By Steve Nkhoma:
Blantyre – based social and political commentator, Humphrey Mvula, has criticised Blantyre City Council (BBC) which is erecting Mahatma Gandhi’s statue along the Mahatma Gandhi Road in the commercial capital, with funds from the Indian Embassy.
Mvula said Malawi cannot erect a statue of a person who never contributed to the country’s development.
“I do not see the reason that the City of Blantyre should glorify Mahatma Gandhi either in Malawi development spectrum or Malawi politics, even in the health sector. I feel that there are several Malawians who can be honoured or given a statue,” Mvula said.
He said the fact that the Indian Embassy will fund the statue does not justify erecting it in Blantyre but rather it would make sense if it were built at the premises of the embassies.
However, BCC Public Relations Manager, Anthony Kasunda, during a recent media tour of the construction site, said the project is part of honouring the Indian Embassy.
“We did not choose it. It is the Indian High Commissioner [who did]. You can ask the Indian Embassy for further details,” Kasunda said when contacted Tuesday.
He said the decision was made as a token of appreciation to India for their support towards the construction of the Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre opposite the Civic Centre offices in Blantyre.
Officials at the Indian Embassy office were not available for a comment as we went to press.
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