Mutharika hits back at Uladi on nepotism charges

President Peter Mutharika made rare attack on Uladi Mussa, leader of PP in parliament who accused the Head of State of nepotism.

Uladi with President Mutharika at parliament

Uladi with President Mutharika at parliament

Mussa speaking in parliament, accused Mutharika for appointing a distant third in the clerk of parliament job interviews leaving out the person who came first.

But reacting to the accusation, Mutharika speaking at political rally in Mangochi on Saturday said the law provides that parliament submits three names to the President and he has powers to appoint any of the three.

“I don’t even know where Mrs Fiona Kalemba comes from and I don’t want to know but I appointed her because she is an expert in bill drafting. I dont think there is anyone in Malawi who can beat her on bill dratting,” he said.

Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya preferred Charles Mkandawire in what other people said preference out of nepotism and tribalism too.

While a CoP is appointed by the President following recommendations from the PSC, the officer works under the direction of the Speaker.

Section 16 of the Parliamentary Service Act says that a CoP shall be appointed by the President on the recommendation of the PSC.

Kalemba becomes the second female CoP since independence after Matilda Katopola who left office acrimoniously in 2012 and has since bagged herself about K70 million ($125,000) from the government as compensation for unfair dismissal.

According to Section 55 of the Constitution and Section 16 of the Parliamentary Service Act, the CoP is responsible for managing operations of Parliament, providing procedural advice on parliamentary laws to committees among others.

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48 thoughts on “Mutharika hits back at Uladi on nepotism charges”

  1. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    By the way what tribe is Fiona Kalemba? Where does she come from?
    Bungu is always mis-told to pick people from Lhomwe tribe. Though one
    of my parents is a Lhomwe, it is morally disgusting for the tiny poor divided
    so called Malawi.

  2. Analystfool says:

    This dog called Peter Mutharika! You must have entered your mother’s fucking womb through the anus. If you don’t know this Fiona, how come you know she is good in bill drafting? You must have seen her CV and knew where she comes from. Ma hope akotu amenewa, Gertrude aka udzudzu beware akulanda banja. CoP needs to be versant in different areas not only bill drafting. No wonder you failed to manage Min of Education mathanyula. Your brain is just full of shit.

  3. Kwende says:

    @ mtumbuka point no. 34:- Fortunately iwenso mtumbo uli nawo so wats the fuss? If you are mtumboless then we need to question who really are you because even dogs, monkeys have. So it seems these animals are better off than you. Pure logic. Mbuli zimathamangira kutukwana where truth is being told. Go to school, imbecile!

  4. Mmapeh says:

    Wopusa iwe. Udana ndi alhomwe chifukwa Chitani? Ine ndimachkera ku Mzimba koma ndilibe bvuto ndi mtundu wina uliwonse
    Tonse ndi aMalaw. I rest my case.

  5. Jendayekha says:

    Why is there a panel to interview the candidates? Abolish these panels and you a very stupid and tribalistic idiot can freely appoint Mlakho thugs and loot the tax payers money at will like what your brother did. One day you will still pay for the looting you and you dead brother did, do not think we are as stupid as you are to get away with it. You Will NOT, and time will tell.

  6. Winston Msowoya says:

    Some of our brothers from the South and Central , are absolutely a misguided rot.They can not distinguish between JEALOUSIES and NEPOTISIM.Good luck.Soon after independence,the majorities of PSs were from the North who dominated the symbols of learning ie Blantyre Sec.School,Dedza Secondary School,Zomba Secondary (Box 2),Mzuzu secondary School etc,were dominated by Students from the North,who joined the corridors of these institutions through colonial administrations which were controlled by the whites who could not identify the names of the entrants,hence,the influx of the Northern Students into Secondary schools through pure and clean merits.For instance,your President Peter Wa Muthalika when he won a schoraship to the newly opened University of Dar es salaam,Tanzania,he was among 4 students viz. H.Msisya,Pondomu Chidiu Msisya,Chipeta and Mhago.These four students hailed from the North and were offered the schoraships on merits as Peter Wamuthalika did.Then of course,the Minister of Education was Mr.W.M.K.Chiume and his PS was Mr.Freeman.He strongly brushed aside suggestions that Mr.Chiume favoured the four students from the North.As a matter fact, Peter happened to be classmate of some of these students and can bear me a witness.So Malawians,do not just jump on conclusion which is smeared by inborn jealousies and misguided untruthfulness which can spark egregious ramifications that would destroy the fabrics of our societies.May I take this opportunity to inform you that,there are more Malawian Doctors in the city of Manchester,UK.,than they are in the entire country and more than 85 per cent are Northerners despite the imposition of the macabre QUATA SYSTEM.Tribalism will take us nowhere apart from driving our beloved mother Malawi into a sinkhole of inferno.ONE MALAWI,ONE NATION,we don’t want another Rwanda!!!

  7. Phaghlani Vwavwa says:

    I am not from the north but The elephant in the room is that northerners are disproportionately represented in the job market. Nepotism, regionalism or tribalism are all evil regardless of who practices it. This country will never develop unless we allow the best people do their job. A country is developed by hard working, intelligent and smart people. they cannot all come from where you want them to come from . Good people can never be judged based on where someone comes from. Northerners are not bad people, they are just more in the job market, the cause of which requires thorough research, don’t listen to people who make conclusions based on hate

  8. Pseudo says:

    Iwe # 31 wawononga dzina la Dr wabwinobwino uchitsiru wako. Which tribe in Mw has been at the helm of nepotism? Why did John Tembo send them packing in 1989? Tsono popeza fans yakutulukirani ndiye muyambe mfweemfweee lero? Inu mumayesa ife sitimaona? Ngakhale Kamuzu amene anachita promote Ochewa. Ask JZU ndi Lazaro Chakwera ngati wangobadwa dzulo. Tsete zako. Umbuli thoo school zero. Umaona ngati mlomwe ndiosaphunzira eti? Ndikanakhala Mulli ndikanakuuza kuti much-end-r-ko!

  9. It’s very common to spit venom on other people when you’re a failure. Man up and take responsibility. I used to hate northerners coz they’re nepotistic to the core. However, I realised that they can’t oppress me forever and I fought my way through. Now that they can’t rule the country and their nepotism is dwindling – apparently coz brilliant minds from other regions are emerging – they’re bitter and are cursing southern tribes. Shame!

  10. peter osati munthalika koma winayu osati kumpalumr says:

    We want to kick start implementation of the 90-90-90 HIV strategy. So i wanted to know the number of HIV positive MPS some i know some i

    don’t know. Komanso amene sanayezeseko. We want to start with u. And your names will appear in press too. Lets be exemplary.

  11. Charombanthu says:

    Too much powers vested in the President. Some of these appointments should not be made by the presidency. The system should change.

  12. another thought says:

    Is the position of CoP about bill drafting only? Is parliament responsible for bill drafting or its the ministry of justice? APM could have done better by not commenting rather than smearing dirt on himself. You are the President Sir and you can not comment on any trivial that people like Uladi say. Let not these people make you lose direction Sir. We have a lot of work to do.

  13. Let’s not fight on petty issues we gave him power to appoint and he has appointed what’s wrong with that olo anakasakha atate anu ena bwezi mukutibe wakondera tsoka kwanu kulibe ophunziransi psitiiii

  14. Hendrix Zulu says:

    peter is a big liar. he can’t claim he doesn’t know where Fiona Kalemba comes from. he knows! there is no way a Muhlakho president can appoint anyone or select someone to secondary school without checking his home district. very tribalistic people in modern Malawi.

  15. mtumbuka selfish dog says:

    Atumbuka mukudana ndi Fiona Kalemba mitumbo yanu

  16. chiwazu says:

    Bill drafting is not done at parliament it is done at ministry of justice. Who is fooling who? So times I wonder how knowledgeable we are.

  17. But you cant just ignore interview oannek..why gave it then judt appoint use the constitionak provisions.
    i see this quite iften in mw where pipo nit even in shitylist ir interviews are given oosition…why ni wonder tslented pipo loofing snd jdt psying taxes frm pension money…realy mr president!

  18. Dr Kwapata, LUANAR says:

    Koma ichi mukuti chi President cha Malawi eish failure big tym. Alhomwe dziko simuli konda. Vuto la mulhomwe ndilakuti oro atakhala wamisala wavala chisalu cha DPP nsete zilitho nde akuyimila u president, alhomwe amuvoterabe. Shupit people first class. Why this tsankho?

    DPP are tribalism and nepotism gladiators. Take NDATA as center point, most executive arm of the govt comes around this point (Ndata).
    1. President from Ndata, Thyolo
    2. Kaliati, Chaponda, Nankhumwa from Mulanje very close to Ndata
    3. Mwanaveka, Henry Mussa, Fabiano from chiladzuro close to Ndata.
    4. Chiyembekeza from Thyolo close to Ndata.
    5. Peter Kampalume from closer to Thyolo and Ndata
    6. Francis Kasaila from Nsanje down Thyolo.

    Now this rampant and naked nepotism, tribalism and regionalism is been replicated in all government institutions. Ku MRA, POLICE, MERA, ADMARC, post office, civil service, MUST, MACRA, MBC, and now you want to infest parliament. Shame on you and may gud LORD PUNISH YOU ACCORDINGLY FOR MARGINALIZING HIS PEOPLE BASED ON WHERE THEY COME FROM.



  19. Wiseman nyirongo says:

    Palibe nkhani wakhoza mayiyo musiyeni agwile ntchito osamupingpinga mayi. Pulezident wagwira ntchito yake mogwilizana ndi consitution. Bwanji speaker osangotumiza dzina la amene wakhozayo amatumizilanji atatu amafuna pulezident atani? Mayi f kalemba tikuti congratulation gwilani ntchito anthuwa ndale afika popepela nazo angofuna azitsutsa china chili chonse palibe apindule ndi agalu onguwa njobvu ikudutsa

  20. Chipatso says:

    Owen owen be careful.

  21. Youth activist says:

    Bravo APM for Gender Imbalance. Appointment, Participation and Involvement of Women@ Decision Making Positions is a Development Factor.

  22. GRM says:

    Congratulations Mr President for replacing a lady with another lady.

  23. steve says:

    Palibe amene atha kuposa Mai Fiona in Bill drafting the whole Malawi? Kkkkkkk koma a president awa ationjeza heavy

  24. The Patriot says:

    PSC submitted 3 names? Tinamva kuti Mrs Fiona Kalemba anakhala number 4! Mwinatu anakupatsani maina 4 ? Kapena mwatoiwala mbuyache?

  25. Mhango says:

    Nothing wrong here only that some are tuned to oppose everything.When Mutharika will say God is immortal they will say no.

  26. Chingwe cha mbuzi says:

    Well done Mr President for appointing a well qualified woman as COP. It shows you are really committed to gender equality in high echelons of power. As for Musowoya, Kabwiradothi and Chakweranyani, let them continue daydreaming. The home of nepotism is MCP and NGOS. Go and check CHRR, Atumbuka okhaokha. Ngati ndikuona, let Mtambo provide a list of all CHRR staff since the birth of the organisation

  27. mukharapwio says:

    i come from the lomwe belt but i am suffering as much as a ‘northerener’ is,my conclusion is that malawians are a not very serious people we are a sort of laissez faire people who let things change on there own without doing smthng on them.we want to end hunger yet we neglect the soil,end deforestation yet we don’t plant trees,end aids yet we have unprotected sex with many partners,end poverty yet we let an insane man be our leader

  28. Chenji golo says:

    Uladi mussa watch out ufa imfa yosakhala bwino.

  29. Chief secretary says:

    Kodi nepotism ndi chani? Mesa imakhala ukamalemba ntchito anthu amtundu wako? Nanga fiona kalemba ndi mulomwe? Iwe uladi musa machende ako wamva iwe?

  30. Mashamase says:

    Mkandawire is really a gud man and humble man , keep it up , still tili pamanyuma pinu akulu

  31. nyobi says:

    Msowoya is not fit for the position of speaker. Though we know kuti he’s MCP, as speaker of parliament he ought to be neutral. I admire Munyenyembe, malawi lost a speaker who knew his job quiet well.

  32. Kabwira Kapasula says:

    Kodi ntchitoyo azilembedwa atumbuka kapena anzawo aja ambwenumbwenu okhaokha basi,anthu openga mwapanga bwanji

  33. chefourpence says:

    if a Tumbuka is not appointed, its Nepotism! The other way round, its merit! Uladi Mussa wants to take advantage of this biased stereotype for political gains.

  34. James kotoki says:

    This fool of a president,how can one appoint someone you don’t know?You are just showing that you have no clue as to what you say or do mr Ibu.

  35. Mkwapu says:

    Nepotist apm
    Tionana 2019

  36. Cecilia Mapila says:

    Parliament could have been very lucky both ways. I personally know both, Justice Mkandawire and Fiona Kalemba. Very nice people. Onse ndi anthu osazikweza, osazitukumula, aulemu kwambiri. Very nice people. Ndakana Mai ena aja anali pa udindo wa COP poyamba aja….eeehh! Mabvuto Eni eni! Opanda mantha. Bingu mdala yonse uja! Congratulations Fiona. Pitilizani kukhala bwino ndi anthu.

  37. YAKUMBUYO says:


  38. Zagwa says:

    So, if you wanted a ‘bill draftsman’ why didn’t you just advertise for one instead of bothering people into applying for the position of CoP which obviously is not a draftsman

  39. mdk says:

    So you expected the president to do things that will bring food to your table?it is your responsibility sir kkkkkkkkkk

  40. MLOMWE says:

    I do agree with Mr Uladi Nepotism is now all over the Malawi government departments plus the non governmental organisations.And i don’t think if Malawi belongs to all of us but its now belong to the Lomwes because i have been discriminated for jobs though am a holder of degree and they have employed someone of MSCE just because he comes from Thyolo.FIGHT FOR FEDERALISM MPS WE WANT OUR SHARES AND WE ARE TIRED OF NEPOTISM

  41. mwanamayi says:

    kodi mwaiwala akamlepo?

  42. Zambulo says:

    The reporter is confusing the issue. Who told him that Msowoya preferred Mkandawire? The interviews were conducted by a panel which comprise members from all political parties. Mkandawire came first in the interviews. How can you say Msowoya preferred Mkandawire? What type of reporting is this? Be critical when you write stories. Mutharika is nepostic. Uladi Musa is right.And you believe Mutharika when he says he does not know Kalemba or does not wish to know where she comes from?
    Any lawyer can draft a bill. After all, it is cut and paste. And the work of CoP is not only drafting a bill. Judge Mkandawire had been writing judgements for many years.Do think he can fail to draft a bill? Mutharika just hates northerners. He will not get any single vote in 2019. MPs have voiced concern over his neglecting the north over development projects. He should know what means.

  43. Mindsolo G.P. says:

    ‘….I don’t think there is anyone in Malawi who can beat her on bill drafting’

    Muthalika wazungulilidwadi ndi anthu oti samamuuza zoona eti? Much as she sjld be an expert, it is a lie that she is the only one. Damit!

  44. Dalitso says:

    Bill drafting my foot. At least I know one who cannot beat her at Bill drafting and it is nin other than the president himself.

  45. nthandalanda says:

    How did you know that she is an expert in drafting bills if you are really honest. Who told you that she is good at that? Ben Phiri kapena?

  46. Peter27 says:

    Do you have to respond to parliamentary debates on rallies? I mean, are there no other formal means of responding to them? And you wonder why people don’t take you seriously?

  47. Patriot says:

    Zimenezo nde zithandize FISP?
    You are the worst president Malawi ever had.
    Kambani za Foteleza. Chaka cha mawa kulinso njala ya zaoneni,
    Wina akulimbana ndi Uladi Mussa.

    Akungoyenda yenda, kutithela ndalama.

  48. mbanga says:

    so? would this bring food on the table

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