Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has apologized to Malawians on the atrocities the party committed during the one Party era under Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda.
Chakwera said this on Monday in Parliament when he was condemning the racist remarks uttered by one of his MPs on Lilongwe City Centre independent MP David Bisnowaty.
While asking for forgiveness from Bisnowarty, Chakwera strongly condemned the utterances saying there is only one human race in the world regardless of race, creed, colour, language.
“Our Founding President used to admonish all Malawians to live together in peace and harmony. He would especially single out those whose origin and culture may be different from typical Malawian to be treated with respect. While many point to human rights abuses during the one party rule as a reason to haul insults on present day MCP, I appeal to all of us to be careful with the language we employ as fights can get started over very trivial matters as human history demonstrates.
“As a believer in Jesus Christ and a theologian cum politician, I can state that there is but one human race, regardless of the color of one’s skin and/or cultural and religious beliefs,” said Chakwera.
He added: I believe, in forgiveness because I have been forgiven all my sins through the death of Jesus Christ. I ask all Malawians everywhere and that includes the Hon. Member here to forgive the Malawi Congress Party of all past atrocities. I take responsibility as President of all the sins of my fathers. This country needs to move forward.”
Chakwera then urged all members in the house to change direction and not waste time outwitting each other.