Govt refuses CAMA’s call to boycott SA’s services .
Government has distanced itself from a call by Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) that Malawians should put black attire and boycott South Africa’s services in protest against xenophobic attacks.
In a press statement released by the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture government says will support the process of dialogue which the State President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika has already initiated.
The statement signed by the Minister responsible, Kondwani Nankhumwa, says Mutharika has opened communication lines with South African President Jacob Zuma on the matter.
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr George Chaponda has been instructed to travel to Republic of South Africa to set dialogue in motion,”it adds.
Nankhumwa said government’s priority is to continue with its effort of securing and supporting lives of Malawians who have been affected by ant-immigrant attacks in South Africa.
Government has however said is under the obligation to uphold the country’s Constitution, which among others gives the rights to freedom of expression which encompasses that to hold peaceful demonstrations.