Karonga pro-federalism demo cancelled

Organizers of the much anticipated pro- federalism demonstrations in the Malawi’s northern border district of Karonga have postponed their scheduled demonstrations  which were scheduled for Sunday to pave way for dialogue between them and government on various concerns affecting the region.

The development comes barely a week after government banned the protests, a decision, later challenged by the organizers who vowed to continue with the demonstrations despite the ban.

Simsokwe, Karonga demos activist: Opts for a dialogue

Simsokwe, Karonga demos activist: Opts for a dialogue

Announcing the cancellation of the demonstrations Saturday evening in Karonga, Chairperson of the Organizing committee who is also Executive Director for Karonga Youth for Justice and Development Steve Simsokwe, said the grouping has decided to change its decision for fear of creating an impression that it is challenging government on dialogue.

“We have called off the demonstrations because we feel government may think we are challenging it since it turned down our notification letter last week. Again, we want to pave way for dialogue which is being advocated for by the Presidential Advisor of National Unity and Parliamentary Affairs, Symon Vuwa Kaunda, so that together we address our concerns amicably”, said Simsokwe in an an exclusive interview with the Nyasa Times.

He also pointed out resistance by the police to offer security during the demonstrations as another factor that has prompted them to rescind the decision.

“We have fears that some people will take advantage of the absence of law enforcers to attack people and loot shops, and the police will definitely arrest us as ring leaders and accuse us for inciting violence as it has been a trend in the previous demonstrations,” he added.

The grouping wanted the  protest to influence government to adopt the widely campaigned federal system of government to ensure that the country’s three regions control themselves their resources, abolish quota system and upgrade the district town to a municipality.

However, Karonga District Commissioner, Rosemary Moyo and the police turned down a notification letter by the organizers on claims that the issues raised were already expressed in previous forums, and that government has shown interest to address them.

Presidential Adviser on National Unity and Parliamentary Affairs, Vuwa Kaunda recently advised the youth in the District to raise their concerns through dialogue with government rather than rushing for demonstrations which he said have never improved things in the country apart from bringing chaos.

However, Simsokwe says they have now opted for Kaunda’s idea because it is constructive, but challenged to call for demonstrations if the talks between the two would fail to meet their demands.

 

“We are convinced with the Presidential Advisor’s decision, and we are now looking forward to the government as to when it will engage us for a dialogue, at the same time we are very optimistic that the government will understand our concerns and address them in a constructive manner,” he said.

Commenting on the development, Kaunda challenged to facilitate a dialogue between the President and the concerned group to ensure that their concerns are heard peacefully.

“I am very excited with the decision made by the grouping to cancel the demonstrations and prioritize dialogue, this clearly indicates that we are really one Malawian, and will ensure that I do everything possible to initiate dialogue with the President so they can have their issues addressed”, said Kaunda.

In their remarks, Paramount Chief Kyungu and the District Commissioner also expressed gratitude over the grouping’s decision, saying it is an indication of maturity among the organisers.

“As chiefs we don’t condone demonstrations because they are destructive to the community we are living, and retards development hence I have always emphasizing that we are ‘better together’”, said Kyungu.

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53 thoughts on “Karonga pro-federalism demo cancelled”

  1. Moze says:

    Why cry u r bosses,kkkkkkkkk. Vindere

  2. JB says:

    muziyenda ku karonga konko osati kuno ku malawi
    . opusa nonse amene mukuyambitsa zimenezi. mmene president ali wa kumpoto zaka ziwiri zapitazi, bwanji simunayende. mukuyendera ndalama zakuba eti. federalism kulira kwa mtumbuka.

  3. Bingu says:

    This Organization is coward. plis plis vuwa is not man to trust tommorrow will not call you to dialogue. he could not accept that matter to take place. do you know vuwa? vuwa is Tonga, the same man met chiefs of RUMPHI later he went again to LIVINGSTONIA SYNOD and now, comes to you saying dialogue is only way. Tommorrow this man never meet you. this is Tonga man you don’t know him? even karonga DC are helpless. Nice or good thing is not easier. “sweat, for sweet “. Dont play foolgames this very much serious issue. If you will organize another demo don’t dodge you will be hurt. this is not bonya or usipa, this is chambo issue. new matured enough.

  4. Northerners should stop being cowards. In every struggle to liberate one from the bondage of slavery lives must be lost. The oppressors will try by all means necessary to suppress this idea of Federalism/separation because that is how oppressors are. You have ready in the Bible how Pharoah refused to let the Jewish go. Pharaoh said who will do all the hard jobs if I let these slaves go. Peter Hitler Mutharika is using the Northerners as a punching bag to justify his looting, theft, genocide, assassination of desenting voices, tribalism, nepostism, quotaism, and many other “isms.” The Northerners must realize that cowardice will never take us no way but back to the house of slavery where our resource are looted before our eyes. I think many of you Northerners will agree with me that since you were born your local hospital is still the same building and no changes have happened. Just imagine about Nkhatabay Hospital which I have known it since I was a kid—it hasn’t changed a bit. It is over crowded, stinking, under staffed, and it is a death chamber. This Mulhako dominated tribalist government is trying to move the Nkhatabay Hospital to a remote area where most people won’t be able to access it. The Nkhatabay Hospital was built where it is because of strategic reason. There are no roads from the village to go to the hospital. Most of the Tonga people live along the lake, and they use their canoes to transport their sick to the hospitals. Canoes and boats are easy to access and transport someone to the hospital to me immediately attended. If that hospital is moved from where it is now—how will these people transport their sick to where it will be allocated because to hire a car will be very expensive for 99.9% of the population of Nkhatabay. The Mulhako government did not even consult the people of Nkhatabay to involve them with the decision that they are taking. The population in the North has increased and the solution to the health care problem is to build more hospitals and that can only achieved through the FEDERAL System government because the provinces will be empowered to build their own hospitals, schools, roads, and many other developments. Peter Hitler Mutharika is afraid that if Federalism is introduced the Province of Nyika will prosper very fast and will come the hub of the Malawi economy. What kind of a person who only care about his own tribe and disregard others? The struggle must continua until Nyika becomes free from the bondage of slavery.

  5. Nkosi says:

    Malawi was formely Nyasaland; name after lake Nyasa which covers all the three regions. Dividing it does not solve a problem coz we are one.
    Lets find a solution for the problems we have. Be a Malawian and not a Northerner or a Southerner. This can be done by:
    -The government should distribute power well
    -Northerners should stop nepotism
    -Political disagreements should not be used as a tool to divide Malawi
    -Equal access to education basing on population distribution and get me right.

    BE A MALAWIAN STOP BEING FOOLISH AND SELFISH

  6. MWAPHWIYA says:

    Mwachita bwino mwapanga cancelled, chifukwa anthu akanafaso, remember pa 20 July. Please Malawi we are all one. The main aim of that demo ndikuwona kuti ndi Qouta System and maudindo especially Ma Minister. Apa ndiye nanenso zikundiwawa zoona ana akumpoto paja Mulungu anatidalitsa ndi Dzeru zamu class, koma a pakati ndi kumwela ayi ndithu anthu ake dzeru zochita kukokera. Just imaging wina anakhoza 7 points koma osamutenga zoona zimenezo ati Qouta system kodi systemyimeneyi mbaibulo yilimo? Tatiyeni mwa bwana chonde muchitepo kanthu pamenepa osamalekelera ndi kutsekelera zina zilizonse please do so. gd day.

  7. VUWA KAUNDA ———-MONEY SPEAKS.

    ZIKUKOMA YESU NDALAMAZO, ZIKUBAYA YESU NDALAMAZO

  8. Jameson says:

    Its so painfull to c how so many industries e.g vizala plantation, which its coporate responsbility goez & to d south, instead of going to d north.
    We r tired the way how d developement r diverged from north going to south e.g st augustine sec school in nkhata bay
    Lets devide our country into provincez to avoid

  9. Khumbo says:

    Kikikikiki,ayayaya,cowards.Akuti they want to engage in negotiations.Ndangowona mitu ya anthuwo,basi,phwete langondigwira.Can I organise the demonstrations please.Coz if people like Nelson Mandela,aka Madiba were of the brains of these guys,then South Africa would not haqve had the peace they are enjoying now.You organisers are whack,you are fools,daylight fools.Ine ndikubwera,I will take over from where you guys have failed.Dont be cowards,this government already bowed down to your demands and you are backing down?Ine olo nditapanga demonstrate ndekha,I will still carry the message.

    1. Kanyimbi says:

      Zoona ndithu kapange DEMO wekha. Ukatengenso a mbuyako, akazi ako, achemwali ako, achimwene ako, agalu akwanu, ukawona DEMO ikabeba.Osabwelera mbuyo aise.

  10. aDeaconess says:

    southerners are right, we built our houses in your stupid region.
    you have opened our eyes as to where to place our investments. Inu bakhalani ma tenants athu! Whose the boss pamenepo.?

    1. Kanyimbi says:

      The boss is the one who pays while the slave receives. Watcheka imeneyo?

  11. mai nsato says:

    To the aTumbukas from North / Thengere and all proponents of federalism : Simsokwe is not a Malawian name: it is a Tanganyikan name, so azipita kwao ku Tanganyikako like Jessie Kabwira a Zimbabweian.
    Here are the facts, when they make noise that kuthengere kwao kukutsalira: They are all are investing in Blantyre and Lilongwe, building houses for girlfriends and binge drinking in hotels. So do they think a Mllomwe from Phalombe would go and invest or build a house in Nthalirire, Rumphi, Wenya, Bolero????? Nope unless he is crazy.
    Please go back to your thengere and start building houses and stop matama kumwa mowa in hotels and kunyenga mahule, plus mathanyula.
    Facts about employment: aTumbuka inu ndi anthu okondera kwambiri. Listen to this, I will just pick one ministry where aTumbuka inu muliko ambiri than any regional ratio: at Ministry of Lands or simply Works.:

    Director of Buildings ndi Mchewa from Dowa,
    Chief architect ndi mtumbuka from nthalire
    Chief contracts and quantitnty surveryor ndi mtumbuka from Karonga
    deputy chief architect ndi mtumbuka from Mzimba
    principal architect ndi mchewa/mtumbuka from Kasungu
    principal quantity surveyor ndi mtumbuka / ntonga from Nkhatabay
    graduate-architects 1 from Machinga, 2 from Nkhotakota, 5 from north ( Chitipa, Karonga, Mzimba, Rumphi), 1 from Mulanje, 1 from Lilongwe.

    My question to you Mtumbuka is how many tumbukas are there? =
    9 tumbukas
    2 chewas
    1 mchawa
    1 mlomwe.

    Is this fair to the llomwes if i may ask you? each time a well qualified chartered mLlomwe sends his cv for the post, he / she is not picked because all tumbukas sit at the interview panel, they (tumbukas quake in their shoes that a qualified mLlomwe will outclass them and they shelve the posting.

    On the equitable sharing of the nations cake:
    President : Peter Mutharika. he also won as an MP from South
    Veep: Chilima not an MP, shame from Central
    Finance and Economic Minister: Gondwe, from Mzimba lost as an MP (this is a powerful ministerial post) but shame it is allocated to a non MP shame to you a tumbukas.

    If I make analysis here, Peter has equally shared the cake to all the 3 Regions: unless you the tumbukas ndi umbombo wanuwu mufuna Gondwe akhale veep or state president after losing uMP. You must be crazy race indeed.

    Please reply and I will give you more information if you tumbukas are not satisfied. Go and make your own country, after all, uranium is no longer a gold-fetched miniral, mungozinamiza. The Scottish are very civilized for voting NO, munya, mumalimbikira school cholinga kuti mukaone ku Blantyre, ndiye muzilimbira kuti mukaone ku Songwe border post..kikikiki. fools

  12. VYOTO says:

    ANY DIALOGUE SHOULD BE DONE IN GOOD FAITH OTHERWISE VUWA KAUNDA MISSION CANNOT SUCCEED.IT IS A MATTER OF TIME,THE WILL IS THERE AND SO TOO IS THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  13. Kaya says:

    You protesters listen to u want to lose your for nothing? Wait a table please.

  14. mtumbuka says:

    ka si mwawanthu akumwera mulibe nzeru without a strong man frm north chakufwa chihana ngati mumachita enjoy muno mumalawi we are ready to be independent and we will make a better government.

  15. Zino says:

    What are u going to dialogue with the arrogant govt?

  16. Wise says:

    Dont stop fighting but in the right way all will happen without sacrificing brothers blood

  17. john says:

    CAN THESE NOISE MAKERS FROM THE NORTH TELL ME WHICH REGION IS MORE DEVELOPED THAT THE OTHER? IF YOU TALK OF LILONGWE, IT IS THE CAPITAL CITY AND ANYWHERE YOU CANT ARGUE ABOUT THAT. BLANTYRE IS THE OLD CITY AND VERY FEW STRUCTURES HAVE BEEN ADDED SINCE INDEPENDENCE.

    BY THE WAY, ARE YOU SHOULD NENO, PHALOMBE, MWANZA, NSANJE, CHIKWAWA, CHIRADZULU, MACHINGA, NTCHISI, DOWA, MCHINJI NTCHUE ARE MORE DEVELOPED THAT THOSE DISTRICT FROMTHE NORTH WARRANTING PEOPLE TO SAY THERE IS FAVOURITISM? SINDIKUONAPO BOMA LOTUKUKA APA INE.

    IF I WERE PETER MUTHARIKA, I WOULD GRANT THIS NORGERNERS THEIR OWN COUNTRY, OTHERWISE, ATIKWANA NDIKULIRALIRA KWAO.

    MUTENGANE MUNYAMUKE MIZIPITA KUKMPOTO KONKO

    1. Du Mwama. says:

      You have shown all your umbuli. Compare your Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu. usakhale mbuli ya dziko.

  18. kholobowa(nthochi wapathyolo) says:

    IMWE VINDERE MWALEKERACHI ,MWALYA CHIMTUWISA AKUPHAMIKANI KUVIKAMWA KWINU

  19. I don’t come from Karonga but am one o the northerners and am very much concerned with the way this so called government of the Southerners is treating us the northeners. We,people from the north as a whole. we are not regarded as Malawians by these southerners, no real development in our region compared to the Centre and South, education has totally gone down in this region,unemployment is very high in this region than any other region in this country. This cry is not only for the people of Karonga but its just a general cry for all the people from the north. If the government fails to address our challenges then we will uprise for the independence of our region. The northerners need to be liberated from government of the South. I support every move that is planned to bring change to the north and that change is the independence of the north

  20. THE LIGHT says:

    You fool! We have better houses in villages up north than the other regions. If u say we have developed your regions it makes us even happier because it shows inuyo ndimakape aulesi. You would not have seen those mansions without northeners. But don’t worry, we will leave those mansions 4 you lazy pipo. We will build better ones in our beloved motherland. Wamva chinderewe?

  21. Fodya eti says:

    not fearing the absence of law enfocers NOT. But some of you, are not politicians you will be killed on that demo by real young activists (ma die hard a DPP) Even civilian law enfocers becareful with your stupid demo…Do you think every body is happy with that even other region not DPP? ALL THE BEST MAY GOD GIVE YOU WISDOM IN THIS

  22. KK says:

    Ife atumbuka ndife AFISI basi… ma demo achani????

  23. Nyapapi says:

    Fakeni!

  24. edward says:

    Simsokwe angofuna kunyopolapo ndalama apa. Iwe ukapange dialogue ndi Vuwa? Akuzindikilitsa kt SIIWE WAKUMPOTO KWAMBILI KUPOSA ANZAKO.

  25. chinena says:

    He is just a town monger .He has no followers in Karonga and could be described as not a role model amongst youths of Karonga.Vuwa do not waste time to talk to such people.Sometimes he behaves like Muzomera, who wants federations when has been rejected to join the ruling party.Muzomera will soon be proved CHINDERE because he never talked of federation when he was in DPP and PP with high posts.Chihana failed to unite his AFORD .

  26. Chemjambe says:

    Anyamata tiyeni tizingolimbikira ntchito ndikupanga ndalama basi, akulu akulu wa asitipusitse. They always want us to fight for them just for their own benefits, at the end of the day we still suffer as youths. Let them go to the streets themselves, useless politicians ..

  27. Kadakwiza says:

    Don’t worry northern Malawi will be independent one day. Time will come. Mr. Simsokwe are you sure about dialogue? I can see a bread on your mouth and a cake in your hands. Traitor.

  28. GADABWALI says:

    Zamkutu. Atumbuka kupepera. Mademo a cha?

  29. Jasper C Mtegha says:

    Cowards! Rotting cowards! Corrupt idiots! DPP has given scones thru Vuwa.
    But be careful. Give people breathing space. Deniying them a basic right can just worsen the already tense situation. Tread careful on these sensitive issues.

  30. Mtumbuka says:

    Postponding the Karonga Demos is not solving the problem and especially with mention of his Honour VK and His Majesty Par. Chief Kyungu. These pple are already suspects in money exchanging hands and so too the Organising Chair. The longer the talking the bigger the problem becomes. People expect immidiate answers which will never come whetherfore creating more anxiety. Becareful with what is brewing!!

  31. Yesaya Dziko says:

    I do not understand need for demos this issue is on debating phase,kupupuluma as if you will manage to bare the consequences. Muli ndi chumatu ma regions ena. Ana anu ali pa ntchito za bwino ma regions ena. Watch out. Do not be like headless chickens.

  32. Tilipo says:

    Sounds good but wait and see.

  33. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    This is certainly a great disappointment to some of the most vehement secessionists and federalists who have been very vocal especially on this forum. Apparently, this youthful group has more sense. Dialogue is the Malawian way, and that will bear fruit. And listen to the wise chief’s advice!

  34. Yobe boo says:

    Mwapatsidwa kenakake madala, tisiya kukhulupirilani, zachamba zimenezo. Ife takonzeka kenaka mukukambaso zina za ziiii !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Mambosasa says:

    you need to give ultimatum, especially on the evil issue of quota. This issue will and have to be fought with our blood. This is a matter of education genocide. Puppet traitor Vuma Kaunda cannot mediate in such a serious matter. His job should be limited to identifying village headmen for ellevation.

  36. chingolopiyo says:

    Please let these people go . Are you carrying with you those mansions you have built down south and central. You failed to develop your area because you don’t like your homes.

  37. Odala Tili Odala says:

    Dont think if you deal with the karonga youth,everything is automaticaly solved! I remember the same strategies were used during Bingu admin,devide and rule them” lets see

  38. drogba says:

    which government you want should hear your concerns you Tumbukas??? every bit of a second you are hurling insults on the same government you want help from. go on with your demonstrations we don’t care. tell big, greedy losers zomera, chihana and mwenefumbo to provide you with the security you need during the demos. yot have already sew the seed of hatred and the damage has already been done. we Malawians are now planning “Operation Go Home Tumbukas” soon. Tumbukas, we honestly are tied of you people we don’t want you in our country now. don’t tire out easily, fight for your secession, Thats what we Malawians want. we want you people to go home so that Malawi should be quiet and free from selfish tribalists in the creatures called dziatumbuka. these people, soooooooo detestable

  39. MADALA says:

    ASIYILENI AKULUAKULU NKHANIYI MUNACHEPA NAZO !! MUNGALIMBE NDI CHINDASI INU ??? KAYA !!

  40. kaka chibwana says:

    ati akufuna mwala adzisetera ndiye boma likukana.

  41. Lawrence Khwida says:

    mchunu mwa mwana simufa nkhuku.

  42. Lawrence Khwida says:

    mchunu mwa mwana simufa nkhuku

  43. Wakwidu says:

    if anything vuwa was a disgrace on that day. He insulted people there asking them why they want to demonstrate on Nkhata Bay Secondary School selection. He foamed and threatened everyone during the “discussions.” He challanged them if he heard people from Nkhata Bay complain. Chief Kyungu is misquoting himself here. Anyway,you will hear more on this from Nkhata Bay and Vuwa will not know what has happened. Food is being prepared in the kitchen

  44. Quota system says:

    It may also imply that people that scone have been put in peoples mouths. A dramatic u turn like this.

  45. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    What do you think you were going to achieve you idiots. Let people with good education to solve this federal issues .

    It does not need people with no proper knowledge to be evolved .if you want easy money from people through Vuwa , this is your chance to make it . Northerners , make this easy money from Peter through Vuwa by talking in favour of Federalism , we understand that who ever is in forefront is getting away with billions it is easy money which northerners are being given. It is another YABOKO. This five years term for Peter there is easy money from DPP.

    Central Region , don’t stay behind your friends are making money because of federalism. There is easy money from Peter because of this federalism.
    ZAPWEKA NDALAMA CHIFUKWA FEDERALISM KUMALAWI

  46. Gum says:

    I am here in KA. where does this grouping meet? These are misguided opportunist groupings. Kufuna Ku tchuka basi . What senses do you have . A bale a Thom in.

  47. mcp says:

    Northenors, this is what happen when u leave the two lower batteries of your pipo t start powering up ur thinking.

  48. kanchenga says:

    Demonstrate or get dollar from Vuwa? answer GET $

  49. Natembo says:

    smells a rotten fish here. u really want to trust vuwa???
    ndangodutsamo: zigwiritsanani miyala

  50. Malawian says:

    WHAT WAS THE DEMOSTRATION MEANT TO ACHIEVE IF I MAY ASK?

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