Malawi VP Kachali says no tit-for-tat onTanzanian nationals

Vice-President Khumbo  Kachali has appealed to all Malawians to desist from harassing Tanzanian nationals plying their trade in the country in retaliation to alleged ill-treatment that Malawians living in Tanzania are receiving from indigenous there.

The call was made Tuesday, barely a day after Mzuzu Police blocked what would have been retaliatory xenophobic attacks on Tanzanian nationals who ply their trade in the city’s Taifa Market.

“Government understands the alleged ill-treatment that our friends and relatives are receiving in Tanzania, but let’s not correct wrong with wrong by revenging the Tanzanians here. Leave this issue to the two governments to solve it amicably.

“If we allow ourselves to revenge this, then we will weaken our bargaining tool on the issue since we will be creating another problem all together besides the issue at hand,” Kachali said.

Vice-President Khumbo Kachali meeting returnees from Tanzania in Mzuzu, Pic by Wisdom Ngwira -MANA

Vice-President Khumbo Kachali meeting returnees from Tanzania in Mzuzu, Pic by Wisdom Ngwira -MANA

The Vice-President assured all returnees from Tanzania that government will make sure that it takes care of all their needs till they reach their various destinations which mainly are Nkhata Bay and Mzimba.

“Government through Mzuzu City Council will take care of you all from here till you reach your homes. The fact that you are here is a cause for celebration since your government will care for you and even your relatives who have been left in Tanzania,” Kachali said.

He thanked CCAP Synod of Livingstonia for providing necessary help to all the returnees throughout the three days they have been at the Synod’s secretariat where they sought refuge.

Speaking earlier, one of the returnees, Amex Mazunda said the situation in Tanzania is not good and that government must quickly move in to help many Malawians in Tanzania who are being ill-treated.

“The hatred against us is because the indigenous there think we are taking up their jobs and that when it comes to buying goods there, we don’t complain on prices whether sellers charge high prices or not. These are the reasons that we are being accused of in Tanzania,” explained Mazunda.

He brushed off allegations that Tanzanian authorities are deporting foreigners because of lacking proper documentation. He said this was just being used as a scapegoat.

“When we raised this issue to Malawi’s Embassy in Tanzania, the ambassador told us that those who have documentation can stay there while those who do not have should return home; and many people came back to have their documents,” Mazunda said.-Mana

Vice-President Khumbo Kachali speaking during a meeting with stranded returnees from Tanzania in Mzuzu, Pic by Wisdom Ngwira -MANA

Vice-President Khumbo Kachali speaking during a meeting with stranded returnees from Tanzania in Mzuzu, Pic by Wisdom Ngwira -MANA

 

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