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Republic of Malawi

PRESS STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
April 23, 2015
Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture
Lilongwe
Malawi

GOVERNMENTS POSITION ON CAMAS CALL FOR BLACK


FRIDAY
Government has noted the call by the 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.
In the awake of this call, the Ministry of Information, Tourism and
Culture has received a number of inquiries from South African
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investors in Malawi to find out if the Black Fridays observation


represents the official position of the Government of Malawi in
dealing with the unfortunate events in their country.
While these inquiries have been dealt with accordingly, Government
wishes to inform other South African investors that may also be
considering making their own inquiries that the position of the
Government of Malawi is to support the process of dialogue which
the State President His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika
has 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.
This notwistanding, Government realises that it is under the
obligation to uphold the dictates of our Constitution, among them
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the right of expression, which encompasses the freedom to hold


peaceful demonstrations.
HON. KONDWANI NANKHUMWA M.P.
GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON &
MINISTER OF INFORMATION, TOURISM AND CULTURE

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