Malawi religious violence over Hijab:  Muslims demolish church, Christians destroy mosque in Mangochi

A Sheikh and other people have been injured as violence returned to eastern lakeshore district of  Mangochi after an Anglican run school authorities sent back two girls in Hijab leading to destruction of a church and a mosque.

Mosque destroyed by Christians

The M1 road at Mangochi turn off has been blocked by warring Muslims and Christians who are standing on either side of the road fighting.

This follows a decision by radical Muslims who defied the Anglican church order not to allow head scarf Hijab wearing during classes at Mmanga primary school and Mmanga Community Day Seconday School.

After the authorities of the school sent back the girls to remove the Hijab, a Muslim gear, Muslims descended on the Anglican church, demolishing it completely as well as the house of an Anglican priest.

The angry Muslims also threw out from a house belongings of a teacher, telling him to leave the premises.

In retaliation, Christians mobilized themselves against the Muslim attack and they have completely demolished a mosque.

For the whole morning a good number of shops at the Mangochi trading Centre remained closed.

Police fired tear-gas to quell the situation and are patrolling the area.

The issue started a few weeks ago and  when the communities thought it was resolved the Church closed the school a decision which has continue to cause tension.

The authorities in the district have been to school on several occasions to try and mediate  the two groups but to no avail.

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garrry mkwanda
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garrry mkwanda

kodi iwowo osamanga ma school awo bwanji? ali busy kumanga miziki paliponse kukanika kumanga ma school

che nnungu
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Komatu Moslems watch out timakupatsani ulemu. Do you know that you violate other peoples rights with the noise you make during most hours of the day including very hours of everyday. Munthu wanu wokuwa uja amatisokoneza. we just give you resect otherwise it pains anthu kukanika kugona

garrry mkwanda
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garrry mkwanda

umbuli ndi umene unagona

Yusuf Minor
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Yusuf Minor

Pamene inu belu likulira ku church, simutisokoneza? Ngati mukufunaso mudzitisokosera mudzipemphera every day

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

Asilamu, respect Christians as we christians respect muslim. I can not take pork to Islamic school. That will be provocation. As I do not expect a muslim to wear hijab at an Anglican school or catholic school or any pentecostal school.

John Kachingwe
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John Kachingwe

I think Muslim should be there tolerant enough, they exaggerate things. They lack love.

Malawi is not an Islamic state.

She follows a secular Constitution. Why are they barbaric?

Phillemon
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My take on this issue is that if the school was constructed by Anglican Church, but now it government running the affairs of school including renumerating teachers and provision of learning materials, then that is a public entity unless otherwise. Therefore, in this regard, it is the duty of government to tell us if there is any policy pertaining to this issue at hand. Me I don’t see anything wrong for Muslim students to put on their hijabs at public schools.

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Top

Even government schools have uniforms and hijab is not a part of it.

Chris Longwe
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Chris Longwe

Why can’t the moslem community build schools along side their mosques like other religions do?

Mwinithako
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Mwinithako

PAC has a brilliant answer for this kkk.People of the same tribe cannot start warring each other on religious issues.This is a petty issue kkk.
This needs maturity to solve it kkkk.And it has nothing to do with Politics here.Mtundu umodzi.In the end anthuwa athamangitsirana mipingo kuti mpingo uwoo usadzaoneke kuno ndithuuu KKKK.Awa ndimavuto a PAC posagwira ntchito mwaumulungu kkk

khafi
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khafi

this is bad ,u cant make ur own rules with other people’s property and its matter of choice if the muslim famllies wants there children to go to this school first they have to accept whatever the own of that particular school wants muthu sugapite ku school yachisalamu ndumakaminula kumeneko i dont think ogakhaleko sometimes you even change ur surname to be one them so that u can access their education.

Timve Ziti
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Timve Ziti

Are Christian children allowed in Moslem schools.? And if so would they go there and the dictate on how the school should be run.? Would they go there and change the dress code? Please let’s be logical.

A.Phiri
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A.Phiri

Well said! Muslims want to impose their culture and drsseing codes to other non-muslim people but don’t accept that someone dennies them to follow dress codes from others. Why?

GONANI
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GONANI

First and foremost, those moslems must know that Malawi’s life style is based on CHRISTIANITY, therefore it makes Malawi, a Christian country. We can express and exercise our values of Christianity anytime and anywhere we want in Malawi. And it is tolerant and good enough to allow them in our schools, but to let them disrespect our values by vandalising our properties is way too tolerant. I think a lesson needs to be taught.

khwiyokhwiyo
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khwiyokhwiyo

Muslims alway start shit but cant finish it. Do it again muona polekera

Hoossain chilapondwa
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Hoossain chilapondwa

Choka iwe kufr wachabechabe u dont hv brain