Asians fear MCP’s Gotani talk ‘we must end dziko ndi wanu, ndalama ndi wathu’: Malawi economic freedom

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) deputy secretary general Catherine Gotani Hara has encouraged  the opposition Tonse Alliance  under the leadership of MCP president  Lazarus Chakwera to  push for  indigenisation and economic empowerment policies that will have black citizens in the country to have real opportunities to enter and participate in the economy.

Gotania: We should not be second class citizens, our country, we should also have the money
UTM President  Chilima the running mate in Tonse Alliance greeting Catherine Gotani Hara at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Gotani Hara, who is also Speaker of Parliament, said at a televised Tonse Alliance opposition rally in Blantyre that Chakwera leadership should  liberate Malawians from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation and economic inequality.

She said the MCP government should economically emancipate its people from living below the poverty line and ensure economic empowerment through participation in government procurements fairly.

“Malawians are lamenting that we are treated like second-class citizens in our own country,” she said.

Gotani made her point using a lamenting line in which she mimiced an Asian boast: dziko ndi wanu, ndalama ndi wathu (you, Malawians, own the country but we, Asians, have the money).

She said if Chakwera is elected Malawi President in the fresh elections, it should be: “Dziko wathu, ndalama wathu (Our country Malawi, and we have the money).

The government business, according to information seen by Nyasa Times, shows most of the contractors are of Asians from the Indian subcontinent.

From supplying materials to government to supermarkets to shopping malls, Malawian Asians have the prominent role in the country’s economy.

In 1970, President Kamuzu Banda during the one-pary dictatorship of MCP ordered Asians out of local trading centres including  rural areas and restricted them to Blantyre, Lilongwe, Zomba and Mzuzu cities.

Critics say foreign businesses with cheap imports and shady practises have been given the free reign to push locals out of business. The also accused the Asian business community  that they externalize foreign currency, they hardly ever invest  tangible in-country infrastructure, they pay the locals slave wages, they dodge paying taxes, and they leave Malawi much poorer than they found it.

The odds are stacked against Malawians in favour of Asian and, lately, the Chinese.

Former legislator Frank Mwenifumbo, who is backing the Tonse Allaince,  is on record saying  government should ensure there is a  deliberate policy,  “where we should make sure that a certain percentage of those procurements must be given to Malawian businessmen, that is only when we can grow this economy. “

He said the economic hardships that Malawians are going through are “uncalled for and unnecessary.”

MCP official Nick  Yiannakis  is  also on record for taking it  to Facebook to attack Asians that they are looting the  country’s resources, land and  property .

But Yiannakis provoked many when he inserted the religious card to his post, calling on Malawians to “remove all Muslim Asians” from Malawi.

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M'Malawi
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M'Malawi

Gotani is damn right. Ku Malawi too much kususuka ndi kuopa anthu akunja ndi amwenye. Most of the filthy rich indians are accomplices to corruption in this country. I listened to her and she said, “nafenso tidziti dziko lathu ndalamanso zathu” now what’s wrong with that?

njaan99@yahoo.com
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Who says local Malawians Have not prospered all the Cabinet Mps and the Ministers check on them also the business people like Mulli Brothers and others have succeeded well not to mention all the presidents that have come and are are trillionaires look at all the anti corruption bureau the cases that are with them are all of Local Malawians who have been taking everything from the poor Malawians, who is in charge of the public funds in Malawi where the Indians are the biggest contributors to uplift the lives of the local people but where does the money go… Read more »

Mtete
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True, true. Prospering by paying workers peanuts.

Nya Pako
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Nya Pako

Tili ndi ma engineer oposa 1000 koma Mota-Engil (Portugal) and China Civils akupatsidwa contract iliyonse. Ndekuti pa Poly palibe sukulu ya nzeru? This is the time to say Malawi First osati ma policies opusa oti mpaka pano munthu kuti alemere azikhalira madhilu. Kudos Madam Speaker

Chiko
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Chiko

It’s not a matter of school it’s a matter of work ethos – we Malawians have now ethics compared to these outsiders .

Bakali
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Uchitsilu basi kuthedwa nzeru. Most of those Asians are Malawian citizens most of them by birth and naturalisation. Kukamba zopanda pake basi. Uchindere a Gotani Hara

Nya Pako
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Nya Pako

Gotani is right. You can’t go to China and be given any contract olo citizenship. Better empower you indigenous Malawian, you’ll invest in Malawi and empower relatives. Osamaganizira kumatako iai

Bakali
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Ndi dzinalakoli ukukambadi za nzeru mbuli iwe. Ntchito kudya Chamba basi. kukhala chitsilu online kulemba zopusa, kusapota zopusa. Usiye Kusuta sizikuyanja

Steve
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Steve

Excellent Malawian should have equal opportunities. SA and Zimbabwe are doing the same

Malemu Pitala
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Malemu Pitala

So what is wrong with giving Malawians same opportunities as Amwenye? Amwenye bring their stuff in the country duty free in the name of investment. Can’t Malawians be investors? Anyone who is against this is not patriotic and should move to India and do business there! Mxieeewwww.

Raf
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Raf

Malemu why don’t you get off your backside and seek opportunities and not wait for it to drop on your lap.talk is cheap go out and do it like the indian comunity has done worldwide. They don’t have time to bicker like you .jealousy creates animosity.

Mina
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Mina

Maybe you missed haras point on equal sharing. We can’t just have a land with no money. Dziko ndi ndalama ziyendere limodzi baba.

Nabetha
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Nabetha

The issue is about equal opportunities and distribution of resources really, no race can stand alone because we all have our different strengths and resilience hence together we can grow and increase…..If you observe, you will agree that the most racially mixed nations are the ones owning the best financial might……I rest my case!

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
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Anzelu ndi Anzelu

When people say that MCP will never change, this is what they mean. These guys are talking xenophobia against people of Asian origin. They are talking of destroying Muslims of Asian origin yet they are floating in Sidik Mia’s money, who is of Asian origin. Stop blaming Asians for the poverty in Malawi, no Asian has ever been president or vice. We as Malawians are responsible for our poverty because of illiteracy, nsanje, witchcraft, and ignorance. How many Asians do we have in cabinet? None. How many Asians do we have in Parliament? Less than 5. So who is to… Read more »

Rodrick Phiri
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Rodrick Phiri

Guys so you want the status quo to remain like this? My Nalawi what it is wrong? Why are the called Asians? Akufunabe tizingokhala ma cook and ma garden boy awo eti? Ndiye enanu mwatenga mbali ya and Mwenyewo? Aaaaaaa chisoni.

Maiye
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Maiye

Change of what is it bad to say we Malawians also need to have money in our pockets in our own land? The foreigners not meaning Asians only yes are doing well in our country that’s great development but we as citizens we also have to look in to our daily solutions if having something to give us money, gotani is right but the speach doesn’t match with the hating on the Asians sorry this is just politics.

Nabetha
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Nabetha

We surely need each other only let our leaders come up with policies to balance the playing field some how!!! Common MW Let’s go!!!!👍👍👍👍👍👍

Malawi belong to the citizens
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Tikufuna Kut Malawians should be empowered with businesses and other opportunities.kukala ndi ndalama ndichinthu chabwino.Ngati all government tenders 80% azipita Kwa amalawi.Osati chilichonse amwenye ayi . Enough is enough, Ngati amalawi sakupasidwa mwayi ndiye Kut mavuto sangathe.Amene mukutsutsana nazo ndinu amalawi wosafunira dziko lanu zabwino.Ndinu amene mumafuna anthu azisauka.Gottan’s ideas are good.Malawi akuyenera kukhala ndi ma millioners ake ake, ngati momwe alili USA.Ma Indians sadzathamangitsidwa,azaziwa who owns the country and the money.

harlod
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harlod

1. One unwritten responsibility of the president is “to lead, champion or guide change of mindset of the people”. I submit that if the president has not been able to touch his/her people at the mind-set level, they have failed. Mind-set doesn’t change passively, on its own. Our next president must lead us even psychologically into prosperity. These should be accompanied by deliberate policies to empower the locals. 2. Almost every country has deliberate policy regimes to empower it’s citizens. For example, a local may register a business with a small capital, while a foreigner requires a large capital investment.… Read more »

Jinga
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Jinga

Well said @Harold👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾! I hope some of these brilliant comments should make their way to those at the helm. We are killing our country with some of these policies no wonder we simply count anniversary of our independence yet it is yet to translate to something meaningful for our country and our people.

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