- The Malawian government has issued a statement highlighting concern over the treatment President Lazarus Chakwera received in SA
- The presidential envoy was subjected to thorough security checks and searches when attempting to depart the country
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has slammed the incident as improper and incongruous
The Malawian government is unimpressed with the treatment President Lazarus Chakwera received when attempting to leave South Africa.
The statement claimed that the envoy had been subjected to numerous security checks and searches, dubbing the situation improper and incongruous with the treatment they had enjoyed when entering the country,
The statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that Ramaphosa had issued allegations that the Malawian president had ferried fugitives:
"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."
However, the statement made it clear that the response had not fully acknowledged the poor treatment Chakwera endured during his official visit to South Africa.
"The Malawi delegation complied with all these security measures out of deference to the vague security concerns of the South African authorities, despite the fact that the manner in which they were conducted and the delay they caused breached diplomatic protocols commensurate with the dignity of President Chakwera's office and person.
"As such, the Malawi delegation was justified to dismiss as unacceptable and unsatisfactory the South African authorities' use of unspecified security reasons to hinder President Chakwera from leaving with his advance team."
The statement claimed that South African authorities have still not clarified what the cause for their concern was.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Bushiris had contravened their bail conditions, which prohibited their movement outside of South Africa.
The couple were previously granted bail set at R200 000 each for their alleged role in theft, money laundering and fraud.
A report indicates that a warrant of arrest has since been issued for the couple with their bail funds revoked as a result of this breach.
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