Activists want referendum on federal system not about homosexuality

One of the activists pushing for federal system of government, Dr Binnah Shawa has called on President Peter Mutharika to first call a referendum vote for federation other than asking Malawians to vote on human rights issues such as homosexuality or abortion.

Dr Bina Shawa: Federalism or standalone country for north

Dr Bina Shawa: Federalism or standalone country for north

Shawa said by adopting federal system, they will end regionalism by most of the country’s Presidents who have been coming from the southern region.

The advocates for the federal system also feel that federalism would bring development competition among the three regions, since the regions would be able to plan for the most needed developments in their areas unlike now when all the decisions are made by the central government.

President Mutharika mandated the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the issue before a decision could be made.

The federal system activists raised issues surrounding segregation and discrimination, road infrastructure in the North, status of Mzuzu City, education, and appointments in government and recognition of heroes from the North.

They also complained about poor road network in the region saying despite campaign promises to upgrade some of them like the Edingeni-Euthini-Mpherembe- Nyika-Nthalire-Chitipa road, nothing has been done.

They also queried why Mzuzu City gets a little budget of around K1 billion when other cities get as high as K2.2 billion in the national budget.

Initially, the calls for government to adopt federalism started with few individuals from the country’s northern region in 2011, following a public outcry that the then president, late Bingu Wa Mutharika, brother to the current president, Peter, was oppressing the region in terms of development.

For instance, Mutharika imposed a quota system policy of selecting students to public colleges; rather, than on merit, after he noted that most learners from the north were dominating public universities through the Ministry of Education’s merit selection system.

Several quarters also accuse the incumbent President of supporting regionalism and nepotism by promoting people from his region and particularly his Lomwe tribe in public offices such as cabinet ministers, chief executives for parastatal institutions and other government departments.

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41 thoughts on “Activists want referendum on federal system not about homosexuality”

  1. Zangazatha says:

    Ifeyo akumpoto we must just organise ourselves and bomb the heck out of these quota system benefiters (Makota). ifeyo we have already started mobilising in Botswana and we have already linked up in South Africa. close to R400m will come from these two countries and we have the backing of the EFF. Ku USA and UK ayamba kale. munya muona tatopa nanu abilimankhwe inu. Entry plan ili mu draft pano.

  2. Mulukhu says:

    Something z missing in v northerners brain, how many gelections w av gon through since endpendenc? Opepela anuwo samaimilila upulesidenti? Amawina? Pipo out here know that u r full of shit n selfish. Mukhala choncho. Tow regions woyeeeeeee APM woyeeeeeee!

  3. Kharupa says:

    Breaking up with the north is the only lasting solution. Federalism will not solve anything because tumbukas will still be around and shall still be making unreasonable noise, demanding equal shares as if their size is as proportionate to that of Central or South. And here they are saying they are ready to use guns . For what? Kodi ife tikukuletsani atumbukanu kuti mupange dziko lanu ngati? All we are saying is that federalism will still have you around and that means our problems shall remain forever. Get lost bampoto imwe!!!!!

    If you fail to tolerate each other and support Aford, can you sustain a government?

  4. Achakulungwa says:

    I don’t support the idea of federalism. I believe this is coming from selfish people with selfish motives. Kodi mukuti mukufuna pa nokha chifukwa ninji? I think federalism ayi tipange za standalone. Perhaps that will give people from the other two regions a rest. Be planning on your military force,police,and everything else because tikapanga referendum sitikulorani kukhala part of us,mwatinyoza kokwana kuti tikukukakamirani. Tizidutsa nawo mdziko mwanumo tikamatenga galimoto zathu Ku Tanzani. No to federalism yes to standalone

  5. We need change says:

    Kodi mukudana ndi federalism bwanji ngati Munayamba mwayetsapi.All the systems have failed and now federalism should be put on trial.Why are you spending sleepless nights with federalism.Its not a hidden thing that Pitala is a tribalist and full of nepotism.Malawi needs to try federalism.Fed up of the useless unitary system that is very segragative.We will support you Dr Bina Shaba.

  6. zabwino bwino says:

    mwayambanso atumbuka eti,,,,,mukufuna mupange za Livingstonia Synod eti???mpaka kuthamangitsa Chimwemwe Mhango

  7. myao says:

    Thikiwa, intelligence prevails over academics and civilisation. Ndipitilize or ulipila xool fees?

  8. chipie says:

    I think amene muli apresident apitala ndi ameneso mukufuna kudzakhala mtsogoleri. Moti simungatsutsike pazomwe munkachita/mukuchita? Anthu-tu apa akukudandaulani zochita zanu. Tangoganizani kuti inuyo mawa mwafa, tayang’anani anthu amene mwakhala mukuwapondereza aja– zosakhala bwinotu zimenezi. Ganizani bwino mwabwana.

  9. Tiyanjane says:

    So, Bina Shawa’s face has tribalism written all over it? Now, tell me about the writtings on the faces and mouths of muthalika, fabiano, chaponda, mwanamveka, getrude maseko

  10. The only language this Hitler of Malawi will understand is when the Northerners pick up arms to free their Northern part of Malawi which is Republic of Nyika. We can’t keep on complaining and do nothing. This tribalistic Lomwe dominated government the only language that they understand is a gun. No other tribe will rule Malawi until thy Kingdom come. I call upon all Northerners to embark on the armed struggle because that is the only language this Hitler Peter Mutharika will understand. We need to bomb their asses. We just need to make Malawi ungovernable until our people are free from this Monster called Hitler Peter Mutharika. Time to talk is over—-this is the time for action and organize our people for the liberation of our beloved Nyikaland. We must fight like Kosovians who defeated Slobadin Milosovik. Mayibuye Nyikaland. Amandla ngewethu! Dubula the oppressors! Woza wena Nyikaland!! We tried to give them the solution how the federalism that we are proposing should be, but they rejected it. Their federalism solution is to maintain the presidency in the Southern region. Our solution was that of three provinces with strong provincial powers, rotational presidency among our three regions, a point system where each province will be allocated points and for one to become the president must win two provinces and not one. Hitler Peter Mutharika rejected this idea. His idea is to divide Northern region into small pieces which I call it “Divide and Conquer rule.” We reject this apartheid idea—-we want to be independent in our undivided Republic of Nyika with all its islands—Chizumuru, Likoma, and others.

  11. Henele says:

    Northerners are selfish people. They have failed to get positions through the ballot. Now they want to slice this country. NO! You wont get that! You managed to go scot free on the Livingstonia Synod issue in Central region. This wont go as that. Stop waisting your time. I rest!

  12. nazimbiri says:

    atumbuka mutofunabe ku
    lamulira malawi?
    isa.kkkkk

  13. MMBALUKU says:

    MNZUNGU AMADYA MANYI A MUNTHU !!

    TSOPANO TIPANGE REFERENDUM

    .WANTHU AVOTE NAFENSO TIZIDWA MANYI

    A WANTHU !!

    .KKKKKKKKKKK !!

    KUSAUKAKU GUYS !!! KUTIBWEERETSERA
    MALOZA MALOZA !! NDITHU !!!

  14. Thikiwa says:

    I think we are no understanding the aim of the program called Talk to the President, on that program, the president answers the questions raised by concerned malawians. Therefore, on the program he answered the question raised on Gay marriages, I watched the whole program and I didn’t hear any question of federal system. Lets be civilised peapole, I think its high time that we should realise that if we want to bring down leadership, we are bringing down ourselves directly or indirectly. lets support the government of the day. Sometimes I turn to wonder the aim of the TUMBUKAs, what do want to achieve in bringing someone down?

  15. Zangazatha says:

    Ineyo I want federalism if you resist because because you are benefiting, then nkhondo ikubwera thats the only way kuti agalu inu mumve. civil war yatsala pangono

  16. Hendrix says:

    Kulimbanirana Kutchuka Analawi,, Shame!!! kod ngakhare Atumbuka muyankhule moteromo mupindula chani Mmalo mot muzindikire kut Awa ndimapeto anthawi kulibe ayi ziko laling’ono ngat limeneri or muli gawe mupezapo chani?? bvuto lakula ndidyera Ine ku Mw kuno sindimawonako Mtonga mlomwe yawo mtumbuka or tsena ndimangowona Amalawi okha okha tangopangani chitukukocho ngati ndarama zomangira misewu zachepa pitani mukadandaule mukambirane mofatsa awonjezere ndaramayo ngat mkotheka Koma osati ine ndifuna ndikongolese kwathu shaaaaaaa kwanukwache kuti,.???? munthu okuda ali better off basi Ngat mufuna ligaweni zikori mukwaniritse Zolemberazo koma tsoka kwa iwoo,,,,,, musaname kut sindinanene.. zikomo Malawi ndi mmozi plz that is disggustng and u are hvng a rotten mind over this issue Asakupusiseni azunguwo Nukulambira chilombocho kamba ka ndarama and u are expectng all of us to do the same??? soka ndatitu tsoka kwa iwe wamkulu mphuno iwe usamare ngat susintha

  17. Katong'ongo says:

    APM has realised that his late brother Bingu chose a wrong path by dealing with donors unilaterally on hyper-sensitive issues such as gays and abortions rights. APM is ostensibly trying to use the same people he imposed quota system as his own pawns to rubber-stamp his clear cut decision. It is a well known fact that majority of Malawians be it Moslems, Christians, etc. do not subscribe to these inhuman acts (abortion, gay, lesibians rights etc.). So, APM should not waste our resources and time. We need to positively push this country forward. Why is APM afraid of calling for a referendum on Federal Government.
    Answers:
    1-His powers will be diluted and reduced to a regional governor.
    2-The draconian policies he imposed on northerners (qouta system, suppressions etc.) will crumble automatically.
    3-The lazy and parasitic people from his region will be exposed. Some people only succeed/survive at the expense of another man’s suffering.
    4-He wants all people to be called Malawians during planting season but deprive them of their expected returns during harvest time. In return, he together with his regionalistic cohorts call them all sorts of names…..aTumbuka……aChewa.

    Points to note:
    1-One day prepare exams outside Malawi. Let white people invigilate, administer and mark them and see the results. This will assess or vindicate your unfounded cheating claims.
    2-It is a matter of time. Federal government will come to pass and is here to stay whether someone likes it or not.
    3-South Sudan internal conflicts were catalysed by the Sudanese government to prove their selfish assertions that secession was not good.
    4-You think God smiles or claps hands when you denigrate northerners.
    5-You play selfishness, you suppress innocent people and consequently God curses the whole nation. Malawi will never ever progress until you repent and stop abusing your majory privilege.
    6-You will start insulting me for saying the truth. This is what you are made of.
    7-Each time someone talks about federal system, you become restless and start insulting him/her.
    8-You have found northerners to be selfish people (ozikonda). Why then do you complain when they want a system that will make them work harder for their region.
    9-Any claim to have northerners chased from other regions is just operating in a fools paradise. No northerner will leave a single property they sweated for to anyone. Northerners do not live in anyones house/home nor all companies in the south belonging to any southerner. It was collective sweat that brought this country to where we are today.
    10-You have run this country with absolute failure. KAMUZU performed in his time. So shall MCP do.
    11-Any comment or article presented by someone from the central region, the insults will still be targetted and unleashed on a northerner because you know that we are tolerant and long-suffering.
    12-Northerners will perform anywhere else they go in this world except in Malawi where you treat them as second class citizens.
    13-Now is your time to start insulting me.

  18. botomani says:

    Zakuthako mpaka referendum. We are a cursed nation indeed.

  19. I know for sure. Federalism will come not through a referendum because DPP and Southerners will resist. That change moment will come when a few willing Malawians in North then triggering same situation in Central will seize a few buildings and government installations. Fearing break up and all out war the government will call for discussions and constitutional review. By then, some souls will have perished.

  20. Tilipo says:

    No. 5!
    Alfred, you have spoken very well apart from the abusive term of shame on the ideology of others. Good facts and reasoning should always go together with humiliate.
    Malawi should really begin to look at wholesome solution than segmented existence.
    We are better together.
    Look at some countries who have federal government just like Nigeria. Have they really benefited?
    The problem with most of us Malawians is self living. Selfishness!
    This is why for more than 30 years now we are still crying like babies.
    Dzuka Malawi.

  21. ZINGAYAMBE KUYIWALIKA says:

    TO ALL MY COUSINS FROM THE NORTH, LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY !!!
    NGATI CHAKUFWA TOM CHIHANA SANALAMURE DZIKO LINO LA MALAWI,THEN NONE FROM THAT REGION WILL RULE THIS COUNTRY. MARK MY WORDS !!!

  22. ZINGAYAMBE KUYIWALIKA says:

    DR BINA SHAWA NDI CHIMWAMUNA , CHOTSALALA , CHOJINJA , NDIPONSO MUNGOWONA CHIMPUNO CHOKACHO NDI 5KG .
    ALL IN ALL , NDICHIMUNTHU CHODZIKONDA AND IF HE SHOULD NOT THINK THAT A NORTHERNER WILL EVER RULE THIS COUNTRY.
    I REST MY CASE !!!

  23. Kharupa says:

    When northerners are busy making noise like this, you must know that they are also busy stealing government money or kulembana ntchito okhaokha somewhere. Watch them out guys!

  24. Namulondola says:

    Is Chief Kyungu bad because he does not think like me ? I hope the chief will turn good if he begins to think like you. Let us wait for that time.

  25. kk says:

    Koma m’dala uyu mutu wake umagwila? How can the budget for Texas be the same as New York. That is why I always say that Tumbukas are insane people. They are enjoying giving each other jobs every where, still they complain. Mr Bina what ever you call yourself, just apply for an aslylum anywhere in the world and stop making these senseless noise. Looking at your face, I don’t think you can employ non Tumbuka. Tribalisim is written all over your face. For your information SA is not a federal government. Mandela a Xosa ruled and then Mbeki a xosa ruled two terms. Zuma a Zulu ruled and ANC womens league is pushing for a female president Mdlamini Zuma a Zuku. In Nigeria they have federal government for religious purposes,the south and north rotates the leadership. Yaraduwa from the north, Jonathan from south a Christian and the leadership is back to the north a Muslim. The reason why you Tumbukas cry for the federal government, is because of the discovery of mineral which you want to share amongst yourselves. But as greedy as you are, I can for see tensions amongst yourselves like South Sudan.

  26. Achimidzimidzi says:

    For Federalism system to be objective, let us use the same principles or reasoning that we use when creating districts under local governemnet.

    In the first place, why getting pregnant.

    We can not do referendum on abortion, becuase it is pure medical and personal.

  27. Mugonapamhanya says:

    Money and development will never come from any political system of a government. We all remember what Advocates of Multi-party system of government were telling people. They were convincing people that mult-partyism would bring prosperity but some of us knew it was just an illusion. Look at all the fast developing countries that were traditionally poor such as India, China, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa etc, they are developing as a result of the hard working spirit of the people in manufacturing and export trading and they are developing regardless of the type of govt they follow. Don’t decieve people when you know that deep down your heart what you want is to satisfy your inborn greed.

  28. vwapuvwapu says:

    Amati mwana akalilira nyanga ya nsansi mumsemele. Osangowasemela bwanji? Azingolira mpaka liti?

  29. Mugonapamhanya says:

    A refrendum on Federalism will ge an outright waste of money and other resources as the outcome is obvious. Fedralism is not a popular style of running a government; nowonder only less than 1% of govts opted for it in the whole world. Federalists are few even in the NORTH where it originated.

  30. mbuli ya ku south and central says:

    A referendum on gay issue will not bring donors to Malawi. Arrest all the politicians who were involved in cash gate. Every one knows that cash gate started under UDF so go back to the beginning not just concentrating on JB. We love malawi as a whole but everyone needs the basic things in life. We don’t enjoy seeing malawians suffering while few people eat and promoting tribalism. Let’s have federalism which will benefit all malawians. MEC also needs to be looked at as mbendera is incompetent, we want people who can handle pressure at MEC than kulila pa tv.Kwacha is tumbling,no forex, highest cost of living in Africa,no medicine and food shortages. All we concentrate on is gay issues and donor aid. We are standing in a river while dieing of thirst. Malawi is rich enough to survive without aid. Let’s remove these fools in government now before its too late.

  31. chimangenI says:

    Majority should rule!Let refelendum be,but the only advise is that government Must deal with all the concerned issues at once to save money, ie homosexual,abortion,federal govmnt.One can not deside for all.When the president desides u are the same people to complain!

  32. Let’s also not forget how the governments led by southerners have stolen public funds starting with Bakili Muluzi, Bingu, Joyce (now on the run) and Peter. We can’t go on like this.

  33. ZZ Junior says:

    You guys are missing it. Peter by calling for referendum, he has actually pulled a fast one against the donors. The president knows that the gays rights activists will not win in a referendum that will put to rest pressure from the donors. Strike one. Now coming back to federalism, why would Mzuzu and Blantyre City get the same budget allocation. Are you guys from the north serious? Look at the face of this Dr. Shawa he has tribalism written allover it. These calls are motivated by nothing but power hungry individuals. I bet once given the powers that the north needs, they turn against each other just like south sudan is doing.

  34. Only the south will say no to the referendum on federation because they depend on tobacco from the north and center. Let’s go ahead with the federal system of government.

  35. Kanyimbi says:

    When distributing resources the government look at the number of people to benefit. There is no way Mzuzu can get money equal to Lilongwe. Even in families, small families have small budgets.

  36. redeemed says:

    A call for referendum on gays is just a mere waste of time and money that the government already claims to be in constraint. A vast majority of Malawians have already vehemently opposed this prevalence. There are quite a number of very imperative issues that need attention. Like I said before that do not subject your selves to the dancing to the donor’s tune. Be firm like Mr R Mogabe who is not willing to compromise inspite the terrible state his country is in. Slowly but surely we will rise again. For your info Zim state is far much worse than Malawi.

  37. alfred says:

    Dr bina shaba and a few greedy souls from my region, the north, if u cannot see that regionalism cannot end by either federalism or secession then it is just because u have been blinded with greed.look, the north would be divided into regions made up of chitipa and karonga on one side, then the more populous mzimba on the other with nkhatabay and the sparsely populated rumphi on the other. All presidents and ministers will all come from the greedy mzimba on the pretext that thevdistrict is controlling more resources like chikangawa forest and kanyika mine And those of us who were not born in mzimba will always feel disadvantaged because we will never make it to president of the new state and we will never be favoured into lucrative positions. Will we have to secceed or break up from the mighty northern state? Remember nkhatabay and karonga will look at the lake and say aha we can stand alone since we have the lake to drink and fish from. Look malawi is a very tiny country imposed on us by the useless colonialists. The thinking these days is how to make africa one country, not vice versa. When the rest of the world is trying to get to the sun, a few greedy malawians are still in the village. Shame.

  38. Sapitwa says:

    Fair enough! We once had the Referendum to Multiparty Democracy and people are aware of this. My concern is that it might not bring the expected results to those that advocate it. There are not many villagers who understand what this Federalism is all about and what value it will add personally to their lives. Many might not bother to register let alone vote .What if the results are in opposition to it?

  39. Kaka says:

    Federal system yomweyo: Kuti Wa Wa Wa !! In the Central region, we have agreed that we will support it so that our hard-working people benefit from their sweat

  40. Greencardless Malawian says:

    The problem with Malawian leaders is that they are motivated by money and control only. They are easily swayed when they are given money by whoever that might want to take advantage of their followers. Look at the fool called Kyungu and many more fools of the north they call chiefs; they are the ones who have brought this matter to sleep because the crooked southerners who only care is to secure their control of the nation have taken advantage of the foolish leaders of the north now and again who cannot be bothered about the well being of their people. These so called leaders care more about how fat can their pockets can be if they continue their corrupt ways. I used to think that Kyungu is a civilised person but now i see that he is just another foolish savage!

  41. Joseph says:

    Not only activists, any sensible person wants THAT! He is not doing this for the plight of gays, but to win the donors support. There are a lot of things in Malawi that we need referendums on and this IS NOT ONE OF THEM!!!!

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