Despite making an apology in parliament on Monday, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leadership is still receiving condemnations over racist and derogatory remarks made to Lilongwe City Centre constituency legislator, David Bisnowaty.
The MCP legislator in question who is reported to have uttered the remarks to Bisnowaty, Alekeni Menyani in parliament last week, told Bisnowaty, that he is a “Jew and a foreigner”.
This came as Bisnowaty fact checked MCP claims that Malawi was a land of milk and honey during Kamuzu Banda in that reports of food insecurity were mere fairytales.
While standing on a point of order, Bisnowaty said there were severe food shortages as Malawi was rated one of the poorest in the world during the MCP era only that people were afraid the bloodthirsty dictator would kill them if they were to speak openly of the food scarcity. With that, the MCP legislators took turns hurling racist slurs, asking Bisnowaty to leave Malawi.
Associate Professor Happy Kayuni of Chancellor College expressed disappointment over the remarks.
“It is disappointing that the main opposition party is perpetrating racism in the country and Malawi as a democratic nation should show maturity,” said Kayuni.
However, MCP has defended the remarks made by Menyani saying the party was provoked as Bisnowaty insulted the founder of the party and they could not do otherwise.
Meanwhile MCP leaders has issued an apology which he read in parliament.
“In as much as one understands the intervention made by the Hon. Member of Lilongwe City Center, the instantaneous emotive responses from some members of the MCP can also be appreciated, particularly when one feels that a leader’s economic policies to meet the needs of those he led are belittled and that leader is dead and cannot respond for himself. Its almost like someone insulting your father in your face and you are expected not to react.”
“Let it be on record that as MCP our reason for being is to promote development, help consolidate democracy and protect the dignity of every person.”
“Our Founding President used to admonish all Malawians to live together in peace and harmony. He would especially single out those whose origin and culture may be different from typical Malawian to be treated with respect. While many point to human rights abuses during the one party rule as a reason to haul insults on present day MCP, I appeal to all of us to be careful with the language we employ as fights can get started over very trivial matters as human history demonstrates.”said Chakwera.