Bingu Highway name strongly opposed:  Malawi President petitioned as tension rises in Karonga

Tiwonge Kumwenda –Nyasa Times

Hundreds of irate residents of Karonga and Chitipa on Monday petitioned Malawi President Peter Muthalika against his decision of idolizing his late brother Bingu Wa Muthalika by naming the multibillion Karonga-Chitipa road to Bingu highway and have since threatened to hold protests on its official inaugurations.

Karonga-Chitipa Road

Karonga-Chitipa Road

Simsokwe: We will hold protests even though the DPP government has tendency of killing protestors in the north

Simsokwe: We will hold protests even though the DPP government has tendency of killing protestors in the north

Government announced that the naming of the road has come from traditional leaders in the Karonga-Chitipa and President Mutharika is set to install the name on May 30.

However, communities of both districts have vehemently denied the claim through the petition dated 23 May, 2016 and signed by 42 representatives. saying the process used is unacceptable in a democratic world.

“We as concern citizens of Nyakaronga and Chitipa are of the views that the decision made by the chiefs for asking your office to name Karonga-Chitipa road ‘Bingu high-way’ was ill formed and miscalculated,” argued the petition

The petition argued that “no consultation was done by the chiefs to all stakeholders in their respective areas and therefore we suspect that the chiefs made the decision is to gain favour and political mileage from your office.”

It further reminds government that the said road was initiated during the Bakili Muluzi era; completed by Bingu and officially opened by Joyce Banda administration therefore it is unfair to name it Bingu high-way.

According to the community, the name ‘Bingu’ has been spoiled by the death of 20 people during the 20 July, 2016 demonstration, Kayerekera issues as well as quota system among others.

The petition therefore asks the President to act as matter of urgent by withdrawing the decision in order to pave way for proper consultation while demanding the true evidence and process used by the chiefs to come up with the decision.

In a separate interview, the group’S leader Steven Simsokwe warned to hold massive demonstration on the said day especially if  Muthalika fails to bow down to their demand

According to Simsokwe, the district has suffered with different problems such floods and cholera disease but the chiefs have failed to invite the President to address their suffering.

Meanwhile, the office of the Karonga District Commissioner has pledged to present the letter in time.

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33 thoughts on “Bingu Highway name strongly opposed:  Malawi President petitioned as tension rises in Karonga”

  1. kenkkk says:

    The chiefs have joined the corrupt thugs of DPP, what a shame, just for money? The stadium in Lilongwe was named after Bingu because he initiated the project. This road was initiated by Muluzi, so it has to be named after him or another deserving Malawian past gone. BE CONSISTENT.

    Peter, you can force the people to accept your brother’s name for the road but remember when another government hostile to everything DPP comes to power in 2019, we will change the name to a name that is deserving.

    Only Kamuzu can have multiple projects named after him, not these other mediocre presidents that came after him. NO NO.

  2. Mwakawoko Ngokinaye says:

    Guys, there is no issue here. If you say people of Karonga, all 160, 000 people signed the petition? The arguments raised are baseless. I am one of the people in Karonga. No one is protesting here. It is the few monkeys are making. Allow the President to do his duties. I am not DPP or AFORD or PP or UDF or MCP. I am a noble citizen who loves his country.

  3. VYOTO says:

    BINGU HAS MADE A LOT OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE NORTH SUFFER THROUGH HIS STUPID AND NEPOSTIC QUOTA SYSTEM.ADDITIONALLY, NORTHERNERS HAVE EXPERIENCED MUCH MORE DISCRIMINATION UNDER THE THESE MUTHALIKAS RULE THAN UNDER KAMUZU BANDA, BAKILI MULUZI AND JOYCE BANDA RULE.THEREFORE NORTHERNERS DONT NEED THAT BINGU NAME TO THE KARONGA- CHITIPA ROAD.BINGU INITIATED THE RUMPHI- BOLERO- NYIKA- NTHALIRE -CHITIPA ROAD BUT HE FAILED TO SOURCE FUNDING AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH.THE KARONGA CHITIPA ROAD WAS INDEED INITIATED DURING BAKILI MULUZI TIME AND ONLY COMPLETED DURING BINGU TIME.IT IS ONLY JOYCE BANDA WHO SHOWED TRUE LOVE TO NORTHERNERS.

    WE HAVE NEVER AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT LATE BINGU SAID AGAINST NORTHERNERS IN NOVEMBER 2011 IN DEFENSE OF HIS STUPID QUOTA SYSTEM?????HE LABELLED US AS EXAM CHEATERS THROUGH MZUZU CORNER JUST BECAUSE MOST NORTHERNERS WERE OUTPERFORMING HIM IN CLASS DURING HIS DAYS AT DEDZA SECONDARY SCHOOL???

  4. Phillips Chisambo says:

    i am a million support to my home boys for boycotting this shit of Bingu Highway……Bingu don,t deserve to b honoured especially in the North !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Peter and his Bingu can go to hell for all i care,between them they have many Mpoto people. u can make a Bingu hi ghway in Thyolo or Mulanje or even Nsanje,not here!!!!! i don,t want to hear this nonsense @ all of Bingu high way in the North……

  5. CaGo_Kangaroo_Court says:

    What an arguments for?name or no name the road is ts the road!will ppo fail to use the road because it has been named Bingu?that’s primitive nature,I guess the Office of Presin=dent even the Chieves wont be intertained with the petition.

    1. Zamadura says:

      I disagree here. People of Karonga have a valid case. All three presidents named in this article have contributed to the project. So why name it after one person. What place do the other two then take?

    2. Phillips Chisambo says:

      we don,t want any name that is Mutharika!!!!! so to hell with that nonsense

  6. Joseph Banda says:

    NAME SHOULD BE BINGU HIGHWAY. MWAMVA INU ABOMA

    1. Chipampwiche Kajhalwiche says:

      Auzenso atumbuka asiye yao ija.

  7. Founding Member AFORD in UK says:

    Or name the road AFORD Highway

  8. Issa says:

    You can even name it Muntharika and sons investment. Stupid

    1. Zamadura says:

      Probably they should just call it Mathanyura and Sleepy Chaponda Motorway! Buladifulu government!

  9. Founding Member AFORD in UK says:

    APPEAL TO THE PEOPLE OF THE NORTHERN REGION
    The highway between Karonga and Chitipa should be named after a person from the Northern Region. I suggest one of the following:
    1. Chakufwa Chihana Highway
    2. Dunduza Chisiza Highway
    3. Yatuta Chisiza Highway
    4. Kanyama Chiume Highway

    Please people of the Northern Region, its time one of your own who contrinuted to the freedom of Malawi is honoured. Fight for this to be done. Bingu Wa Mutahiraka was a dictator who stole billions from the people of Malawi. How can you allow this long awaited road to be named after Bingu who supported QUOTAS in education and who hated northerners!

    1. Mtumbuka Sanga says:

      Are u saying that all the roads in South and Central Region that bear names of Northern Region personalities should change and be named after people from those regions? It is people like you that has tainted the image of northers as tribalistic and selfish. We have roads like Dunduza Chisiza, Mbelwa, Mzimba etc in Central and Southern regions and people are ok with it just because those names are Malawian. After all that road was initiated by Colonial Govt and failed, Kamuzu talked about it and failed, Muluzi failed too. Bingu had to sacrifice Taiwan for main land China to have it built. If you were clever people you should be lobbying govt to build other equally important roads than being stuck with a name.

    2. Zamadura says:

      Well said man. To that list we can also consider adding Mapopa Chipeta, though Chakufwa Thom would be the most suitable candidate for that befitting honour.

  10. Professor says:

    Good at naming other peoples’ developments. Shame on them trying to score points on what they didn’t sweat for. The problem with our chiefs is that they are attracted by money without listening to the views of people they are leading. Find another name please.

  11. BigMan says:

    The North always protest and complain. Even if you call the Road something else, somebody somewhere will protest. Just name the bloody road, afterall its just an official name. You can call it whatever you want.

    1. Mlakho wa Nyau says:

      Bigman. Northerners are Think Tanks!!! They are not Bootlickers.

  12. mwipithera says:

    komanso ku mpoto

    1. Mlakho wa Nyau says:

      kokondakumenyala ufulu a Malawi bwanji. komanso ku mpoto, opanda wopezeka bootlickers. Nonsense.

  13. PJK says:

    What’s Highway about this road?

  14. smart says:

    To me everyone including Peter knows that that road is Chitipa-Karonga Road why changing.That is stupidity.

  15. Ntharire says:

    Useless Malawians busy with trivia. What is in a name? What we need is development and not names. Why fight over a name? Whether they call that road Bakili-Bingu highway or Bingu highway, who cares? Does that affect a poor man in the village negatively? Not all. So why wasting time? Steven Simsokwe stop chewing politicians’ bans. Stop being cheap and used by these so called anamalira in Malawian politics.

    1. STIMERA says:

      No need of naming with that name,,500 billion is enough to say NO!!!

      1. Truth says:

        Amalawi atopa ndi maina awa
        BAKILI MULUZI
        BINGU MUTHALIKA
        JOYCE BANDA
        These names reminds Malawians who are face problem how bad are the everyday.

    2. Najere Chitekwe says:

      Ntharire, name matters. That is why no sane parent gives his child names like Jezebel, Satan etc. Some names bring bitter memories. That is why up to now people prefer to use the name Midima Road than Robert Mugabe Highway as named by Bingu.

      1. Peter Nkosi says:

        I recall that after the road was named after Mugabe, armed police had to guard the signs proclaiming it as such. One night, a group of 30 or so sneaked up on the sleeping police and stole the sign. The fairy story later was that the police had acted with professionalism by not using their guns, just in case they had injured any of the mob.

        A replacement sign had to be ordered from (I think) Outside. Does anyone know if the signs are still proclaim that road is Mugabe Highway?

      2. Issa says:

        Well spoken.

      3. Mphwanye says:

        you are ignorant my friend.Mugabe is a good name to associate with than Midima.You don’t Know white people.Had you known you would have called Mugabe true patriot of African people.But i see you re brainwashed.

        1. Mlakho wa Nyau says:

          Mphwanye, what a contradiction!! Who is brainwashed the more here? What type of language have you written here, is it English or mother tongue? Is Midima English or may be you wanted Shona?

    3. Yohane says:

      Ntharire. You are contradicting yourself. 1. you have wasted your time by backing the nonsense. 2. Bingu on 30 May will be wasting his time to inaugurate the nonsense. Have you read the article between lines or you are a graduate from Thyolo with 30 points. Where was your President when pple died of Cholera and floods? Why spending tax payers money on 30 May on the issue which you Mr. so called Ntharire has branded trivial. Our demonstration is not on hate, but to protect your tax payers money Mr. idiot, so that the your fellow idiot professor of useless law can spend on pressing issues.

      1. Lizulu says:

        You can start demonstrating today until year end and we will not care abit. Bwanji makape anuwo samapanga zokonza msewuwo. Ngakhale mutamapanga ma demo ndi usiku womwe, palibe chitasintha.

        The road will be called Bingu Highway. PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        1. Yohane says:

          Lizulu, ndiwe mbutumanso eti. Kuzolowela kukhala ndimitumbila kumanda, nyau too much. Sukuluyako udalekezela muti. Don’t you know that anthu akumpoto ndi wophunzira kwambiri and boma is using their tax payers money selfishly. Which university did you attend and with how many points. Kawunjika ndi utenanti umene mukupangawo muganiza mukupanga contribute ndalama zingati so that the government can benefit and grow hunchbacks of pride.

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