Malawi federalism: PAC announce dates for national stakeholder conference

Public Affairs Committee (PAC), Malawi’s influential religious body, will conduct a national stakeholders forum on inclusivity and federalism on November 24 and 25 in Blantyre.

PAC 's Phiri: Welcome debate of federalism

PAC ‘s Phiri: Welcome debate of federalism

The theme for the forum is ‘Enhancing a Common Understanding on Inclusivity and Federalism in Malawi’.

The event, according to PAC Executive Director Robert Phiri, will serve as a dialogue mechanism by allowing people who hold different views on federalism to share a common platform and also gain a deeper appreciation of the idea of devolution.

“PAC notes that there is a gap in appreciating how federalism fits into devolution exercise.

“The forum is one of the events in a process that has been initiated to assist ourselves in dealing with this matter.

“Noting that issues remains divisive in our contemporary discourse, PAC believes that Malawi has to take a process approach to appreciate issues surrounding devolution in general and federalism in particular, rather than rush to conclusions,” said Phiri.

Three topics have been identified and these are ‘The History of Devolution in Malawi’, Comparative Experience on Federalism’, and Decentralisation-State of Affairs in Malawi’.

“PAC is aware that the issue of federalism is an emotive matter. The event therefore will come up with conclusions by way of roadmap to define how the conversation on federalism should be taken forward towards finding a common ground for all Malawians,” he explained.

PAC has invited representatives from academia, faith community, political parties, Malawi Congress of Trade Union, Congoma, Law Society of Malawi, Judiciary, some Traditional Authorities, Civil Society, NGOGCN, Parliament and Executive Branch to participate in the deliberations.

“Due to budget constraints it is not possible to invite every stakeholder to the forum,” he stressed.

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38 thoughts on “Malawi federalism: PAC announce dates for national stakeholder conference”

  1. Herald Pitala Mathanyula says:

    FATHARA @ 23, I believe you heard this song: “Amakhala ku Blantyre, koma amagona muzisakasa. Most of nyumba zosanjikizana ukunenazo ndi za Boma sizanu built with tax from all Malawians, centre, north and south. Ndani sadziwa that most of you southerners mumagona muzisakasa? If kuli well built-good looking, modern houses most of them zinamangidwa ndi ma northerners and central, aeni akenu mukungofera fungo because of umbuli. Ntchito kumangochindana basi because you cant even afford a Black/White TV zomwe zimakupangitsani kumakagona msanga nkumangobereka ana ngati makoswe. Agalu inu, anyani opanda kwanu muli thoo ku mpoto mu ma estate, you cant even afford a decent job olo yongokolopa mu ma office’mu kuli kuthawa kuyankhula English. Pantumbo pako, galu wachabechabe uli mbu kutuwa ngati bondo la mbuzi ukayambe wazichotsa zi ma tenant ziazibale zako ku North. If you have decent buildings, mukuthawiranji kukhala kwanuko muli mu zigayo kupemphetsa madeya zinkhumba inu. Mumatitopetsa mumisewumu muli mbwe kupemphetsa kunamizira kusawona mkati. Manyazi ulibe ngati uli dolo cum in the open. Ndalemba dala m’chichewa kuti umvetse poti sukulu inu ndi apongozi.

  2. naza says:

    Anthu ovuta ndi a ku thyolo ,mulanje ,koma bt ndi anthu abwino,lilongwe ndi mpoto anthu ankhadwe

  3. UNIONS YOUR MONTHER BODY MCTU, VALANI ZILIMBE, TGWU STUDY THE SITUATION PLEASE ——– AND SEE POSITIVE FUTURE.

  4. Peter says:

    jamie i think u r very stupid u idiot do take ur self as an englishman.Let me tell if u can compare political leaders the tumbuka looks better than u.Iwe galu wachabechabe iweee wona mphuno yako nga ya nkhumba

  5. Jamie says:

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Atumbuka you will never stop amazing me. Kuda ngati kuseli kwa mphika. U think people are bothered with ur federalism. Mukungobwebweta nokhanokha. Stupid people. U think PAC can listen to very few people on social media and change its decision. Mphuno zazikuluzo. Azikazi anunso osatha sex. Ufiti basi. Agalu

    1. GRACE says:

      UYAMBE KUPEMPHERA !!! USATUMBWE NDI MOYO WA DZIKO LAPANSI PANO KUNALI ANZAKO !!!

    2. BABA says:

      Comment number 27 you are a BIG fool Mchawa or whatever you call yourself . We will see what you will eat when federalism materialises. You might even eat your own vomit because you reproduce like rats. You always think of bearing children and this is why you have very low literacy levels.

  6. Kachikhoso Kavunda says:

    Pac we put trust in u pangani zotheka chonde

  7. thunduwike says:

    Malo akhale LL, chifukwa ndipa kati pa dziko

  8. stuart says:

    Pac u hav to do something pankhaniyi

  9. Fathara says:

    NTUMBUKA AKUYIWOPA TOWN YA BLANTYRE, AKUMATI AKAGANIZA MA NYUMBA OSANJIKIZANA AMENE ALI BLANTYRE CITY NDI KUCHULUKA KWA MAGALIMOTO, ALI UKU SITIKABWELELAKO UKU GALIMOTO IKATIGUNDA. BWELANI MWINA MUNGAWONEKO TOWN, MWAYI WAWUKULUTU UMENEWU, MUZADYE PIZZA. NANGA KUMENEKO KU NYIKA KO SIMUNAZOLOWELA KUDYA PACHIWAYA CHA NTHOCHI YAYIWISI YOPHATIKIZA NDI NYAMA YANYANI AMU CHIWETA KKKKKKKKKKKKK. ALONGOZI BWELANI KU BLANTRE TIZAKULANDILANI.

    1. GRACE says:

      UYAMBE KUPEMPHERA !! USATUMBWE NDI MOYO WA DZIKO LAPANSI PANO !! KUNALI ANZANU !!

  10. Mlomwe says:

    The ideal place is Lilongwe but the venue has been chosen to be BT because kumwela kuli mbuli zambiri zosaziwa zinthu.Agalu awa.

  11. Jando says:

    Pac is to hold these debates in all federal provinces of the malawi federal republic. It is just the beginning,hold you peace.

  12. Dzukani a Malawi. says:

    Nthawi ya Kamuzu anthu akatukwana multiparty koma inatani …? INACHTIKA.. Ngakhale mutukwane bwanji FEDULO yipangika ngakhale inu aku South mukane ziwani kuti DPP YIKACHOKA MBOMA muzayifunaso inu nomwe let us debate free in a healthy manner not zowopsyezana. Kuwopsyeza ndiko kulephera kumeneko. Anthu ambiri safuna anthu opsyeza ndi zikwanje. Tengeranipo phunziro a DPP panthawi ya Bingu. Mulungu sindinu akumwera.

  13. Chalume says:

    NEUTRAL PLACE AND TIGHT SECURITY PLEASE WE DONT WANT TO HEAR OF THUGS DISRUPTING THESE DEBATES OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE please please !!! MAY GOD GUIDE AND PROTECT EVERYBODY OF GOOD WILL

  14. Fathara says:

    A PAC PANGANI ZOTHEKELA ANTHUWA MUNGOWAPASA ZIKO LAWO Eeeeeeeeeh ABALE ATIKWANA A TUMBUKA, CHONDE A PAC APASENI ZIKO LAWO ANTHUWA AZIKAPHANA OKHAOKHA KWAWOKO. NDINTUNDU WOPANDA CHITUKUKO. NTUNDU WAWULESI OZOLOWELA KUPEZA ZITHU MWACHINYENGO, SUKULU IMENE MWACHINYENGO, KUMIPINGO KUMENE CHINYENGO, ZINTCHITO ZIMENE CHINYENGO, NGAKHALE KULOWOLA KOMWEKU CHINYENGO. TAPASANI ZIKO LAWO TIWONE NGATI SIMUNVA KUTI AGWILANAKO PAKHOSI ANTHU OZIKONDAWA. CHONDE CHONDE APASENI ABALE TIPUME TATOPA NAWO SOPANO CHONDE-CHONDE-CHONDE APASENI KUMAPILI KWAWOKO eeeeeeeeh.

    1. Chalume says:

      ANTHU AKAPUME KUPHULA NJERWA ZA MOTO KWA A FARAO !!

    2. Nkhombokombo says:

      A Fathara, ndinu munthu osocheletsa zedi. Inu musatengele zonena za anzanu musana mvese nkhana ikuti bwanji. Fedulo sikugwikana ayi koma zigawo zonse ziziyendetsedwa poziyimila pa zokha pansi pa utsogoleri wa pulezidenti mmodzi, dziko limodzi anthu amodzi a Malawi. Idzi kwambiri zizakhuza mayendetsedwa a zitukuko zamadelao. So think proper before you put oil to the brewing debate.

  15. linga says:

    I think this event should be in Blantyre because it is southerners that are slow learners. They need more education, more education and more education.

  16. Ndiye capital city ku mpoto ndi nkhata Bay.

  17. Kenkkk says:

    PAC you are becoming stooges of the dpp govt and being corrupted by this govt. You are supposed to be neutral and not follow the stupid mbc behaviour. This is a national debate and should be held in Lilongwe the capital at the centre so that both the south and the North are at least equally disadvantaged in terms travelling costs and convenience.

    Putting the debate in the south shows your total disregard of the country’s travelling concerns and costs especially for the North when the govt doesn’t have money. Also it seems you don’t want the north to participate by choosing Blantyre where DPP thugs will have free for all disruptions and even beat up people.

    Some people’s comments show total ignorance when they compare this debate with the zodiac one. The zodiac one was private, so they could hold the debate wherever they want. The PAC one is not private, so they have to follow where the seat of govt is and where both the south and north will be more or less equally affected in terms of travel and costs. Also it makes economic sense for going to Lilongwe.

    Northerners, I urge you to just boycot this stupid debate venue unless they move the debate to Lilongwe. They don’t want you to be there for fear of exposing their total ignorance and scaremongering on federalism.

    I am against federalism but I wouldn’t allow the debate to be in BT instead of LL. Fairness is very important despite the fact that I am against federalism.

    The 64% of malawians want Lilongwe!!! So pac swallow your pride and tell your dpp paymasters the truth about the debate venue.

  18. sidington mhone says:

    well done PAC. Where there is smoke there is fire.

  19. kalidozo says:

    Blantyre ndi blantyre basi, even anthu ena kunjaku amati captal city ya malawi ndi blantyre. Posachedwapa tiyamba kukwapula ambwenumbwenu onse abwelere kuchikangawa

  20. Jelbin mk says:

    The venue is to be Lilongwe for equidistance and cost effectiveness.

  21. Vyachalo says:

    I hope you have heard if PAC have ears they have heard and shift the debate to Lilongwe

  22. CHEWA FEDERAL FRONT says:

    LL would have been ideal for this. I’m thinking about the most distinguished professor, R.Msiska, and others like Dr B.Shaba, Dr Mzomera Ngwira, etc., who are resident in Mzuzu.
    PAC must understand that time for monkey-tricks is over; what we need now are ideas about what shape a Federal Malawi would look like or how it would function.
    Or should we assume that they have arranged similar meetings in LL & MZ?

  23. We want federation now. We don’t want delays. The South being the stronghold of DPP and UDF oppose this idea because they contribute little to the economy. Venue should therefore change.

  24. Malunza says:

    This is a ploy by the government to prevent the actions that will follow. DPP government has to give money or kill many people before they can succeed to stop this. Forward ever…. backward never. We will fight on untill we can be treated as Malawians.

  25. Cosmas Mvula says:

    Blantyre is the only best venue in Malawi, so you should realize that most people are able to travel well to Blantyre than Lilongwe and Mzuzu.

    Please the best venue z BT not looking at what but for serious business then its BT.

    PAC z not looking everyone, please come once they have invited you, Ndinaonapo ine MP wina wakale kulilira PAC kuti impatse ma allowance yet sanamuitane mpaka nkhani kwa chairperson, Ex Director, pamenepo wa finance ali inenso nane sindikupatsa.

    MPtu, inalinso nduna ndithu..Hehehehe

    PAC, Blantyre yomweyo, ena ndi mamembala anu amene akufuna ku Lilongweko kuti azikachita za ujeni…………

    1. Greencardless Malawian says:

      Shallow. The best place has to be one that is central to all

  26. Lino says:

    I welcome the idea BUT am against chiefs invitation. These people are already corrupted by those against federalism. I respect chiefs but they are already corrupted. We have been hearing them against. We have heard there position and tired of them. Please dont invite them. They are opponists.

  27. Lwitiko says:

    Please change the venue to Lilongwe. PAC must understand the plea of the people and the spirit of the peoples request to have federalism

  28. Andrew phiri says:

    Zodiak arranged de same debate in North and noone complained. Now others are proposing south all de northers are murmuring thats pure kuzikonda. Moreso majority were speaking in Tumbuka and yet u knew de issue at hand is of national interest. U are likely to make noise if de debate will one day b in Lomwe or Yao or Sena. U de Tumbuka hav an in- born problem of kudzikonda and if remain unchecked u will regret one day fighting amongst urselves. God forgive u.

  29. I do agree wth dadaboma that venue should change to Lilongwe a neutral place. Southerners are already against federalism becoz they have nothing to loose. We know dpp thugs of Goliati. Therefore, Pliz PAC be serious & without messing up words change the venue to LL immediately & without excuses.

  30. nikisi says:

    This is the way to go. But please labelling others as selfish people because they hold a different opinion on the debate should be stopped. In fact the forum should arrange strict house keeping rules that would avoid foul language as done in the national assembly.

  31. dadaboma says:

    The venue should be changed to LL in the center of Malawi for easy travel to anyone wanting to attend this debate. BT is too far for people of the north; consider the northerners also when deciding on venue of national events. BT as a venue for this debate is already favoring people of the south where DPP thugs can easily infiltrate and disturb the debate. If DPP was able to go to Mzuzu to disturb a similar debate at Grand Palace Hotel last week, it wan’t be difficult for them descend in their large numbers with pangas and matchetes to disturb this debate. In any case I don’t find any justifiable reason for choosing BT as venue for debate on an issue which the southern region is bitterly against. It appears PAC is siding with people who are against federation by choosing their home as a venue for debating an issue they hate most. PAC should be nonpartisan and neutral by choosing a neutral, central and equidistant venue such as LL.

    1. O says:

      Typical of tumbukas’s selfishness. People from the center and those from the south never complained about the venue when the north hosted the similar debate. I think its better to go for secession of the north kuti tipume m’dzikomuno. Greedy and selfish tumbuka people zipitani tatopa nanu ife.

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