The government of Malawi has added its voice on the call by Consumer Association of Malawi (CAMA) that the people of Malawi should observe Black Fridays, when they will put on black attire and boycott South African services in Malawi to protest against the Xenophobic attacks against Malawians citizens in South Africa, saying it is not in support for the call.
This has been revealed in a Press Statement issued on Thursday from the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) signed by Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa.
According to the Statement, Government is in support of the process of dialogue which the State President His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika initiated.
“As you will recall, the State President stated a few days ago that he has opened communication lines with his South African counterpart President Jacob Zuma on this matter within the SADC framework. As a follow up, our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Dr George Chaponda MP has been instructed to travel to the Republic of South Africa to meet his South African counterpart and set the wheels of dialogue in motion.
“Government wishes to give these processes a chance while its efforts continue to secure and support the lives of Malawian citizens that have been affected by the events in South Africa,” reads in part the statement.
The statement however states that government is not against the peaceful demonstrations being advocated by CAMA.
Meanwhile Malawians have expressed mixed reactions on the matter.