Chaponda says MCP were pioneers of nepotism:  DPP told its atrocities are fresh

Leader of the House, George Chaponda (Democratic Progressive Party—DPP) attracted the wrath of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) members in parliament when he alleged that the former ruling party had more nepotistic and tribalistic tendencies during its 30-year-rule.

Chaponda: We escaped MCP

Chaponda: We had to run away

Chaponda was reacting to accusation from an MCP lawmaker who was making his contribution to the state of the nation address by President Peter Mutharika and accused DPP of only favouring the Lhomwe tribe.

The Leader of the House said MCP were recruiting people from Chewa dominated central region, its stronghold and that people from other regions were marginalised.

“The people in senior positions came from the Central Region during the MCP era. Everybody knows,” said Chaponda.

He added by accusing MCP of its atrocities.

“We had to run away from this country because of you. Yes, human rights abuses. Killing people, five Ministers were killed in cold blood,” said Chaponda who lived in exile during the one party dictatorship.

But MCP Deputy Chief Whip, Dedza South MP Clement Mlombwa, described Chaponda’s remarks as “inflammatory”, saying members are talking of current issues.

“We are not talking about the past. We are talking of current issues to do with the current DPP-led government. So we would want to stop those kinds of atrocities that are happening now,” said Mlombwa.

He continued: “Yes, the Malawi Congress Party might have committed atrocities before, but it is not this current Malawi Congress Party. This is a new and totally different Malawi Congress Party. We are talking about the atrocities of this DPP-led government, which you are the Leader of the House now. We are talking about the late Issa Njauju (Anti Corruption Bureau official murdered last year) and Robert Chasowa (University of Malawi student murdered by regime agents). That is what we are talking about, current issues.”

MP for Lilongwe Msozi South Vitus Dzoole Mwale also stood on point of order against Chaponda’s remarks, saying they were provocation.

“What is out of order is for the Leader of the House to forget what he said in this House. Can I remind him? Last time when he was in the opposition, he said that when a fish starts rotting, it starts from the head. Can you remember that one? Now if this House degenerates into chaos it is because of you.”

 

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14 thoughts on “Chaponda says MCP were pioneers of nepotism:  DPP told its atrocities are fresh”

  1. Dzuka Malawi says:

    You had to run away because mumaukira bwanji makolo athu ndi ena sanathawe? Dyera basi

  2. Charombanthu says:

    Two WRONGS do not make a RIGHT bwana Chaponda. Please tell us something better.

  3. Donatella Galauza says:

    Anyway Chaponda and Dpp will not be there after 2019.Saulos will not be there to manipulate the mobile technology system for the failed party after he has also been sidelined by the lomwes.The tribalist lomwes do not need him anymore.They just used him to win their dubious elections where mbendera was crying in the midst of night like a wounded chicken.Chaponda should stop these useless arguments.These useless arguments will not change the nose diving economy of malawi.We don’t pay our taxes to argue over silly arguments.We need matured people in parliament not some silly useless jokes making russian roullette with malawian lives.can’t you see that malawi is in hell at the moment?people can hardly afford a meal these because of poverty.talk of current issues affecting malawians at the moments instead of villifying the mighty MCP.

  4. Jelbin Makamo says:

    Chaponda is a big liar, MCP never practised nepotism, no one can give details that can support that delude. The fact is that during MCP time there was dictatorship and atrocities were orders of the day. It was only John Tembo who developed the mentality of nepotism by taking advantage of Banda’s age and coaxed him to introduce quota system but it failed to take stand due to the court ruling and luck of political will because if Banda really believed that it was right he court overstep the court ruling. Statistically all top portfolios in Malawi were filled by non Chewa individuals. Eg the reserve bank governor was at a certain time Chimwemwe hara from Mzimba who could not even pretend to speak fluent Chewa so that we can say Banda was mistaken by his fluency in Chewa. During Muluzi the reserve bank governor was Elias Ngalande who was not even connected to Chawa belt, just to mention the two. Lets now look at the DPP, all governors of resarrve bank have been Lomwes during there both tenures, judge for your self who is really a tribalist.

  5. NORTHEN POLITICAL ANALYST says:

    CONTRARY TO GEORGE CHAPONDA REMARKS, MCP WAS A NATIONAL PARTY WHEN DR BANDA WAS IN CONTROL,IT ONLY LOST DIRECTION AT SOME POINT AND INDEED TOLERATED SOME TRIBALISTIC TENDENCIES WHEN THE EVER TRIBALISTIC JZU TOOK CONTROL DUE TO THE ADVANCED AGE OF KAMUZU BANDA.

    THE STUPID QUOTA SYSTEM WAS INTRODUCED AROUND THAT TIME AND WHEN JZU WAS UNIVERSITY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN . WHEN THE COURT DECLARED IT DISCRIMINATORY MCP ABANDONED IT . BAKILI MULUZI IN HIS TEN YEARS RULE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT QUOTA SYSTEM.THEN THIS LOMWELIZED GUY BINGU MUTHALIKA BROUGHT BACK THE STUPID QUOTA SYSTEM ALONG TRIBAL THINKING.TO SHOW THAT MCP WAS A NATIONAL PARTY, EVERY TRIBE HAD A SHARE OF VICTIMISATION,THE MWANZA ACCIDENT HAD MEMBERS FROM SOUTH AND CENTRE.THE CHISIZAS WERE FROM NORTH. FOR SURE KAMUZU COULD NOT BOTHER ABOUT SLEEPY PEOPLE LIKE GEORGE CHAPONDA, THE EXILE CHOPONDA WAS TALKING ABOUT WAS SELF EXILE JUST LIKE PETER MUTHALIKA AND HIS LATE BROTHER BINGU.THESE GUYS WERE OUTSIDE MALAWI FOR GREENER PASTURES JUST LIKE WE HAVE SO MANY TODAY.THESE CHARACTERS NEVER MATTERED DURING KAMUZU DAYS.SLEEPY SLEEPY SLEEPY!!!!!

    WHAT ONE GEORGE CHAPONDA IS TELLING THE WHOLE NATION WHILE SLEEPING OF COURSE IS THAT LET DPP CONTINUE WITH ITS LOMWELISATION POLICY BECAUSE MCP DID ITS SHARE OF TRIBALISM IN 30 YEARS.A BIG INSULT!!!! UNFORTUNATELY THIS SLEEPY LOMWE MUST THANK THEIR LOMWE NUMBERS TO BE IN SUCH LEADERSHIP POSITION WHEN HE HAS NO LEADERSHIP QUALITIES JUST LIKE PETER MUTHALIKA. AS A MATTER OF FACT,THEY(GEORGE AND PETER) CONTRIBUTED VERY LITTLE TO THE DEMOCRACY WE ARE ENJOYING TODAY. HOPE SAULOS CHILIMA IS LISTENING.

  6. koma Kumeneko says:

    APM errored to chose Chaponda as leader of house, serious he doesnt have leadership skills, try somebody who can lead the house please, his statements are all to gain political mileage but its not working for him and Dpp. Tsiku lofa nyani mitengo imatelela. The fact that MCP practised nepotism at one point doesnt make DPP right to be doing the same in 21st century. MCP is better off now because 99% are new blood /members and those people who were doing that in mcp are now in DPP % UDF.

  7. Kaitano says:

    Abale mwa zifundo za Mulungu antha awa tisawavoterenso, tiyeni tisinthe tivoteleko atsopano momwe anayambila kalekale kukhala ma mp? thats why Malawi ali pamodzimodzi osasuntha.

  8. Kaitano says:

    Nsomba imayambila kumutu kuola kikkkkkkk kukamwa kwake kumanunkha, vimano vimakhala vakuda, nanga ivovo,kikkkkkk koma abale!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Mmalo mokambilana za chitukuko bansi ife tinziva zopusazo basi?

  9. john banada says:

    nonse oipa basi palibe wandale wabwino, mwatilanda akazi, school ana anu kunja, nyumba ku ma yard

  10. john says:

    CAN CHAPONDA BACK UP HIS CLAIMS THAT MCP WAS TRIBALISTIC? THE FACT REMAINS THAT MCP WAS A NATIONAL PARTY. YES, THERE COULD BE SOME ATTROCITIES COMMITTED DURING MCP REGIME BUT THE PEOPLE BEHIND THESE ATROCITIES, SOME OF THEM ARE IN UDF E.G. BAKLI MULUZI WHILE OTHERS LIKE CHAKUAMBA ARE IN DPP.

    WE HAVE LISTS OF CABINET MINISTERS DURING MCP REGIME, GO AND CHECK THEM. YOU WILL SEE THAT THERE WAS BALANCE OF POWER. NOT THE DPP GOVT WHERE 80% OF MINISTERS ARE LHOMWES.

    IN FACT, CHEWAS HAD LEAST NUMBER OF EDUCATED PEOPLE. MOST POSITIONS WERE TAKEN BY THOSE FROM THE NORTH ON MERIT. CHECK YOUR RECORDS!

    BUT DPP IS DEVOID OF MERIT. YET YOU WANT US TO BE PATRIOTIC, FOTSEKI!!!

  11. Baba says:

    Chaponda ndiye DPP idaluzapo. Munthu kungokhala chitselekwete basi. Instead of him explaining the people that Dpp killed on 20 July 2011 he gets confued and talks about 1983. That MCP is gone as it was infiltrated by dunderheads with Chaponda’s thinking where they think everything should be lomwe even if lomwe’s are the least educated in Malawi

  12. Winston Msowoya says:

    Mr Chaponda,I deduce that your political comprehension is below intellectual level,there is absolutely no difference between DPP and MCP as far as NEPOTISM and TRIBALISM are concerned.The fact of the matter is that MCP imposed Quata system based on ethnic lines in this case the northerners were the victims of the abhorrent system.When Muluzi and JB were voted into power,the system was rendered off the radar,but when the two evil brothers Bingu and Peter were voted into power through crooked means,the system was reintroduced with sadistic vengeance.Mr.Chaponda,when you say such things to the national media,make sure you are correct and consistent,otherwise people will take you as a fool and maladroit.In most cases,DPP/MCP have almost the same political similarities for instance,both of them are tribally oriented and parsuing the politics of hate and division.As it stands hitherto,to be fair,DPP is more nepotistic than the former brutal MCP.Of all the national Parties,UDF has least evils and I would encourage Northerners to work with UDF in the next general elections.Chaponda you are a liability to the DPP,GOOD LUCK!!!

    1. kkilembe says:

      This is sad. Who made Chaponda leader of govt business. Its only in a failed state that leader of govt admits they are nepotistic though their nepotism is less than MCP nepotism. I guess they will be satisfied once they reach the level of “MCP” nepotism. What a way of running a government? Chonchi you want me to pay taxes? Kamfuneni.

    2. Chingolopiyo says:

      Winston msowoya aka Curthrrbet Kachale
      Your hatred for mighty DPP blinds you to the point of righting lies on this forum. You loved the cashgate JB so much to the point of forgetting that Joyce Banda did not abolish qoata system when she was in power. Similarly you did not cry pyoo when Joyce Banda was in power practicing qoata system. As long as it was your “loved” president, it was ok for her to use qoata system. But because it is the Mutharikas and before that MCP, you have a problem. That is what we call tribalism. And you are worse at it yourself.

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