Anti-Mahatma Ghandi activists statue hold vigil at Indian High Commission 

Lilongwe city council has given permission for a peaceful vigil to demand the Indian government to rescind its decision to erect a Mahatma Ghandi statue in the country.

Citizens for Progressive Action holding a vigil at the Indian High Commission offices in Lilongwe protesting against the construction of a Mahatma Gandhi statue
anywhere in Malawi.
The base which was to host the bust of Ghandi in Blantyre

Spokesperson for the anti-Mahatma Ghandi movement Pemphero Mphande said the vigil is to be held this Friday at the Indian High Commission offices in Lilongwe.

The council has told the movement that no procession would be allowed, saying all participating people shall travel by two coasters to the vigil place.

“Vigil to be held on a space outside the embassy building. The approximate number of people participating in the vigil is 50,” says the council in a letter.

The council also says the movement shall provide 10 marshalls for security and they shll wear red and black.

“No embassy business should be disturbed in anyway. You shall provide movable toilets on the day of vigil,” says the letter.

The council says the vigil should start at 9 am and end at 5pm.

The High Commission has rescinded its decision to erect the statue on an open ground at Ginnery Corner, saying instead, it will erect the statue inside the conference centre it intends to construct in Blantyre.

Jimmy Kainja an academic at Chancellor College  says Malawians who have done tremendous work deserve a statue, but not an outsider like Gandhi.

“I don’t think as a country, Gandhi has any stake in us – you could extend that to Africa,” says Kainja. “Gandhi may be seen as a hero from a different perspective but not from Africa and the black African perspective.”

Kainja actually says that many young people throughout Africa are starting to question historical events.

“Several African governments have faced the pressure from young groups of activists who begin to re-read or understand history from a different perspective,” Kainja explains.

Richard Mathankie, a student of communication and cultural studies at the same University of Malawi believes that thegovernment should have taken a stronger stance.

“As a country we have the power to say no,” Mathakie says. “If we say yes, it will be like we are just receiving anything without thinking of what will be the negative impact.”

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4 years ago

those who dont history ,yes they will hold the vigil with mobile toilets.
bribery pa mw.
wat is all about with this coumba, cidude
pls, i may be missing something

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
4 years ago

I personally dont like the way Indians treat our people here- let alone be given Malawi govt contracts and furthermore I dont like Ghandhi who hated Africans and was killed by the Sikh Indians for being oppressive.

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