Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislators on Thursday afternoon took turns to hurl racist slurs at Lilongwe Central MP David Bisnowaty because he reminded the party of its brutal past.
It all started when Lilongwe Rural South legislature Peter Dimba was given the parliamentary floor to comment on a motion on farm inputs programme and food shortage moved by Harry Mkandawire.
Dimba claimed during the Kamuzu Banda administration, there was always enough food and if there were impending food shortage, the MCP led government was always prepared.
However, Bisnowaty, standing on a point of order, said there were severe food shortages even during the MCP era only that people were not allowed to say it openly due to the brutal dictatorship of the MCP leadership which heavily censored and muted people’s voices.
This did not go down well with other members of parliament from the MCP benches that called Bisnowaty all sorts of names including a foreigner, he does not have a village in Malawi, and he cannot point the grave of his grandfather in Malawi and other unprintable slurs.
“Khala pansi Iwee! … Ukudziwa chiyani zakuno ku Malawi munthu olowera pa passport ngati iwe!.. Foreigner (Sit down your a foreigner not a bona fine Malawian)”
Parliament degenerated into chaos as second deputy speaker Clement Chiwaya failed to control the high tempered MPs and asked the MCP leadership to restore order.
Another member was heard shouting “ Uyu ndi muyuda ochokera ku yudea, azipita kwawo! (You are a Jew, go back home).”
Bisnowatty – who was one of the people bankrolling MCP when it was in power – is believed to be Lebanese but he gave up his country of origin citizenship and adopted Malawian citizenship. He did not respond.
Rumphi East legislature Kamulepo Kaua stood without being recognized by the Speaker and said “Let us not discriminate against anybody, let us be Malawian, let us show leadership and I don’t prescribe to this no, no, no, no!”
However, Kalua was interrupted both by the speaker who was trying to calm the legislatures and another member who was continuing making racism remark.
The MCP MP went on to claim that Allan Chiyemekeza is the worst minister of Agriculture Malawi has ever had saying there are numerous problems rocking FISP yet he is just watching doing nothing.
He said it was surprising that over 800000 people, out of the targetted 1.5 million have not yet received coupons that will enable them buy farm inputs at cheaper price.
“If Malawi as a canteen, we could have closed shop,” said the MCP MP, saying it is either President Peter Mutharika has bad advisors or himself is a bad leader.
He said it is not surprising that the country is in this ad state claiming the very same bad advisors that ill advised former president Bingu wa Mutharika have now surrounded the incumbent head of state.
“The government should come out clear to tell the nation that it has failed to handle FISP programme this year,” said the MCP chief whip who faced several interjections as cabinet ministers stood up on points of order either to rule him out of order or clarify some points.
The MCP MP was forced to withdraw his statements that Chiyembekeza is the worst agriculture minister in Malawi and that Mutharika is surrounded y bad advisors after acting leader of the House Henry Mussa, who is also Democratic Progressive Party chief whip said this was unparliamentary.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :