Inside xenophobia: Muckraking Extra

You must be a hard man not to feel for the hallowing tales spewed out by our compatriots who are fleeing xenophobia attacks in South Africa.

The writting on the placard is clear: Xenophobia is the new apartheid

The writting on the placard is clear: Xenophobia is the new apartheid

It is commendable that Vice President Saulos Chilima detailed two senior ministers – Atupele Muluzi and Kondwani Nankhumwa – to lead the sad welcoming party of the first batch of the returnees last Monday night. It demonstrated empathy on the part of government.

But government must realise that there is more to these young men trekking down south than meets the eye. If you were at Kamuzu Stadium that Monday night you would have noted that the majority of the returnees were young men south of the age of 30.

And the majority were barely educated, most of them recently married on the pilgrimage to the ‘promised economic land’ to launch themselves as men.

The kind of jobs these folks do down south are basic – house helps, shop or filling station attendants et cetera. These Malawians – like their Zambian, Mozambican, Congolese or Ethiopians counterparts – are preferred because they can accept almost anything dangled before them. They can work long hours without extra pay while South Africans can go on the picket lines once something as basic as bread price rises.

Chilima and Nankhumwa, who I must acknowledge showed exceptional leadership in this crisis, both know how they can address the problem. Because folks who trek down south are neither properly educated nor exceptionally skilled, both the Vice President and the Information Minister tout the community colleges President Mutharika launched the other day as a solution for this southward trek.

But, if truth be told, we had the Malawi Young Pioneers during the Kamuzu days but still young men trekked south for ‘Joweni’ or ‘THEBA’. So the community colleges may massage the symptoms but may not cure the problem.

Bringing our stranded countrymen back home is one thing, keeping them here is another.

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Keen Observer
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There is nothing the president or the goverent can do to curb this exodus. It’s goes way back time immemorial. What about all the African countries the likes of Egypt, Cameroon, Nigeria, Mozambique, DRC, Burundi, Tanzania, etc, etc. are they all failing? Then there will never be a country that will get it right. Not everybody can be employed by the government. Well if somebody puts one factor into consideration, a gardener gets an average of R4000/month & how much is it in our local currency, that dude didn’t go to school so can you expect one to come back… Read more »
Saini
Guest

How do we keek them home ,I wish we coulld but how ,community collage is not a solution but job creation with better paid

mo
Guest

Oooo!What a writer Your a Big Man indeed teach these youngsters who are calling themselves Journalist.Great

Totolitotoli
Guest

I repect Matokoso’s (13) observation but much has he think that ‘spew’ only means ‘vomiting’ [i guess] it may also mean ‘To send or flow out something in fast and forceful way’ This is Queens language one word may mean several things. Zimangofunika osati kupita ku sukulu koma kukakhalitsako KU SUKULUKO!

watchdog
Guest

waiting to hear more

sukani
Guest

The big problem is that we consider everything in politics,Other need good and long plan.in Malawi there is much resources but the problem is selfishness and corruption.if the government don’t put good measures,obviously,we Malawians we will cry for long time.

xenophobia
Guest

ALL OF WHO ARE ACCUSING TENTHAI ARE BRAINLESS. WHY CAN’T YOU SUGGEST SUCH AN IDEA TO HELP YOUR YOUNG KAHUNA CREATE JOBS FOR THOSE SOUTH TREKKERS IF YOU CAN MANAGE? TEYHANI IS AND WILL NEVER BE A CABINET MINISTER TO MAKE SUGGETIONS FOR THE GOVERNMENT. WHEN DIDI YOU HEAR THAT SOMEBODY PROPOSED FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND WAS PUT TO WORK.

Matokoso
Guest

With all due respect Mr Tenthani find a better word in place of ‘spew’ in the first paragraph

Pumbwa
Guest

Xonophobia is not different from the disasters/floods that happened in lower shire. There are greener pastures there that’s why they don’t move out despite the flood warnings. Its the same pple here who insearch of greener pastures go to South Africa, despite overlooking/overlooking the laws of Imigration they go still go there. Now just consider xenophobia as a natural disaster,,, they still need our comfort

ndunde
Guest

Mr Tenthani is not a president neither is he aspires to become one. addressing this problem is the job of the president and his cabinet

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