Malawians on the social media have ganged up against British High Commissioner to Malawi, Holly Tett condemning an old woman affected by floods in Karonga District captured kneeling on the country vice President Saulos Chilima.
In twit seen by faceofmalawi reporter, Tetti blast the flood victim for kneeling on Chilima.
âThis way of saying thanks âthe traditional wayâ just doesnât sit right with me. Whatâs wrong with the traditional way of just saying âthanksâ and throwing in a smile for good measure?â twitted British Ambassador.
Tettâs tweet has attracted mixed reactions among Malawians with many attacking the High Commissioner for her remarks.
One of the concerned citizen identified as Onjezani Kenani wrote: âTo the British High Commissioner to Malawi, Holly Tett: every country has its culture. Respect it. In one of these photos for instance, the King of Swaziland is showcasing his. Imagine if some ambassador there were to say such a thing does not sit well with her. Men in Britain kneel for the Queen, nobody says a word. We expect better from someone at the level of High Commissioner.â
Concurring with Kenaniâs remarks Prescott Wreath wrote: âVarious cultures have various ways of demonstrating respect, awe, reverence and gratitude to others. In Africa in general we bow, and if we are wearing hats we remove them to show respect for elders.
âOther cultures in Malawi bow before kings, lie down or sit down on the floor when their king is sitting on the throne. The woman is expressing naturally what is in her heart through a traditional practice in her culture. This is not forced. It’s a natural heartfelt way of expressing gratitude. For her she was so happy she did that. This is totally fine.â
Another concerned citizen identified as Gowa Andy asked Tett to stop interfering with African calture.
âYou are not an African madam and you will not become one, even if you can stay in Africa for the rest of your life.
âWho questions some of the bizarre traditions you practice in UK. Scotish men put on that skirt, to us that is madness. You have an over aged queen in your Royal palace who questions that. Who has asked you to tell them when she will call it quit,â wrote Andy
He added: âYour country allows same sex marriages, which to us is very strange. And you go a mile further to plant that uncouth behaviour on innocent Africans.
âYour country deliberately causes chaos in other countries for personal benefits. Nobody questions you madam.
âHenceforth stop interfering in other peoples way of life.
âJust a reminder, the mind of rubber stamping your believes on Africans has landed the Livingstonia synod and the ngoni chiefs into a tag of war as the former is demanding its culture back.â
Meanwhile debate continues on the matter.
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