Court Stops BCC From Erecting Mahatma Ghandi Statue


The High Court in Blantyre has stopped Blantyre City Council from erecting statue of Mahatma Ghandi, former Indian leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India.

The ruling follows an application by two Malawians, Pemphero Mphande and Mkotama Katenga Kaunda, of the Ghandi Must Fall Movement, who asked the court to make the decision on grounds that erecting the statue could be an insult to Malawians, saying Ghandi is well known for racism remarks.

The court has ruled this in line with the arguments that the movement made about the alleged racist remarks that Gandhi made about Africans.

The claimants, argued that Ghandi was not a Malawian hence no need to be honoured with a statue in Malawi.

They also argued that he (Ghandi) was a racist who is on record having called black people Kaffirs which is a derogatory term of the equivalence of “negro”.

In its ruling the court said “Blantyre city council violated the right to dignity of them and all Malawians who didn’t want the statue according to section 19(1) of the constitution of Malawi.”

Further, the first defendant, Blantyre City Council is to pay costs. This means there can’t be the statue of Gandhi in Malawi.

Wonderful Mkhutche, one of the members of the movement has stressed that they feel the court has sent a strong message to issues of racism and respect for human rights.

In his remarks, Mphande warned office bearers that Malawi is not for sale adding that the current generation is ready to fight.

He the urged the youth to be brave and their voices will be heard.

“Let this be a warning to office bearers that Malawi is not for sale and that our generation will fight. And a lesson to the youth that if we are brave, our voices will be heard. It is all our duty to ensure that Africa and Malawi is safe from imperialists and neocolonialists. We have to promote our culture and history for future generations,” Mphande said.

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel:

Flora Mitumba
Flora Mitumba

Share post:

Featured Video

click to play


More like this

Man arrested over murder in Mzimba

Police at Jenda in Mzimba have arrested a 26-year-old...

See What This Lady Did In The Name Of Physical Exercise 

In the video, the pretty lady is seen standing...

Drama As Pregnant Lady Caught Boyfriend With Another Girl In His House (Watch Video)

A dramatic scene played out after a pregnant lady caught her...

Two people handed jail sentence for stabbing 49 year old man

The Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Court has sentenced 26-year-old...