Yiannakis faces MCP backlash over Asian-Muslims attack

The main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is not amused with its executive member, Blantyre-based business mogul Nick Yiannakis for his attack on Asian-Mulsims, saying he has put the party on cross fire with Muslims and Asians.

Yiannakis (left) with Chakwera

Yiannakis recently took to Facebook to attack Asian-Muslims, claiming that they are looting the country’s resources.

Yiannakis provoked many when he inserted the religious card to his post, calling on Malawians to “remove all Muslim Asians with ill intent for Malawi, from Malawi.”

He claims MCP is the only party that can lead Malawi out of corruption, nepotism and lack of rule of law.

Yiannakis later apologised for the post. But the racial tensions continued.

MCP  which has been lobbying to annul the result of the May 21 presidential election, has vice president Sidik Mia a Muslim  and is closer to the Asian community.

“The attack by Yiannakis could be an attack to Mia took.  MCP has been supported by many Asian Muslims and his statement has disconnected the party  from that community,” said a senior party official in Lilongwe

MCP said it does not condone Islamaphobia as advanced by its member Yiannakis.

The MCP lost its monopoly on power in a 1993 referendum and was roundly defeated in the country’s first free elections.

In opposition since 1994, the MCP remains a major opposition force in Malawi. It is strongest in the Central Region, populated by ethnic Chewa, most of whom are Christians. But lately MCP has been embraced by other ethnic groups, including the Muslim community.

However, observers say his comments were posted to spark attacks on Asian Muslims as the party supporters and some sections on the society are holding violent protests since President Peter Mutharika won a second term in a disputed vote count.

MCP president Lazarus Chakwera , who had to resign from leading Assemblies of God Church, a prestigious position that earned the man of the collar, a coveted place in international Christian circles, alleges he was robbed of victory by fraud after losing by a narrow margin.

The MCP and the UTM)party, which came third in the polls, have launched a legal battle against the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the electoral commission.

Allegations of electoral fraud included that many result sheets were altered using typewriter correction fluid.

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The Truth Shall Free Us
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The Truth Shall Free Us

Yiannikis is nly stirring up hatred against Indian Muslims because be wants to monopolise the fertilizer supply for FISP etc in Malawi. Because at present Yiannikis only get part of the contracts. The Indian Muslims or Asian Muslims are Yiannikis’s fellow corrupt suppliers who are all looting Malawi. As for whgat Yiannis says about the Christians owning Malawi and Muslims being deported. Yiannikis is himself a Greek Orthodox Church member, which has no Malawian followers. So now what is needed is to investigate how Yiannikis transferred ownership of his company to Mauritius so that he can loot better. And also… Read more »

joseph Banda
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joseph Banda

A Mussa, A Mussa, A Mussa (3 times) Ndiye mumati Chakwera atenge Boma kuti akuguliseni. Mwalemba m’madzi. Bravo Yennicks. You love Malawi

mussa
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mussa

you bloody stupid Greek you and your bloody family are the biggest crooks no wonder you you change political parties every time you and your bloody family are the biggest corrupt Greeks don’t you dare start messing with innocent Muslim am sure you saying all the rubbish because you you are not able to compete with them in business
you bloody idiot mbuzi galu

Chittanooga
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Chittanooga

How can Yiannakis compete with species of human beings that are using corrupt practices in order to excel in business ventures? Greeks do not have that courage to flout laws of this country. Please, Mussa, be slow to use insulting words such as “bloody stupid”, ” bloody idiot”, ” mbuzi” and “galu” on any forum. They give a bad picture of who you are. Come on, learn to use respectable words. Could it be that such words were tolerated where you were brought up?

Innoxy Charles
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Innoxy Charles

Mussa is right because this is: (malawi) and malawi does not stand for any religion whether ‘islam’ or ‘Christianity’.Muslims do not hate any other religion but they only preach Peace but the point is: some people say Muslims are warlike but what yiannakis says is one of the reasons why Muslims start attaking such people through ‘jihad’ and they don’t care about death because islam says whoever dies for his or her religion, their Place is PARADISE so you must beware of that.Let peace continue in this country because if you proceed, there will be no peace in malawi ‘mark… Read more »

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya

Time has come for Malawians to show Mathanyula and his puppets that Malawians are no more slaves to ride on their backs.Afterall,you and your late brother Bingu are questionable Malawians per say.And your brother thief Bingu had looted billions of money for his own well being leaving retched Malawians in deep poverty.I remember very vividly when I was a youth secretary for Chipembere’s Party DPP in Tanzania,that he Chip then popularyknown,did not trust Mathanyula.Malawians,we have had obnoxious life in our own country whereby,millions of our people are forgotten and left under the bus to die.Let us be united and forget… Read more »

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

The only mistake Yiannakis made is to associate Amwenye with Islam. It’s not about religion BUT a Mwenye as people. Amwenye one anthu oyipa kwambiri komanso truth be said they’re the biggest crooks who are in the forefront of corruption as they’re the people who do big businesses with government. They dont invest their money in Mslawi BUT offshore accounts so Yanniakis was not off the mark but he only made a mistake by categorizing them as moslems cos others are Hindus etc.

Chittanooga
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Chittanooga

True indeed. Yiannakis was not off the mark. In fact justice pierced at the heart of their activities. Hence the outpouring pain.

Chittanooga
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Chittanooga

The looting of resources in Malawi is correct. They channel foreign currencies from Malawi through bribery and they connive with fellow Asians from outside to come to Malawi through illegal methods to pick up jobs meant for local Malawians. But these malpractices should not have been tagged with the word Muslims. That was really bad. However, the apology to the Muslim community is in order. Inshah Allah!

Mike
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On point. Asians are looting our economy and they are going Scott free.

Mwe'ene
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Mwe'ene

“Scott free” – not politically correct. Actually demeaning to the Scots, a fine people indeed.
Asa.

nkhwazi
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nkhwazi

koma wanena zoonadi kaya MCP is the party can make things straight .. wangolakwitsa penapo … koma chilungamo wanena basi

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