Malawi Human Rights Commission probes Chinese construction firm over workers abuse

State rights body, the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) is probing a Chinese construction firm in Lilongwe over allegations of abuse of workers.

Slaves in their own land: A photo depicting Chinese brutality – Pic by Golden Matoga

Economic, Social and Cultural director at MHRC Harry Migochi said the state rights body has moved in swiftly after receiving reports that some Chinese supervisors were beating up Malawian workers.

The Chinese company is constructing Grand Business Park in the Capital City.

“We have heard that there are a number of human rights violations committed here which include beating of Malawian workers and that some Malawian workers get salaries below the government set minimum wage,” he said.

He said the commission will look into the human rights violations allegations and come up with a report.

A senior official at the construction firm dismissed the allegations as untrue, saying Chinese working in Malawi abide by the laws of the country.

“The problem could be language barrier, the Malawian workers think they are being shouted at which is not the case at all,” he said through an interpreter.

Grand Business Park is situated along the Lilongwe by pass road.

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Truth pains
Truth pains
3 years ago

The Human Rights Commission is there to helps. Let us refer our brutal punishments to them and they will help us

3 years ago
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Shitholes Diarrhoea Progressive Party

I worked for the Chinese company Chint which was hired by MCA koma it was slavery. No pension. We were working like donkeys and issues of employment laws were disregarded. Fichtner had to intervene on numerous occasions but the Chinese are adamant. Labourers were getting minimum wage of K1,000 a day.

3 years ago

I don’t know where this Migochi guy has been these Chinese people are abusing Malawians on daily basis.The official is talking about language barrier,since when has physical contact became language barrier? Malawians are beaten some spat at.This needs to stop asap

3 years ago

Hey Malawian workers, next time a chinese employer tries to physically attack you, block and make him regret it. You have a right to self defence.

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