Malawi activists up against Mahatma Ghandi statue in Blantyre

Local activists have intensified their campaign against the decision by the Indian government to erect a statue of Mahatma Ghandi in Blantyre with an online petition, Ghandi Must Fall registering over 1000 petitioners within hours.

Elsewhere a Mahatma Gandhi statue

India requires the statue as a condition for funding construction of the Mahatma Gandhi International Conference Centre, a $10 million infrastructure project which India is replicating in nine African countries.

However, residents in Blantyre are outraged by the proposed statue, calling Gandhi “an ardent racist” who had “nothing but contempt for the black African race.”

Malawian citizens Mpambira Kambewa, Mkotama Willie Katenga-Kaunda, and Wonderful Mkutche launched a change.org petition to garner support for their resistance to the statue.

The petition in part reads: “As black Africans-Malawians we will find it very offensive to appreciate the value of the statue when the man himself thought we were inferior. If you erect this statue it will make a mockery out of Malawi’s independence movement which fought to extricate ‘classism’ between black, brown and white races.”

One of the activists Mpambira Aubrey Kambewa described Ghandi as a racist who never fought for the freedom of black people in Africa.

“He is not supposed to be honoured,” said Kambewa.

The online movement has joined a lot of Malawians who have shown anger over the government decision to allow India erect the statue in Blantyre.

City of Blantyre Council publicist Anthony Kasunda refused to comment on the matter.

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BlackPowerAmerican
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BlackPowerAmerican

Get rid of the statue just like they did in Ghana. No way we can erect a statue of a bigot in ANY part of Africa……

Francis Kaisi
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This DPP government has been captured by Indians just what they did to Jacob Zuma. Time is running out come 2019.

Dobadoba
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Dobadoba

The problem with Malawians is they act too hastily. Please let the $10 million project start and finish, let the statue erect. Once all is done for the benefit of Malawi and Malawians we can sign petitions to remove the statue and if permission is not granted we can vandalize it. After all the project will be complete. Lets use the brains for once like these Indians do.

Brainy
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Brainy

Hahaha do you think Malawians have brains? I bet you buddy, less than 1% of the Malawi population can use their brains for thinking like you. It’s not about acting too hastily itself that is problematic. Rather it’s their laziness in using their brains when thinking. Local politics completely erased their brains. Just read some of the the comments, very pathetic.

BlackPowerAmerican
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BlackPowerAmerican

Get out of Malawi and get of of Africa!

oMachemba
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oMachemba

Not acceptable! Lionizing Matma Gandhi, the man, rather than his ideas is stupidly ignorant
Here is a man who thought Africans were lower on the evolution scale than every one else. His model hierarchy whites on top, Asians and Indians (or Asiatics, as he called them) came second, and the Blacks (Africans) the bottom, or may be even the “basement”.
He did not hesitate to call us “Kaffirs” – extremely offensive term even at that time.
We can’t stand for that. Never.

Kalulu Wadwala
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Kalulu Wadwala

The only good Indian is a dead one

mapuyamurupare
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mapuyamurupare

I don’t think Malawians were consulted, as it would have been the case in developed and democratic Countries all over the world. In india we can’t build Kamuzu statue though he broke Chitaganya. Amalawi kutengeka ndi ziphuphu. Wina wadyapo ndalama apa. Usamunda udalowa chomwechi mmalawi munu. Kugulitsa dziko ndi sugar ndi mchere.
[email protected]!!!!!!!! MBOLA.

Active citizen
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Don’t listen to these misguided Malawians. We need the conference Center. Erect the statue. These people remain silent when the government siphons tax payers money. But make unnecessary noise on petty issues.

Check mate
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Check mate

The problem is the mosque opposite the statue, sponsored by the paks.

Growup For Once.
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Growup For Once.

Instead of you ass holes appreciating……. definitely you are bunch of ungrateful lazy arses NO WONDER Bushiri is also fed up with the non sense you guys give to people who looks after you lazy dim wits. Rather than using the damn petition to bring some bloody change in the state of this country…. you dimwits are busy opposing with this shit non sense. First sort out your fellow thieving malawians who are busy stealing and dont even care for each others and are busy messing up and ripping this country inside out. But NO….. that you guys don’t bloody… Read more »

BlackPowerAmerican
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BlackPowerAmerican

Shut the fuck up bitch. If Malawians want the statue of racist Gandhi removed they can do it if they want and there’s nothing your bitch ass can do about it.

Racist Pedo Gandhi should not be erected or respected ANYWHERE in Africa….

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

Osalola a Malawi anthu amenewa atilowenso ngati atsamunda aja kwao gule kwao psyaaaah!

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