Chihana accuses DPP of stifling federalism debate

Son to the Malawi’s fallen pro-democracy hero Chakufwa Tom Chihana, Enock, who is also leader of the now tiny opposition Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) is accusing the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of by-passing democratic principles of free debate on issues of national importance such as federalism.

Kasaila:  Chihana is frustrated

Kasaila: Chihana is frustrated

Chihana: Federal system the way to go

Chihana: Federal system the way to go

Speaking to Nyasa Times on Friday,  Chihana asked DPP led government to provide a conducive environment for the federalism debate.

“It is unfortunate that we are seeing DPP using chiefs and other government apparatus to stifle the debate on federalism,” he said, adding:”Go to the north now you will see almost nothing to point at. There is completely no development, and go to the South you will be surprised to see enormous development taking place there.”

Chihana said the country needs federalism for equitable distribution of resources in the country.

But DPP spokesperson Francis Kasaila  trashed Chihana’s claims describing him  as a frustrated and misguided politician trying to find a survival tool.

“Chihana is a frustrated politician. He was being treated by People’s Party as Second Vice President. Chihana was moving on convoy  and he could be happy to see PP ruling until now so that he could have continued enjoying the benefits of PP regime,” said  Kasaila.

Kasaila said the President has opened the federalism debate to the general public so that they can discuss without any interference.

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47 thoughts on “Chihana accuses DPP of stifling federalism debate”

  1. Nkhata bay wake up says:

    What is happening? no one is talking about federalism .did Peter bribe you guys also? i mean Nyasa Times and the guys who were pushing for this isue.

  2. Get up and stand up for your region. Stop the connotation that spoil your own children.My son or daughter work hard in class so that you should go and see Blantyre. Now your language should be my son or daughter work hard so that we should develop Mzuzu and the whole of North.

  3. Kachinyamata says:

    U guys your self u said Tumbuka are fools, why not to allows them to rule themselves there at north Malawi,U don’t want to do so it means u gaining alot from Tumbukas ,so don’t shouts them please

  4. Kachinyamata says:

    asa

  5. padoko says:

    Both Chihana and Kasaila are fools. Enock Chihana has never done anything for the north even while he was in Govt. Infact he strangled the region. Pano mwasauka bwana ndiye mukufuna polowera kuti akuwoneni. Kasaila and your masters dont dare strangle federalism. Keep bribing chiefs but know that even greedy chiefs cannot stand in our way towards federalism. As for those of you fools who keep calling atumbuka names, just wait and watch what we ate capable of doing even if you fail to support the cause out of your greed. Federalism is not about atumbuka rather viable and concrete developments for each region.

  6. kapambwe says:

    Let us be responsible when discussing issues of this nature (federalism). Not by way of sarcasm as Atumbuka mulipo angati kumpotoko? Kamuzu Banda spoke against federalism because there was PAN-AFRICANISM at that time. I would suggest that those that are talking about federation today which topic was begun by His Excellency The President APM during the change of governing system from single party to multi partyism should give those that don’t understand the meaning of PAN-MALAWINISM. His Excellency was concerned by the belief that Malawi should be ruled equally by all Major tribes in Malawi. We believe that the south is for Ayawo/Alhomwe; the Central is for Ochewa; and the North is for Atumbuka, but by the whims of Malawi as a nation we are all Malawians with subsidiary tribes all over the regions. The notion of “my district or Region has not been developed” wouldn’t really make much sence I presume. Suppose we compare Mzuzu City with Zomba City. Mzimba district with Mulanje district. The logic about those areas is about town councils not being responsible enough in developing such places. Lets handle matters of federalism with maturity and care. There is need for civic educating the population to avoid chaotic results as that took place in RWANDA in 1994. We must be mindful that we are all Malawians.

  7. Oluza ali m'boma says:

    Mtumbuka ndi munthu woyipa , federal ibwere azipita kwawo , atikwana kwabasi

    1. vindere says:

      Nanga chimene mukuchedwetsera ndi chani? Mukungotikakamirira bwanji?

  8. Grecium says:

    Let’s debate fedo collectively without pointing a finger at individuals.He might have a point but he should not be stopped because he has a blood in the north,no.Not all northerners support federalism as is being viewed by many and so are other regions.PAC has taken a very positive stand on the matter by engaging the public through which strengths and weaknesses of the system are likely to be exposed.Through these debates,Malawians will judge for themselves if the system suit them.Everyone is entitled to be heard but in the right manner

  9. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    I think each one of the two are right. But let people decide without influence, buying of leaders.

  10. Ma battery a mlakho says:

    Enock Chihana,stop crying like a baby!Act now!We have heard more than enough of talking and weeping.

  11. Mkwaso says:

    Development goes where there is high population concentration for very obvious reasons. Kodi a Tumbuka mulipo angati ku mpotoko?

  12. Nyaliki says:

    At 28, you should be the one to shut up because you are silly. Don’t confuse national development with personal development. Tell me, how many tarmac roads do you know in the north. Which building is worth talking about in Mzuzu. I think you are not from the north. Those of us from the north know that there is no development worth talking about. Have you seen a public toilet in the north, let alone Mzuzu.
    Enock may not be right person to raise the issue. But he shares the sentiments of many northerners. Take Karonga, for example. What have people in Karonga benefited from Kayelekera mine? Yet government should have been the first to defend the people. It must have ensured that Paladin develops Karonga through what it promised.

  13. bafuta says:

    iwe chihana you must be stupid unali kuti nthawi ya PP muli m,boma wosanena za federalism .pano mwachoka mudziti development, iam a northerner but I can not support federalism mukufuna mudzatichite cashgate ku north agalu inu.

  14. Billy Wayatsa says:

    Do not stifle the federalism debate otherwise you are inviting civil war.

  15. concerned Citizen says:

    MR CHIHANA, IS IT GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO DEVELOP YOU OR IT’S YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY? MUKUTICHITITSA MANYAZI ANTHU A KUMPOTOFE NDITHU. WHO FORCED NORTHENERS TO BUILD GIANT STRUCTURES IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN REGION? POVERTY IN THE NORTH IS BY CHOICE SO SHUT UP. VUTO NDILOTI MMAWELENGERA KUTI FEDERALISM IKATHEKA MUDZAKHALA A GOVERNOR A NORTHERN REGION NDIYE MUZIDZABA MOSAVUTA. SHUT UP CHIHANA SHUT UP

  16. wangalusa says:

    Just last month, November, the Public Affairs Committee gathered people of different backgrounds in Blantyre to discuss the issue of federation. This was well covered in the media both print & electronic. Did you, Mr Chihana, miss this? Or you’re only trying to get attention. Fed issue is being discussed. Anthu ena sindimawamvetsa!

  17. Mmihavani says:

    Uko amayi ndi abambo kunali kulira kwa namfedwa wankulu Enock Chihana kamba ka imfa ya malemu PP

  18. joseph banda says:

    Chihana JUST PUT THIS IDEA ON YOUR MANIFESTO IN 2019. Other wise there is a lot of work in the NORTH. One that you can assist is TO STOP THE PROBLEM OF OPEN DEFECTION IN MZIMBA. WOULD YOU HELP? Good boy!

  19. Observer says:

    Mr Chihana what have you done to encourage private investment in the North including Mzuzu and Rumphi? What are you yourself doing to facilitate Federalism debate, except to accept an increase in your MP salary? have you declined the increase to show sacrifices you would make in a Federal state to develop the North? Lead by example and not by living in luxury when others are suffering.

  20. Tsangano Irishpotatoes says:

    Do not be surprised that this comment had attracted interest of DPP sympathisers. The guys did not have time to comment on some of the articles like one of Mr. Ibu raising salary by 80% and that of First lady stealing NAC funds. They know this stupid govt is goofing big time.

  21. Lofesi Mchacha says:

    CHIHANA DON’T SHOWCASE YOUR STUPIDTY IN PUBULIC . YOU HAVE BEEN AN MP IN YOUR CONSTITUENCY AND JB TREATED YOU AS ‘SECOND VP’ CAN YOU POINT OUT WHAT DEVELOPMENT YOU HAVE BROUGHT TO THAT SIDE YOU CALL YOUR HOME? LITERALLY NOTHING YOU CAN POINT OUT. YOU HAVE BEEN HEARTLESS ON THE DEVELOPMENT ALL YOU HAVE BEEN DOING IS FUCKING WOMEN IN THE NAME OF YOUTH MINISTER YOU COULD NOT RENOVATE ANY STADIUM NOT EVEN MZUZU. WHO DO YOU EXPECT TO COME TO THAT SIDE TO DEVELOP IT? YOU SHOULD HAVE STARTED DEVELOPING YOUR REGION WHEN YOU HAD THAT OPPORTUNITY. I ALWAYS WONDER WHEN YOU PEOPLE FROM THE NORTH ARE SAYING THERE IS NO DEVELOPMENT, WHO DO YOU EXPECT TO DEVELOP THAT AREA WHEN ALL OF YOU ARE BUSY TRECKING TO SOUTH AND CENTRAL MAKING YOUR INVESTMENTS AND BUILDINGS, IF I MAY ASK CHIHANA WHERE IS YOUR HOUSE? IS IT IN RUMPHI?

  22. Man waku Planning says:

    Nothing to point at in the North? Lets see….

    There are more primary schools and University space in the north per Capita than any other region? Fact!

    There are more health workers per Capita than in any other region. Fact!

    For any company based in the north, Kayelekera, Mchenga mine, or NGO, or Lodge: 99.9 Percent of the employees will be northerners. What really do Northeners’ need, to live at State house?

  23. Clueless leadership says:

    Kasaira is frustrated. Chimene mukufuna kuwatseka pakamwa anthu ndi chani.
    Where is the difference between Decentralistion and Federalism?

  24. Malawi Its For Ayao Ndi Alomwe, Mtumbuka No Chance, Believe Me, ” Demoncracy Inabwela Ndi Chihana & K Kalua, Koma Analamulira Dziko Myao, DPP Amzeru Anali A G Gondwe, Mwenefumbo Mkandawile Koma Amalamulira Mlomwe. PP Amzeru Anali A Kasambala, Kachali K, Wachihana, Wadada Wa Simama But Wakaramula Nawa Mama M’yao. Now Wa Mbwenumbwenu Wakalipo, Koma Uyo Wayendetsa Chalo Na APM, Mlomwe Wa Mlakho….. Mtumbuka’s Let Ask God’ Why Us ?” Becoz Next Ndi M’yao, By The Name AABM { Ung’ono Un’gono}

  25. its unpreðictable,missionaries started visiting north long time ago and establish number of development but because of nepotism and pretending to be educated people white missinaries ignare them to look for fresh people in the south and central then dead north has been sidelined by white people from the first not only southerns and centrallers so stop pushing nonsense ideas , you have nö idea how north can be developed while you have PROFS WITH PHD to plan sustenable development, find a means to develop your dead not than federism

  26. Apao Kugola says:

    Kodi kunyozana mudzapita nako kuti a Malawi? Simungalembe zophunzitsana ayi. Wobwezera kunyoza nayenso nzeru zake ndizokaikitsa.

    Ndabweranso.

    The Fearless Samurai (Jwampiriu)

  27. Jando says:

    Kumatukwana mitundu kuthandiza chani. Lets debate issues for and against federalism

  28. mlomwe wachitonga says:

    lets preach the message of peace fr Malawi my beautiful country to remain united. different tribes, regions etc etc but one pple. shame to those who use abusive & segregative language. God punish all those who dont wish Malawi welcome

  29. Malindima says:

    Chihana, do you really have anything to offer? Do you think the peoples’ focus is on federalism at this time when critical issues are to do with the economy? Bad timing baba! That’s why your once the great AFORD is now completely hurried because of the dunderhead leader.

  30. wapona says:

    Frustrated or not, does his arguement follow? Is it sound? Please Malawian, let us start thinking along those lines. Get some life!

  31. dschi says:

    It seems people from north are deficient knowing that have infiltrated the govt. Surely most of are or were development planners. Had given free Acadamic certificates to their kinsmen. Have favoured their kind in jobs. Have secured juicy jobs. In their region. Learners are given less supervision in order to gain more advantage. We hear they are brighter. U mean govt to build filling station,dwelling houses etc. Munali kuti nthawi yonseyi.

  32. MWENENYOKA says:

    KOMA INU ATUMBUKA NDI ANTHU OPANDA MZELU, NYUMBA ZABWINO MWAMANGA KU BLANTYRE NDI LILONGWE OSAMANGA KWANU KUTI MUTUKULEKO KUPUSA BASI. KUBA NO. 1 KATANGALE , KUZIKONDA, KUZIKWEZA , MA STRIKES MUMAKHALA PASOGOLO NDI INU ATUMBUKA. ZIKO LA MALAWI SILIZALAMULIDWA NDI MTUMBUKA MPAKA KUTHA KWS DZIKO.

  33. Dola Njeee says:

    Kodi iwe umaganiza zoti Mtumbuka angadzalamulire dziko lino.??????? wauponda. Atumbuka ambiri mumagwira ntchito za bwino koma sumamanga nyumba kapena zitukuko kwanu ndiye ukuganiza amene angatukule kwanu ndi ndani???? Mumapanga zitukuko kwa eni. Look Bt, ZA, LL nyumba zambiri ngakhale ma investment ambiri eni ake ndi atumbuka. Even iwe chihana uli ndi ma company ako mu Lilongwe, Why not construct in your region. Ifetu tikudziwa chomwe mukulimbikila, mukuthawa Cashgate. Ndinu anthu oipa kwambiri. Mumafuna kulamula mu njira uyapandu. Peter yekhayu simupha. Mwaiwala kuti mumasangala pamene Bingu anamwalira kuganiza komanso kulalalta achita bwino kumwalira ndipo DPP yatha, Lero atha ndi ndani??? Ndimaganiza kuti pamene paja ndi pamene mungatenge phunziro kuti Mulungu sakufunani kuti mulamulire dziko ndipo simudzalamuliranso. Atumbuka nonse mulalata kwambiri ndi ka chipani chanu ka Pompo Pompo kuseka a DPP. Kunjaku kuli Mulungu ndipo amaona chomwe china chili chonse chowona ndi chonama. Mwaiwala inu atumbuka ndi azibusa anu onyenga aja amasangalala pamene Bingu atamwalira mpaka kulalikira tchalitchi kuti bingu achita bwino kumwalira. Pangani zoipazo Mulungu akuonani pano mwayamba kutumana kuti mupange ma DEMO. Chomwe mungadziwe inu atumbuka choti chipani cha DPP mmidzi ndi cha mphamvu kwambiri moti chidzalamulira mpaka kale kale kamba ka mfundo zake si zanuzo za federal. Komanso musaiwale kuti munalephera muli mboma ndipo anthu anakukanani kotheratu kuti sakukufunani munakhala ena mukatenga phunziro. Munane mozitana kuti DPP singapambane chifukwa ife atumbuka tachokamo, ZINATHEKA ZOMWE MUMALALATAZO????? Ndiye bwino kuti federal government ibwere kuti atumbuka mukalamulire kwanu. Ukuganiza kuti a mchinji tingalore kuti tilamuliredwe ndi Mtumbuka???? Mtumbuka simunthu.

  34. Ngakha says:

    Dyera, miseche, tsankho nkhanza ndi ulesi ndiye za atumbuka. Munaliwona khasu la a tumbuka? Ulesitu kuopa kupolama. Conco ku malo kunga tukuke? Ndipo inu a boma federation tayipangeni achoke mu Mulanje ndi Thyolo mu, atibera mokwanira ma tea estates ndi ma factory.

  35. America says:

    koma ayi kumasulidwadi Mmmmmmmm zoona ndkunena comment number 1

  36. Bazuka says:

    The above comment 1 shows the person is a primary SES learner that does not what it takes to develop a country. Government is legally bound to provide social infrastructure such as roads, hospital etc to all parts of a country while private citizens choose when & where to build their infrastructure depending on perceived opportunities. Ngati Atumbuka ndiozikonda then they should have built their houses in the north. Bwanji sanje azanu akamagona mnyumba zabwino. Nkhani si manyumba a munthu ayi mbuli inu! Tikunena chitukuko cha dziko abale. Peter akamaba amaba ndalama za msonkho wa a Malawi ambuye. School ya ukachenjede ndifuna chifukwa munthu umaphunzira kuunika mbali zonse za funso; merits & demerits. Moti anthu ena akuganiza ngati a Mboni za Yehova kuti adzakhala mnyumba za anzawo. Bingu has a house Portugal remember mbuli iwe!

  37. Getrude ntchindele says:

    Iwe joice chilenje ndiwe kambwe wa wakawka. Wanthu wakwako ndiwo wakuleka vikaya vyawo kuzakalima hona kuno. Foolish u and your petela plus th thief getrude m,thalika who stole aids money go to hell.

  38. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    CESSETION WIL COME ,BUT PPLE OF NYIKA WILL B LED BY PPLE OF INTEGRITY AND NOT SOME OF THESE

  39. Medson Mzude says:

    Kodi iwe Chihana ukfuna Federal kamba koti ukuthawa Cashgate eti?? Kodi iwe ikudziwa zoti zomwe mukufunazo ndi result ya Regionalism??? Some people are educated savage like Enock Chihana. Musanamizire federal government koma muyanhke kaye milandu yanu ya Cashgate. Cashgate ambiri alimo ndi atumbuka nchifukwa chake akunamzira kuti za NAC ndi zina zotere kuti boma litanganigwe ndi zimenezi kuti a Cashgate athawe. Bwana Please Mamangeni amenewa musasiye akubawa. Federal government will debated after Cashagate. First In First Out. Lets start with cashgate kaye afet that Federal Government. Mtumbuka simunthu. Koma mumvetsanso kuti mwanyowa ndipo mudziwa mumagwidwa basi. Ena anagula Hummer kugulira a President awo ndi ndalama za cashgate mumangidwanso basi. |Palibe zothawa.

  40. baba says:

    this is not time for that. Things are bad.Malawi is sinking. The welfare of poor Malawians is at stake. Get priorities right.

  41. Joyce Chilenje says:

    Why northern region there is development? Because atumbuka ndi anthu ozikonda komanso samakonda kwao. It is noted that 60% ya civil servants are from North. Why noyt development their region?? Umbombo wachulukira thai is why SADZALAMULIRA DZIKO ANTHU AMENEWA? Bwana Chihana munali mboma momu yomwe munatola ija kamba ka imfa Bingu why development region yanu pa nthawiyo?? Komanso osanena za Federal Govt pa nthawi imeneyi bwanji??? ZINGAVUTE BWANJI MTUMBUKA SADZAMULA DZIKO INU NTCHITO YANU NDIKUKONZA MA DEMO basi olamula dziko ino ndife basi mpaka ambuye YESU adzabwere. Bravo Kasaila Bravo AMP. Ngati pali munthu oipa kwambiri MMalawi muno ndi Mtumbuka. Tsoka kwa inu mukukwatira a Tumbuka ndipo mwasochera kwambiri. Mtumbuka si munthu ndipo munthu otemebeledwa. Amen

    1. Davie Gama says:

      A Joice it seems u think ndikumusi kwanuko not the head. Nkhani yolamula by mtundu ndizimene zikukanikazi zochita kupanga rigging and bulldozing.
      The way mukuonela inu mukulamula chilipo mukupanga kapena mukuyesera? Get a life kapena zikapangani zamlakho zobelekana ngati makoswezo.

    2. ndangodutsa chisale says:

      Iwe ukudzutcha Joyce Chilenje ndiwe chitsulu, chidzete kapena kuti chitseletekwe. Inu si Mtumbuka koma I support idea ya federation. Peter Mutharika waonetseratu kuti band ikuyenera igawane zida basi. Zopusa ife Toto.

    3. Bullshit says:

      Ofunika kupitanso ku sukulu mai chifukwa mukuvuti kulemba zomveka ndimu chichewa chimene. I feel sorry for you and your children if you have some. Lets hope bambo awo ndiophunzira kuti anawo atengele bambo chifukwa mwainu mulibe za nzeru. Tsiku labwino koma chepetsani kuonetsa umbuli wanu pagulu. Avoid commenting on nyasa but but encouraged to read what others are writing so that muphinzitsidwe kalembedwe kabwino ndipo komveka

      1. RealMalawi says:

        Mai Chilenje kodi dzikoli mukuyendetsali ndi a DPP ndi DEMOCRACY kapena ndi ” TRIBOCRACY” ? Mutiuze kuti tikonzekele chifukwa ” tribocracy” tikhala okonzeka bwino ngati amachitila makolo athu asanabwere azungu.

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