President Peter Mutharika has warned that he will not hesitate to deport foreigners who mistreat and abuse Malawians.
Mutharika issued the warning Thursday at Bolero Rural Growth Centre Ground where he addressed a rally after presiding over ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation of Rumphi-Nyika-Chitipa road.
Mutharika said he would not hesitate to deport any foreigner found guilty of abusing and/or harassing Malawians.
He said as much as he respects foreigners and would not bar them from working or conducting business in Malawi, he will not allow them to abuse and harass Malawians.
“I have personally lived and worked outside Malawi and one of my basic principles was to respect everyone in each country I lived.
“Don’t call us slaves or monkeys. If you dare do that, I will throw you out of this country in less than 24 hours and you will never come back,” he warned.
Mutharika added that if foreigners cannot stand living with Malawians, they are at liberty to go back to their countries because he [the President] will not allow Malawians to live in fear in their own country.
“We are human beings too, if you can’t respect us, then just go,” he said.
Earlier, Themba La Ma Themba Chikulamayembe appealed to government to strengthen security measures in districts bordering surrounding countries, saying cases of illegal immigrants are rampart due to security raps in the districts.
“Mr President please I ask you to do something about our porous borders because illegal immigrants will one day become difficult to control,” said Chikulamayembe.
Mutharika’s warning comes barely a few days after a British national, Michael Harper was found guilty by Malawi Human Rights Commission for making a hate speech towards his employee and was ordered to apologize which he did through a press conference.
Harper who has lived in Malawi for the past four years was faulted for describing a Malawian woman as a slave in a Facebook post.