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.
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
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.
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
The news was broadcast on the country’s public
broadcaster, MBC, Thursday morning and it was later
confirmed by the Malawi Government official website
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
In her political career, Kaliati has headed various
ministries, among them Gender, Information, Local
Government and recently Civic Education and Community
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
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.