Harry Mkandawire, under pressure, resigns as PP veep: Remains party member

Parliamentarian and wealthy businessman Harry Mkandawire has stepped down from his position as vice president (northern region) of former governing People’s Party (PP) but said he remains a member of the party.

Mkandawire:  PP member but not VP

Mkandawire: PP member but not VP

PP appointed Mkandawire as the president (northern region) replacing Khumbo Kachali.

Mkandawire said he has resigned “on principal” denying assertions that he is repositioning himself with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

There are reports that Mkandawire met President Peter Mutharika and he was promised a cabinet post but was sidelined in the recent cabinet reshuffle.

The parliamentarian is also reported to be under pressure to seek amnesty over reports of possible prosecution on timber smuggling  in Chikangawa forest and tax dodging crimes.

Announcing his resignation, Mkandawire said he was concerned that some PP oficials maybe involved in cashgate scandal, claiming he has just realised that now

Mkandawire said he was  also worried the party was “inactive” due to the absence of its founder and leader, Joyce Banda.

The former president has been out of the country on private engagements since June 29, 2014 when she left for the United States of America (US).

Banda is however scheduled to return home this month from South Africa.

Reports are rife that Banda’s absence from the local political scene created a power vacuum in her party, leading to internal wrangles.

But Mkandawire was among PP officials who were invited by Banda in South Africa last month where she told them the exact day of her arrival this month,

PP secretary general Ibrahim Matola could not immediately comment on Mkandawire’s resignation but said the party is “delighted” that Banda is “finally returning home.”

Before being appointed vice president, Mkandawire was the party’s treasure general and his position was taken by Ephraim Mganda Chiume, the former Foreign Affairs Minister.

Mkandawire dumped DPP when he was arrested on political motivated charges after criticising late President Bingu wa Mutharika for promoting tribalism by championing a controversial university quota system.

He was DPP director of political affairs and governor of Northern province but at the height of DPP’s autocracy, he wrote a critical open letter questioning Mutharika’s endorsement of the quota system in which students were selected for university on the basis of district or region rather than merit.

Mkandawire also raised concerns about undermining the rule of law as a result of Wa Mutharika’s backing of the system, despite a Malawi High Court order outlawing it.

He was arrested for alleged sedition.

The quota system was introduced by the late despotic ruler Hastings Kamuzu Banda in 1988, on the grounds that students from northern provinces were entering institutions of higher learning in greater numbers than their compatriots from southern provinces. But the system was abolished in 1993 following a court challenge.

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60 thoughts on “Harry Mkandawire, under pressure, resigns as PP veep: Remains party member”

  1. Phodos says:

    No way Tumbukas can say that there is no problem losing Mkandawire. That will mark the end of feudalism. Who will stand for north in parliament? We will use Mkandawire as another Vuwa Mkaunda. That will mark the end of north.You are idiots. Tumbukas do complain a lot.

  2. Poor man feel it says:

    None of my concern

  3. Kamanga says:

    The North will not dare to trust Harry again. we hate Dpp, so if he decides to join Dpp, we have nothing to loose. The North as a region now is only looking forward to winning the fedralism fight! PP failled us! DPP killed us!! UDF failled us MCP wanted us to be young for ever, so we are only remaining with the chance of a self governed region.

  4. mtunthama says:

    we in dpp dont care

  5. Malindima says:

    It has been proven that success does not depend on education. There too many people in Malawi that are so rich but never went to university. They are smart, take risks that are feared by those so called educated idiots.
    If they become richer and richer and grow their businesses, then they employ those so called university graduates as their clerks. Sweet smart! So education is not a guarantee for the roses in the world as there so many stupid educated fools.

  6. kakwiza says:

    notherners u refused billy kaunda and u choose mkandawire us zambians we work wit that man in timba he is crooked u leave young billy u voted for a killer,a crook and a man without direction.

    1. Gogo says:

      Why are you saying northerners rejected Billy Kaunda. Was Billy Kaunda MP for Northern Region? This shallow mentality is the reason Peter Muthalika is taking your taxes to bail out his fellow DPP thieves.

  7. Denguzman. says:

    A big caution to Mr. President. Pipo like Harry r not the pipo to be trusted by u. Why ru worried Mr. President? Moreover, u re running this govt smoothly so why ru troubling urself enticing pipo like Harry join ur govt? Kunjaku a president kuli anthu anzeru kupotsa anthu ngati Harry woti atha kudzakuthandizani kuyendetsa dziko. Now its time to allow pipo to judge how u re running ur govt not spending ur energy looking for pipo to join ur party. Zinthu zikamayenda aliyense amawona kaya ndi supporter wa MCP, AFORD, PP or UDF amatha kuyamikira coz all wat we need is development not politics.

  8. DOBO says:

    Malawi critically ill

  9. Enidziko says:

    The truth is that Harry is on the list of timber smugglers and is running away from incarceration. That is why he wants to join DPP. Mbava yakufikapo!

  10. OMEGA BEMA says:

    OMEGA BEMA 0999195520 —–That’s the deasease of many politicians when is an mp wil wants to b a minister ….harry is looking 4 ministerial post – he might get it but he wil not return the seat come 2019 ,,,,,,respect to pple like njobvuyalema who are not greedy as harry # that’s why they are long serving mp’s

    1. Inhumane Rights Activist says:

      Return his seat???????? kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk Tangolembani mchichewa mayi.

  11. chikhwalingwa says:

    My fellow Malawians, hate, jealous, anger won’t help us. Mr Mkandawire is a hypocrite, liar, tidye nawo and crooked. He cant tell us now that he has realised his fellow officials are involved in cashgate, liar! He should drag Malawians into unnecessary debates and hate speeches or negative comments. He knew it, saw it, and they did it together. Musatipusise apa ala! A Mkandawire, ngati PP yakukwanani tangotengani tiakatundu tanu pezani kolowera. Basi! My fellow Malawians, lets stick to the issue at hand and not xenophobic/tribalistic comments.

  12. Mapwiya Muhlupare says:

    A friend of mine who comes Thyolo and Mwanza was a very big supoorter of quota system unti his child with 15 points was left out of UNIMA while the neighbours child from Machinga with 26points was selected. He started attacking quota system and I told him, my friend you were happy with quota bcz you thought it targeted atumbuka now that zakupezani you are angry with it. Don’t be angry now. Enanu apa mmaganizanso motero mpaka zizakuonekeleni kuti mwana wanu amusiya ndi ma points abwino kutenga wa ma points phwamwamwa nde mudzalira. Nanji wadzima points akazakhala mnkhonde mudzalira gazi.

  13. gerad kingstong says:

    Tamvanso akuti more resignations coming. Raalp juma to mcp, chilapondwa to dpp, john bande dpp or mcp kkkkkk

  14. chikupizga says:

    Their is no atumbuka or bachewa we are all malawians , grow up your mind losers

  15. amnzeru a kummawa says:

    A kenkk nanunso, comment kutalika ngati mukulemba nkhani! Ndi article kapena comment? Ngati ndi choncho yambitsani online news publication yanu and call it Mpoto Times. Apo bii muyambe kulemba ma comment osati ma article anuwo. Whether there is quota system or not, amnzanufe ngosaphunzira koma ndalama tilinazo. Shasha ndi money man!

    1. Kenkkk says:

      Point taken and well appreciated for telling me. I will try to be brief next time koma zimanikanika.

      On money, I also have plenty and it is very clean osati za kuba. So you are my friend, andalama okha okha.

      1. Khuth'upa o'Machemba says:

        Abale anzathu’nu musamalalate chonchi, kuti mwachitola chikwama. ZA m’mawa sitiziwa.
        Ife, kalanga ife, kupitiliza kupha nyerere popita kunchito!

  16. Mitchesi Fisi says:

    Please note: The quota system might have been introduced way before 1988.
    In 1964, the Primary Schools Certificate Examination results were tampered with. Kamuzu then ordered the first selection to secondary schools scrapped, and redone. The second selection was drastically different from the first. (Readers can check the record – this is a fact). Some of us lived thru this experience.
    The late Kanyama Chiume was the minister of education that time: and he was “outed” as having ordered the first selection, to favor northerners. Consequently, Kamuzu was more than angry. He was furious and livid.
    That was actually probably the first glimpse the public had of the northern clique: the group that had clear and definite regional and tribal tendencies. They tried to marginalize the Malawians from the center and the south. Kamuzu’s quota was a way to correct an evil embedded in tribalism. So do not Bingu for the quota, amangwetu.
    Many students who were selected only in the second batch, went on to academic distinctions! There is no tribe or region that has a monopoly for academics or intelligence. Every district can point out outstanding people, in academics, business, sports and what have you, with great pride. Without debasing other groups or tribes.
    The so-called quota is a “third rail” in Malawi politics. And no politician with serious ambitions for presidential office will tamper with it, for a long time. And for good reasons!

    1. Kenkkk says:

      You are a very big liar Mr Fisi. Shame on you.

      1. Mitchesi Fisi says:

        Mjtchesi Fisi yekhai samanama. Fufusani anthu amene anapita ku sekondale chaka cha 1965, kukayamba form 1.
        The naked tribalism shown that year was so serious it’s incredible. That is why some people cannot accept it for a fact: and they would rather deny it. The extent to which people will go to favor their own!

        1. Kenkkk says:

          If the selection in 1965 was so serious then why did kamuzu wait until 1988 to introduce 1/4 system? When kanyama and other cabinet ministers went into exile in the 1960s, why didn’t kamuzu immediately introduce 1/4 system as all his opponents had run away?

          Lies will never bring peace to your heart. Surprisingly only the least educated of our presidents, Bakili, seemed to know and understand that 1/4 system in education is evil and detrimental to malawi’s development. Only God could have sensitized Bakili on the matter while hardening the hearts of the so called educated presidents. That will also eventually see the Light!!!

          God works in mysterious ways !!!

    2. Kenkkk says:

      Nobody can lose the presidency because of abolishing the 1/4 system. Bakili didn’t, had two terms for that matter. dpp manifesto as i understand abolishes it, did peter lose the presidency? You are the type of people who want to perpetuate divisions and tribalism rather than a united malawi.

  17. mwanapeter says:

    Atumbuka munthuyi akukuchitisani manyazi. Thats y northerners sindigwirizana nawo dyera too much…. mumafuna monona mokhamokha mukakhalanso abale anu thoo… But shortly munya coz ma voti anu timangonyika mu shire river or are equal to mangochi district. Dyera kwambiri inu kantundu ka corruption heve aka, kasakho heve choncho mungalamulire inu? kukwatira akadzi malamulo tho cholinga mudzikwatirana nokha nokha. Bola central region ya nyau ndi south region mumati yaa mbuli koma timalamulirabe. harry ukagwere ndipo Dpp musayerekedze kumulandira gwape ameneyu akhaule amine magazi.

  18. Mtumbuka wenecho says:

    Achewa akati kudula a ziwalo kufuna kulemera mwansanga ndi Chimene amadziwa azathu ndikhukhala kuchikamwini kumabeleka ana ngati ziyabwe osawapititsa ana kusukulu koma kuwapititsa ana kudambwe.Mtundu wopepela kwabasi ndipo wochititsa manyazi.Tamangogwirani vinchito vanu votsetsa ndi vau tenant muma estate a Tumbuka.Vinchito volima maganyu mumavidziwa kwabasi azathunu.Ndisamve ka nkhuku kena kachichewa ka kunyoza atumbuka apa.Ndani anakuletsani kulimbikira kusukulu?Mumaona kupita university ngati ntchito yolima ndime ya ganyu?

  19. wanangwa says:

    Mpopoma, you have said the truth about these guys.

  20. Ricky says:

    This guy has lost it he talks too much for his benefits not for us northerners jumps from this party to the other UDF DPP now Pp wants to go back Dpp prostitutional politics he believe

  21. mpopoma says:

    The northerners are naturally intelligent. Those of you who say quota system is good are very myopic. Go to poly, chanco, Mzuni see if your qouta selected students survive the weeding list.
    Just look at the most intelligent students in all colleges comes from the northern region. Why?. Because we fear God. We also listened to and followed the missionaries teachings about education. You were busy plucking tea and selling your fellow human being during slave trade. Your system of njoka siyenda ndi mwana is not assisting you at all. Failing to pay school fees for your kids even taking care of them. You are always satisfied with small things. That’s why you can’t grow. You can’t stand competition. You will never compete against the northern region because it’s a blessed region. This is another Israel.

    1. Dzimvele mu mtolo says:

      Another Israel my Foot! Where Pastors are refusing to go to minister and the owners of the land are busy developing foreign lands! Come on give it another name please!

  22. Mulopana musoliwa says:

    Ambwenu bwenu, useless people all they know is to cheat in exams and talk nonsense

  23. cheketa maviyambeba says:

    Harry equals a prostitute who can change the mind anytime. He is madyera mpoto, greedy kind of person people should know. mark my words, these are kind of people who busy failing our country with their mafia kind of style.

  24. ineyo says:

    a jokujoku manyazi mukibe, siyani kulimbana ndi atumbuka. We are the most hard working and intelligent tribe and u are jealousy of that? Shame on you. Mitundu yanu ndi ya anthu aulesi ntchito kumapanga zinamwali nthawi ya mayeso ndiye m’mati mungaphunzire choncho. Shame on u and ur lazy tribes. Pezani nkhani ina not that.

  25. I love all Malawian tribes,I believe tribalism is an enemy to national development,federal system is an excellent system coz al regions benefits alike,am from ntcheu,but I hate no one if u hate me I still love u,coz a nation is comprised of village,districts,and regions inhabited by pole of different tribes.let us care for one another and make Malawi a better place to stay.how can we be the warmhearted to strangers if we are failing to do that to ourselves?

    1. Shebex says:

      Box 13 u r really mature, regionalism, tribalism shudnt be promoted in modern Malawi

  26. malawxcusbs says:

    Asakupusiseni akufuna ku giligisha DPP Wanyamula bhomu lokabela ndala zaboma now it will be jumpgate,no more cashegate.

  27. Mwandira wa chisena says:

    Quota System should remain intact kamuzu was not a fool so was Bingu. We now have graduates from all over Malawi bravo genuine democracy bravo quota system

  28. Hina says:

    Ajoku joku muli nzeru mutumo? to be born in the northern part is not a crive. More over we have done have done quite alot. Orton Chirwa, Chakufwa chihana,and many others. kmaganiza osat kusuta fodya..

  29. tuvitwana says:

    Harry, ur stupid fool, failed in business n politics. Nonsense

  30. Blessings says:

    PP has no leader come to the strongest and join the speaker

  31. Chimkhalo says:

    Well done Harry I hope u will be a state witness coz u’ve mentioned urself in the statement,that ur party is really involved in cashgate.

  32. Jokujoku says:

    The northerners has all along being jealous of KB, as they wanted to rule MW themselves hence the 1964 and 1983 cabinet crisis. So later on they teamed up to say if KB is the President against our will, then let us dominate the Top Ranking in all Government Departments in MW. Then they started doing wakwithu syndrome to go against KB and thats the reason Kamuzu Banda introduced 1/4 system as they were always cheating or teaching real exams hence a bigger number of the wakwithu were able to pass and that’s why they want to cling to Merit system as for sure they will continue with what they were doing during KB. Peter as President NEVER EVER revert to this sistem

    1. JJB says:

      You are first class fool!!

    2. Kenkkk says:

      Jokujoku, you are the most stupid person to grace these forums. You think 1/4 system is punishing tumbukas but actually it is punishing malawi by producing mediocre students in higher education. If the most academically gifted students across the country not just the north are denied access to higher education, then Just know that something is horribly wrong with the people running the system. No where In any country in the world do they deny their brightest students further higher university education. Is it a wonder that malawi’s education has gone down hill? Kamuzu was just manipulated by other people and you know who to set the 1/4 system and also the relocation of teachers but is blamed because the bulk stops with the leader. But we know who were behind it. Just as we blame Peter now on some issues when we in fact know who is behind such poor decisions.

      You can devise a system which does not punish the brightest Malawians who will in future compete internationally without any inferiority complex but at the same time help those places in malawi that are lagging behind academically. For example we can say any Msce student with say 6-18 points should be guaranteed a place at university, then the remaining places can be based on the 1/4 system or whatever method. That way our brightest students will never be denied places.

      Better still just remove the quota system, no where in the world are brightest students punished this way and I wonder why anyone denied university education by the stupid backward 1/4 System hasn’t yet challenged this in court.

      And we have educated leaders believing in this 1/4 system? Shame.

  33. dumakude says:

    Bambowa achita kuonekelatu kuti ndi adyela manyanzi awagwila chikana akuchula anzao za cashgate kuti awamangise. Anthu otelowa ndiamene akubwezelesa zitukuko mumizinda mumalo moti tidzilankhula nkhani yadzituko panopanu tiziyankhula nkhani zaiwowo.

  34. Kenkkk says:

    Let us hope that you will now concentrate on Secession or federalism. It will be total hypocritical for you to Join dpp thugs who called you all sorts of names when you were serious with your secession or federalism. Dpp thugs will be vindicated that after all you were just after mpando and your frustrations led you to federalism calls.

    Dpp fears federalism and you will
    Be silenced once you join them. Dpp will also look stupid to accept a person who they called all sorts of names when federalism was being vocally championed. The motive for dpp as is usually their habit is to destroy and destabilize the opposition pp and mcp. So Harry would be a big controversial catch for dpp!!!

    Harry, just be careful, your already tarnished credibility would worsen.

  35. ambuje says:

    jb was probably good

  36. vendor says:

    Dont leave people in suspense, Mr Mkandawire come out clearly

  37. C Banda says:

    As this article points out, Harry Mkandawire is a former DPP sycophant, who left to become a PP sycophant. The article forgot to mention that when UDF was in power that he slithered into the position of UDF Regional Governor for the North. He has stood as a UDF candidate in elections and failed, as well as a DPP candidate and failed. It was only when got into bed with PP that he succeeded in becoming an MP.

  38. Joseph says:

    Tamangolowani ku DPP inu musatisokosepo apa. Just know that no sensible Northerner will vote for a DPP member as an MP when time comes. We have been abused enough by this DPP gvt. You can join it and be promised all the heavens, but time will come for you too. Mlandu suvunda!

  39. Thanduxolo says:

    Treasurer General, on principle!

  40. chinakanaka says:

    He has resigned to pave way for Khumbo Kachale who will be reinstated as Vice President for PP when Joisi returns.

  41. Wanganyewanganye mtumbuka says:

    Mtumbuka uyu ngwadyera. He might be a harlot in politics. What will you do with federal or seccesion? Mwangoonetseratu mkhwidzi zanu pa anzanu.

    1. Gogo says:

      Dzina lake ndi Harry Mkandawire osati mtumbuka. Nkhani apa ndi ya Harry. Wamva? Kodi amene wapeleka sonkho wako kulipilira ngongole ya Mulli ndi mlomwe kapena PeterMuthalika?

  42. Greencardless Malawian says:

    JB beware of these money hungry so called politicians from the North. The only persons you can trust in that prty now are Brown Mpinganjira and Ken Msonda otherwise these whooligans are being paid by DPP. They are not resigning bcoz They are on a mission to get as much inside info as possible to destroy PP. I hope you are aware that DPP are on a mission to Use former party loyalist who may be frustrated or desperate for money to destroy other competitive political parties so as to get an easy sail in 2019 no matter how badly they perform in the current term. BEWARE!!!

    1. KK says:

      Your first statement is flawed, Ken Msoda is from the North.

  43. Laughing matter says:

    Some people have no sense of shame in lying. Is he being honest with himself in saying that he didn’t know that some PP officials were involved in cashgate? And following this discovery why does he still want to be associated with the Party by clinging to its membership? The truth is that he is afraid of Section 65 to dumb the Party altogether.

  44. wawa mlomwe says:

    welcome to dpp, please tell ur friends the door is always open

  45. Fisi mphiri says:

    Oh!kodi Quarter system inayamba 1988 under MCP government led by Ngwazi?sindinkaziwatu…..osanda PP tilowanso m’boma 2019 masiteni akubwera ndiyotentha anakaoda mkhuku abakha mbuzi ndi ng’ombe kunja kkkkkkkk

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