BLANTYRE--Muslims in Malawi should be considered in for various government positions as they have been sidelined in many sectors.
A communique issued at the end of this year’s Ijitima at Kamuzu Stadium, the Islamic community also bemoans negative reporting in the country’s media about their faith.
The Ijitima was attended by guests from Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Pemba and was led by Alhaji Hassan Mwinyi, retired President of Tanzania.
"We wish to request Government to consider including qualified Muslims into various positions. Many have papers and qualifications but the opportunities are lacking," reads the communique.
The communique also reminds Government to follow up on a public pledge to build a large mosque in Mangochi.
Shiekh Aman Matiya deputy organising chair for Ijitima organising committee said Moslems in the country were now free and feel to be part of Malawi.
"Many religions have prayed here, we have never been allowed before. But this Government has given us opportunity to pray here. We are happy and grateful," said Matiya.
A Mufti from Tanzania hailed the Malawi Ijitima saying the two countries have a lot in common and their faith and religious brotherhood is why the two country's live in peace.
Vice Pres Khumbo Kachali pledged government’s continued support to the Islamic community assuring them that issues raised will be considered.
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