Mzomera vows to intensify federation campaign: ‘Mutharika has failed to silence me’

Member of Parliament for Mzimba Hora,  Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira has said he will continue to canvass for the for the introduction of a federal system of government or even for North Malawi to be a standalone country, saying President Peter Mutharika has failed to silence him.

Mzomera Ngwira: The self-styled poster boy for the federal movement

Mzomera Ngwira: The self-styled poster boy for the federal movement

In an interview with Nyasa Times, Ngwira claimed he was invited three time by the President and promised some developments for the north during the current financial year but he was astonished to find out that of all the things he was promised, government has not included them in the financial plan and left north starved from the national cake.

“When I was on the fore-advocating for federalism, the President called me to discuss the issue. He promised me that during this financial year, government will construct a university, Njakwa Livingstonia – Chitimba road via Mhunju-Lula, Mzimba police-Njakwa via Eswazini road, Jenda-Edingeni road, Rehabilitation of Mzuzu-Nkhatabay road and construction of a new Teachers Training College.

“It is irritating and painful to see that there is nothing in the 2015-2016 budget for the north. This is cheating because there is no
way the northern region MPs should be passing a national budget which has nothing for us,” he said.

He said that since the northern region has been cheated, they will intensify the call for federation.

“All we want is an equal share of the national cake, there is no way all the development could be going to the central and Southern region, we want to make our own budgets,” he said.

Malawi’s parliament passed a 2015/16 National Budget to the tune of K930 billion (US$2.1 billion) on Thursday despite fears that the opposition will derail the approving the appropriation Bill.

Proponents of federalism argue that the system should be introduced for equal distribution of development and public positions.

President Mutharika previously proposed federalism and proportional representation in the country, describing them as two possible ways of doing away with concerns of regional marginalisation.

Addressing the National Constitutional Review Conference in Lilongwe, held from 28 to 31 March 2006 titled ‘Towards a More Manageable Constitution, Mutharika, then professor at Washington University School of Law in USA, publicly proposed federalism while addressing the issue of national unity.

In the paper he presented in 2006, Mutharika claims that proportional representation worked well in countries like Namibia, South Africa and Mauritius, urging Malawians to borrow the leaf from those countries.

Making a case on the federal system of government, Mutharika also used the Nigerian government, saying “Another and perhaps more radical response (are) to simply abolish the three regions and create the district as the basic administrative unit.”

The paper says Nigeria successfully resolved the problems that were created by the existence of its three regions at the time of independence in 1960 into what are now 36 States and one federal territory.

“While the initial decision to abolish the regions led to war, Nigeria is now a much more unified and stable country,” he said.

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yemwe uja
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ngat kuli mbuli yen yen i gues ur the 1 co
z hw cum u sy u cn liv wthout the north? angakuphunzisen ndan anthu osaphunzira inu mot olo mmene umalemba nyas zakoz sumaona et? vuto la inu mnazolowera kunyera mbale thnk twyc b4 u post ur shit

Gonapo
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Thats true men, pipo from north are engine in the gorv of mw..there4 they shud not be used 4 dvlpment whiles their orgin is jst undeveloped. Am bhind ferdral systen, I know we can stand & do better. North is a head of this nation.

Joseph Moyo
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a Ngira musanamize anthu inuyo pa size yanu munapangapo chani kut mutukule kwanu ko?President akukunyengererani pangan chitaganyacho tione ngat mutukuleko ndipo ngati muzakhale president as for me i can do without north Malawi mtima wa njiru basi carry on m busa wanji wogawanisa instead of uniting people?Does your north contribute economically to this country apart from its wonderful human resources?Ife timayenda wapansi nkufika ntauni ya Blantyre nkhawa nje!

wapankhata
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Chanzelu palibe mulomwe ntundu wokulira muma estate kulimafodya palibe ndichimodzi akudziwa.kumango kokedwangati ngolo kugonalimozi ndiziweto mchipinda chimozi.

Kapolo Sakwiya
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A Ngwira khalani ndi ulemu. Muyaluka nazotu izi. Mesa inu munapita ku State House katatu inu ndi a Harry Mkandawire inu? Munapita koyamba nonseamene linali laChinayi mapeto a mwezi wa May. Inu munkafuna Unduna mwati akusankheni nonse Ministers? Tamanenani zolongosoka apa, Feudalism singatheke and sidzatheke ndithu. Munya muona , khala chete apa apo biii ndikuyalutsani muonanso, chitsiruiweti?? Demete zako, Munthu koma Harry osati mphakabonga iwe MXIIIEW, SHUPITI. MBIRA IWE.

Gulugufe
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Atumbuka musatinyanse mwamva! Tangopitirizani kuchita zomwe mumatha ngati izi: kugwilirana, kulodzana, kukhapana, kupatsana mimba pachibale, kudzimangilira, kunyengetsa atsikana a form 1 kwa anyamata a form 4 pa Rumphi Secondary School, kutukwana, kulimbikira za federalism, kuba ndi kukwatana ngati afisi!

Obster
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If indeed the President think of all Malawian, why not give equal delivery, I will also be like any one who need better life, soon I will be there

MAMA
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UDF / DPP AKUDZIWA ZOTI MTUMBUKA AKAMAGWIRA NTCHITO AMALIMBIKIRA NDITHU IWOWO NGAULESI

CHONCHO ATUMBUKA AKACHOKA AKATUKUKA KOWOPHSYA

IWOWO KUMWERAKO AKABA NDALAMA AMAKAZISUNGA KUNJA OSATUKULA DZIKO

Ndalama
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Atumbuka mumaganiza mopusa mumachoka kwanu ndikakamanga nyumba zikuluzikulu mu Lilongwe kapena Blantyre .Kodi potelo simukusiya kutukula dera lanu lomwe.Muzikamanga nyumba mmakwanu kuti mutukukle dera lanu mwamva

phodox
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Ho ho this is the reason why Tumbukas are noisy. IThey want to be silenced. I mean almost 15 years ago Kamulepo was given two free two 20 seater minibuses by Muluzi Senior. My dear APM can not give you anything at all. This is the reason why north is not developing. How can you accept to be given a ban on individual basis at the expenses of all the alongosi and sibwenis. Now he has not given ,you and you are 100 percent angry. You are fools.Feudalim is not coming in good faith. Friends of Mulanje. Lets go back… Read more »
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