Member of Parliament for Lilongwe City Centre, David Bisnowaty feels the statement by leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera to apologise on anti-Semitic and racists remarks against him was “half-hearted”.
In an interview with Nyasa Times, Bisnowaty said “reading between the lines of Chakwera’s statement, there was no apology.”
He said Chakwera’s statement only dignified the racism slurs by his party’s legislatures against him.
Bisnowaty said Chakwera’s statement was like a child saying the word sorry because they know it’s what the adults want to hear, rather than a sincere reflection of remorse.
However, Bisnowaty said he want by-gones to be by-gones and will “forgive and carry on.”
Among others, the MCP MPs branded Bisnowaty as a “foreigner” and “Jew” for alleging that during MCP’s one-party dictatorship, hunger was also experienced in the country only that such reports were suppressed.
He nonetheless said verbal attack on him based on his Jewish originality were “deeply offensive”.
Bisnowaty said the anti-Semitics and racism remarks are “unacceptable in a democratic Malawi.”
He said it was unfortunate that the racist remarks were uttered in Malawi when his family was discriminated against by the Nazi and some of his family members died in concentration camps in Germany.
The Parliamentarian nonetheless stated that he will not be cowed with the slurs.
“[My] grandmother was a holocaust survivor and my mother was in a concentration camp for one year. I will not be intimidated by these anti- Semitic and racist remarks, especially from the MCP benches. They should know better that even Jesus Christ himself was a Jew,” said Bisnowaty.
He said although he is Jew, he gave up his Israel citizenship for Malawi.
Human rights groups CHRR and CEDEP have sharply criticised the racism remarks by MCP lawmakers, saying they were said that the comments are seriously concerning
Speaker Richard Msowoya told the House he had ordered all racist remarks e deleted from the Hansard “that they should not form part of the record of what had transpired in this House” and personally comforted Bisnowaty following the racist attacks.
He implored upon the MPs to mind their language and always use “responsible language” and desist form “slurs.”
The Speaker assured Bisnowaty that the attack was isolated as Malawians love him as evidenced y his being voted into parliament.
He also said Malawi, as a predominantly Christian nation, loves him because he is Jew just as Jesus was Jew.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :