By Charles Kufa, Nyasa Times
Malawian worker, who was severely beaten by his Chinese employers for allegedly failing to account for business funds, has withdrawn the assault charges in court.
Police in central region district of Kasungu arrested four Chinese nationals who assaulted Henry Kazembe on suspicion that he misappropriated K290, 000 from Damao Shop situated at Chinkhoma Trading Center.
When trial was supposed to commence on Tuesday, police prosecutor told the court that Kazembe had withdrawn the case of assault.
Summoned in the dock to confirm, Kazembe said he has withdrawn the case because he wanted to demonstrate that “Malawians are peace loving people.”
“I just want to teach them that we Malawians want freedom,” he said.
Kasungu Police Spokesperson, Sub-Inspector Edwin Kaunda said the assault by the Chinese nationals incited the wrath of Malawians living in Kasungu who pelted stones to a house belonging to a Chinese until police had to calm down the situation.
Meanwhile, the Chinese bosses have fired Kazembe from his job.
“It’s only God who knows about my future,” Kazembe said.
Since Malawi switched diplomatic ties from Taiwan to Mainland China in 2008, several Chinese nationals have been making headlines for wrong reasons ranging from illegal export of ivory and assaults.
Some Chinese have been in the news for mostly attempting to externalise foreign currency without supporting documentation.
Another Chinese national, Chen Bo Wet, was arrested in Mangochi last year for allegedly undressing a Malawian woman who went to buy some goods at his shop.
But China has become a major investor in Malawi especially in hospitality sector but workers have complained of low wages and poor conditions in small-scale businesses of Chinese.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :