Malawian worker drops Chinese bosses’ assault charges, fired

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worker, who was severely beaten by his Chinese employers for allegedly failing to account for business funds, has withdrawn the assault charges in court.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When trial was supposed to commence on Tuesday, police  prosecutor told the court that Kazembe had withdrawn the case of assault.

Summoned in the dock to confirm, Kazembe said he has withdrawn the case because he wanted to demonstrate that “Malawians are peace loving people.”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.

He however was seen limping as scores of people who attended the court  were not happy with the dropping of charges.

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.

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