Calls to split Mzimba: Malawi’s largest district ‘denied deveopment’

Councillors in the country’s biggest district want government to split Mzimba, saying the Northern Region district is being denied development because of its vastness.

Mdolo:  To present a petition during a full council meeting

Mdolo: To present a petition during a full council meeting

M’mbelwa District Council development committee chairperson Fumu Mdolo, who is also Kasito East Ward councillor, said they will petition government this month on their calls.

The councillors are advocating for splitting up Mzimba to ensure development trickles down to the local people, according to Mdolo.

Splitting Mzimba calls were initially started by pressure group called Friends of Mabulabo whose chairperson is  Crispin Sibande, a renowned Lilongwe-based lawyer.

The group has assured , Inkosi Ya Makosi M’mbelwa that the proposal puts the paramount chief as still the traditional head of the Ngonis in the Northern Region.

Sibande had said they would consult people to come up with names of the four districts that would come out of Mzimba split.

His pressure group was of the opinion that Mzuzu, Inkosi Mabulabo’s area, Mzimba Central and South of Ezwazini should be declared districts.

Hara:  Split

Hara: Split

“There are no tarmac roads, hospitals, adequate schools and so forth in Mzimba because it was very difficult for the district budget to reach all corners of the district unlike districts that are smaller. We appeal to government and traditional leaders to take heed of our call,” he said.

Sibande said Mabulabo is the biggest traditional authority in Mzimba and the most affected by underdevelopment.

He said, for example, Mzimba District Hospital is very far from Mabulabo’s area, the nearest being Nkhamenya Mission Hospital in Kasungu but it is privately owned by the Catholic Church which maybe beyond the reach of villagers.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Parliamentarian for Mzimba Solola, Jacob Hara  is also backing the move , saying   the split will help in easy disbursement and monitoring of developmental projects.

During the Bakili Muluzi regime, four areas—Phalombe, Neno, Balaka and Likoma—were elevated to full district status, increasing the number of districts from 24 to 28.

Chiefs in the district, led by Inkosi ya Makosi Mmbelwa IV and Inkosi Mabulabo  have said they are not against the move.


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34 thoughts on “Calls to split Mzimba: Malawi’s largest district ‘denied deveopment’”

  1. Tan'gatan'ga says:

    Tiyambe Kaye ndi federation, otherwise things will remain the same.

  2. Ben says:

    This Mzimba issue its not for the government its for the chiefs who are the owners of mzimba . spliting mzimba cant bring development utesi uwo.

  3. Charles wa Mndondo says:

    Mzimba kunangotsala kugawa DC let it have two DCs nANGA MUKukakamila DC mmodzi ndi chani cholinga anthu azikasayinitsa ma voucher ku Mzimba Boma inu mukuvuta ndi ma night allowance surely i hate the staff at Mbelwa Assembly mukuzunza ma offesi ku North since you demand alot.

    Please DEC members tayikonzani ndi chipwilikiti chokhachokha you find the rooom is full of cleaners and passrsby yet senior officers from the North angoyima mxxxxxiiiiiii tigawe DC basi

  4. chiling'oma of mzimba says:

    No way. Malawi should be split first before Mzimba. The North must be a country on its own or become a federal state. Then we can talk of splitting Mzimba,otherwise there is no reason.

  5. John Thomas says:

    Cholinga chogawira mzimba sikuwina mavoti,nchifukwa chani mmakonda kunyoza atumbuka pamene iwo samakunyozani? Achewa komanso ayao ndinu anthu opusa komanso zitsilu zachabe tisiyeni,pamene ankagawa maboma akwanu tcheya eanuyo ndani ankakuyankhulitsani? Zitsilu inu nonse mkulowerera pa nkhani za eni. Your president is failing you still dsnce for him,it shows how dull you are.idiot,dwalf,otomatonz.

  6. Bon Kalindo-lindo says:

    Mukagawa into several districts ndiye suddenly mukhala ndi anthu ambiri oti mpaka kuwina chisankho cha president?

    Anyway, za atumbuka izi ife zisatikhudze!

  7. High Time says:

    Simple. Ngakhale mumgawe Mzimba into ten districts population will remain the same. I propose kuti tatitumizekoni ife a Mihavan tikazigawire malo and you will see a population boom and development. Tikhoza kukachulukana mmene tachulukira ku central more especially Kasungu such that we are second to the Chewas by population, and very soon tifanana nawo kenako kuwaposa. By the way, kodi anganya nkhani yakubediyi amaimanya chomene?

  8. Up to 4,thats absurd, i think just 2 can work or atleast 3,(1)-mzuzu +ekwendeni+enukweni+bwengu & south,Lusangazi,elamleni,Lunjika going west up to chigude,chikhwenge,bala then north to matuli and back towards west ekwendeni (2) the current mzimba central going north to lunjika,south to jenda,west to embangweni up to boarder then north up to mbala chanda then east wards, (3) Euthini with all boader areas (zambia)and east to Ekwendeni, north to Rumphi

  9. Up to 4,thats absurd, i think just 2 can work or atleast 3,(1)-mzuzu +ekwendeni+enukweni+bwengu & south,Lusangazi,elamleni,Lunjika going west up to chigude,chikhwenge,bala then north to matuli and back towards west ekwendeni

  10. Mapwevupwevu Jere says:

    Mzimba is just too big a district. Jenda is in Mzimba, Bwengu is in Mzimba, Mbalachanda, Mzimba, Mpherembe Mzimba. No, no, no! It’s time to split it. M’mbelwa is the one insisting not divide the district for his personal interest and gain. Mzimba should not suffer because of a one Chief. You remember some chiefs were selling people during slave trade! Divide it now. Chief chief chief what! Though am currently in UK, i want it divided. Education two DEMs, Health two DHOs, Agriculture two DADOs, is this not enough evidence to divide it?

  11. Mnyasa says:

    Not 4 but 2 for Mmbewlas mornachial interests.

  12. Fred Mphalo says:

    That’s the way to go. Mzimba is so vast for efficient development activities. spliting it will spur development in most areas. Ine personally I support the move.

  13. Waakulu says:

    Mtundu WA Hara Kuganiza mopelewela, mbuli

  14. 2016 welcome says:

    Dividing the district is the way to go but I would propose to partition the vast district into 2 and not 4. The immediate benefits will be that government will be forced to have district headquarters which attract urbanization. The major however, has been Inkosi Mbelwa whose main interest is to retain monarchial powers at the expense of the general populace.

  15. Kadakwiza says:

    To split Mzimba is not the answer to develop the area but the answer to all our problems in our country, not only in Mzimba is our government policies. There must be a way to develop the whole country not only Mzimba. Malawians must ask themselves why Malawi is under developed. Don’t split Mzimba. We need to stand together as a nation and find a way to move forward.

  16. Winston Msowoya says:

    What is this humbug? Mzimba is not developed because it is the biggest District in the country,what a lame and obnoxious excuse? To be candid enough,it is not developed because Mzimba is LOCATED IN THE NORTH.Which district in the North big or small,is developed? Botswana is bigger that Malawi,how is it that it is by far,highly developed than Malawi? Do not be ashamed,just give us an authentic reason and not beat about the bush.All Notherners acknowledge this fact.

  17. Achewa says:

    Wene Mzimba tichenjere wa lomwe wangatinjiliranga malo yithu yayi

  18. N says:

    Those advocating the split should know that, generally, government funds are allocated based on population, rather than size of the area. This is the principle followed pretty well all over the world.
    So, splitting Mzimba into however many fractions will not benefit the citizens.
    Development funds will simply be reduced, proportionally, based on the area division.
    Furthermore, division of such a sparsely populated area would should not disproportionately favor the “new” districts in the number of MPs. We can not and should not ignore the fundamental principle of “RepByPop” or Representation By Population: Political representation in participatory democracy is based on population and NOT size of the area!
    It is debatable as to whether “new” districts like Phalombe have really developed faster than they would have if there had not been the divisions. And It should be noted, with emphasis, that in the case of Phalombe, the population alone DID justify its cleavage from Mulanje.

  19. Guantanamo says:

    4 districts in Mzimba will mean all institutions will multiply by 4. There will be 4 district hospitals, 4 district second schools, 4 district post offices, 4 district police, 4 prisons, 4 district commissioners, 4 district heads of all NGOs, etc. Activities, development and employment will more than treble. Open your eyes Ngonis We, the people of Karonga are now advocating the creation of Chilumba district, to run from Nyungwe up to Mlowe, including Mchenga and Khondowe/ Livingstonia

  20. Mwana waku Mzimba says:

    People of Mzimba they shud ask the so called councillors to explain kuti wakukhumbachi. If the govt is failing to give them vingoma vipatala vambula mankhwala vachi. Hara shud be investigated its now the second time he is making these silly comments. He must not mislead people with development he is not in govt. Pa chingoni if he doesnt mind waphume wahambe. Our grand fathers fought for Mzimba Hara wants it split. If development is about what he want nthene wanthu wakusuzgika yayi ku malawi. If those councillors wants development they shud ask govt to allocate more money becoz the govt knows Mzimba is big not what they are thinking. To represent the people of Mzimba doesnt mean they shud be talking about spliting Mzimba.

  21. Che Wanimiliyoni says:

    Denying Mzimba split because of fears of undermining Mbelwa’s authority is baseless. Ntcheu based Ngoni Inkosi Gomani is as much respected in Dedza and Mwanza just he is in his district. Similary Zambia based Chewa Chalo Gawa Undi is equally respected in Malawi. Spliting districts like Mzimba, Lilongwe and Mangochi will bring very remote areas much nearer to towns and thus change the welfare of those people for the better. Neno was just a remote trading centre of Mwanza but 50 years from now it will develop into a full district town. In the same way Mbalachanda, Namitete and Makanjira can benefit if made independent districts.

  22. mapwiya says:

    U guys are fools. large intermz of bush or population?.. ndinudi zitsiru ati. wait for nyasa republic not under southern leadership never we hurt u coz u are selfish

  23. ngongoliwa mtunda wa chilengedwe says:

    True by mathematics Mzimba is big but most of its areas are inhabitable, are bushy. With low population each spilited district will be able to access only one quarter of what Mulanje get form government funds. You are not going to be clever here. You dont build a hospital in the bush without people. Mwapulika. That is a sign of greedy tribe. Okey.

  24. the eye and ear says:

    Welcome idea. Now we, the marauding Ngonis have started thinking, thinking right like civilized people. Gone is M’mbelwa who used us for so long as his bait for personal gains.

  25. Zondiwe says:

    Have the districts that were created during UDF developed? Chiladzulu, Neno, Likoma as well as Balaka. Have they developed?
    Chitukuko has nothing to do with the size of the district.
    If a district is big, give ir more resources than a small one. This is common sense really. Nowhere in the world have people developed because they have balkanized their land mass. Instead it is the norm to have bigger and thus better institutions. In other words, the bigger, the better.
    Splitting Mzimba is playong into the hands of selfish politicians whose real attraction is positions for themselves.

  26. Myao says:



  27. Ngoma, Thomas, London says:

    This question, to split or not to split, is a no brainer. The answer is to split. Traditional thinking must not be confused with modernity. Traditional customs can still be practiced across the two splits. However, per district resource allocations, will be more effective in the split mode.

  28. Those calling for the split of Mzimba should think as to why the issue has been failing in past. Mzimba means body and where in the world do you divide the body into head, abdomen, arms and legs? The problem is the government because it failing to understand that Mzimba is vast therefor it has to be given money equal to its vastness for development. If the issue failed during the reign of the Ngwazi Dr H Kamuzu Banda what about now?

  29. kadambo says:

    That’s a good move, people of mzimba are denied the right to basic needs bcoz of its size please divide it n we can be very happy if this fulfilled

  30. Tengupenya says:

    at last… some unity on the idea! Make Mzimba a Jere Region and its TAs districts.

  31. Kanyimbi says:

    please do not divide yourselves. Stay intact united you stand and divided you fall. Mzimba was a Kingdom (Nguniland). Please preserve your culture.

  32. Rodgers Banda says:

    Will Inkoai yamankosi not be outlooked by these independent districts? Good but on the other side splitting the ngoni and their culture.

  33. Tidumbepo says:

    Mzimba is not developed becoz of its vastness. it is the politicians who have denied Mzimba development.There are larger districts in the world and Africa which are developed.

  34. fredshumba says:

    in support, split it.

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