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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Dzuka Malawi
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Dzuka Malawi
3 months 30 days ago

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

Charombanthu
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Charombanthu
4 months 15 minutes ago

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

Donatella Galauza
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Donatella Galauza
4 months 4 hours ago
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… Read more »
Jelbin Makamo
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Jelbin Makamo
4 months 7 hours ago
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… Read more »
NORTHEN POLITICAL ANALYST
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NORTHEN POLITICAL ANALYST
4 months 1 day ago
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… Read more »
koma Kumeneko
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koma Kumeneko
4 months 1 day ago

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.

Kaitano
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Kaitano
4 months 1 day ago

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

Kaitano
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Kaitano
4 months 1 day ago

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?

john banada
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john banada
4 months 1 day ago

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

john
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john
4 months 1 day ago
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… Read more »
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