Malawi Veep says social-economic conflicts a threat to peace

Vice President Saulos Chilima has said conflicts were a threat to peace as were political conflicts and should be treated with equal prominence.

Vice President Saulosi Chilima being welcomed by Leader of the opposition in Parliament.Dr. Lazarous Chakwera on arrival at Civo Stadium - Pic by Stanley Makuti

Vice President Saulosi Chilima being welcomed by Leader of the opposition in Parliament.Dr. Lazarous Chakwera on arrival at Civo Stadium – Pic by Stanley Makuti

Chilima was speaking on Saturday in Lilongwe during national prayers to mark the commemoration of the United Nations (UN) International Day of Peace.

“I have noted with concern that political conflicts are given a lot of prominence at the expense of social-economic conflicts which are equally destructive to peace,” he said, adding that building peace was everyone’s responsibility.

Chilima said although Malawi had a good history of peace the country could be proud of, there were still gaps to be filled in what he called structural conflicts, citing gender-based violence and inter-political party conflicts as examples.

He urged the different religious groups that were present at the function to reflect and find solutions to inter-region conflicts.
Chilima also stressed government’s commitment to promoting and maintaining peace, saying “government’s door is open and you can feel free to engage it at all levels through official communication.”

Also present at the function was the UN Resident Coordinator, Mia Seppo, who hailed Malawi as a peaceful nation, citing the non-violent 2014 tripartite election as a sign of the country’s maturity in democracy.

Seppo concurred with the Vice President on the need to work on structural conflicts such as inter- party conflicts, chieftaincy wrangles and gender-based violence which she said posed serious threats to peace.

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) organised the event under the theme ‘Building a Peaceful and Better Malawi through Inclusivity’.
Earlier, PAC Chairperson, the Very Rev Dr Felix Chingota spoke of the need to work collectively if peace was to be achieved.

He said the absence of inclusivity bred marginalization, and thus creating fertile ground for conflict.

Leader of Opposition and Malawi Congress Party President Lazarus Chakwera was also in attendance.

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33 thoughts on “Malawi Veep says social-economic conflicts a threat to peace”

  1. Ngunde says:

    No 9, please tell me a Malawian president who has gone to Un to deliver 2 hour speech. There are always side meetings before the actual General Assembly. Zinazi kumafusatu. Part of entourage are technocrats who anchor the president during these meetings!

  2. Kalingonda says:

    Nobady rigged election, aMcp ingovomelezani kuti muyambepo kukozekera mwina mkuzawina 2019 mwatsopano

  3. Wamandasi says:

    Malawi is still a peaceful country. However we have inpatient greedy politicians who abuse CSO and Human rights groups as personal tools. We should also no ignore foreign influence which has long time agenda but establish their deadly plan through an innocent look concerns

    Malawi is less than 1000km in length and at no point is wider than 80Km. failing to administer share resources equally and calling for further division is an insult to ourselves. In actual sense with quality roads one can tour the whole country in less than two day. Lets think development and peace will come. perpetrators use poor and greedy people to cause commotion.

    Since we have ward counsellors these guys must to look to it that development reaches their corner. Let’s forget about MPs as agents of development. In such case of poor developed areas citizens must ask their counsellor. a counsellor must stay in his area else fresh elections must be called

  4. nankhoma says:

    Kodi enanu mumasowa zolemba eti? Chisankho chinatha owina analumbira ndipo akulamula, mukufuna chani?

  5. Alungwana says:

    Peace is good but dont fool people in the name of peace. What is the meaning of peace when the voice of the poor cant be heard?

  6. Thieves are very clever they make people stop thinking and believe on them.

  7. za nosense ayi says:

    Guyz,Chilima ndi m’fana wa boh hvy kungoti vuto ndi anthu amwe anapanga nawo company anyima a DPP

  8. Gwanya says:

    Kodi a bwampini a ku kaya inu mmene mumima panzere kumavota mumaganiza kuti awine ndi JB basi kuti mupitilize cashgate? Do you understand democracy? Lero mwauponda ndiye mwayamba kulira? What a foolish cry! For my friend who thinks Lhmwes can be bitter if anybody from the central becomes president, you are wrong. Kodi Chilima ndi wachipani chanji? Mmayesa ndi DPP. Tsono chingativute ndi chayani kuti ife Alhomwe timsapote Chilimayu?

    By the way, you think Chilima anabera. If your assertions are true, don’t you know kuti amai amafuna kubera koma nzeru zinachepa that’s why there was all that mess?

    Those who don’t want quota but want chitukuko chofana (contradictory), look at this situation. A polygamous man had two wives, three children with one and seven children with the other. One day he had 100 kwacha and wanted to share amongst all the ten children. He gave the wife with three children thirty kwacha and the one with seven children seventy kwacha. The wife with three children took the man to court, saying he was nepotistic coz the fair deal would be fifty:fifty, i.e. fifty kwacha to each wife to share amongst children. The wife with seven children said that was wrong. If you were the judge, which wife, one with three children wanting fifty:fifty or the other with seven children?

  9. FCK says:

    Saulos should first apologise to Malawians for stealing votes before preaching peace because he is not fit to be an agent of peace hence we see no exemplary character in Him
    we would appreciate if real men of peace would talk not these bunch of thievs in DPP

  10. Maso Khethekhethekhethe says:

    This Is DPP Paulendo, Chilima,DPP,Peter Mutharika are the Source of Electoral Conflict in Malawi….You rigged Election through Airtel Technology…the rigging machines were bought from China and it was a package of DPP through Airtel…

    We want authentic government which will transform the Electoral Laws and Democratic Institutions of Malawi and not just this clap talking to buy time…

    You are creating confusions and conflicts in Malawi by corrupting the traditional Chiefs and other people to demonise Feudralism and seccession… Unity Government cannot develop Malawi because of Nepotism practice and the biased way of allocating developments across the country!

    1. wobeba wanga says:

      Hahaha Watever yu can say he wont read it, so just shut your stinking mouth up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Gule Wamkulu says:

      Saulos said it before that he would meet you in computer technology because he also knows computers. But it seems the whole country missed that important statemen! What he meant was that he was a amaster at stealing and manipulating data saved on computers! The “stupidest” thing was for opposition to continue using Airtel mobiles and internet prior to elections: I mean they didn`t see the risk?? Beats me!!! Then one time a hard drive was stollen and recovered. And the next “stupidest” thing was for Electoral Commission to reconnect that hard drive toany of their computers! That was equivalent to opening a door to a thief! Malawians we really need to wake up and read the writing on the wall!

  11. Musovenge says:

    Mbuyanga number 4 watch out with your immature talkings. If presidential elections are to be done on regional boundary, with north for their president and Gule wamkulus of ceter for theirs and the Lomwe Belt for their leader, YOU cant beat south. It is south that choose APM not north and center. Or you have forgotten the way voters voted on may 20.CHECK YOUR MOUTH BEFORE SUCH UTTERANCES. LEADERSHIP BEGAN IN SOUTH BY JOHN CHILEMBWE right in the early 1900 AD till 1964 when a Chewa through Kamuzu anangotola ulamuliro wadziko lino. SO LEADERSHIP IS FOR SOUTH>

    1. wobeba wanga says:

      Big up man

  12. Don Chigwe says:

    Mr Saulos Chilima you say what you do not practice. Why did you steal our votes?
    If you did not know, what you sponsored during the 20th May was violence and could have caused a lot deaths in Malawi. Be careful as God does not bless such people.


    1. wobeba wanga says:

      AAAAAAAAA!!!!!! No sense….. Dont you know that he is representing Opp leaders of parliament? And for your Info dont forget that munthuyo paja anathawa ubusa kufuna ndalama, nde amaona ngati kumeneko akapatsidwa ulaliki.

  14. Nabetha says:

    Saulosi looks so old on the photo.

  15. Jelbin mk says:

    Start leading by example Mr vp not just empty words.

  16. mutu gushugushu says:

    What is the Purpose of the State President going to UN General Assembly with 68 Member Delegation two weeks before to the official opening of the UN General Assembly yet the president is only needed 15 minutes on the Pulpit to address the UN General Assembly?

  17. mbuyanga says:

    Chilima woyee! The president in waiting! A lhomwe mukumva bwanji mthupi! I do not see another Malawi choosing another lhomwe president after the old man, Peter! This is your last time and he has wasted it!

    1. PUTEN says:

      Ife zonyambana iyi .Tikungondikila moyenda mwana wake azapitilize pomwe peter alekezele. Inu kuti muzalawe mpando mundikile federation basi

      1. Mbuyanga says:

        If your old man dies today, Chilima takes over! hehehe! And you think another Mutharika in the name of Moyenda will rule Malawi? Never! This is the last time a lhomwe has ever ruled Malawi! Apo nde musamazinamize! Mene mene terkel urfasin!

  18. tribalism is w@ i see to be a big threat to our peace

  19. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    You idiot, you used the stupid Airtel technology to rig the elections , you thought northerners were going to accept senseless results. There you are , the rigging which you did with your Airtel technocrats has divided Malawi .

    The trick of using PAC of sorting out this mess should be put out , PAC always supports the government of the day . The crying of Northerners has made the Central Region people to shade tears , while the southerners are in fear .

    Kapasu pasu in Malawi. The twenty years of democracy in Malawi has brought tribalism and the main reason was because we didn’t elect Gwanda Chakuwamba who had no support from JZU Tembo.

    There is one person only who brought this tribalism , this is Tembo , had it been Tembo accepted Gwanda Chakuwamba we were going to have one Malawi instead JZUT was busy decompaigning Chakuwamba within MCP during all the general elections while he was the VP for MCP , he never wanted any person from any other region to be the president of MCP. All these are the bad results of trible politics of JZUT.

    The Munthalikas as they publicly challenged the northerners that they don’t add up to anything in Malawi , they two brothers were not told the truth that what their Grandpa John Chilembwe failed to achieve the northerners achieved it and there was fire in the whole of Malawi which brought freedom while John Chilembwe was just a terrorist that is why till now no one can point his grave yard. You go in the north you will be showen the graves for both world wars and freedom fighters.

    If you did not know northers you better join them know , because they serious with federal government.

    1. Kanyimbi says:

      Kupusa ndithu munthu anfera nkhondo ya eni (world war) ndiye mumawawona ngati madolo? Kodi kunkhondoko amapita akufuna kapena amawakakamiza?

  20. God Hear Me says:

    VP is very wise I like this guy and look o Chakwera onali komko okawona ulemelero wo chilima aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Federal basi mwagwa nayo. Ife wochewa ngakhale timakonda nyawu koma pano nyawu zake ndizopitanazo kusukulu so nobody can cheat us not even single Mtumbuka. By the way do not bother to involve us on the issue of federation mukafuna zimenezo atumbuka kwanu komko.

    Ndi inuyo atumbuka amene mwakhala mukuti khomelera Ku Chanco nokhankokha ku Bunda nokhanokha ku Medicine nokhanokha, ku KCN nokhanokha kukakhala ku Mzuni mukuti ndi kuchipinda kwanu wa region ina asapiteko Nkhatabay secondary school mukuti bwanji kulibe mwana wakumpota school ili yakumpoto. mukakhala mma health center tingoti macollege/maschool akumpota mukawona anthu aku central kapena south mmati KHOMA NDIYE VICHURUKENGE BWANJI NGATI NDISUUKURU YAKWAWO. Inuyo kwanu ndikuti kumpoto kapena ku Malawi?

    All of us thought Malawi is one and we people from other regions we are used to accommodating you and live with you without any problem and we do not care who is coming from where. Intermarrying is not even a problem koma inu eeeee HORROR. So inuyo it seems mmayiwala cause even mukakhala pagulu la anzanu mmadzisankha kuyamba kulankhula chitumbuka even mma meeting you do the same but ifeyo we tolerate. Nanji nanji pa yearo (Year one) ku college mmadzisankha kumadzitenga ngati anzeru kakabwera kajiya mpamene mmawonekera kuti ndinu wopepera so zinazi tikungokuwonani.

    So please please I plead with you do not involve us in you actions. Dr Chakwera is not the spokes person of central region actually that is why he failed to win the elections because he was aligning himself much to central region just because that he comes from there and northern region because his wife comes from their. He is a pastor well establish and I do respect him for that but unfortunately sometimes [opinion] he fails to read the signs of the times. You people from the center and south please first of all analyse why the tumbukas do not want quota while at the same time they are crying for equal distribution of and access to resources. By the way all public institutions are run using tax payers money hence the need for equal access you are talking about.
    So what is your problem?????? You say hey but wa 10 points amusiya with merit ku college/university kumapita a mapoints below 10 or 15 or 20 wokha wokha which college/university and why timalemba entrance exams FOTSEKI!!!!!!!!!

    1. Reader says:

      what is this person yapping about?

  21. Maxweii says:

    How Can there be correctiveness and togetherness when the Lomwes Are Running A country Like a CLUB ??? This Is a big joke And a mockery !!

  22. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    Wow! VP Chilima is one busy man, engaging the public and organizations in advanced and abstract thoughts. Osati zakale zija (unlike JB’s amateur and simplistic thoughts that are already “water under the bridge”). It’s so far apparent that APM’s choice of Chilima was right on. What a refreshing difference!
    VP Chilima is not even on a long leash. He is advancing his own ideas, often, without getting them “cleared” by the top “dog”.
    Has there been a VP so busy and with substance beyond political rhetoric, in Malawi? Not one I can recall. This man looks and acts distinguished. He seems to be growing fast, in the job. He’s a quick study, indeed, like his boss.

    1. Nancy says:

      Iinda madzi kuti apite nduye uziti ndadala he should ask the previous vice presidents of malawi mmene amathera to me Malewezi was the best vice president tiwona mmene zithere

  23. Tman says:

    My President, I adore you all the time. Dr. L Chakwera. You are at my heart.

  24. zowona says:

    dont just talk do,

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