OPPOSITION CALLS ON RULING PARTY TO APOLOGISE FOR HATE SPEECH

MALAWI: POLITICS/AGENCIES/24/4/18 SABANews 1

Malawian businessman-cum-politician Sidik Mia expresses support for both Muslims and Christians (Pic. Nyasa Times)

BLANTYRE – A member of the opposition MALAWI CONGRESS PARTY has called on the ruling DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY, DPP, to apologise for what he describes as dangerous hate speech.

The FACE OF MALAWI publication says business tycoon MUHAMMAD SIDIK MIA has demanded the DPP withdraws remarks by its Eastern Region Governor attacking MUSLIMS in the country.

The online publication and others say Governor JULIUS PAIPI allegedly called ISLAM evil, saying electing the MCP with Mr SIDIK MIA as its member is like voting for war in 2019.

The remarks even angered the ruling party Campaign Director in MANGOCHI area of the SOUTHERN REGION, WELLINGTON MANGULENJE, who tendered his resignation from the DPP this SUNDAY.

Mr SIDIK MIA has written on social media saying he is shocked over the remarks, and he wants an apology.

He says BAKILI MULUZI, who was Head of State for TWO consecutive terms, is a MUSLIM but he never caused war in the country.

Mr SIDIK MIA describes MUSLIMS as tolerant of other religions, saying he is working so comfortably with MCP President LAZARUS CHAKWERA, himself a CHRISTIAN.

He says he even attends CHRISTIAN gatherings when invited and they equally attend important ISLAMIC functions when invited.

The politician says MUSLIMS and CHRISTIANS live peacefully together and must not let misguided individuals like Governor PAIPI sow seeds of hatred and discord in their country.

Meanwhile, the MALAWI VOICE says the ruling DPP has distanced itself from the remarks by the Regional Governor; saying the party has always embraced and enjoyed coexistence of different beliefs.

It has issued a statement signed by National Publicity Secretary FRANCIS KASAILA saying it is investigating Governor PAIPI, who will receive disciplinary measures if found guilty.

The ruling party says it acknowledges the support it has been receiving from Brothers and Sisters from the MUSLIM community, and wishes to assure them it will always respect their values and beliefs.

People in MALAWI are looking forward to tripartite elections on 21 MAY 2019, when they will choose councillors, members of the National Assembly and a President./Sabanews/cam

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