A court in Malawi has halted work on a statue of Mahatma Gandhi after critics accused him of using racial slurs.
“Being black people ourselves, such remarks have invited a sense of loathing and detestation of Gandhi,” the Gandhi Must Fall group said in its court application.
Judge Michael Tembo granted an injunction temporarily suspending work on the statue.
The effigy’s construction was part of a $10m (£7.8m) building deal with India.
Under the agreement a convention centre named after Gandhi is being built in Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial capital.
India’s Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu had been scheduled to visit the country to inaugurate the centre and the statue, local outlet The Nation reports. Read more