‘Racist’ Harper risks law suit from house maid over slave remarks

Mike Harper, who described a Malawian house maid as slave last week, risks a law suit as the maid is seeking legal assistance from human rights bodies.

Harper’s comments reeked of racism.

The maid, Gloria Misesa said the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has advised her to take Harper to court over the racist remarks.

“I am ready to go to court but I don’t have the money to hire a lawyer. This is why I am asking the MHRC or any human rights organisation to help me with legal assistance,” she said.

MHRC commissioner Bertha Sefu said the Malawi Law Commission should include laws in the penal code that should penalize anyone uttering racist remarks.

Sefu said currently there are no such laws making it difficult to prosecute Harper over his racist remarks.

Harper’s troubles all started when another expat, Pennie Ginn, posted on a Facebook forum for expats, complained about losing a good domestic worker in Gloria Misesa if she relocates to another duty station.

Harper has since made the apology to Misesa.

He said the Facebook post was not meant to hurt Misesa.

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Panganani
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The Fool must go back to that COLD Europe .Anybody who has problems in being called mwenye-GO BACK TO INDIA- and put on your PAMPERS!!!!

Mzanga Dausi
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Mzanga Dausi

We need not be like Atupele Muluzi who is so quick at suing fellow politicians for cracking a joke at his childish approach to Malawian politics.

Needless to destroy our country’s image by labelling everyone joking with us, racist. Warm heart of Africa brand has to be protected. And that can only be achieved if we maintain our good humour and friendliness.

Charlie
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Charlie

If she succeeds im taking every blackie who calls me a mwenye in a derogatory qay to court. Especially thag idiot who said it in parliament.
The poor Maid is trying to make some money.
Nyasa Times is trying to make a meal of it like. @KFC

Patrick
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Until you said it,i never would have known mmwenye is a derogatory name.I just thought it is a chewa name for Indian

Njani
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Njani

Go home GRINGO. We do not need crackers in Malawi. A low class uneducated pleb. Street sweeper in his home country. Fotseke! Useless twat.

Zali
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Zali

I agree with Mzanga Dausi, a Malawi pena pake tikuonjedza. Munthu wapepetsa so let us move on. And those advising the lady siakumuthandiza, just perpetuating this laziness & greed in us Malawians yongofuna kulandira za ulele.

Mzanga Dausi
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Mzanga Dausi

Thank you man.

Dan
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Dan

I pity him if he meant kuseleula. But the reality is that many of them ia all these INGOs have a very nasty way of working, tempting people to think they are in the neo-clonialism mode. Some of us know some so called expariates who are extremely nasty in the way they conduct themselves against Malawians. This said we have some extremely wonderful people who one can enjoy to work with providing really the gap that may exist between expariates and the locals. There is one expriate working on a fisheries project who is extremely disrespectful to Malawians even though… Read more »

Mzanga Dausi
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Mzanga Dausi

I think we should be careful not to jump so quick into conclusions about every remark being uttered as a mark of racism. We should allow some room for “kuseleula” – flippant humour in our country. Racism does not dwell on lips, it is a strong feeling that can even be expressed through body language. It is a strong force of hatred that you can feel not even from mare words, but action. Racism feels the same as tribalism. Those of us who have been victims of tribalism in Malawian work places would attest to that. Let’s not suddenly become… Read more »

Pinto
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Pinto

Scares away people?

vavlov
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vavlov

It really bothers me to hear, an asshole white guy calling a Malawian woman a slave, and it seems no one really cares. Why are Malawians so fearful of white people? This man should have been deported outright. Do something now and get rid of this white ass

Vin Wa Vin
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Vin Wa Vin

Persona non grata kkkkkkkk

Jacob Zuma
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Jacob Zuma

If it was in Kamuzu or Bingu time, this man would have been deported by now. But APM kulubwalubwa too much.

diso
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diso

amufumbatitsa kale

Smith Mapwesela
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Smith Mapwesela

I wish the foolish and stupid regionalism and tribalism rampart in Malawi should make you feel the same.

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