Malawi to go federal by 2019 –MP Chihana

Alliance for Democracy (Aford) president Enock Chakufwa Chihana, MP has said Malawi will adopt federal system of government by 2019, adding that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) resistance will not hamper the pursuit.

Chihana: Federal system is now needed in Malawi

Chihana: Federal system is now needed in Malawi

Chihana, also legislator for Rumphi Central, told Nyasa Times that the DPP government’s endeavours to delay federalism will not stop it from being adopted .

“They’re showing resistance to adopt the system; but, let me challenge them that the federal system will be implemented,” said Chihana adding that “the DPP government will not go beyond 2019.”

Malawians, he said, were fed up with the “now unpopular unitary current system of government.”

During the many tours to the north, President Peter Mutharika has emphasized on the need for the people to discuss the matter over thoroughly.

A horde of pressure groups have mushroomed since the propagation of the issue by legislator Rev. Christopher Mzomera Ngwira in parliament early in 2014.

In 2014 feathers were ruffled when Vuwa Kaunda, presidential adviser on National Unity and Parliamentary Affairs, gave money hand-outs to several chiefs in the north during ‘shady’ visits. It was alleged that Kaunda’s hand-outs were poised to seduce the chiefs to speak against federalism.

“They may bribe the chiefs but that will not stop people from expressing their views on the matter,” he said.

Meanwhile, Aford has said that it will embark on massive sensitization campaigns on the system across the northern region to enable people have adequate knowledge about federalism and make informed decisions on the matter.

“We shall start with the north and proceed to the central and southern regions,” Chihana said. “Most of our colleagues (parliamentarians) in the central region also support the idea and that is very encouraging.”

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53 thoughts on “Malawi to go federal by 2019 –MP Chihana”

  1. Mwanna says:

    Away with your stupid federation Chihana

  2. Francis says:

    you are a lier who will vote come referendum? South or Central can voice for North, If North want some autonomous those will be for the people of North. Only Citizens in the North will vote come referendum. If you dont know know this from today. This why stay a way with you population minority can not suffer because some tribes are in majority.In a federal state things will completely change.

  3. WHY HAVE YOU ONLY MENTIONED: THE NORTH, CENTRE, SOUTH, WHERE IS EASTERN REGION AND WHAT ABOUT THE LAKES IN MALAWI———–OK . DO NOT JUST CHEAT PEOPLE @ AFORD INATHA NGATI MAKATANI, INAMEZEDWA NDI UDF, DPP, PP AND TO-DAY AGAIN DPP.

  4. inkosi says:

    U dnt own Malawians……
    u were completely quite when u were in GVT…..

  5. Mwana wa Analiyera says:

    Kodi a Chihana muli m’boma, muli anduna munapangapo chani choti Northern Region ithandizike. Munangokhala chete ngati akukumetani lero ndiye mukuwanamiza anthu kuti chani. You should be the last person to talk about federalism. Let others do it and not you. Shupiti.

  6. Dziko says:

    I think these people countering federalism can also go to South Africa and tell South Africans that federalism is bad. You will see a gun pompopompo. Kungoti a Malawi tazolowera umphawi.Anthu a kummwera do not want to lose what they are calling ‘kulamulira’….kikikikiki to that word.Kulamulira kopititsa dziko kumbuyo..anyway,let us continue. Federalism is only there to develop dera laling’ono.You mark boundaries kuti ndalama ikafika kuno idzigwira ntchito konkuno,osati kupita kaye ku Capital Hill ndikukangopereka ma allowance kwa anthu opita kukafalitsa uthenga ophika madzi tisanamwe kumidzi.Federalism entails that people plan their own development at district and regional level and implement that, rather than sending money ku Lilongwe to be cashgated. Federalism is the only remedy remaining for Malawi as a nation.Mwana wanu sikuti adzakanizidwa kupita kukaphunzira kumpoto kapena pakati kapena kummwera.He/she is a Malawian who can go everywhere,and get anything from everywhere.Inunso mudzagula malo kulikonse,ndi system ya government chabe imene ikusintha.A Malawi umphawi ndi umene watilowa kwambiri,its part of our daily routines,its our bread and butter.Mtumbuka waganiza mofunira dziko lonse zambwino,koma akunyozedwa,akukalipidwa.Ndindani wina amene angadzabwere ndi maganizo ofunira dziko lake zabwino chonchi?There were no outcries when federalism was being introduced in America,in South Africa,in Kenya,in Tanzania,in Mozambique,in Belgium,in Switzerland,in DRC,in Botswana,inCanada…the list is endless.Only a Malawian out of all these countries is intelligent.

  7. saidi says:

    Gentle , I support the idea without regards to tribes . Look ,Our country is ranked the poorest in the world – To me partly this is a result of the unitory system which we have depended on for the past 50 years . I think it is worthwhile changing the system and see what happens . Otherwise it is only foolish people who do the same things and expect change !!! what do you think guys

  8. Keyala says:

    Koma guys,dont we know kuti federalism is the only way to take Malawi out of the dire poverty that we are in?Malawi is the poorest country on earth,now with the decentralization that federalism brings in,like ndalama ikapangidwa ku mmwera idzitukula kummwera konko,a short distance chabe,other than kumapita kumpoto is something that as a nation we need to develop?ITS NOTABOUT KULAMULA,ITS ABOUT DEVELOPING MOTHER MALAWI TO THE LEVEL BEST.Countries like South Africa use federalism,is it not a very developed country?Heee?Mbuzi za kummwera ndi pakati?Malawi was never destined to be poor you brutes.

  9. Kanyimbi says:

    Mr Chihana has nothing to offer to Malawians. He doesn’t know that any major change needs referendum of which the northerners can not win. He must know that there is a saying that says “If you can’t beat them join them”. Just be part of Malawi and share the rotten pieces.

  10. ulendowu ndi watonse says:

    feudalism is a good system of government on its own but your comments are misleading people .

  11. George Lihoma. says:

    May the DPP government relocate the Honourable Member of Parliament to his Constituency in Rumphi.There and then,he will be an exemplary to his Constituents and they won’t folk out cash whenever they need him since Lilongwe City(komwe akukhala) is too far for them. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

  12. mgwantha says:

    Yes he is intelligent man i support him. There is also alot of Chewas in all the districts in the north,if u will chase Tumbukas there mind u the game will end draw we shall repatriate all the Chewas,Mlakhos Yawos from the north. I feel this is the time for federalism to take its course. Unitary system has failed it has brought alot of miseries to Malawians. Currently its the ruling DPP that shows weakness. The exportation of timber using party vehicles to run away from taxes. Taking all the funds from NAC to run Mhlakho,Beam and others. Opposition parties are kept quite and if they have a say they are whisked away. Impossing of leaders to departments eg Immigratio, people from the department dont need MEDI that is total demotivation of staff. And you say that is reformation. Ok why dont u take immigration staff to head Police. The former chief immigration officer is dumped at capital hill. No future for all officers employed at the department. Changing all PS targeting all from north to be removed from their offices. All sports stadiums are meant for the centre and the south. I feel Chihana should be supported, otherwise this system of governance will benefit only mhlakhos

  13. Captain Romeo says:

    Kuno ku Zomba ndiye atumbuka atikwana, akapuma ntchito m’bomamu monga ku Army, Police , Prison , Kwa DC, Chanco , Statistic moti azipita kwawo akumagula nyumba kuno .Timaonera maliro pamene timamva kuti transport yavuta kawo ku kaya. Pofunika tigawane zida kuti aliyense azikadya portion yake kwawo. Kungozazana ma office mu ngati kuno kulibe anthu. Yakwana nthawi yoti musowe , mwatikwana, tatopa nkumava mwatandala kuno, Zitsiru

  14. Wakulu Wapakati says:

    Chitaganya chibwere, atumbuka atikwana pano pakati, komanso kumwera awakwananso, tangoganizirani , atumbuka angozazana mu Mchesimu, Biwi ,Galiva, Area 36 , Phwetekere , Falls Lines. Chifukwa chikabwera atumbukawa azayenera azipita kwawo kumakadya kumene kuli gawo lawo la ndalama, nanga chkhaliranso madera ayeni chizakhala chani?

  15. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO CONTRIBUTE KEEP SILENT. MY MOTHER IS FROM THE SOUTH AND I FIND TALKS OF TRIBALISM DISGUSTING AND OF SHALLOW UNCIVILIZED, BACKWARD MINDS. UMBULI WENI-WENI. WE NEED IDEAS NOT JUST BEING NEPOSTIC OR TRIBALISTIC. IF CHIHANA SAYS FEDERAL GOVT IS NO GOOD BECAUSE OF ELECTORAL SHORTFALLS, UNFAIR WAY OF DISTRIBUTING DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, QUOTA SYSTEM, UNFAIR NATIONAL PROMOTIONS ETC THEN WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF SAY CHITIPA WILL FIND ITSELF SIDELINED IN THE SAME MANNER IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? WILL ALSO ASK FOR FURTHER FEDERATION?

    THE SOLUTION IS TO GO TO THE CAUSES OF ALL THIS AND AS A NATION ADDRESS THEM WITHOUT SELFISHNESS, WITH LOVE AND UNITY.

  16. Mbewe. says:

    Goodmove

  17. chibwatiko says:

    we 4rm the north we r atleast better of economically, interlectually and we are blessed with wisdom(take it or make a leave). We have prenty of land(coz we dont breed like pigs i.e we knw family planning. Go to all the cities and towns we outnumber and look at the dependancy syndrome(we hardly beg 4 a penny) so we r better off than all lhomwez coz the prefer doing their studies at unrecognised institutions such as university of delhi and start missleading innocent malawians.

  18. Janjaweed says:

    What a stupid idea from a stupid northerner.If federation is to be implemented let all northerners go back into their respective districts,otherwise just shut up your pothole-like mouth mxxxw!!

  19. George Lihoma. says:

    He is a confusionist and opportinist. Cash yatha,akubwela ndi ina. Let him go back to his dad’s diaries and learn characters of a leader alone rather a good leader. Malawians should learn voting people on merit alone and NOT his dad/brother/uncle was a good leader syndrome.Hahahaha!

  20. Okhrana says:

    Atumbuka, atumbuka kumpoto kumakunyansani kodi angatukulireni kwanuko ndani? Kamtumbuka kalikonse olo komwe kalekezera jce ukawona ndi mlonda kumwera kuno. No federation koma likhale independent state then those 5 district mu zapange federal state. What abt that muzikamanga nyumba kwanu eeee mpaka pa mchalo chikwawa mwagulagula malo bwanji? Ifetu tikabwera ku theba tikumanga mmakwathu kuti kukhale developed kkk

  21. njomba says:

    i think many nyasa leaders particularly those who by chance opt to contribute herd are quite dull. Definition of federalism z a challange. Federalism isn’t all about dividing the country. Malawi was already divided but what remained was fair distribution of development. In the true sense indeed.

  22. Okay says:

    How many MPs are in tis party AFORD? How many did it start with? KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKk. Kulota satumana kulota ndi ulere KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKkk

  23. dyton Chiwaya says:

    Iwe mtumbuka mumachuluka nzeru. Pitani. Posachedwa mumenyanako. Mlomwe ndi deal genuine man. Komatu osazalira when going home. Let’s live as Malawians.

  24. Name*major says:

    U people plz I beg u to explain first hw this systm of govnmnt is run be4 u start insulting one another

  25. ujeni says:

    Most of the comments here represents the type of people the poorest country has.Umbuli will not develop this country. A simple thing like Federal government yet it is difficult for some people to understand it. It is becoming embarassing to be known as a Malawian. Chihana dont waste time addressing dundderheads they thing Federal government means people going to their villages, Koma amangwetu these people from poorest country.

  26. Zozoro says:

    Ngwira and Harry Mkandawire are plants of DPP in PP mumva pompano atalowa DPP hence these days they don’t comment on Federalism

  27. Federal says:

    Chihana, sensitisation ya federalism yakoyo upange ku north komweko. Kumwera kuno ungobwera udzauze a bwenubwenuwa kuti 2019 adzasamuka bwanji? Whether its secession or federalism koma kusamuka kuzakhalapo basi. Kodi nanga chifukwa chani mukutalikisa masiku oyamba zimenezi. Make a census of how many southeners are in the north and vice versa and see who will lose most in this game. Also reflect on what happened when notorious kamuzu chased only teachers from ur region. Kodi mukuona ngati tizakusiyani???? Gud idea chihana keep it up!!!!!!

  28. brutsha says:

    @Special advisor,
    I like your argument that federalism is age old. However, let us look at what must have revitalized it. Can’t we see that it’s out of political frustrations that the Chihanas are doing this?. It’s really true that it would be cost effective but that is assuming the MPs in that federal version of national assembly will not demand the same unjustifiable sitting, accommodation and transport allowances. Suppose they will maintain the status quo, wont it be another reason for us to put our chins in hand? How do you look at that my friend?

  29. kashoti says:

    KOmatu abale ako azathamanga KOOPSA,usayese sewero!

  30. mbuzi iwe says:

    Mtumbuka zipita kwanu. Ukunena za federalism uli ku Lilongwe.

    1. Matapwata says:

      iwe kwanu nku?LL is a city for everyone galu iwe kutichititsa ma
      nyazi

  31. Fathara says:

    Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk Njala yamukwapula sopano amayesa masewela. Boma linapita basi limbani ntima kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

  32. drakes says:

    This guy is the son of Chakufwá Chihana yes but grew up as a son of Katola Phiri the great MCP guru. He is MCP never shared the idology of his Father. What wisdom can he offer to us Northerners, he simply is towing the voice of Joyce Banda and MCP gurus, in fact he is not supposed to lead AFFORD.

  33. Kadakwiza says:

    Federal system of government can’t work in Malawi. The system need a lot of money which Malawi don’t have. You can not compare with USA, Nigeria or South Africa, these countries their economy is so strong compare to Malawi which its resources went to Chewas, Yaos and Lhomwes leaving Senas in Chikwawa and Nsanje, Tumbukas, Tongas, Nkhondes, and Lambyas so poor. No development for these mention tribes. Although Malawians need development through federalism, still it will not work. But for the north in particular I would like to advise the Hon. Mr Chihana he better campaign for independent State of the North. That will work. Secession is the only option for the northern region not federal government. Kamuzu divided the north long time ago. When Muluzi came to power he just continued where his mentor left, excluding north in any development. I remember in 1996 when I went to apply for loan at Kasungu Dematt offices, I was told that I better be from south or moslem to get a loan. So Hon Chihana just go flat and campaign for Secession. The north is long time divided. Time is now to make it official.

  34. Mwana wakwithu says:

    Chihana, why not demonstrate the goodies about federalism by moving to Rumphi yourself instead of being around LL all the time. You can even find prostitutes at Kajisu, they are not only found at Chez you know, lead by example otherwise shut up!

  35. clement says:

    Chihana dziwa kuti ukuzinyenga wekha ndipo palibe upange.Zonsezi dyera taona m’mene wathesera AFORD.Pempho langa kwa iwe Enock ukhale chete uzingoyang’ana kuti boma likutani not zopusa zakozo.Mako uja analamulira ngozi ndipo unali pheee ngati bubu lero ukufuna uzitinyasa apa uli onyasa kalenso gundwani ngati iwe.

  36. u cant run a govmnt withot us (nthrnrs) and u cant run a state anthu ake mbuli ngati inu. kodi kumanga ma cllg kumwra n pakati mukuona ngti ndinu anu wake? shupitii!!!! ifeso tilibe nanu ntchito vindere nga ndimwe apa.

  37. gwaladi says:

    All the tumbukas go back to the north aliyense kwao

  38. Mabuchi Kabuchi says:

    We are in total support of this fedalism propaganda. All the northerners need to be booted out from central and southern regions and get employment in their own region. It will be door after another chasing them if you continue with this stupid idea. we have been quite more than enough. Try it and see who will suffer. Stupid idea from selfish Chihana . look at him!

    1. u cant run a govmnt withot us (nthrnrs) and u can run a state anthu ake mbuli ngati inu. kodi kumanga ma cllg kumwra n pakati mukuona ngti ndinu anu wake? shupitii!!!! ifeso tilibe nanu ntchito vindere nga ndimwe apa.

    2. ntsibwe says:

      U need further education to differentiate quite frm quiet!

  39. CBIHANA YOU FAILED TO MANAGE AFFORD AND NOW YOU WANT CONFUSE MALAWIANS BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN POSITION AS A MINISTER. FOSEKI ZAKO

  40. phodogoma says:

    conduct federalism compaign in north and let it die right in north for good. We dont want it here in south and center

  41. Nyarunyaru says:

    Sizithandizatu kuthetsa mavuto amenewa

  42. mwana mulopwana says:

    This guy is useless, we need to find the reason why the current system is not working, lets not blame other for our own failure, we need to understand why some areas are not developed, lets take the issue of Mzimba, for more than 20 years , people were discussing of dividing Mzimba into 3 districts because the current one is big, who opposed to this , it was Mbelwa and his subjects, lets look at Karonga and other people from the north are not interested to develop their areas, they are going to central and souther region to build big mansions , yet they can do that to their own region, look at Simama, he has build a nice hotel in Lilongwe yet he could have built a very nice lodge in Uliwa or along the lake this could have attracted people and tourist, let us learn to think before we start critising others for our own mistakes

  43. Awanso ngoseketsa ati! Chihanano tsopano,I think his body is itching just beause he is outside the cabinet.
    Mr APM,please give them their small area azilamulirana okhaokha.Please grant them!
    This so called ‘CHIHANA’ must be so much crazy.Look!He has been so much quite when he was minister in tyms of Madam JB.Here he comes with ‘stupid federalism’.Im using ‘stupid’ just bkoz it could be much wise if he could have talked this issue to Joyce whom was much cloze to him.This is Chihana’s foolishness reaching at its level.Federalism is good but the one proposing it is bad.Deeply bad.
    Take my words,When 2019 comes,Chihana will say federal government shall be adopted in 2024.

  44. Jebison Slindine Nyoni says:

    Band igawane zida basi. How can we be the poorest country on the world after 50 years of independence? How should the most dangerous place in the world (Somalia) be ahead of us? Federation now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    In attempting to predict dates, is Mr. Chihana trying to pull a Grigori Rasputin here? The MP should be reminded that there are many doubts about Rasputin’s accuracy. And really only inexperienced politicians would pin themselves down by dating outcomes of, what is in effect, their wishes.
    I guess Mr. Chihana thinks it’s wise now to endorse the idea for a federation, since the idea about secession has flopped, even among the citizens from the north.
    The idea of a federation will fail also. The costs of running parallel administrative structures is just too prohibitive. One of so many reasons for people to vote a big NO!

  46. enuf said says:

    In malawi the illitracy rate is so high
    Do pple even Know what being federal means?

    Even during multiparty pple were Js told and shown a beautiful picture
    What are our achievements?

    Nothing to show for

    Plz don’t js start talking about the system

    1st make pple understand them!

  47. People are for federalism. DPP should allow peaceful civic education as it happened with Multiparty Referendum. Most of those who are in DPP were not in the country by then and they don’t know how peaceful it was. Now they have taken advantage of our hard won freedom by oppressing and denying other sectors of the country development. Now is the time to change the system so that each region enjoys development.

  48. Malindima says:

    Referendum is required like we did with multiparty; infact this should have been proposed at the time we started it. There is a lit if work to be done first than simply waking up in the morning after your troubled night telling the people that Federalism will start in 2019 or else we will wonder what you did smoke.
    We simply can copy the model from Nigeria or US or South Africa to Malawi. It may backfire as these countries have financial muscle compare to aka ka Malawi kodalira ma Donors!

  49. brutsha says:

    Much as federal system of government is not all that bad for Malawi, I feel the proponents of this are not doing it in not good faith. Look, Chihana was in the PP government but never thought of hatching this idea then. Are his eyes able to see federalism now when he is outside the ruling clique? Modern Malawi needs leaders with principles. We don’t want leaders who fluctuate like a stock market when it comes to ideology. Unfortunately plebeians like to be use by politicians and that’s you see a common man blindly rallying behind this not knowing that politicians are doing it for their personal gains. I don’t like DPP policies but I don’t think federalism is the answer to our problems as a country.

    1. special advisor says:

      The idea of federalism in Malawi is not new, and certainly did not hatch when Chihana woke up after a “troubled sleep” let alone “after smoking weed”.
      The idea was there for a long time and was triffled, until one Dr Dennis Nkhwazi tried to actively promote it. But Atcheya put out the fire completely by using ” political engineering” in pretty much the same way as “genetic engineering” or some failed “facial plastic surgery”.
      Look now the despicable, unprincipled political bahaviours of the Chihaula Shawas of this day were born out of such “engineering”.
      Now do not use cost as the main argument against federalism. It just might become cheaper. Think of the accommodation and transport allowances that all MPs get regardless of where they’re traveling from! And “sitting allowance”. Where else on earth are people paid for merely sitting?

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