Deguzman succumbs to pressure, apologizes for ‘tribalist’ remarks

UTM  Party sympathizer, Deguzman Kaminjolo, whose post on Facebook generated mixed reactions when he described members of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) as mere “ancestral spirits’ dancers and farmers”,  says he has withdrawn the remarks citing “consultations and advice from family and friends from across the political divide.”

Deguzman: I am sorry

Kaminjolo, a journalist turned PR specialist, wrote on Facebook that he had also apologized to the Chewa Heritage Foundation (CHEFO).

CHEFO had taken offense with Kaminjolo’s remarks, forcing them to hold a presser in the capital Lilongwe in which they demanded an apology from Kaminjolo within 48 hours.

According to Kaminjolo, he had a “frank” and “convivial” discussion with Richard Mdyetseni–CHEFO secretary general–where he outlined the sensitivity of the remarks considering the present political weather.

“On my part, I acknowledged the ill timing of such a remark, but explained to him there was no malice or intentional ridicule intended for the Chewa Tribe, their cultural beliefs, or the farmers in Malawi.

“None the less, the remarks were uttered, and I take full responsibility and retract without any conditions,” posted Kaminjolo on Facebook.

He urged politicians not to leverage on the remarks by associating them with UTM leader Saulos Chilima, UTM or any party.

Kaminjolo insisted he was not a member of UTM.

“I have never held a position even at the lowest level. My association with UTM is merely as every Jim and Jack potential voter,” he said.

He also said his stance was sincere.

“It hasn’t been forced or coerced, as such I urge everyone who might have aligned with me over the issue to stop antagonizing on social media, members of CHEFO.

“I have noted with regret acrimonious innuendos against Mr. Chikumbutso Mtumodzi. Chikumbutso is my friend from long time ago and no matter the circumstances we will never become enemies. We spoke out our differences last night and decided our friendship is more important than our political differences,” wrote Kaminjolo.

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Goliati
Goliati
1 year ago

MCP ndi Chipani chotembeleredwa . Sichingawine AYI! Muwonanso nokha pa 21 apa. Tizamvanso kuti atibera. You are very in sensetive choncho mungawine inu. You still scare the hell of many Malawians. Mpaka pano Amalawi akufuna kuti aziwe zoona zenini zankhaza zanu (Truth). Mukuganiza munthu wa kwa Moto Village ku Mangochi, abale ake Orton Chirwa ku Nkhatabay, Abale ake a Atati Mpakati angakuvotereni ? Come on! What Kaminjolo said if at all he offended you – is nothing than what your imported Kamuzu did to many Malawians. Tears are still running down their cheeks. A Chakwera apite akaonane ndi ma victim… Read more »

Agibo
Agibo
1 year ago

Much as Deguzman apologised , the guy insulted amizimu and alimi but he didn’t mention Chewa. Am Chewa myself. It’s MCP which was supposed to complain not Chewa coz he didn’t mention them. Richard Mdyetseni acted so funny with an aim of destroying UTM votes within Chewa tribe . To my surprise all MCP seniors, him inclusive bn a senior MCP member blown this out of proportion coz they are scared of UTMs penetration in central region .this has made other people like me to think twice about voting for MCP. What’s the difference of removing tribalist DPP and replace… Read more »

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
1 year ago

His apology has not changed how he feels about Chewas. That is his honest opinion. it is sad that in Malawi there are other people who feel that the tribe they belong to is more important than the others. But which tribe is that?

Pastor Lukaku
Pastor Lukaku
1 year ago

Deguzman sanalakwe. Chewa’s are just vindictive and vangeful. Deguz’s post was benign, but some “gule wa mizimu” honchos thought it was targeting them. I stand with Deguz, and I will vote for UDF.

Daniel Chizuzu
Daniel Chizuzu
1 year ago

Though wapepesa anawa sanakule ndi mwambo. Tonse achewa tiyeni ku MCP kapena DPP.DPP inatilemekezera Kamuzu pamene UDF inanyoza ndikumanga kamuzu.

phillips wanga
phillips wanga
1 year ago

NDIMAFUNA NDIKAVOTELE UTM basi ndasintha maganizo!!
i better vote for DR LAZ
mwatiwonjeza mpaka- ALIMI OVINA NYAU
vote yanga wayisokoneza basi

Rodrick
Rodrick
1 year ago

Ndizoonadi kuti school sichotsa uchitsiru. Ndaonela journalist uyu

Mbuya
Mbuya
1 year ago

Palibe Chimene Deguz analakwa. Ntchito za MCP izi chipani cha ng’ona

Zara
Zara
1 year ago

Apapa ndinene kuti, zoti bwenzi atadzamusankha kukhala State House Press Officer or Information Minister, zafera mmazira eti?

Peace
Peace
1 year ago

Deguzman Kaminjolo may have apologised but that’s just window dressing, the fact remains : he HATES Chewas.

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