Malawi government has confirmed the death of two Malawi citizens in the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa.
Minister if Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa told a news conference on Monday in Lilongwe that the bodies of two were repatriated for burial in the country.
Nankhumwa identified one of the deceased as Adam Kaunga from Chilipa in Mangochi who has already been laid to rest.
The other victim whose body is at a mortuary in South Africa, also from Mangochi is yet to be identified.
“We are saddened with the loss of lives ,” Nankhumwa said who appealed for calm .
Nankhumwa said the confirmed number of affected Malawians in the xenophobic attacks has reached 1 030 with most of them being women and children.
The first group of affected Malawians to be repatriated failed to arrive Sunday as earlier scheduled but Nankhumwa said they would arrive Monday in Blantyre where they will among others be received by Nankhumwa and Minister of Home Affairs Atupele Muluzi.
A further five buses are expected into the country Tuesday.
Nankhumwa also revealed that government is spending R100,000 per bus and that it requires 50 buses to ferry all victims now at 3200 translating to R5 million (K195, 000, 000.00).
“Contrary to what we reported two days ago where we said 1,050 Malawians were affected, new information is showing that more people are in camps, however, suffice to say that the government of Malawi is in the process of hiring 60 more buses to ferry the willing Malawians back home,” the minister explained.
Nankhumwa, however, assured all foreign owned businesses, including those from South Africa, that Malawi government will “provide normal security and protection as per its obligations.”
The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has since condemned in the “strongest terms possible” the xenophobic attacks against Malawians and other African nationals in the Rainbow Nation.
MLS has protested these attacks to the South African government through its Embassy in Malawi and has demanded that those involved be held accountable, according to a statement released on Friday.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :