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Malawi President threatens to deport expats mistreating locals

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By Feston Malekezo

President Peter Mutharika has threatened to deport expatriates living in Malawi who mistreat their workers and call them slaves and monkeys

“We have heard incidences of foreigners abusing workers and calling them names. We welcome foreigners to work in the country… Don’t call us slaves or monkeys… if that will ever happen again I will kick them out of this country,” Mutharika said.

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Mutharika’s remarks come after a British national, Mike Harper, described as a slave a domestic worker working for another expat in Lilongwe last week.

“The ministry of labour should give me those names and I will kick them out of this country in 24 hours,” he said.

Harper, was however, not deported as demanded by rights groups.

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Mutharika was speaking at a ground breaking ceremony of Rumphi—Nyika—Chitipa road yesterday at Bolero in Rumphi.

The President also took time to deny that he was nepotistic citing that out of the 36 judges the country has 13 from the northern region, 10 are from the south, nine are from the eastern region and four are from the central.

“In the Supreme Court we have nine justices eight of which are from the northern region and one is from the central region, we have none in the southern region, so Malawians it is time we stopped saying I am nepotistic,” he said.

In his remarks Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe expressed worry over growing corruption in the country.

Corruption yakwera chomene… anthu akutola ndalama zaboma… chalo chanangika. Corruption has risen tremendously and people are stealing government’s money. The country is rotten,” said Paramount Chikulamayembe demanding prompt action.

Chikulamayembe then expressed concern over Malawi’s porous borders which have created room for more illegal foreign settlers in the northern region.

“Our borders are very porous foreigners are trekking in our communities and are doing well in business. But it is not easy for us to go in their countries, we cannot do that, our borders need to be secured,” he said.

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