Malawi Congress Party (MCP) publicist Jessie Kabwila says Lilongwe Central MP David Bisnowaty deserved the racist slurs and disparagement in parliament because he insulted former head of state Kamuzu Banda, an indication that the party, infamous for its brutality, is failing to shake off its dark past.
Kabwila said Bisnowaty had no moral courage to insult Kamuzu.
However, according to Hansard records, Bisnowaty did not insult Kamuzu. He only said that during the one party state, there were food shortages but people were afraid to say it out in fear of the one party system of government.
“Honourable Bisnowaty attacked the father and founder of the nation, how do you expect the MCP to react? When someone insults your parents, you react. We have been in parliament for a long time we have never reacted like that,” said Kabwila.
Kabwila said a Malawian cannot go to Palestine and tell Palestinians what to do.
However Rumphi east MP Kamlepo Kalua said racism is not tolerated in multiparty democracy.
Kalua said the MCP legislators contravened Chapter 20 of the Republican Constitution.
Bisnowaty himself condemned the attack on his race and asked parliament to remove the racist remarks from Hansard.
Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya, who is also MCP vice president also condemned the racist slurs and ordered his staff to delete them from the Hansard.
MCP president Lazarus Chakwera, who is also leader of opposition, is on Monday expected to condemn the racist attacks but it remains to e seen if the party will apologise to Bisnowaty.
Kamuzu Banda ruled Malawi with iron fist until 1994 when he was dislodged from power by Bakili Muluzi at the dawn of multiparty democracy in 1994.
He is accused of killing his opponents and critics such as Aaron Gadama, Dick Matenje, Twaibu Sangala and David Chiwanga, mercilessly abducted and threw in jail hundreds more including Orton Chirwa and his wife Vera and thousands more fled Malawi including Jack Mapanje.
Kamuzu used the secret police Special Branch, the MCP military wing, the Malawi Young Pioneers or the notorious MCP youth wing to terrorise and silence people during the dictatorship.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :