Bingu wa Mutharika’s name causes stir in Karonga

Tiwonge Kumwenda –Nyasa Times

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has deployed a battalion of its youth cadets in the northern border district of Karonga where there is tension with the impending protests against the renaming of a road linking the district with Chitipa after late president Bingu wa Mutharika.

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

President Peter Mutharika, a brother to Bingu, will officially name the road on Friday.

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa said the decision to rename Karonga-Chitipa road to Bingu Highway came from chiefs in the two districts.

He said “Bingu was an icon of development and deserves to be honoured” for successfully completing the construction of the road linking Chitipa and Karonga to the rest of the country.

But there have been protests from communities who plan to hold demonstrates on Friday.

One of the organisers, Steven Simsokwe told Nyasa Times that they will show their disapproval to the name Bingu Highway, saying government should listen to the people not “politicians disguised as chiefs.”

Simsokwe said the road should have been named after great sons of the soil in north Malawi like pro-democracy champion Chakufwa Chihana, Orton Chirwa and former speaker Rodwell Munyenyembe.

“We will hold protests against the name,” Simsokwe said.

But DPP have been prepared with its cadets sharpening pangas to defend the name.

To beef up the battalion of DPP cadres, the ruling party has also engaged  students at the Mzuzu University.

“We are indeed coming there to deal with the Karonga and Chitipa residents who are against the decision of naming Karonga-Chitipa road Bingu highway after being approached by the DPP party officials,” confided some students.

However, DPP deputy regional governor in the north, Smart Kayira said President Mutharika is not coming to rename the road as that process was already concluded by the local chiefs.

“The  President visit is to inspect the police houses affected by the floods and the not naming Karonga-Chitipa road, therefore those who are panicking with demonstration are just wasting their time,” said Kayira.

Simsokwe said they are not shaken with reports of facing DPP cadets if they demonstrate.

The architect of the renaming of the road is said to be Chief Kyungu of Karonga.

The project of the road was started during Bakili Muluzi tenure with funding from Taiwan and it continued with China funds after the switch of diplomatic ties by the Bingu regime.

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13 thoughts on “Bingu wa Mutharika’s name causes stir in Karonga”

  1. Kenkkk says:

    Corrupt and shameful Chiefs. The love of self-enrichment and money have sold their souls. Corrupt Dpp thugs bribing corrupt Chiefs. Shame. It saddens me to attack the Chiefs but I have no choice this time. They are a disgrace.

    This road was initiated by Bakili and if we are honest and consistent, then it should be named after him or another deserving person such as chakufwa, Orton Chirwa, etc. bingu has already got the stadium in Lilongwe because he initiated the project. The conference centre is also named after him. So there is absolutely no need to name this road after him. Only kamuzu name deserves to have multiple naming of projects in his honour, not and any these corrupt presidents that followed him after 1994 and continue to follow him.

    I can understand why the people of Karonga and Chitipa are very angry about this.

    Once we kick out these Dpp thugs in 2019 or whenever, we will give the road a deserving name.

  2. Winston Msowoya says:

    Malawians,we have myriad of problems to solve why must we waste our precious time on which name to give to the road?Are we really normal?The road can be called any name apart from Bingu Muthalika and his egregious,corrupt brother Peter Mathanyula.However,personally,I would suggest my hero “YATUTA KALULI CHISIZA or NYIKALAND ROAD”

  3. bob chiswe says:

    Kyungu is an opportunist who seeks favors from DPP. He has always been like that behaving like an intellectual when he is just an imbecile

  4. Mutharika knows who I am says:

    Chief Kyungu is a a tin pot dictator and a sellout who wants favours from Mutharika.That is why Kyungu and other political prostitutes like him asked Bingu to name the new road, Bingu wa Muthrakia Highway. This is not something that has only come up now, Peter Mutharika is being asked by Kyungu and Members of Parliament who aspire to be Ministers to rename the road Bingu wa Mutharika Highway again.
    As long as northerners elect political prostitutes to be their MPs they will loose out, again and again. Northerners held real power when AFORD was in government with UDF, but the political prostitutes whom you elected destroyed AFORD by crossing to Bingu and his DPP and then they crossed to PP and now though DPP does not want them they are trying to win favour suggesting the name change, Kyungu is doing it for his own selfish reasons but its the MPs who want to join to DPP who are encouraging Kyungu How can the people of the north and in fact people of Malawi prosper when out own people, our chiefs and our political leaders prostitute and sell us to Mutharika.

  5. Real Kyungu says:

    That road should simply be Karonga – Chitipa road, not the bullshit the DDP admin is planning to name it, Mwe Ba Boy wa KwaMwanjabala muli kochi mwee

  6. Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche says:

    Atumbuka kusayamika awa asiyeni akhala choncho.

    1. Dengulanga says:

      This road was constructed by tax payers money. The money did not come from ones pocket to name it Bingu. They should have even have named it something else. I am sure the people in the north will plan to remove the name when a new government gets into power.

  7. Founding Member AFORD says:

    Peter Mutharika is an accessory to the stealing of billions of Kwacha by his dead brother Bingu wa Mutharika ALL northerners must stand together to STOP this thief from receiving a warm welcome in Karonga. Rally together against this aspiring dictator and thief. Mutharika is a tribalists who supports quotas in education.
    Remember when you the brave people of Karonga demonstrated against Bakili when he was President? Do the same to this thief Peter Mutharika. Let Mutharika know that the people of Karonga are not cowards.

  8. Jelbin Makamo says:

    That’s how the DPP deals with dissenting views they employ young people who have nothing to do but waiting for handouts. The DPP is an evil party that feeds on human blood, how can they always respond to any accusations or criticism with violence???? These fools must be banned in Malawi. Malawi is no longer the warm heart of Africa because of this very same party.

    1. Dengulanga says:

      Please create good jobs for our youth rather than use them as cadets. The cadets too are silly since the MK500 they give you will be lost in few minutes. Adzakuchotsani mafupa ku Karonga chenjerani!

  9. The Patriot says:

    Zoyambana dala sizabwino! A DPP you are trying to provoke our youths! Its very clear that Bingu hated the North and Northerners and to name our road Bingu highway is mockery at the least. Wait until DPP gets out of government and the Thyolo Mulanje road will be renamed Chakufwa Chihana highway, thats when you will smell the coffee.
    DPP cadets, beware the North is not a playground and no matter how smart you think you are , one day mudzasimba tsoka! Governments do change and there is always pay back time! Anyamata athu siwopusa ayi akukuonani, ngati mukufuna zipolowe kapangeni kwa GOLIYATI osati kwathuko!

    1. Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche says:

      Just think of the name: Chakufwa road…kkkkkkkk road to death? Not the Blantyre-Mulanje via Thyolo. Try another one e.g. Rumphi –
      Nthalire via Hewe

      1. Leicester says:

        Much ado about nothing!

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