Fabiano branded ‘quota’ architect: Malawi Education Minister gets MP Mkandawire’s attack

Minister of Education, Science and Technology Emmanuel Fabiano has been accused as the one behind the introduction of   a controversial quota system deemed discriminatory by students.

The system, which involves students being selected into public universities on the basis of district or region rather than straight merit, was outlawed by the judiciary but reintroduced under the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rule.

The district quota system was first introduced by the late dictator Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in 1988. But it was abandoned following a 1993 court ruling to the effect that it was discriminatory and in violation of the fundamental right of Malawian citizens to equitable development through equal opportunities to access higher education, regardless of one’s district or region of origin or ethnicity.

Minister of Education, Emmanuel Fabiano

Minister of Education, Emmanuel Fabiano

However, the DPP reintroduced the system.

When Fabiano presented a ministerial statement in parliament on the selection of students to government secondary schools, he was attacked by Mzimba West parliamentarian Harry Mkandawire who said the minister was behind the reintroduction of the controversial system.

Fabiano’s report was aimed at clarifying how candidates are selected to secondary schools following a query from Northern Region members of Parliament (MPs) on why Nkhata Bay Secondary School had no students from the North.

Mkandawire asked if Fabiano was aware that the quota system was outlawed by the Supreme Court.

Mzimba West parliamentarian, who was expelled from DPP when he openly criticised former late president Bingu wa Mutharika, also claimed the Cabinet of the former DPP-led government did not approve the quota system, “but people like Fabiano misled them”.

Fabiano did not engage Mkandawire into arguments over his claims.

But Chiradzulu East MP Henry Mussa stood on a point of order asking Mkandawire “to substantiate those claims or withdraw the remarks.”

Speaker Richard Msowoya did not sustain the point of order, saying Fabiano should have been the one to complain.

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45 thoughts on “Fabiano branded ‘quota’ architect: Malawi Education Minister gets MP Mkandawire’s attack”

  1. Mwembe says:

    The whole Malawi knows about people from the north. They are worried about their educational abilities. So stupid idiots write out of ignorance or they deliberately turn a blind eye to this fact and write no sense. Efforts to oppress the northerners are clearly seen. The government must just build more institutions in the country not just the south. Give the north 2 university and you will see the quality of those universities. 2 in the centre and 2 in the south. Stop making noise but act on my tips.

  2. Kalanga says:

    I do agree with # 31. Some pple just comment to frustrate other tribes! Bt nyasatimes do u c these comments!

    Remember every tribe has wknesses. I have stayed much of my time in the south as well as the centre for the past 11 yrs and I know how pple behave! There4 to call one another stupid is unjustifiable plz!

  3. Mc Chigubu says:

    I just do not know why people from the north are so stupid, what’s wrong with Quota System? If you northerners were brainy enough you would have already advised Livingstonia Synod to stop the stupidity of building churches in Nkhoma Synod territory. However it smz like you are ok with it so as we from the central & the South are with Quota System. So you northerners can go to any nearest hell, pathako panu!

  4. Ad Phiri says:

    People are choosing to mislead themselves. In the quota system, students are not selected based on district. Rather district of origin is one of the factors that are taken into consideration, including academic merit. How come students from the North are also selected? Do they get selected because of district of origin or they are selected in merit. Granted, students from the other regions do not get very good points. And this is a problem that needs also to be sorted. We may also be true to justice if we paid attention to MZUNI, MUST and Luanar and see what is going on there too.

  5. Lomwepachakutipanu says:

    Chi Fabianocho, nkhope ngati kumaliseche. Chili kumudzi bwenzi atachigwira ufiti kalekale, pamtumbo panu fotseki

  6. Lomwepachakutipanu says:

    Thubwelunwe I you are an imbecile. You wont miss northerners really? Who will be employing you then? Because 60% of you Lomwes are in farms in northern region. Ntchito yanu u tenant in tobacco farms basi, kudyz zimbewa zamagazi ali chuchuchu. Vianthu va utchisi ngati inu ana mbwee opanda zovala. Manyazi mulibe!!! Ndili ndi chimunthu changa chi househelp from Mulanje ndimachizunzadi but still refusing to go kwawo because has no choice.

  7. HONESTY says:

    Good communication is vital in any society around the glob. See how people are presenting themselves!

    Constructive debates( arguments ) require understanding of the matter under discussion. Ena akungotukwana kuli kusonyeza umbuli ndi kusamvetsetsa nkhani zikukambidwazo. Bwanji tidziyamba tamva kuti munthu akutinji ndiye tidziyankhila, mmalo mongoyankha mothamanga nkhani isanafike ku medula oblangata. NDIMBWELERA BASI zokambidwa pamenepo , nothing else!

  8. wa ku Boma says:

    By 2017 all government secondary schools in the north will be flooded by students from the southern tip of Malawi. I suggest the north should have its own examination board

  9. Kapenandiye says:

    Its true that there was Mzuzu corner, can u dispute that? Ana Anjoka Inu. So wakuba nayenso akaberedwa amabangula kwambiri kuona ngati kuti nzakeyo ndiwolakwa kwambiri koma iyeyo ndiye wabwino. By the way ur dilly darling, ana a Israel atatopa ndi Pharao anachoka usiku ndikumapita kwawo. Do the same its time for passover. Kapena mukusowa ndi Mose. Ingonyamukani basi musanamizile kuti mukukakamiridwa. Mutere,muzanyanyamuke pa 3 december nthawi ya 11pm amene ali kumwera adzere ku Mozambique mpaka ku Zambia Kumene Akakumane Ndi ndi apa centre omwe azangambe pa mchinji chabe apo basi ulendo wa ku mpoto. Bwanji pamenepo. Mungoti fwifwifwi apa ati akutameni ndani mukanakhala anzeru bwenzi half ya awo ali ku south kapena pa centre atabwelera ku mpoto ndikumakayankhulira komweka. Koma muli phwi konkuno mumvekere tiiifuuunaaa dziiiiiikooolathuuulathu zibwana eti.

  10. Kabwiro says:

    Harry Mkandawire uyu ndiwachabechabe amachotsa anthu ku ma Water Board as chairman chifukwa cha mtundu wa munthu akufuna kunena chani apa. Self centered person.

  11. Boss says:

    Nzovuta kumvetsa because yikakhala sukulu mmati quoter while za unduna muti zonse zichokere chigawo chimodzi kwa enafe ayi.Chifukwa chimene mudziwe ndi choti timasankha anthu kuti akatiyimilire ndiye ngatilibe oti yimilira mu ma unduna kaya tipange bwanji thus why we are saying we want federal government.

  12. Hamu says:

    If federal government introduced in Malawi will every region have their own universities, secondary schools too? Because to my understanding of some comments and arguments people making on this issue making me think that every region will become state for its own. Why Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda broken stupid federation of Nyasaland, Zambia and Zimbabwe when he became a leader of Nyasaland? And now we are asking for the same Federation when that time we supported Kamuzu to destroy the federation of Nyasaland. People of Malawi have we asked ourselves this question; how many poor Malawians understand this issue not only little ones have gone to school? Poor Malawians are fighting for their poverty every day, instead of making good policies for the poor people who are making large percentages for our population in this countries we are wasting time on this issue, I was supporting this issue but now I have reversed my idea because I see that someone is having much interest on this to destroy our unity we had for the past 50 years of our Independents. Malawi is a poor country which needs to be developed not by donors or white people or other African countries surround us no but ourselves. What I can ask all people from all regions lets come together and make policies that will be good for us.

    1. #HAMU

      You’re really an idiot because you don’t even understand what Federalism means. South Africa is a federal system type of government and the country is still one. Don’t just criticize without understanding what federalism means. The generation of Kamuzu Banda is gone and their unitary system has not worked for Malawi but has produced one dictator after another. The unitary system in Malawi has produced nepotism, quotasm, mulhakosm, looting, thieves, regionalism, tribalism, and many other isms. This system must go because it is not good for Malawi. The North and the Center are calling for Federalism that will mirror the USA and South Africa. A federalism with strong provincial governments and rotational presidency among our three regions not four regions as advocated by Peter Hitler Mutharika. Malawi need a federalism that each province will be allocated points and for a political party to win the presidency it must win 2 provinces out of 3. Malawi under this federal system will be united because there will be no political party belonging to a particular region as the federal laws of Malawi will require the presidency to be rotated among our three provinces. The current unitary system promote regionalism, tribalism, nepotism, and many other isms. This system does not benefit Malawians but the party in power. The North is right to demand Federalism or completely separation because the inhabitants of Nyika have been the victim of this Unitary system. Do you know Peter Hitler Mutharika is planning genocide against the people of Nyika? This man is evil and must not be allowed to continue his evil acts against Nyika people. Alluta continua and Nyika people will never surrender until victory is completely achieved. 50 years being slaves is enough—we want freedom. Amandlaaaaaa!!

      1. Hamu says:

        # Mr. Motonga

        Some of you points really make sense, but Malawi has 4 region cause in Zomba I think we a police headquarter by the name Eastern Region Police Headquarter this office its near University Office. This region consists the following districts (Zomba, Machinga, Mangochi and Balaka)For Tribalism ask how Kanyama Chiume introduced it when he was sending students to study overseas.

        1. @Hamu,
          You still don’t get it. The Kamuzu and Chirwa generation are gone and only a few are remaining in power. Some of that generation is Peter Hitler Mutharika. These people have taken Malawi to medieval era, and they are resistant to change because they believe in the old ways of nepotism, tribalism, quotasm, regionalism, dictatorship, and many other isms. Malawi has only three provinces and Northern Malawi will not accept thrashes that are being advocated by the Mulhako tribalistic government to divide the South into 2 provinces in order to concentrate power into the Southern region. Let me tell you that the North has large land than the other two regions. The border between the Center and Nyika people is where the Tonga tribe start between Center and Nyikaland. Chizumuru Island and Likoma Island belong to Nyikaland. So, it should be us who must be advocating to produce three provinces in Nyikaland but we don’t do that.

  13. Mabvuto says:

    Fabiano,you need to tread carefully.God cannot let his children suffer for the sins not committed.But those perpetrating those sufferings will perish.I beg you northerners,my brethrens,any MP in the DPP camp should move out.You all know what is in their DNA,things like hatred,tribalism etc

  14. Charter says:

    Si nkhope zoyendetsa dziko izi ayi. They could not run a small college – Chancellor College.

    1. FKS says:

      Iwe uzilemekeza akuluakulu

  15. Achalume says:

    Amkandawire koma kusukulu munapita bwinobwino,mwina chifukwa cha Mzuzu corner eti.Posachedwapa pakamwa pako pomwepo pamati APM wasanga alomwe okhaokha kukhala nduna,chomwe umafuna pamene paja mmayesa ndi quota yomweyo,tsono quota yomweyo umayifunayo yafika ku maphuziro palakwikwaso.Anthu ophuzira inu ife tatopa nanu ndikukuphuzisani ,musamalankhule ngati anthu asakumvereni ndiye kuti dzikoli liphulika chinanso kulankhula mopepela koteloko mukupoloza nzeru za ana anu ndipo azasowa mtendendele chifukwa chamaganizidwe opusa omwe anthu azigawo zinafe simataya nawo nthawi.Zinthutu sizikuyenda ,anthu akumati kuli bwino kukwatila/kukwatiwa ndi waku Mozambique osati wakumpoto.chonde muzilankhula mowafunila ntendere ana anu angokhalira uhule ,ndi ma reject chifukwa chachikhalidwe.

  16. Tuyuni says:

    You southerners, you very stupid and ignorants . Mukuti atumbuka azipita kwawo ,mwayiwala kuti akumwera ndi amene achuluka kwambiri kumpoto. Mwayiwalanso kuti akumwera ndi amene aliso ndi manyumba kwambiri kumpoto.

  17. Vyachalo says:

    A president munthu uyu akulakwesani. Muchosanimo.

  18. truth says:

    you must understand ‘nkhatabay is a nation secondary which means its for everyone from south to north,its not for northerners cz its not a community secondary. if you want federal we will support you but be in mind all docs and those who are in high offices in south and central must go back to north and manage there and we will also manage ourselves .mwatikwana.ndikuphunzila kwanuko mukaunjikane kumpoto

  19. Atumbuka ndi anthu odzikonda ngakhale mbalame zikupangana zochoka mu nkhalango ya ku chikangawa chifukwa cha moyo woipa wa atumbuka.Goodal Gondwe munthu yekhayo amene Mulungu anampatula pakati pa anthu oipawa.Mutseke pakamwa panuno anthu opanda chikondi chachibadwa inu!!!!!

  20. Quota system says:

    I used to respect Fabiano but now seems kuti ka uchitsiru kalimo mkuluyu chimodzi modzi ndi jijo Chaponda. Shupit zanu

  21. Zeze says:

    Fabiano is a “stupid” intellectual whose statement on quota system didnt make sense at all. Ali ku UNIMA amaganiza mopusa chimodzi modzi, sazasintha! Mbuzi yambula mino kusi iyi Kkkkkkkkk

  22. TITO says:

    WHAT IS YOUR COMMENT FSBIANO ??? ARE YOU A TECHNORAT OR JUST A COMMON MAN LIKE ME ???

  23. Greencardless Malawian says:

    Mulungu akukuonani a Fabiano. Akakusamutsanitsani musadabwe…

  24. thoms says:

    Fabiano ndiopusa this quater must stop we are all the same if not nyika republic

  25. Free Thinker says:

    This is why I am for complete secession of the North!! In our own Republic, there will be no quota system. Students will be required to work hard to earn their place amongst the elite in the entire world and this will promote unmatched quality of our graduates in our universities, able to compete internationally. Let the Fabianos and his fellow kangaroos keep their quota system in their second rate inferior universities.

  26. # 2 nobody and I repeat nobody has arrested you northerners. If you have been slaves for sometimes and you want to be free, why cant you just pack and leave for poor Nyikaland. It would have been a problem if you dont have a home with a clear dividing line across Njenda. Pack your things and make noise in your new country. Then you will play a good game. No body has you by a york over your necks. You are walking freely. Go Go and see what happens next. For sure nobody will take you back. You will be surprise how fast south and center will put up a Nyamanda roadblock at Jenda. South will allow center and south to form federal system if there will be a need but not with you Tumbukas. You are cooks. And you have met fellow crooks the Lomwes. Timalizana basi. You caused such problems to Kamuzu, Muluzi and Bingu. You will never be allowed to continue. You are finished.

    1. Nyasa says:

      Kkkkk. Chief critical you have made my day…kkkkkk. Anthuwa ndiwosamva. Tikuwawuza kuti we don’t need you here in LL koma samva.

    2. #Chief Critical
      Tell Peter Hitler Mutharika to let my people go. This means your Peter Hitler Mutharika must withdraw all his Mulhako police force and Mulhako occupying armed forces from Nyikaland. We are slaves because Peter Hitler Mutharika and his occupying forces are killing our people, looting our resources, arresting our leaders, and planning genocide against unarmed innocent civilians. Why he can’t allow our people to demonstrate in Nyikaland and voice their discontent with this oppressive Unitary system that has brought miseries in their lives. For the past 50 years the Northerners have been punching bags. Hatred speeches that are said on MBC championed by Mzwati Nkolokosa and Patricia Kaliati cannot be taken lightly. We know your plans—you want to wipe all the tribes of the Northern region. TELL PETER HITLER MUTHARIKA THERE IS NO NEED FOR REFERENDUM TO KEEP NYIKA PEOPLE SLAVES—-HE MUST LET MY PEOPLE GO. WE REFUSE TO BE THIRD CLASS CITIZENS WHERE EVERY OPPRESSIVE LAWS ARE DIRECTED TOWARDS NYIKA PEOPLE. I APPEAL TO NYIKA PEOPLE NOT TO LISTEN TO PUPPETS LIKE VUWA KAUNDA WHO HAS NO EDUCATION AT ALL. THIS MAN IS AN ASS KISSER AND A SCUMBAG OF THE WORLD. NYIKA MUST BE FREE AT ALL COST. COWARDICE WILL KEEP US SLAVES BUT BRAVERY WILL SEE OUR MOTHERLAND, NYIKA SMILING AND BLESSING US WITH MORE WEALTH TO TAKE CARE OF OUR PEOPLE. NYIKA IS A RICH COUNTRY AND WE CAN DO BETTER IF WE’RE ON OUR OWN. WE’RE FIGHTING FOR OUR BELOVED NYIKA NOT NDATA KINGDOM OF THE MUTHARIKAS. ALLUTA CONTINUA!!!!!

  27. Darius Mphongo says:

    Nthawi zina ndi bwino nkhani zina kumangowerenga n’kuiwala. Who doesn’t know the reasons behind all this nonsense. What a sane person can deduce from these cry babies is that they have completely lost the plot. Their thinking was that they would have a free ride on dilapidated JB’s taxi, which obviously was not the case. These people have failed to put together a workable political party because of DYERA. AFORD is about to die a natural death because of myopic tendencies, yes kuganiza ngati ana akhanda. They want everybody to become a leader. It is therefore not surprising that they are insisting on reaping without sowing – every Malawian gave them a chance the just ended two years to prove themselves to the world how ingenious they were, but instead of building they resorted into dismantling the structures other hardworking Malawians had put up by plundering the little that was there to run government affairs. If they couldn’t be trusted with meagre resources in two years what will become of the country after 5 to 10 years, or better still is the northern region be in existence in the next two/three years? If someone feels he/she is being marginalised why can’t he seek political asylum in another country like what the other deranged northerners have done in different countries? When you ask them why they are seeking their asylums they end up with a twisted tongue – what a miserable, shameful lot of a tribe who want good things every time to belong to them and their kinsmen. Leave Malawi for genuine Malawians and let those who are intelligent go to universities and not dull boys and girls who are always prone to spoon-feeding practices. Some of us are saying this after sitting in the same class, working together and being friends with the much taunted intelligentsia TUMBUKA’s.

  28. VYOTO says:

    JZU AS CHAIRMAN OF THE UNIMA COUNCIL AROUND 1988 WAS NOT HAPPY THAT THE UNIVERSITY SELECTION WAS BEING DOMINATED BY STUDENTS FROM NORTH MALAWI DESPITE THAT ALL STUDENTS WHETHER FROM NSANJE, DEDZA OR THYOLO WROTE AND CONTINUE TO WRITE SAME EXAMS AND LEARNING SAME SYSLLABUS. INSTEAD OF ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSE TO THE VARIATIONS INTO STUDENTS PERFORMANCE THE EQUALLY TRIBALISTIC JZU THEN MISLED THE AGING KAMUZU TO INTRODUCE THE QUOTA SYSTEM AS A COUNTER MEASURE AGAINST THE PERFORMING STUDENTS FROM THE NORTH.THE FEARLESS NORTHERNERS TOOK THE ISSUE TO COURT AND AS HONOURABLE HARRY MULEKA NYALA MKANDAWIRE RIGHTLY SAID IN PARLIAMENT THE SUPREME COURT EXTENSIVELY EXAMINED THE FACTS PRESENTED TO IT AND RULED THAT THE SYSTEM BE STOPPED AS IT WAS DISCRIMINATORY(SANKHO).THE SYSTEM WAS STOPPED DURING THE REMAINING YEARS OF MCP RULE AND THROUGH OUT THE TEN YEARS OF THE MULUZI RULE AND ONLY RE INTRODUCED WHEN THE ECCENTRIC AND TRIBALISTIC MUTHALIKA CAME INTO POWER . THIS FABIANO WAS HEADING UNIMA WHEN QUOTA WAS RE INTRODUCED.

    MALAWI NEED MORE OF THE MPs LIKE HARRY MKANDAWIRE WHO CAN RISE UP AGAINST ANY ACTS OF DISCRIMINATION.TODAY IT IS TUMBUKAS WHO ARE BEING DISCRIMINATED THROUGH QUOTA SYSTEM BUT TOMMORROW IT MAY BE CHEWAS,YAOS AND EVEN LOMWES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BY THE WAY SOME DISTRICTS LIKE NTCHEU IN CENTRAL REGION ARE EQUALLY VICTIMS OF QUOTA SYSTEM

  29. lutan fya says:

    ife tikutenga ma degree koma osasankhidwa ku unima, kulemela kuposa inu mukulilira ku unima, zichedwani kulimbana ndi boma za quota system, it will never go

  30. salimu says:

    Foolish people without brains. Why don’t you leave the south and go back to your graveyard the “dead north”. You busy settling in South when you claim that southerners hate you. Agalu inu you behave as if you give us oxygen when you are in fact parasites not worthy breathing. Just secede nobody wants you.

  31. chekambewa says:

    Kapitani mukapange Dziko lanu nanga mudikira chani?

  32. Livulezi river says:

    Inu a State President, aloleni anthu a ku mpotowa kuti a kakhazikitse dziko lawo ku mpotoko ife anatitopetsa anthu amenewa. I don’t want to go into details again how wicked & self centered they are. Let them stand on their own please. Musawaumilire anthu opanda phindu ngati amenewa!! Tatopa ndikuva za anthu a kumpoto, anthu odzikonda, ova zawo zokha komanso okola ndinso oyabwa ngati chitedze.

  33. Hehede! says:

    Evidence is strong that Fabiano is the one who fed Bingu wrong information that there is Mzuzu corner where lecturers from north discuss exam questions with students from north at Chancellor College. That is why he was made VC because of feeding the president with hate information. Mkandawire is aware of what Fabiano used to say to the president then and that is why Fabiano can not challenge him for branding him architect of QUOTA system.

  34. Obama says:

    I think Mussa and Fabiano did not answer the wise question. Educate me lawyers. If the system was outlawed by the supreme court of appeal. Is it possible to bring it back? Unless Bingu and his cohorts were above the law and that’s why they allowed quota system to come again. This is Mutharika’s bitter pill to swallow. Gwanda prophesied about this mtundu wa a lomwe. Gwanda’s words comes into reality now. Anthu ankati wapenga koma ananenera zoona. Mau aakulu akoma akagonela.

  35. Moyenda says:

    Quota is a good thing in any society. But in Malawi it is used for wrong motives; and implemented badly. It is hell when it lands into crafty people like Muthrika, Tembo and Fabiano. Name them, but they will never feel ashamed!

    I went to Chancellor college and endured harsh conditions as a quota student that qualified for university but because my district had “enough” inclusion into the selection list, I was given a place as a non resident. Benevolent lectures like Palamuleni took us in. at another time we even lived in Chikanda, crossing the flooding rivulet at night.

  36. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HATE NORTHERNERS WITH PASSION. THEY ARE PART OF THOSE WHO ARE PLANNING GENOCIDE AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF NYILKA. WE THE PEOPLE OF NYIKA WE REFUSE TO BE YOUR SLAVES AND YOU SHOULD LET MY PEOPLE GO TO FORM THEIR OWN REPUBLIC OF NYIKA. WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF BEING THIRD CLASS CITIZENS. PETER HITLER MUTHARIKA LET MY PEOPLE GO. WE DON’T WANT YOU SOUTH OR CENTER KEEP IT TO YOURSELF. YOU MUST LET MY PEOPLE GO. ALLUTA MUST CONTINUE. NEVER SURRENDER NYIKA PEOPLE UNTIL FINAL VICTORY. WE DON’T HAVE A FUTURE IN THIS QUOTA SYSTEM MALAWI. TO THEM WE ARE THEIR BIGGEST ENEMY,

    1. eye eye says:

      So what are you waiting for then?

    2. Thubwelunwe says:

      We wont miss you if you form your Nyika Republic. Go on and do your thing!

  37. John says:

    Yes answer the question. Did you know that the quota system was outlawed by te supreme court? And yet you say you respect the rule of law and the constitution? Watii biiii! Tianthu tachonchonu ndamene mumapangisa kuti Malawi agawikane anthufe tizinenana apa. Wati kamutu gwaaa!

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