Mutharika returns home to meet federation calls

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika Wednesday October 1 returns home from the recently concluded trip to New York for UN general assembly, only to come face to face with the growing calls for federal system of government

There has been strong movement from the people of the North Malawi proposing federalism and calling for a national referendum on the same. Some quarters are even advancing for the North Malawi to be a standalone country.

However, progressive federalism is being supported by even the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

I'm back: Mutharika on arrival.-Photo by Mana

 Mutharika to face federalism storm

MCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwila confirmed the party engaged Public Affairs Committee (PAC) on the federal system of government and asked the religious body to facilitate a debate.

The CCAP Synod of Livingstonia has argued that the push for federalism should be national.

And the Mutharika government through its spokesman Kondwani Nankhumwa said they will embark on a national wide civic education tour on federalism and North Malawi independence; an exercise he said will lead into a referendum on two matters.

“Government has no intention to stifle debate on either federalism or secession. We have noted that even those that are propagating for the system are falling short of understanding on how it works. So we will embark on a national wide civic education for Malawians to appreciate the positives and negatives of the system, and if the need be, government will call for a referendum on the matter,” said Nankhumwa.

He said a referendum will be called when people have been sensitised and enlightened on the issues in question.

“The way the issue is being presented to Malawians at the moment, is as if it is for the northern region. Malawi is one, and all the regions will fully participate in every step of its deliberation. And it may happen that after this civic education exercise, Malawians may never want to further debate on this issue,” said Nankhumwa who is also Minister of Information, civic  education, and tourism.

Mutharika has been challenging those agitating for federalism or secessionm calling such calls as unnecessary .

He is scheduled to meet PAC members to discuss the issues.

In Africa, federal system of government is practised in some countries including South Africa and Nigeria.

The term federalism is used to describe a system of government in which sovereignty is constitutionally divided between a central governing authority and constituent political units such as states or provinces, while secession refers to an act of an area or group becoming independent from the country or the larger group that it belongs to.

While in US  Mutharika was privileged to meet with UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon on matters of democracy, human rights, peacekeeping, health, trade and investment.

He also addressed the UN General Assembly.

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87 thoughts on “Mutharika returns home to meet federation calls”

  1. Angoni says:

    Nadi lekani nase tiwepatekha.

  2. Lilaka Nena says:

    ndiye bwino tione chitukuko cha nyau pakati, chokumwa tea kwa alomwe, cha a mbwenu kwanuko. koma choooondeeeeee eastern region musabweretse boko haram kuno.

  3. I say no to federal

  4. agogo takulandilani mwabwelesako zotani? sikuti tizinva kuti ndinakadya ndi obama, zimenezo nzanu, nafe tikufuna zathu

  5. Tsotso says:

    So interesting to note that federation is being practiced in RSA and Nigeria who also happens to be economic giants in Africa. May be this is the turning point for Nyasaland after 50 years of independence

  6. Nw u r just following the ftsteps of ur…ur…i mean br.T.B.J.! Come on!

  7. Muwerengi says:

    The disadvantages outweigh the advantages this is really playing with fire. Dyera bwanji we need to unite a ‘Malawi’ what your doing is giving our anemies chance mufuna mutigulitsile dziko lathu kwa Tanzania chani aku yambitsa referendumwo muwafufuze ayenerakuti adyapo kenakake kuchokera kwa Tanzania amenewo

  8. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    Now that secession movement is thinning out (Scotland and Catalonia) slowly, disgruntled individuals from the north are pushing hard for federation. These individuals are deliberately ignoring the horrendous costs associated with federation, in a very poor country like ours. Smart people have presented the arguments against; and they appear to be more plausible than the arguments for federation. Sentimentality ruling; people thinking with their hearts rather than their heads!
    No to federation. Just like it was absolutely “NO” to secession.

  9. Mtundu wa a Mutharika ndiwachabechabe uwu,munthu wangoyamba kulamulira kumene chaka sichinathe koma wasokoneza zambiri,Yehova kumwambako imvan kulira kwathu,5 yra ndi yambiri tisakhalira kuvutika ndi anthuwa,kufuna kwanu kuchitidwe.

  10. Gona Mkulawe says:

    Pple of north,acctually what do u want the govt should do upon on the north?Because all the regions are the same on development.you pple note this for anything to progress well needed spares os reserve area,so once it will be used in due course.

  11. Odala Tili Odala says:

    Its time

  12. mai nsato says:

    Let atumbuka azipita kwawo ndi tianthu to sokoneza zedi. Capital hill is full of mbenumbwenu. kapangeni dziko lanu kuMzuzu as capital. Capital hill will be free of these idiots. Even cleaners are from the North , kuonetsa kuti they are not educated indeed

  13. North yikhale Independent basi palibe zoti mzipitiliza kumatikhomerera ngati ndife ma foreigners koma mdziko mwathu. Kumpoto,pazaka 50 zomwe takhala chitengereni ufulu kwa azungu simukutha kuona kuti mkutikankhila pansi, munblawathamangitsa aziphunzitsi akumpoto onse omwe anali kumwera,mkubweretsaso quota system, chonsecho kulimbana ndi ana akumpoto kuti asapite ambili ku university, we need independence for the north

  14. Quota system says:

    Cry my beloved Nkhata bay secondary school. DPP inachokeranso kuti inu

  15. Saulo says:

    We have to commend our President for good job. He has represented us all very well and more importantly, all the development projects that several investors have pledge to Malawi will benefit us all. So let’s be Malawian when reading this story the President has done a good job in US

  16. Dzukani a Malawi nonse says:

    Ambiri akumwera ali kuno kumpoto ali ndi midzi mutani nawo? ndi ambiri kuposaso akumpoto amene ali kumwera mukuona bwaji musova ?

  17. Wakoyoka says:

    Ndizimene tikufuna palibeso zobwelera mmbuyo bwanji mukuda nkhawa federalism sikugawa dziko.Mau opsyeza kuti amanga manyumba kwanuko kodi kwanuko ndiangati amanga manyumba kumpoto?.Akumpoto amene amanga manyumba kumwera kapena pakati ndiamene ali pazintchito koma inu ena asamuka ndi mabanja awo ali ndi midzi kuno kumpoto bwa pamenepo?

  18. Bingu says:

    This is most serious issue which embarked the nation of Malawi. We expect mr president shall solve. I pray that North shall become Nation, please please We want our INDEPENDENCE no subtract about it. olo mukwiye alomwe kapena akhokhola inu you are so stupid with your father Peter. Every projects you take them to your region why?

  19. Bingu says:

    This is most serious issue which embarked the nation of Malawi. We expect mr president shall solve. I pray that North shall become Nation, please please We want our INDEPENDENCE no subtract about it. olo mukwiye alomwe kapena akhokhola inu you are so stupid with your father Peter. Every projects you take them to your region why ?

  20. annoymous says:

    This Tumbukas i think Joice Banda is all behind this because i dont trust that woman at all she can do anything in seek of power but what she must not forget God eyes always awoke

  21. yuona says:

    I fear the misguided playing a major role in this issue. We need lengthy debates and media stations especially MBC should atmost balance up their broadcasting so that Malawians should not live to regrate their decision. I for one feels the Federal System is the best option Malawians can ever adopt

  22. Waiting for Jesus ! says:

    This country is pathetic as a whole, what more if you divide into pieces, you will get little pieces of SCRAP, malawi is just gone, no one can save us !

  23. Kumpoto kuli chiyani, asiyeni azilamulira mitengo ndi mapiri.

  24. malawi says:

    It’s high time northerners are given a chance to speak out after crying for long time

  25. malawi says:

    Federal system has to take its coarse

  26. Haste says:

    APM is a wise leader can handle this matter positively. Bwanji anthu mumafuna kumapereka confusion pazinthu za ziiiii

  27. Zoona says:

    Well come Home A President

  28. Malawi Speech says:

    Apm Lived And Stayed Usa Where Federal Government Is Practiced! So Mr A P M Whts The Problem With Malawi To Hav Federalism?

  29. Bonafide says:

    Where were this Federal System before May 20, 2014 elections? Why bringing this issue now? Should we say that this system is good for the losers? Should we say that you are doing this out of anger? System imeneyi inakakhala yothandiza inakayamba before zisankho, mmalo moononga ndalama nthawi yachisankho cha pa May 20 bwenzi pano tikulimbana ndi zimenezi. Zinakhala zinthu zothandiza mu manifesto yanu nthawi imene ija munakaziikanso kuti zizathandiza dziko kupita patsogolo. Atumbuka antu oipa inu…..munyamukenso lero lomwe muzikapanga zanu kwanu. Anakuuzani nndani kuti muzitukula kumwela kuno? Alipo amene amakukakamizani kuti musamakatukule kwanu? Kupusa kwanutu kuli pamenepa. Kadziko kabata ndi mtendere ka Malawi mukufunanso kayambe kukangana, mukapsa ndithu! anthu ozikonda nokha inu.

    1. lennox says:

      Iwe amene ukunyoza atumbuka ndiwe chitsiru,galu wa kum`mwera!onyela m`madzi

    2. sam bandason says:

      Malawi is the smallest, poorest, brain washed politicians but power hungry, tell Joyce Banda to stop this nonsess or lock her up for cashgate charges…

  30. ADE says:

    THESE SHOWS THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH HOW MUTHARIKA’S WAY OF RUNNING THIS COUNTRY. WHY NOW?????

  31. Vigirio says:

    Anthu aku Nothern Region ndi ovuta amafuna chilichonse chikhale chawo kapena pamalopo amafuna kuti akhalepo okha okha zimenezo zikumachitikanso kuno koyenda mtima wosafuna kukhala ndi anzawo alibe, nkhani sichitukuko koma akufuna akhale ndintsogoleli wawo wawo. Musaiwalenso kuti m’buyomu amati akamupeza munthu wa kumwera kapena wachigawo chapakati amamupha zomwe zinamupangisa malemu Dr Banda kulamula kuti akumpoto azigwira ntchito kumpoto nawo chigawo chapakati ndi chaku mmwera azigwirira ntchito kumadera awo. Dziko lathu ndilaling’ono ndiye aku Nother Region afikano pa mwana wolowerere amene amafuna kuti apasidwe gawo lake. Akanakhala anthu oti samazisankha mdzikomo sakanamba zoti akufuna gawo lawo.Mavuto ena ndioti anthu amene ali ndindalama omwe ndiochokera dela lakumpoto akuthawako mmalo momanga nyumba zawo kudela lawo akunyamuka kupita kukamanga ku Lilongwe, ndiyeno mkumati dela litukuka bwanji pomwe otukulawo akutukula Lilogwe. Izi ndizina zomwe zikubwezeretsa chitukuku chifukwa choti ali ndi ndalama kudera komweamachokera kwaipa. A wudzeni awo atumbuka amene ali chigawo chapakati ndi amene alichigawo chakumwera kuti nyumba zawo azikamanga kwawo asakomendwe ndi moyendamo.Dziko lichita mbali yawo komanso eni wake atumbukawo azichitapo kanthu kutukula madera awo.Akugawireni gawo lanu zachibwana basi.Upezeni mtima tiyeni tiyendere limodzi ngati amalawi.

  32. Kamtima says:

    Federal System of Government is a way to go for Malawi nothing else…..And it is not true that those people advocating for Federal Government seek recognition…..We are seeking Good Governance of Malawi,chiefs have failed and betrayed Malawi…..Malawi has been thrown to the dogs!

  33. Jenda says:

    Please APM let referendum decide based on the question of whether North should be independent from South and center or not . Not for referendum. Lets answer the wish of the Tumbukas once and for all. We are tired with these Tumbukas. Let them go once.

  34. Francis Luwani says:

    Don’t worry our dear president with this issue. This is just a storm in a cup of tea.

  35. PUTEN says:

    Zazing’ono zovuta zinali za green card

  36. John says:

    After federalism, if we go that way, regions must also take responsibility of university education. Peter is strongly advised to shelve plans to build Mombela Univerity.

  37. dadaboma says:

    The people calling for federation or secession are generally the people who have suffered pain under the status quo. And these may be a minority in terms of population size. The people opposing federation or secession are generally those who have afflicted pain on the proponents of federation or secession, and these may be a majority. Now when it comes to voting (e.g. referendum) on these issues, it is the afflicted people who must decide which way they want to go because it is these people who better understand the nature of their problems, the cause of their problems and possible solution to their problems. Therefore referendum must only be exercised by the people who claim suffering under the current system of government. It cannot be nationwide. It has never been nationwide in all countries where similar calls have been made, it has been the people calling for federation or secession who have been given the referendum question “do you want federation with the country to which you belong?” or, in the case of secession, the question is “do you want to become independent from the country you now belong to?” In either question the people who think federation or secession will help them decide a “yes” or “no” verdict. The recent case of the Scots in UK is a good example of how the population to participate in a referendum is determined, how the referendum question is framed, and how the same people who think federation or secession is helpful can decide a “no” verdict after campaign and civic education. So referendum on federation or secession cannot be a nationwide event in Malawi. It can only be for the people who feel it is a solution to their problems. So the way you have framed your article Mr Muheya is twisting the issue and wanting to generate a “no” verdict. I’m sorry you’ll not get your way. This is not a national problem; it is a regional problem for the north and/or center of Malawi. The north and center both want federation. In case federation calls are stifled either outrightly or by a national referendum as Muheya or Nankhumwa want, then north says secession will be the last resort.

  38. Chalaka Bakha nkhuku singatole says:

    Even if the North is allowed to be independent, come two or three Months we will hear them dividing their region, districts will start calling for their independence, to become countries. Thereafter Traditional Authorities will feel undermined, they will call for independence again. Turning their traditional jurisidiction into independent countries. As if it is not enough, the Group Village Headmen will begin to call foe federalism then independence. Families will not be satisifyied, they will call for independence too, untill we have each house in the north as a country on its own. As if this is not enough nonsense, people in these families will revote against each, they will agree to be independent too, until each person in the north is an independent country. Ambwenumbwenu mumudzatheka

    1. johnM says:

      If your are not a northerner, how is that your concern? If Northerners decide to further split their territory, how is it a concern to Southerners and people of the Central Region?

    2. Nyabinghi says:

      @chalaka ndiwe akamuna wandimaliza and you must be wise coz this is what they know best, fighting. Look at AFORD where is it, a whole region without a party of their own sies.

    3. WHY SHOULD IT CONCERN YOU? IF EVERYONE OF US BECOME INDEPENDENT WHY SHOULD YOU CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT WE DO? YOU’RE TALKING RUBBISH YOU MOTHERFUCKER!

    4. linga says:

      In case you dont know, Bakha iwe, independence ya ma Notherners si vuto ma Southerners. Your main concern should be overpopulation in the SOUTH. The South is one of the most densely populated areas in the World. You Need One-Child or No-Child policy. Consult the Chinese immediately. This is not a joke. it is serious. You are too many. You can make wonderful jokes about mbwenu mbwenus but never forget that North Independence is not your main concern (which of course will never happen). Dzanadzanali ndimamva kuti MLW POP. is 12 million, lero akuti 17 million. Anthu inu mukuswana ngati mabacteria. Hahahahahahahhahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5. Mbolo says:

      this is pure jelousy and bitterness, how does that concern u???????? look for poverty levels in south my bro, just think how u will manage ur polvty after north vacates, manay people say tiwathamangisa aku north, but u forget that north is keeping more people from south and cneter than north has in south, u will see that when fighting begins, muwona nokha, let north secede!!!!

  39. sello Mvuyane says:

    umenewu mutu wankhani Nyasatimes, osangoti WABWERA BWANJI , NKHANI YA FEDERATION MUKUYIKOKA NDINU POTI ANAKUGULANI, most of ur stories about the president zumankhala za negative mmmmm,

  40. Kalulu says:

    The president should just accept the call for independence of the north it will make things very easy and cool for the overpopulated south and centre as there will be more space and land for the people of these two regions as at the moment they are really choked with their neighbors

  41. Tike Pajih says:

    Lets push straight to referandum,to descusS with who?These people odya njoka awa quota system is in their DNA.Chaponda said point blank that they can do without mpoto and this wide mouthed harlot said at Njamba Freedom Park recently that BWANA dziko lili ngati mbale madzi akachepa,timangotsukuludza nkati m’mene muli DPP.NDIYE CHATHU CHILIPO APA? SO HELP US GOD!

  42. Amutchona says:

    This is what I call leadership. Not the sending of an envoy to selected chiefs to the North. I have no doubt in my mind that after civic education Malawians will understand how the systrem works and the advantages and disadvantages and they will vote in favour of the system because it makes both economic and political sense. It has nothing to do with the so-called divisions or tribalism that people have raised. It has more to do with people at grassroots level being able to carryout some economic activities with national government providing resources and support using scientific and equitable formula in distributing national funds (including donor funding).

    Let the national government worry about national issues such as foreign affairs, defence, Police, immigration, university education etc, and let the Regions/Districts concentrate on roads, water, electrification, secondary and pimary education, clinics/hospitals, agriculture, etc, etc.

    For this to happen the Regions shall be second-tier governments chosen democratically on proportional representation system with a mini cabinet.

    Now we are talking!

  43. mbuje says:

    Welcome back home Mr President we missed you .But remember we have to screen every entry for EBOLA including …………………………………….

  44. Moze says:

    The problem with People from the North is: they het borne there, go To school and amfuna akawone ku BULANTAYA, no one remains To develop It. They build Gd homes in South. What next, they would construct a good load, school and so on. Who is To blame there? U r a better judge

  45. Yobe boo says:

    No civic education any more, we are tired, and we already know what it is all about, otherwise you will only emphasize the negative aspect when addressing the poor rural masses. Just give referendum and we are ready to vote.

    We people from the central we are more than ready for FEDERALISM and we support our REAL brothers from the North, osati makape akumwerawa. Shit.!!!!!!! yooo!!! Federal woye!

    1. Redeemed says:

      I have been in RSA for about twenty years now, but that does not necessarity erase my Malawian origin, the same applies to you, the fact that you have been in Center for a prolonged period, does not translate you to chewa. you can try by all means to disguise your yourself by being proficient in chichewa, but your spirit, (divisive nature) will disclose your Mpoto roots.

  46. zangazangaza says:

    Because of power wrangles, now people want to divide this nation for the sake of their political influence, mind you, even if the north can be a state own its own, 15 years to come the same north will have hussles of power by then it will be tribe against tribe, ei tumbuka and tongas. Let love lead above our politics and with God we shall prosper all together.. Long live Malawi…

    1. Mbolo says:

      idiot how does that concern u even if they split again????? those are words of bitterness, u know now that those words that north will never rule malawi r hitting u bad coz soon they will have their own president kikikik, inuyo just plan how u will manage to help atleast 8 million poor southerners who are in abject polverty, north is second largest tobbaco producer from central region in malawi, they have coffee, tobbaco, maize, lake coal, uranium, niobium forest, they will design their own GDP, and they will boom soon just allow secesion refrendum to hold muwona

  47. Tonde says:

    Chakulapo apa ndidyera.

    Amnzanu akuwona kuti mwina mwai wolamula Malawi yense suzapezeka. Mwina angoyeyesera kulamulira chigawo chakumpoto basi. Amvereni chisoni am’nzanu please.

  48. Sessesionist says:

    Sessesion for the North is the best solution to the GABLE POLICY disguised as Quota System. The ten best students in Nsanje are not the ten best in Mzimba. This Stupid policy is a shame to human race. Kodi a Chewa, LOMWE Yao ndinu anthu Okazi kuti mukufunika Chitetezo? This country is not one. The Tumbuka did not enslave anybody. Go to Nigeria the southern has more educated people than any region but no quota system. Kuika quota ngati mabelo a fodya! The ten best in Phalombe may be the worst ten in Blantyre what stupid system!

  49. Kanyimbi says:

    The issue of federal or secession can affect APM because he will still be receiving his salary. This will cost Malawians as more money will be spent on voting. If that money can be saved the north can have their own Cancer Hospital.

  50. Federal govt. referandum shud involve all regions but SECESSION shud involve people from Nothern Region ONLY! Why? Because they in minolity inwhich case the south can bulldoze the issue.

  51. Admirer says:

    Atumbuka muyisova nokha

  52. VYOTO says:

    IF TRUTH BE TOLD THE CALLS FOR EITHER FEDERALISM OR SECESSION ARE AS A RESULT OF THE STUPID LOMWELIZATION POLICIES INTRODUCED BY THE TWO MUTHALIKAS AS HEADS OF STATE.MALAWIANS CANNOT JUST BE WATCHING WHEN PETER MUTHALIKA JUST LIKE LATE BINGU BEFORE HIM WANTS ALL KEY GOVERNMENT POSITIONS BE GIVEN TO ONLY FELLOW LOMWES. I MEAN CABINET AND EMBASSY POSITIONS (75% ARE LOMWES), CHIEF SECRETARY,SECRETARY TO TREASURY,HEAD OF ARMY AMONGST OTHERS

  53. INDEPENDENCE FOR NORTH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, NO

    SECESSION FOR NORTH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, NO

    STANDALONE STATE FOR NORTH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, NO

    FEDERISM FOR MALAWI GOVT YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, YES,YES, GOOOOOOOOOD

    MALAWI LETS BE OPEN FEDERISM IS GOOD FOR DEVELOPMENTS AND POWERS.

  54. Gilbert Mujago says:

    while the nordic people is seemed to be sidelined, I am completely against secession but would rather go for Federation.
    a Burundian repatriated refugee enjoying the good weather of Bujumbura

  55. Nkhondomukaya says:

    Zayambika.

  56. Greencardless Malawian says:

    I dont want to pretend as if im ignorant to the fact that the reason why they want the whole country to participate in the (federalism) referrendum is that once an election is called for, the result should be easy manipulate just like the case of the election we had in May. It would be difficult for DPP to manipulate the result if the election was only done in the North because they know that the only Northerners who want them are few who are in DPP for their own personal financial gain. These are people who the real concerns of the people of the North do not affect them. They are people with positions in gvt or are close to someone in gvt who can get their son or daugher to University of Malawi by simply making a phone call. They have access to people who can easily manipulate almost any system in government to favour their requests. But people from the North and Centre should know that if federalism is not embrassed in Malawi, they will continue feeding the lazy and crooked Southerners and keep on working hard to improve the ecomomy of this country while being ruled by people whose contribution to this country’s GDP is the lowest of the three regions but have access to more benefits than those who work hard to improve the economy growth of this country. The second reson is that the people who feel the oppression the most are a minority who cannot win any election in favour of them unless the election is designed in a manner that will truly reflect their view. All Malawians know this but the greed in this country has gone so deep that many people cannot be bothered driving the latest Mercedes Benz while their neighbour who is working hard to make a profitable difference in this country, can hardly afford to put food on their table. Hard core DPP people would never want federalism because it would dilute their power and the power of the state president. But God, i know you care for Malawi, please bring the needed change. Root out both the civilised and uncivilised oppressors, thieves and crooks who are after undeserved power and financial gain. Come quickly Lord, we your people need you now!

  57. Govt must bow down to the demand of the people this is a democracy for the pipo by the people.if voted no for federal system,give the north what they want remove quota bring tarmac roads n the like.falling which wil go for independent.

  58. Townman says:

    Izi zimayenda mmaiko amene ali olemela komanso akuluakulu osati dziko like malawi.

  59. no federation we dont want north to be part of our country ,leave nyika to stand alone we are tired with there nonsense urguement . And believe that you northerner you will cry for south because you will be allowed to work and do business here

  60. Vavlov says:

    The federalism debate has been stimulated by tribalism which is the hallmark of the ruling party, government senior positions are dominantly given to one region. This is also true of ministerial positions. Malawi is small country with struggling economic growth. There is need for unity, and the president can deal with this matter by being inclusive in the government appointments, and abolishment of the quota education system. Federalism can’t work more especially as those pushing for it are doing so for personal greed.

  61. ROCKFORD says:

    Welcum back home and it’s time to hear the concerns of the nation and address them.

  62. Yesaya Dziko says:

    This is not an issue, nyasa keep quite.

  63. zodabwisa says:

    My president,please try to have a limited wave so that the jacket should always be in its position. MPaka lamba kuwoneka. Learn a presidential.

  64. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    We are advising our president not go through our corrupt chiefs in order to give or to corrupt them with cash money. We know our chiefs that historically they are the ones how sold their people to Arabs with money , salt , guns and mirror glass which is called ” slave trade ” .

    Historically Malawian chiefs sold more slaves than any other chiefs in African. We find chief and people from Malawi still stranded in Zambia , the likes of Chief Jumbe in Luwaangwa and Chief Chiwala in Ndola Zambia and also in Zanzibar and Mombasa in Kenya.
    If chiefs will continue to go against the wishes of their people it means we will go for the abolition of chieftainship just like Tanzania did and there in Tanzania there is no such stupid thing like using stupid chiefs in decision making. This is a warning to Malawi chiefs , if they keep on being used by politicians , if means they will be removed to be heading their subjects in future.

    When we talk of referendum it will only take place in the regions which wants federal or secession , it will be northern Region and Central Region which will go for referendum only.

    The referendum in Scotland was not for United Kingdom , we are seeing that you want to confuse people by conducting a national referendum . Leave it to people in the north and Central Region to go for referendum with a different MEC.

    1. Mwapheranjiru says:

      Scotland ndi chigawo chozilamulira paokha ndi lamulo limene lilipo pakali pano. Zigawo za Malawi sizoima paokha ai, ena akuti ma Regions, ena ma Provinces, izi mulibemo mu malamulo a dziko lino. Muziyamba kuganidzira musadalembe ndemanga zanu. Inu mudavota nokha ku mpoto pa 20 May paja? Referendum ya ma multiparty indali ya dziko lonse monga Malawi ali dziko limodzi. Misonkho yathu imagwira ntchito dziko lonse la Malawi. Voti ya Referendum idzakhala ya dziko lonse la Malawi. Kumanena umo zinthu zichitikira.

      1. linga says:

        Ukunama. Sizoona kuti Referendum yaku Scotland inachitika chifukwa choti chigawocho ndichoima pachokha. Ku UK kuli zigawo zambiri: England, Scotland, Wales ndi Northern Ire Land. Pa zigawo zonsezi, ndi anthu aku Scotland okha amene amafuna Independence. Ndi omwewonso okha amene anavota. Kuno ku Malawi ndi anthu aku mpoto amene akufuna federation. In English this is called the Right to self-determination.

  65. Atchalichi la livingstonia muwonekere mwayamba chipani ndi woyambitsa ziwawa sizamulungu mwalowelera zadziko muli ndi madepartmet onse ngati muchitapo chiyani kuthandiza anthu kumpoto ndi mwalowetsa chigawo pansi ndindani amakudzudzulani inu ampingo siyan

  66. Big brain says:

    Federalism this is a waste of time:

    Build schools for us
    Hospitals .
    Improve production agriculturally
    People are suffering in the villages and for honarables to be wasting time like this I don’t know .

    Look at a bullshit road being done in city centre instead of putting a two way !

    Trees are being cut like …..

    These are issues that we need to hear being addressed

    Deep rooted poverty . Poverty

  67. lumbe says:

    FEDERALISM that’s what we want now. We want to be ruled and governed by people we choose not by those who impose themselves on us. For instance Malawi has no president now it’s only the lomwe belt that has a president who cheated his way to presidency Kodi suchita manyazi iwe petulo ukamadzitcha president wantali?wakuti?? Kwathu kuno ayi ndiwe nyasi sitifuna kukuwona sitifuna kukumva. Ma minister 16 ku mwera ndalama zadziko zopanga ife ayiiii zikutiwawa vote yokuba kumadyera anthu akumwera ayiiii sizipitilila federalism isova

  68. wakwaSakuwa says:

    Nkhani fedulo sindiimene ingatukule zigawo koma boma lithandize amalawi potsitsa malata, cemeti feteleza malawi idzakhala bwino kwaife amalawi amidzi ndi matuni anthu tonse tili pauphawi wazawoneni amene akuyankhula fedulo kunyumba kuli bwino

  69. Patriot says:

    Federalism was caused by the Tribalistic ways of conducting business from Peter and his DPP.
    These are the consequences of a nepotistic leadership.

  70. Sidix says:

    Wheather APM and Lomwe goverment likes it or not MCP needs federalism. We are alergic to tribalism and nepotism which is inborn behaviour in Muthalika and Lomwes. If DPP will slaughter us as it did on 19 and 20 of July, let them slaughter us. Our blood will fuel up federalism/seccession calls. The issue of federalism is not a small issue. Be very careful in your approach Mr Lomwe President.

  71. elhaji supuni says:

    From a regionalistic and tribalistic perspective people from the north, who are guilty of the same, know that they can’t win a national election nor the presidency itself! Similarly nepotistic chewa heritage MCP knows this! On the other hand, DPP has an advantage of nepotistic votes from the South! So we can see that regionalism is well entrenched in Malawi! Can federalism solve this? No! It will actually disintegrate further this poor country by officially sanctioning regionalism! So what’s the way forward? I opine the 50+1 electoral reform is the only solution! In the reform, it should be a must that in addition to garnering 50%+1 votes, a winner SHOULD also garner at least 33% of votes in each district! That way, parties which are not national can’t win an election and every politician will know that every Malawian matters to win an election and not just through tribal votes!

  72. Nyasa says:

    Whether supported by MCP or not, but we in Dowa, we want secession of the North and not that stupid federalism. You yourself started the secession battle, so don’t change the tune now. Finish this battle. Malawi (Center and South) is very surprised with your change. The title of this article ought to be “MUTHARIKA RETURNS HOME TO MEET NORTH-SECESSION CALLS”. These MCP gurus never asked us the supporters and owners of the party. They are killing our party by supporting these barbaric nepotistic Tumbuka people. We would rather be under the leadership of the South than being slaves to these stupid unthankful nepotistic Tumbukas.

    1. Mbolo says:

      no no north wants seccession nyasa, but ur poverty will not chnage coz north is stand alone countrty, they will go with their companies, if u have failed to fidn a job in ur teritory for 50 years, will u find it if malawi is split?????????? if northners managed to find jobs in ur own teritory the past 50 years what have been doing????????????????????? lazy people will be like that indians hve become very rich under ur nose wuli ku region kwakoko, nonsense and u r still poor just hating ur fellow malawians???????

  73. wafika says:

    munadziamba izi pakunena kuti dela lina mudziko muno tsilikufunika pa mavoti kuti ena a wine. komantso ena amati kudela lina la Malawi palibe chomwe akuthandiza dziko lino chifukwa ndi ochepa. Mutsogoleri wina ankanenetsa kuti komwe kulibe wanga tsaenela ku pedza thandizo kapena chitukuko. Amene wa alipo 15% only so they do not matter. They forgot this is Malawi. See now, ena akunenetsa zivute zitani chidaganya chikufunika basi. FEDERALISM is on the way and there is no turning back. MCP nayo yagwira njira kaya zithabwanji kaya. enafe ndi ma observers basi. Tinaku chenjedzani kuti if we are not carefull in the administrative positions we are put in this country would go into a federal system come 2019. watch my words.

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