The Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) has asked Malawi Congress Party (MCP) to denounce insults and racist attacks its law makers hurled at legislator David Bisnowaty before Parliament rises, failing which the human rights umbrella body and its 97 network members, will conclude that MCP is a racist party.
HRCC also says the main opposition party should not only be raising issues of the past of United Democratic Front (UDF) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), but also be prepared to be reminded of its brutal past.
The rights committee said this in statement issued in reaction to MCP legislators’ racist slurs at the Lilongwe Central law maker.
“HRCC calls on MCP leadership to make a pronouncement to the nation and denounce this attitude before parliament rises failing which, HRCC and its 97 network members will conclude that MCP is a racist party. If racism is serious offence in soccer, why should it be condoned in our institutions of governance. This must stop forthwith,” reads part the statement signed by its Board Chairperson Robert Mkwezalamba.
Mkwezalamba said by insulting the law maker, MCP is communicating that the over 50,000 Malawians who ushered him to parliament were blind and that MCP can do without them.
He also took trouble to remind MCP that over 3000 Malawians were recently repatriated from south Africa over such attitudes and that countries that have gone to war was a result of words like the ones MCP hurled at Bisnowarty.
Mkwezalamba further said Malawi has enjoyed peace and would not want to lose it just because of a few misguided and undemocratic MPs.
“HRCC knows full well that Hon Bisnowarty has lived long enough in this country and has experienced our history which can never be erased even if we intimidate those that seek to reflect on our past to develop a sound future,” he explains.
He therefore called on MCP to be prepared to be reminded of its past and playing a defensive role with impunity.