Malawian government criticises SA’s treatment of their president

Johannesburg – The Malawian government has issued a statement, expressing concern about the treatment President Lazarus Chakwera received when leaving South Africa.

Chakwera’s presidential envoy was subjected to additional security checks and searches which the statement called “improper and incongruous” with the treatment they received when entering the country.

“The government of Malawi is aware and grateful that a public statement was recently issued by the South African government, exculpating President Chakwera from false allegations dominating the South African media that his presidential plane was used as a conduit for trafficking two Malawians [Shepherd and Mary Bushiri] wanted by South African authorities,” read the statement.

The statement went on to say the response from the South African government fell short of acknowledging the poor treatment received by Chakwera.

Chakwera was on an official visit in South Africa.

The Bushiris contravened their bail conditions as they are not allowed to travel outside South Africa.

The couple was granted R200,000 each last week.

They are facing charges of theft, money laundering and fraud in connection with an alleged R100-million investment scheme.

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