JOHANNESBURG – The Movement of Advocacy Group in Southern Africa this week condemned the recent killings of migrants and the looting of their properties in Malawi.
MAGSA said in a statement released Thursday that it condemned “in its strongest terms” the attacks, linked to South African-styled xenophobia, in Nchesi, Lilongwe.
“MAGSA also in its strongest terms condemns recent attacks on migrant community and looting of properties in the area,” read part of the statement from Moses Chipande Chiume, the Secretary General of MAGSA.
“MAGSA also appeals to local communities not to seek retribution, by taking the law in to their own hands, by targeting vulnerable and innocent members of the migrant communities who has appalled by the crime committed by criminals.
“A crime is a crime regardless of which nationality commits it and has to be dealt as a crime. Criminals are a danger to every society member and it is the wish of MAGSA to see societies unites as a larger African communities working with law enforcement agencies to weed out criminals within our midst regardless of where they come from.”
MAGSA said an attack on a fellow African was a direct attack on the republic of Malawi and called for perpetrators of the violence to be brought to book and “face the harshest punishment in accordance with the laws of the Rebublic of Malawi”.
“On behalf of migrant community, we extend our heartfelt to the deceased families and all law-abiding citizens in Malawi.”