The stand taken by Zambian president Michael Sata to refuse to forgive his Malawian counterpart Bingu wa Mutharika has forced former Minister of Sports Moses Dossi to ask Sata for clemency.
Dossi has written President Sata and sent the letter to Zambia’s embassy in Malawi pleading with him to forgive Mutharika, saying what Mutharika did by deporting his was tantamount to the suffering of Jesus Christ and Mutharika acted ‘unMalawian’.
“I can understand some of the African leaders disrespect of their fellow leaders in particular from opposition parties. Once again I say sorry for the humiliation [and] torture you went through almost similar to what our Lord Jesus Christ went through,” reads Dossi’s letter dated 6 December 2011.
“As a true Malawian I feel this was anti Malawian culture. Your Excellency, our Lord Jesus Christ the son of God teaches us to forgive one another. I am therefore kneeling before your Excellency to beg you sir to forgive your counterpart and close this chapter and open a new page that removes fear and suspicion that has engulfed the people of these two countries Malawi and Zambia,” Dossi a church-going Catholic pleaded.
Sata, whose first wife was Malawian, was declared Prohibited Immigrant when he visited Malawi in 2007 as an opposition leader. He was scheduled to meet former president Bakili Muluzi.
“I learnt with deep shock and disbelief of what happened to your humble visit to Malawi in 2007. I cannot believe that this barbaric act happened to a fellow human being and of the same faith. It was dehumanizing and an embarrassment of the tallest order which should not have happened in the first place considering that Zambia and Malawi are truly one people only the artificial boundaries separate us,” writes the former minister.
Dossi boasts that he was the only one who competed with Mutharika at the UDF convention to choose presidential candidate in 2003. He was member of parliament for Chikwawa West from 1998 to 2003.
Sata is refusing to forgive Mutharika until he is told the reason why he was declared a prohibited immigrant.
“President Sata feels that it is exceptionally necessary for his brother, President wa Mutharika’s government to apologise for the 2007 incident,” said George Chellah, Sata’s special assistant on Press and Public Relations.
Chella added in a statement that in the absence of a categorical apology from Mutharika, Sata is going to pursue the matter of his expulsion from Malawi in the courts of law.
His lawyer Ralph Kasambara has previously said that Sata was still determined to pursue the matter in court.
Malawi government has since withdrawn the prohibited immigrant status on Sata popularly known as ‘King Cobra’.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :