There are reports coming from South Africa that President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera failed to meet poor Malawians living in the country despite the arrangements made with the Malawi High Commissioner based in Pretoria for a Tuesday meeting.
While on a visit to the Northern Region, President Dr. Chakwera was sent by the chiefs to talk to his counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa on the sufferings of Major 1, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife whilst in a foreign land.
Malawians living in South Africa thought that this would be an opportunity to meet their country’s president to share with him their concerns and grievances, one of which is the Visa issue where they are allowed to be in that country for only 30 days.
Muvi wa Chilungamo has reminded President Dr. Chakwera that there are many poor Malawians living in South Africa, as most of them go there to seek employment opportunities than business. Muvi further said the people had planned to meet him, but it was quite unfortunate that they were not accorded the chance of doing so.
Its Commander in Chief, Bantu Saunders Jumah, said the 272 days of Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in South Africa saw many Malawians living a troubled life which they wanted to share with President Dr. Chakwera to come in and intervene for them to live comfortably as other foreigners are doing in that country.
Jumah claims that Malawians in South Africa are suffering for the price of siding with the apartheid government of the white minority rule, the late Kamuzu used to work hand in hand with this government to protect Malawians living in that country while many African countries had cut off their diplomatic ties.
Bantu Saunders Jumah: Malawians living in South Africa have concerns and grievances to air
He said fellow Africans from Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland, among others, are given special permit for six months, a development which is different with Malawians emphasizing they are being treated as second class citizens in South Africa.
…”We sided with the apartheid government, today, Malawi wants to become the fourth state to open an office in Jerusalem when the Palestinians are being oppressed by the Israelis. This is creating 100 years of enemity with the outside world,’’ said Jumah.
He addedd there is no sovereignty of one country if it lives alone saying the mistake the Malawi Government is making today, will affect the generations of tomorrow, hence a great need to consult widely rather than making a harsh decision against the will of all Malawians.
By Vincent Gunde