DPP trashes MCP claims on federalism

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says the party leadership has never bribed anybody to speak against federalism.

Kasaila: MCP are just following PP agenda on federalism

Kasaila in an interview with Nyasa Times: MCP are just following PP agenda on federalism

DPP Publicity Secretary Francis Lazaro Kasaila was commenting on what opposition Malawi Congress Paryy (MCP) spokeswoman Dr Jessie Kabwila said last week that those who are eating the money are the ones rejecting federalism.

Kabwila was trashing a  newspaper report which conducted an opinion poll which  said if a bill were introduced in Parliament, on whether Malawi should adopt federal State or not, 61% of parliamentarians would reject the bill.

The Weekend Nation sampled 122 members of parliament out of 193 MPs through telephone, short message service, and electronic mail.

Out of the respondents, 75 (61 Percent) of them said they would vote against Federalism while 30 (22 Percent) of the MPs said they would support federalism while 14 were undecided.

But reacting to the poll Kabwira said there is nothing new because MCP has always maintained that those who are enjoying tax payers money are the ones rejecting federalism.

However, commenting on what Kabwila said, Kasaila hinted that the issue smacks dishonest to the side of the MCP.

“Every Malawian should be given the similar opportunity to speak his or her mind. In the one party regime, when the leader speaks anything, anybody was required to follow but in today’s dispensation Malawians are free to express themselves and as DPP we wish to encourage freedom of expression,” said Kasaila in an interview with Nyasa Times.

“What we are hearing from MCP is historical perspective of what they believed in that when their leader says one thing everybody was supposed to say the same, and today they think Malawians will follow that kind of thinking.

“Secondly, what we are seeing from the action of MCP is that they are toeing whatever People’s Party is proposing in other ways we have seen them fighting government on the issue of federalism which is propelled by PP,” said Kasaila.

He continued: “In our analysis what we are finding is that probably MCP would like to hide something so that they would want PP to be in control other than DPP since currently we have seen a good number of MCP members being convicted in the infamous cash gate but the party has never come out clearly condemning their members against stealing government money.

“Having said that it is not true that UDF members or anybody speaking against federalism is being given money.”

Kasaila said MCP is supporting federalism because their members got money from the former PP regime.

He said the President Peter Mutharika has already given his position on the matter, allowing Malawians to discuss the issue soberly and within the parameters of the law and Malawians will make decision on the matter and not few individuals.

Kabwira told Nyasa Times that MPs who are rejecting federalism are those from government side who are enjoying the taxes of the ordinary Malawians.

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26 thoughts on “DPP trashes MCP claims on federalism”

  1. abinte says:

    we r not goin back wards .afune asafune no federalism in malawi.apo biii referendum basi ali yense avote.when amayi waz in power nobody came with the idea.and now amayi achoka ndiye nyonyonyo.chihana and ngwira anali pheeee kudya lero ufa watha ndiye utisokose.kamuzu wasnt wrong to send you home atumbuka

  2. aheli moto says:

    kwakhola. i side with federalism but am against character assasination. lets just mention facts. nkhondoyi tiyeni timenyedi amalawi. kunacha nkale.

  3. Mbakwazulu says:

    Asiyeni a zimayi okongola khalidwe ngati a JB, Jessie ndi a Kholiwe. Uchitsilu wanuwo musapake nawo anzanu, Mwayiwala kuti inu ndi amene muli ndi chitsilu cha munthu Bar girl (Hule wothelathu) Patricia Kaliyati? a Mayi JB, Jessie ndi a Kholiwe, inutu mtima m’malo nkhondoyi ndiyathu a malawife timenya ndife inu pheee! Federalism yingene basi. Fedo woyeee!

  4. Mbakwazulu says:

    Asiyeni azimayi okongola Khalidwe, monga a JB, Jessie and Kholiwe. Uchitsilu wanu musapake nawo anzanu. Mwayiwala kuti chitsilu cha Bar girl (Hule wothelathu) mulinayo komweko Patricia Kaliyati? a JB, Jessie & Kholiwe inutu mtima m’malo nkhondoyi ndiyathu timenya ndife.

  5. Zachisoni Phiri says:

    Fedal yomweyo anthu ena akayambe kukanganirana chikangawa kudzipezera malo.

  6. ngwazi kumzuzu says:

    muphuphaphupha koma nthawi ikwana yokha ,where is one party system? time will tell iwe Nankhumwa ndi iwe Vuwa mwamva kodi anthu ouma mitu inu.

  7. Andrew phiri says:

    Kasaila has a point here. DPP has come clear on de issue let Malawians debate de issue with sober minds. Even if de federation idea iz adopted still DPP wil b controlling de Government purse. MCP cannot say anyting posive here 4 dey a clueless & de next ting iz toe behind PP agendas.

  8. kukhala says:


  9. mpopoma says:

    Kabwila till pambuyo panu.if she changed men so what?if men turned stupid like those afraid of federalism. Kabwila Is wise and intelligent.so You must stand if You need her for marriage.

  10. PM says:

    This is not PP agenda. This is the people’s agenda.

  11. Songo says:

    Who owns this country, it’s not owned by an individual but and individual through the ballot is entrusted to lead us all. If we have a leader this issue of federal system of government should not be a worrying issue. Political scientists will give their views so as the historian as well as my views and yours but by the end of the day mr president you have come in when Malawi needs this change, am sorry.

  12. Lino says:


  13. Jamie says:

    I jessie very well. Very impulsive. She doesnt use her head but her mouth to think. She forced herself to a plumber. Later, she started insulting him. Mzimayi wa kamwa yotota ngati ameneyi sindinamuwone. Just like Kholiwe mkandawire and JB. They have all changed men in their lives like clothes. Azimayi wosakhazikitsa matako pansi. Zitsiru.

  14. mdk says:

    Always complaining.thats a sign that someone is afraid of the outcome of the votes.mawi shall decide.its not like if one have a different view to yours it means one has been given money

  15. Mccarty says:

    This DPP Government is Useless, go to hell with your nepotism, there is nothing wrong with MCP, Most are behind federalism.


  17. Wisely says:

    Call for a refrendum, other than speaking nosense.Even Nsanje and Mangochi districts are victims of nepotism.

  18. mpopoma says:

    Federalism Is the ansWer for Poor economic woos.go to the North and centre and bt.its federalism only

  19. Nobel says:

    The way this gentleman speaks sounds like a lay spokesperson of the mighty DPP. If indeed the govt wants sober debate on federism then MBC could have been more professionalism on the handling this issue, chiefs coudn’t have been bribed. Secondly this issue seems to be a regional debate coz as u can see that almost nobody from the south speaks against federation while mostly centre and north is for the same. Barrier? If govt indeed invited Chakwera there could have been no such man made barrier to recognize Chakwera’s presence at the function. It is also sad to learn that the Majid family was not amused for the DPP president to snub the MCP leader at the function. So Mr. Kasaila do not lie to the nation that there was barrier or whatever u say becoz this just shows that ur govt is panicking

    1. Jamie says:

      Chabwino, iweyo wanzeru.

  20. Chikopa says:

    Now iunderstard that the issue its notdeveloment or fedelism its last election results because Bingu develep lilongwe than any other region in his 8years rule,if the issue is about development south could have question why bingu delep lilongwe than blantyre mcp can not support fedelism theycould have been last to do so .what is happening its revenge

    1. Kenkkk says:

      Chikopa, you should realise that Lilongwe city is the capital of Malawi, so any president regardless of where he or she comes from will if necessary develop the City. Also being easily accessible by the North where there is even less development for their largest City there Mzuzu. So Lilongwe city, It is like being forced to develop it more than any other City. So bingu didn’t develop it for the love of Lilongwe but for national reasons.

      But Lilongwe rural is a different matter.

  21. kanundu says:

    Vuto lathu a Malawi a MCP amene makolo awo anali ankhaza , otukwana , osaetsa kuti chipani ndi chiyani ndi omwe amalankhula zopanda mutu ngati a Jessiy. Kodi baba a Tembo pokana ndiye kuti nawo akudya nawo misonkho yathu. Jessiy ndi osokoneza komanso opanda nzelu zokhwima ku chipani chathu cha MCP inenso za fedral goverment ndi za uchitsilu tiyeni a Malawi tingoulula amene anaba ndalama za boma kuti dziko liyende bwino. Za Soko emwe anaba ndalama, Jessiy sanakambepo kankhu ndichifukwa chiyani akusankha za uchitsiru basi. Jessiy panga zotukula chipani osati kupha ndizopusa zako. Tikufuna ma member ambiri a MCP kumwera osalepheretsa anthu kulowa MCP ndikusokoneza chipani ndikukamba zopanda pake.

  22. pdf says:

    AKasaila mulibe nzeru, you think you have argued. Nkhani ya cashgate aDPP alimomwemo koma poti ndinu mukulamula 91 billion ija sadziwika amene adaba. A Malawi ambiri tagwirizana tikufuna federal system.

  23. Malawianah says:

    Mr publicit secretary please dnt lead people astray.Fedaralism is not the issue of one party or two ,This is a national issue therefore stop pointing fingers to other parties.

  24. Kenkkk says:

    Kasaila, that is not a convincing answer!!! Dpp actions show that you are against federalism. Yes malawians should debate freely on federalism, that includes you and the president as well. So which camp Of the debate are you? For or against federalism? Come out and speak!!!

    And furthermore why is Mbc biased on the matter? Is it because it has been blessed or given a green light by dpp govt to go against those supporting federalism?

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