November 23, 2020

Concerned Citizens Petitions South Ambassador on Chakwera’s Treatment

Concerned citizens of the Republic of Malawi, have filed a notice with the South African Ambassador to Malawi, His Excellency Prince Ahlangene, that on 24th November 2020, they will hold a peaceful march and present a petition on their concerns following President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera’s visit to South Africa.

The citizens say after going through a press statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 16th November 2020 in Lilongwe, the nation learnt sad news that President Dr. Chakwera and his entourage were improperly handled without regard to the diplomatic norm befitting the Head of State during their departure after the two days working visit to South Africa.

In a letter addressed to the South African High Commissioner to Malawi dated 19th November 2020, signed by members representing the group: Israel Nyirenda, Dayan Mitumbili and Eddie Kalonga reads in part…..”It is out of this displeasure that this letter serves your High Commission office, that a peaceful protest march has been organized, that through you sir, our petition be forwarded to your Government.”

According to the statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, President Dr. Chakwera was subjected to improper and incongruous treatment contrary to the warm hospitality he received upon his arrival in South Africa, saying his plane was parked at Pretoria Waterkloof Military Airbase under the guard of the South African police throughout the visit to that country.

The statement says Dr. Chakwera and his entourage had their passports and luggage thoroughly checked by uniformed police officers instead of South Africa’s Immigration officers saying the entire delegation had their luggage loaded on to the flight by military personnel from the South African Defense Force.

It said from the Military Airbase, there were dozens of South African security personnel on the ground, who not only inspected the plane and its cargo, but also inspected every passenger on entry and subjected to another security check before and after boarding the plane at OR Tambo International Airport without giving any specific security reasons which till this day have not been communicated through formal channels.

By Vincent Gunde

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