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Gandhi statue sparks controversy in Malawi

AFP  |  Blantyre 

Over 3,000 people have signed a petition opposing a planned statue of in Malawi's commercial capital Blantyre, saying the Indian independence hero had done nothing for the southern African country.

Work on the statue began two months ago along a road named after The government says it is being erected as part of a deal that will see construct a USD 10 million (8.6-million-euro) convention centre in

"has never contributed anything to Malawi's struggle for independence and freedom," a statement from the "Gandhi Must Fall" group said.

"We therefore, feel that the statue is being forced upon the people of and is the work of a foreign power aiming at promoting its image and dominion on the unsuspecting people of "

The petitioners claim that Gandhi, who early in his career practised in and fought against apartheid-era segregation laws, was racist.

"We are not comfortable with imperialistic and neo-colonial ideologies that seek to impose... foreign influence which deprives us of honour," Wonderful Mkutche, a member of the group told AFP on Saturday.

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First Published: Sun, October 14 2018. 00:50 IST