Muslims have merit in warning Chakwera on Jerusalem choice, says security expert

A security expert at Mzuzu University Eugenio Njoloma has said the Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM)  have merit in their warning to President Lazarus Chakwera that his administration’s decision to open a diplomatic mission in Jerusalem puts the country at risk of deplorable consequences from some Arab countries.

Israel PM Netanyahu meets with Malawi Foreign Minister Mkaka who informed him President Chakwera’s plans to open embassy in Jerusalem – Photo Credit: Haim Zach (GPO)

Nyasa Times reported on Tuesday that the Muslims body has told President Chakwera that it is dangerous for Malawi  to open an embassy in Jerusalem “as it may open a Pandora’s Box and attract some unprecedented deplorable consequences.”

MAM warned that “extremists would target Malawi that has been safe and peaceful since time immemorial.”

In a letter which MAM spokesperson Sheik Dinala Chabulika has confirmed its authenticity, said some assistances that Malawi used to benefit from the machinery of most of the Islamic governments such as Kuwait Fund, could be suspended.

“Consequently, Islamic charitable organisations that are used to assist this country through Islamic organisations in the education and sanitation infrastructures for instance, will no longer be there.”

Commenting on the development, Njoloma, a security studies lecturer at Mzuzu University, said though MAM’s position had merit.

“I think to say extremists would not target Malawi would be to underestimate international politics. Remember terrorists/ extremists only seek to send messages and not to kill the target. This is why they did not target Clinton in US, but rather US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania,” pointed out Njoloma in quotes reported by The Nation newspaper.

He said there is need to further engagement for Malawians to see if the benefits of opening an embassy in Jerusalem outweigh the risks.

Foreign Minister Eisenhower Mkaka on Tuesday said Malawi will open a full embassy to Israel in Jerusalem by the summer of 2021.

Malawi would become the first African nation to do so.

Israel considers the Holy City its eternal capital, but Palestinians want East Jerusalem, seized in a 1967 Middle East war, as part of a future state.

Former Malawi ambassador to Japan, John Chikago, who is Malawi Congress Party (MCP) member,  has said President Chakwera should tread carefully on Jerusalem choice, saying diplomacy should be informed by international laws and history.

While a professor of international relations  and director of African Centre for the Study of the United  States  at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Gilbert Khadiagala told the press that he was not surprised with Chakwera’s decision to open embassy in Jerusalem , because he was a born-again Christian  and  was more likely to use his authority to placate the Israelis and downplayed the potential threats  from the Arabs.

The Muslims urge Malawi government to join the position of the bulk of the international community in the issue of establishing diplomatic relationship with Israel in Tel Aviv.

Opposition members of Malawi’s parliament have recently also raised concern about opening an embassy in Jerusalem.

But Chakwera has been firm on the move and  justified his foreign policy decision, saying that it was not new in Malawi, as during the one-party regime of founding President Hastings Kamuzu Banda, the country also had diplomatic ties with Israel until 1994.

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Ungwelu
Ungwelu
3 months ago

The issue is not of world politics. The issue is that we are dealing with a very dangerous cult – Islam. This cult is the worst thing that happened to the world. This Islamic cult thrives on violence, violence and violence. In that context Chakwera should just take heed.

Nkhuk
Nkhuk
3 months ago

someone needs to point out that if – God forbid – dire consequences from Islamists are meted on this country, that will spell the end of some political careers. I won’t say whose. Ndi chipani chomwe chitha osadzawinanso.

Phyot Olera Kun Yini
3 months ago

Chakwera ndi nkhutukumve. Gung’ung’u gulukunyinda omva zake zokha. jerusalem ndiye kuti chani? Fwetseki!

Khima
Khima
3 months ago

Dziko liziyendela policies osati maganizo a munthu. Currently the internal middle east resolution stand is Tel Aviv nde komwe foreign missions are. Donald Trump bullied countries to establish their embassies in Jerusalem which is even again the US policy as of now. There are about 4 foreign missions in Jerusalem and Malawi being the only African country with an embassy in Jerusalem. With Donald Trump out of presidency we need to revisit our foreign affairs policy and ask our self if indeed we have to be their whilst having a global policy for Middle East. If we stick to our… Read more »

Gwede Mantashe
Gwede Mantashe
3 months ago

South Africa imazitsata kwambili zankhani imeneyi
Ndipo ilimgulu la mmaiko akulualulu omwe ndi ma nunmuslim,podana ndi zochitika za majew kwa ma Palestine.
Chakwela abwelako ku South atamutsuka nzelu,mwinanso pomuletsa mokakamizidwa.Kamalawi nkandani kwa South.
Adzasintha chune akabwelako,koma mwa style.

Nkhuk
Nkhuk
3 months ago
Reply to  Gwede Mantashe

Zolemba zako iwe eish! Lemba mchizungu mwina. But after understanding you, I agree completely

NYAU KING
NYAU KING
3 months ago

JESUS AND NAPOLEON , This qualification it has never impressed me in line of thinking.

Leader of opposition
Leader of opposition
3 months ago

Very true. Al Shabab yavuta ku Mozambique ingoolokatu

Mason ghambi
Mason ghambi
3 months ago

Asiyeni, chosanva anachiphikila mmasamba

Dead.Body
3 months ago

‘Imagine there’s no religion. All men living in peace. ‘ I am a lucky guy. Indeed

Rodrick Phiri
Rodrick Phiri
3 months ago

Are they conceding that they are a potential security threat to non muslim states

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