Activists condemn UTM’s Saonda remarks on Muslims and Christians workmanship

Written by  MBC Reporter

Some human rights organizations have condemned remarks made by a senior member of UTM George Saonda that Muslims and Christians cannot work together.

Muslims and Christians coexist in the country. Muslims and Christians coexist in the country.

His scathing remarks at a rally in Nchalo on Sunday were directed at President of the Malawi Congress Party-MCP Lazarus Chakwera, a Christian who has picked Sidik Mia, a Muslim as his running mate in the 2019 elections.

Saonda said the two will finish each other off based on their religions but commenting on the development, Chairperson of Human Rights Consultative Committee Robert Mkwezalamba described the verbal attacks as unfortunate.

“These remarks are unfortunate and out of place. Malawi is a democratic nation and we strongly condemn them. We cannot have people making such remarks to bring divisions amongst people of different religious affiliations. We tolerate pluralism therefore having politicians uttering such comments in public are shameful and we demand an apology from this,” said Mkwezalamba.

And also speaking on the development, Executive Director of Forum for National Development Fryson Chodzi said the remarks show that UTM is immature to govern Malawi with senior members making such kind of remarks that can bring religious divisions and cause instability in the country.

“It’s a pity that this man made such remarks bordering on issues of race and religion. Christians and Muslims co-exist peacefully in this country and they have developed a working relationship. Malawians must be worried with such remarks especially when the country is going to the polls next year,” explained Chodzi.

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