Malawi govt fails to resolve hijab wrangle, tells PAC to move in

Government has failed to make a decision on religion-baseed dress code issue as to whether learners and students at an Anglican run schools in Mangochi should wear Islamic headscarf hijab or not, a bone of contention which has caused violence at the school.

A headscarved Muslim learner
Anglican Parish priest Mphatso Bango, whose house  was among those damaged in the fracas, says bone of contention is refusal by the Anglican Church to allow Muslim girls learning at its M’manga Primary School wear a hijab

The Anglican church has told learners and students at Mmanga primary school and secondary school in Balaka not to put on the Muslim women gear during classes, a rule which has caused clashes between the church and Muslims at the school and left several people injured.

In a statement, secretary for Education Justin Saidi said the government intends to ask the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) to come up with a final decision on the matter.

Regarding the wearing of hijab in schools, apparently there is no clear polocu on the issue.

At least four people were injured on Monday and a church, a masse and a mosque were destroyed in violence between Christians and Muslims on the matter.

Machinga district health officer Arnold Kapachika last evening confirmed receiving two injured persons, one of whom was a sheikh injured at a mosque that was stoned during the fracas.

The sheikh was later referred to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre for further treatment.

Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Upper Shire Brighton Malasa has since condemned the clashes between the Christians and Muslims.

Malasa described the issue as a national matter.

“This is not an issue between the Anglican Christians and Muslims, this is a national issue and all parties need to critically look into this,” he said.

Police managed to calm the situation on Monday after the violence but the situation remains tense today, Tuesday.

The  anarchy near Mangochi Tunr-off in Blantyre, comes against a background of a spate of students rioting, torching and destroying school property at Thyolo, Lunzu and Blantyre Secondary School, among others.

Commenting on the matter, Chancellor College social scientist and specialist in peace process Master Dicks Mfune said the Liwonde incident and several others happening in the country were an indication of people’s expression of anger and dissatisfaction over the current government’s status quo.

“This is like a ventilation window where people have found an opportunity to express their anger and views on how the government is running the country…  So, what we want is a political solution,” he said in quotes reported by The Nation newspaper.

Mfune said while he appreciated President Peter Mutharika’s extension of an olive branch for peace talks, such need to be in good faith and should not only involve Malawi Congress Party (MCP), UTM Party and the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).

He said: “This is because the situation has now escalated. It’s like bushfire so he should go for a national peace building conference and bring every stakeholder together to find a solution that can heal Malawi.”

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Sabata
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Sabata

We have freedom of worship let the Moslem do what they want as long as does not infringing others peoples rights

National CEO
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National CEO

Is it about worshiping or learning?

winstonmsowoya
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winstonmsowoya

Malawians,Christians are in the BIGGEST NUMBERS in Malawi why sucambing in front of BARBARIC MONSTERS whose teachings are lining with KILLiNGS of none MUSLIMS.In fact,Malawians are the only ones who in SOUTHERN AFRICA,are coerced by Muslims to follow Islamic barbarous teachings.In ANGOLA,Muslims tryed to force Angolan CHRISTIANS to join ISLAM,but things did not go with their expectations,the following days,their MOSQUES were gutted with FIRES and thousands of bloody MUSLIMS were brutally forced to go back to their countries of ORIGIN.Malawians,Malawi is your own Country do not betray your mother land,Muslims have their Countries and Africans have never gone to the… Read more »

BigMan
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BigMan

Government cant even handle this hijab nonsense? Shame

Phillemon
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A Mfune munawafunsawa akanangokhala chete osalankhula ngati analibe mfundo. This is a purely religious issue, paliso za ndale apa mukuti anthu sakukondwa ndi boma? Those are your words from your own mouth Mfune, not wat is transpiring in Machinga.

stumpy
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stumpy

Mfune is very right government should seek a peace talks to the whole nation Malawi it’s been So many issues including major violence since May elections

Che Ntopeya
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Che Ntopeya

Akufuna atukwanitse mtundu wake uyu, chitsiru.

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