Kasungu North East legislator Elias Wakuda Kamanga has said in Parliament that Indians are “torturing” Malawians who are teaching in private education institutions.
Kamanga cited Central High School in Blantyre where he claimed Indians whom he called ‘Amwenye’ are abusing Malawians.
He asked: “Is it in order, Mr Speaker, Sir, that owners of private schools especially Indians; Amwenye, should be torturing local Malawians who are teaching in their schools?”
Kamanga continued: “I will give you an example of Central High School where its owners are torturing Malawian teachers in favour of their fellow Indians. Is that in order?”
Commenting, the Speaker Richard Msowoya said “torture is not in order.”
He said: “Anybody torturing someone is not in order. (The tortured suffers, so, it is not a good thing.”
But the Speaker said Kamanga’s issues was not a point of order but possibly a question that would be addressed to Minister of Education.
This is not the first time the issue of Asians to be raised in the House. Mulanje South lawmaker Bon Kalindo for the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is on record to have said Malawi Parliament should be vigilant against Asian business community from abusing local citizens.
Kalindo, who is also a comedian popularly known by his stage name Winiko, said this in the House regarding the court order that Transglobe Limited issued to Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Irrigation chairperson Joseph Chidanti Malunga.
“As Parliament, we should not tolerate this. We should not allow amwenye to punish poor Malawians. This is dangerous, Mr Speaker, Sir,” said Kalindo.
“If we are to allow this to continue, one day we will wake up as if we are watching a movie. As if we are watching Zee World or as if we are watching trailers that this country has been taken by those Indians. This is our country and that behaviour must be stopped immediately,” he said.
Speaker of Palriament Richard Msowoya ordered Kalindo to remove the word ‘Indians’ in his speech.
But Kalindo wondered: “Is this not true? “
He then bowed down to remove the word “Indians”.
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