I will deport racists, Malawi President Mutharika cautions foreign employers

President Prof. Peter Mutharika Thursday threatened to deport any foreign employer who would utter any discriminatory remarks or treat Malawians with no respect at work place or anywhere in the country.

President Peter Mutharika meets with MCTU leadership at Kamu Palace in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Mutharika poses with MCTU official at Kamuzu Palace, Lilongwe-Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Mutharika made the remarks at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe when a delegation of the Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) paid him courtesy call to introduce the Union’s new office bearers since December 2016.

The president made reference to some alleged racist remarks made recently by a foreign employer up north which the Malawi leader described as unfortunate and disrespectful.

“Any foreign employer who mistreats Malawians in any way will be sent out of this country, as long as I am President of the country,” cautioned Mutharika. “We need to respect each other if we are to live in harmony.”

Recently the media reported about the deportation of 46-year-old German national, Hinteregger Jurgen, Manager for a construction firm, Strabag International, for allegedly calling a water tanker driver at a site in Nkhata Bay “a monkey” due to the driver’s reported poor driving.

On labour issues, President Mutharika said he believed that the country would develop without labour and that his government would always prioritize labour.

“As a young man I worked as Assistant Agriculture Instructor at Matapwata in Thyolo and I later worked as Personal Assistant to Late Willie Chokani at the Ministry of Labour so I’m not new to labour issues,” said Mutharika.

He urged the MCTU delegation to always strive to settle disputes amicably stressing that “when we stop working, we stop producing”.

In his remarks, MCTU President, Luther Mambala, said the Union regards government as a partner and that it would always seek better ways of promoting the partnership.

Mambala concurred with the president that there were increasing discrimination complaints from the Union’s members employed by foreigners.

“Most of the complaints we get from our members border on discrimination and lack of respect from foreign employers especially Indians and Chinese,” explained Mambala.

He called upon the president to intervene by instructing the Ministry of labour to ensure that every work place has a workers’ union to be looking into such matters.

The Union’s delegation also said there was need for a tripartite meeting with the labour ministry and employers to adjust the per-month MK19,000 minimum wage upwards to meet the demands of the current economy.

The MCTU six-member delegation also officially invited President Mutharika to the 2017 Labour Day Commemoration to be held at Chichiri Upper Ground in Blantyre on May 1 under the theme “Enhancing Skills Development for Job Creation and Employability in the Work Place.”

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5 years ago


patrick banda
patrick banda
5 years ago

1.racism and tribalism are two different things.
2.calling someone mzungu/mwenye/wakuda and calling someone a monkey are two different things.
3.that the president has acted because he was also insulted is just an opinion not a fact.
4.I had to comment on comments,SORRY!

5 years ago

This is good move but not good enough as it seems the president acted because the insult was directed to both the president and the Malawian worker.I believe no action would not have been taken had it been the insult was only directed to the worker.Malawians are most oppressed.However,it good because the iccicent caught the attention of Most Nalawians who are suffering silently in this country where justice is selective.

The Truth
The Truth
5 years ago

Will he also deport the countless people who shout ‘Mzungu’ ‘Mwenye’ and ‘Nihau Shi Shi’ at foreigners too? The stance on racism should work both ways. Otherwise its just more hot air from this old Chipwisi.

5 years ago

He (Muthalika) is a big racist, all key positions in the government and institutions are for the lomwes, is it not the same thing? He should also go……………….

misozi banda
misozi banda
5 years ago

yu mean a total president kulowa yocita deport anthu? kkkkkkk basi just for one person zoona, kupangila ulendo ku sanjika gulu loseli olo kokalandila masikono shaaaa.
ilipo department yoona zimenezi

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