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LILOMGWE Malawi (Xinhua) -- Malawi President Peter Mutharika said Thursday he would send packing any foreign employer in the country who utters racist remarks to Malawian employees.

Mutharika said this at his presidential residence when the Malawi Congress for Trade Unions (MCTU), the country’s workers unions umbrella body, paid him a courtesy call.

"Any foreign employer who mistreats Malawians in any way will be sent out of this country, as long as I am president of the country," said Mutharika.

Mutharika’s remarks were in reference to a recent incident where a German national working with the locals at a construction site allegedly called a local water tanker driver "monkey" for his poor driving.

The German national, a manager for German construction firm Strabag International, was immediately arrested by the Malawi police and later escorted to Malawi border with Tanzania, where he was dropped to wander to Tanzania.

MCTU president Luther Mambala told the Malawi leader the Union was receiving more complaints from Malawi employees that they were being mistreated by their foreign employers.

The Malawi government has deliberate policies aimed at wooing foreign investors in a bid to boost the country’s economy through foreign direct investment.

The campaign has seen more foreign investors trekking to the sub-Saharan country for huge investment deals in the areas of agriculture, health, education, hospitality and infrastructure, among others.
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Malawi president fires civic education minister

LILONGWE Malawi (Xinhua) -- Malawi President Peter Mutharika has fired minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, Patricia Kaliati, replacing her with Cecilia Chazama, parliamentarian for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

The news was broadcast on the country’s public broadcaster, MBC, Thursday morning and it was later confirmed by the Malawi Government official website page.

The reasons for Kaliati’s firing have not been given as the page simply reads "President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika has appointed Hon. Cecilia Chazama as Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Developement. She replaces Hon. Kaliati."

Kaliati, a long time and staunch DPP member worked with former president Bakili Muluzi’s United Democratic Front (UDF) government, Late Bingu Mutharika’s DPP government and lately with Peter Mutharika’s DPP government.

In her political career, Kaliati has headed various ministries, among them Gender, Information, Local Government and recently Civic Education and Community Development.

Kaliati becomes the third cabinet minister to be sacked by Mutharika since December 2016 when the Malawi leader fired Information Minister Malison Ndau.

Later in March 2017 Mutharika sacked his Agriculture Minister, George Chaponda, over his alleged dubious involvement in maize procurement from neighboring Zambia.

Chaponda is another long time and staunch DPP member and like Mutharika, both the fired Agriculture minister and Kaliati come from the south, the Lhomwe Belt which is considered the ruling DPP’s bedrock.

           

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