chakwela

  6. xenophobia says:

    though you talk shit of chakwera your so called apm will never match chakwera in terms of language ,handsomeness , wisdom , character ,gestures , walk/ move . yours is just like as if he once was xenophomised in the face. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  7. Taweni says:

    Read your history properly of revenends becoming head of states. Did you know the pope is a head of state. Did you know Bishop Makarios of Yugoslavia. There are many more but some Malawians only know this one as only country in this wonderful world.

    Thank you Dr Chakwera.

    Citizen

  8. M'doko says:

    Ma coment ena ndi andewu anzanu akakuthandizani muwawona ngati woipa

  9. ulendowu ndi watonse says:

    pali cholakwika ngati chimene a chakwera achita apa .tatiyeni tizidziwa kuyamikira pamene chabwino chachitika kodi ndemanga zinazi mukamalemba simuchita manyazi mudangokhala ndi mtima wofuna kupanga attack a chakwela basi. and how much are you paid when you make these comments. these are acts of satanic spirit.

  10. chefourpence says:

    Che Chakweraaa! Visibility imeneyo? Kkkkkkkkkkk

  11. Shadreck says:

    Go boko

  12. Malindima says:

    Manyasa
    We have APM as president and not Chakwera. Check in all public and govt. Offices, you will see the photo of APM and not the Reverend.
    Look around in the world and you will find that there has never been a Reverend who turned into a country President and Chakwera could not be the first and will never be. Look around in the world and you will see that there are University Professors who have become Presidents before. It’s time you start thinking of changing the president of blood party that butchered people for 31 years whilst in power. The blood stains are prevalent and still fresh!

    1. Malawiana says:

      Stupid and senseless comment. Just keep mum if you have not brains to guide you to reasonable comments

  13. Bongololo says:

    Mwanyanya nanu abale…kufuna ntchito ati ku Zudi, mukadwala ati kuchipatala ku Zudi, kugula zinthu zokagulitsa kuMalawi koma kukagula kuZudi, ndiye pano muziti boycott? Tatukulani maiko anu kuti musamadalile anzanu. Tikuwonani!

  14. Boko Halama come on!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Mvula J. Mvula says:

    Xenophobic attacks are an affront to Africanness. How on earth can South Africa, of all African States do this? When you consider how Zimbabweans, Mozambicans and other African States suffered in those bad old days of “apartheid” to free them from its evils. In these days of globalized world; the geographic boundaries are becoming more and more thin. Learning to live with other nationals is a noble practice for South Africans to learn.

  16. JB & Chakwera Supporter says:

    Let us boycott south african services. Everyone must close their account with any south african bank like Standard Bank.

    Now is the time to go Malawian. Best Buy Malawian!

  17. Tseketseke says:

    Palibe Zokambirana Apa! Lets Revenge By Supporting Boko Haram.Kill All South Africans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Achisale says:

    Its very unfortunate that S.Africa are behaving in a barbaric and uncivilised way.Why can’t they channel their grivances to their government using proper channel rather than sheding blood of very innocent people?Africans seem not to love one another, shame.

  19. prince says:

    Zoona President wanthu wayakhula

  20. mr what what says:

    Mr Chakwera you did say what you discussed with a diplot you’ve just said your concerned, and and your condolence on believed families. Nosense

  21. Namiasi says:

    Kwachaaaa!munthu wankulu walankhula apa.Ambuye munalora bwanji kuti bububu opanda mano mkamwa uja atibere mavote?

  22. GRM says:

    Tingovomereza kuti South Africans are quite different from the rest of us in terms of behavior. If tikapsa mtima timati tikumenya pomwe iwo amati i will kill you pomwepo watulutsa mpeni kapena mfuti ukapulumuka uzingodabw why? Eeesh Uphawi ife otherwise tikanawasiira dziko lawo.

  23. Wawa a president athu. Osati chitsiru china chija. Chapita ku States kukapanga shopping, renew green card ndikukalipira misonkho. Zoti kukuchitika xenophobic attacks sizikuchikhuza.

  24. BOMA LA MALAWI LICHITEPO KANTHU

  25. Chakwera is too forward let alone behaving like is the head of state himself
    that’s the duty of the President either a government official to meet the high commissioner,not a mere presidential wannabe…after all there’s nothing the high commissioner can do to calm the situation,absolutely unnecessary and wasting party’s resources

  26. Nkhwilitoto says:

    Komatu uyu ndi m’tsogoleli.

  27. opportunist says:

    Am ready to join anything like demonstration or whatever against these selfish south Africans. Whom do they think they r. Afterall everyone on this earth is a foreigner in one way or another .Am disappointed with these pple

  28. mngulungulu says:

    Auzeni anthuwa adzibwera adzathandize chitukuko kuno ku Nyasalande. Azimayi ambiri akhamukira ku Joni kukachita uhule. Mwanyanya kaya kuchita kuwalanda anzanu ntchito za pa nyumba, zoperekera matope mpakananso uhule. Sha!!!! Nyasalande wanga watani?? Umphawi suupha bweraniko!!!!!

    Munthu woti analephera Junior Certificate mkumati akagwira ntchito ku Joni. Mutha muwona. kaya zanu izo!!!!

  29. jack Phalombe says:

    Very good gesture Chakwara and am very pleased with the way the government has handled it.

  30. Hon. Chakwera, you were supposed to engage the VP on this aspect before meeting with the HC because this is a national issue that has to be dealt with by government. A Chakwera, nthawi zina muzikhala wotsogoleredwa ndi Mzimu Woyera pa zinthu zokhuza dziko zomwe ziyenera kusiyana ndi zachipani. Are you sure you represented MCP or what? Mukapitiriza zimenezo muziwoneka munthu wopusa pomwe mudayenera kukhala wochenjera

  31. Issue says:

    Malawi ndi ziko latendere ife kun ma foreghn amatitola ngat ndi kwao,timawapasa ulemu hev kma tikapita maiko awoo ndife agaru akapolo achabechabe.

  32. noah banda says:

    During apatheid you black south africans were in other nations for ur safety becoz of a whiteman,today U forgoten all that.Ur brainless.God wll punish U

  33. JB & Chakwera Supporter says:

    Well done Chakwera. MCP cares for all Malawians regardless of whether you are lomwe or tonga. DPP cares only for alomwe!

  34. Charombanthu says:

    Good call Dr Chakwera; but we expect you leaders to do the same when these attacks happen locally. Don’t just rush to the press when it is news on CNN or BBC because you want to gain political mileage. Condemn the acts of the youth gangs that are terrorising and killing innocent lives in Lilongwe, Mchinji, Mangochi, or mkulu uyu anpha ana ake ku Nyambadwe. Afterall, it is you leaders who instigate these heinous acts like your fellow “king” Zwelithini in South Africa has just done.

  35. mboma says:

    Am very confused by southerners and central region in malawi, vereyday they do exonophobic statements against northeners, they alwez claim that northerners have snatched them jobs, to me when people make such statements, it means they r confused lazy, dull bunch of people who have lost a success formula in life, this is what is happening in south Africa, suffering in land of plenty because they lack creativity, and they have a big stereotype, thats what happens to lazy people in life, they will keep complaining about their poverty being caused by somoene else, take responsibility guys, can u tell me why we have thousands of southerners working as tobbaco tenants up??????????? life is choice, and u end up being bitter with poverty nkumadabwa???????? exonophobic is also in Malawi, dont starting talking of south africa when in Malawi we keep making costly speech by our stupid leaders instigating civil strife in Malawi, the past 50 yrs south and central regions have been very busy comparing their few infrastructure developments against those few which are up north, but what we forget is that other countries have been very busy comparing their success path against Malawi, thats wat happens in life, when u waste 50 yrs comparing one region with the rest of the same country and not comparing with other countries terrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

  36. Tifanamaso says:

    May almighty God condole the breaved families who have lost their loved ones through xenophobic attacks.

  37. Boyd Kilembey says:

    MCP is politicising the issue to look good. They should be acknowledging that despite 30 years in power, they failed to create a sustainable job base for Malawians prefering sending cheap labour to the mines and getting a huge commission out of the sweat of these poor miners through TEBA, WENELA.
    I am not impressed. All these deaths could have been averted if jobs were created in Malawi. Can somebody tell me how many jobs have been created from 1994?

  38. Nellie Maitiro says:

    Why do you insist on calling it afrophobia when Pakistanis and other asian nationals are also being attacked? Its xenophobia

  39. NKHOMA says:

    Manyasa ukuti dzikoli lilibe president what do u mean?
    Bwino nazotu iwe zimenezi.

  40. That’s our president in waiting.

  41. B. ANGONI says:

    Ndikugwilizana naye amene akuti tikadye ku game ndi shopriteyo. Amalawi nafenso ndi anthu tatopa nawo.

  42. Nyapapi says:

    One government at a time please! Chakwera amakayankhula ngati ndani? Chilima is already handling that matter. Bwinotu-bwino mutha kumuthamangitsa nazo high commissioner wa pa Joni!

    My advice to the wanna be American pastor is that he should channel his energy towards garnering support in the Southern region otherwise akhalira ma roadshow ndi anyamata a MCP amasacheti aja!

    Oh before I forget! Please go and settle the outstanding city rates!

    1. Malawiana says:

      Ugalu bwanu inu. Who says the leader of opposition cannot initiate things of national interest? By the way, what we heard from to your Chilima team is that they are repatriating Malawians from South Africa. My question is simple: do they even know how many Malawian are there to be repatriated? Our sorry budget cannot even repatriate a drop of them. The way forward is dialogue with the South African authorities as Chakwera has done other than rushing to senseless meetings in USA.

  43. truth says:

    well done my president. u hv done ur part dont forget to pray for them paja u r Rev. remember?

  44. Mccarthy says:

    Leader azitelo, osati,APM kumangoyenda yenda, osakumbuka zanthu amene akumvuti Ku RSA.

  45. Thomas says:

    Attack All shops and banks belong to SA people and beat all South African leaves in other countries in africa be coz SA government it doesn’t care

  46. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    This South African President Zuma is afraid of telling his King off . He should arrest his tribal stupid king and charge him with a criminal case.

    The Zuma’s speech did not impress me , it seems he is more loyal to his stupid king to an extent off not wanting to accuse his king for all the barbaric killing of Africans .

    Let’s chase all the Ngoni people wherever they are in other parts African countries.

  47. OMEGA BEMA says:

    That’s my president 2019 ,,,chakwera

  48. This Is Malawi. says:

    In Chakwera, we have a leader. Unfortunately Malawians love mediocrity His concern is the populace..

  49. Manyasa says:

    Thats good coming Dr. Chakwera, afterall, we have no president in this Country who can Condem these senseless attacks. PETER BUSY EATING AT THE GALA

  50. Anganya says:

    re edditt down plz

    God 4 gv the South Africans

    1. Bongololo says:

      Why did God let this happen in the first place?

  51. dayfri says:

    anthu oiipakwabasi….tiyeni nafe tikadye ndi kutenga katundu mu shoprite and game asamatiputsise anthu amenewa

    1. Wailing Soul says:

      Shoprite unamva kuti ndi ya anthu akuda aku South Africa? Xenophobia akupanga ndi anthu akuda anzathu, ochokeranso m’makhwalala ngati ife tomwe.

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