Nepotism in Mutharika’s govt, the worst in Malawi’s history: Catholic bishop speaks out

As President Peter Mutharika has been coming under heavy criticism that the country is experiencing the worst form of nepotism in the history of government, head  of the Catholic Church in Malawi, Archbishop Thomas Msusa has  weighed in on the matter, condemning nepotism  and discrimination.

Minister of Gender....Dr. Jean Kalilani with Bishops and Top Women leaders in CWO and  WUCWO in Africa-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Minister of Gender….Dr. Jean Kalilani with Bishops and Top Women leaders in CWO and WUCWO in Africa-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Catholic Bishops enter into the Stadium for Mass procession  at Civo Stadium, Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Catholic Bishops enter into the Stadium for Mass procession at Civo Stadium, Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Vice president  Saulos Chilima receives an award from WUCWO president, Mrs. Rosaline Menga at Civo Stadium ,Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Vice president Saulos Chilima receives an award from WUCWO president, Mrs. Rosaline Menga at Civo Stadium ,Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

President Peter Mutharika being welcomed by president of World Union of Catholic Women Organisation(WUCWO) Mrs. Rosaline Menga at Civo Stadium, Lilongwe(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

President Peter Mutharika being welcomed by president of World Union of Catholic Women Organisation(WUCWO) Mrs. Rosaline Menga at Civo Stadium, Lilongwe(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

First Lady . Gertrude Mutharika and Madam Mary Chilima carry their gifts to the Bishop at the mass of World Union of Catholic Women Organisation at Civo Satadium, Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

First Lady . Gertrude Mutharika and Madam Mary Chilima carry their gifts to the Bishop at the mass of World Union of Catholic Women Organisation at Civo Satadium, Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Catholic Women carry difference Flags from various countries for Africa at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Catholic Women carry difference Flags from various countries for Africa at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

There is a general perception in the country that  since 2014 when Mutharika was elected as President, a number of appointments to public office have unfortunately been tainted with nepotism and regionalism.

Activists have been appealing to government that appointments to the civil service and diplomatic postings should be transparent, devoid of political patronage, nepotism and regionalism.

Mutharika has also been asked to be more inclusive when making ministerial and other appointments to public office.

And speaking during a homily he delivered  at the official opening of the 2016 African Region (WUCWO) International Conference held at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe,  His Grace Msusa said: “In government we have cases of capable people who have been denied the opportunity to serve in various positions because  of where they come from. This is bad.”

Msusa said  the problem was also creeping into the Church as some people are bing denied entry into priesthood because of nepotism.

Chairman for the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) pointed that Malawi is failing to register a meaningful social and economic transformation partly because of nepotism.

He said time has come for Malawi to relect the love of God which transcends all boundaries.

Msusa also bemoaned high levels of gender inequalities.

President Mutharika and vice president Saulos Chilima attended the  event and in his speech, the Malawi leader hailed the agenda being pursued by the World Union of Catholic Women Organisation (WUCWO) saying it was in the interest of Malawi, and the continent.

“If Africa is to make progress, we must confront the questions of the Youth and poverty, gender equality and women empowerment.

“We must confront the problem of children and trafficking – because our children are the reason why the future exists,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika said as Global Champion for HeforShe Campaign, the mission for WOCWU Africa International Conference made the burden of his task easier.

The WUCWO African Region International Conference also awarded medals of honour to President Mutharika, Vice President, Dr. Saulos Chilima, and Minister of Gender, Disability, Women and Children, Jean Kalilani.

The conference has drawn participants from 25 countries across Africa and it will run up to September 4 under the theme: Women of Africa, Proclaimers of Mercy.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From Nyasatimes

More From the World

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Winston Msowoya
Guest
Winston Msowoya
22 days 8 hours ago
ZEXA ,if it were me,I could not even have hired you because it seems to me that you are also untutored. The alleged people who have been employed in Ministries,Churches and Companies are qualified professionally and academically contrary to your unfounded and jealousy assertions.Quota System was introduced primarly because Students from the hated North always passed with exemplary points unlike those Nyau dancers and rat (Mice) eaters whose passing points lack credibility,sorry.Perhaps,you must be informed that this trend had been there since colonial administrations and colonialists themselves acknowledged this fact.So,Quota System or no Quota System, nothing will deter our students… Read more »
Dengu
Guest
Dengu
25 days 1 hour ago

It’s the constitution, stupid.

President Chidakhwa
Guest
President Chidakhwa
25 days 2 hours ago

Yes nepotism is growing up with its wings.

Winston Msowoya
Guest
Winston Msowoya
25 days 4 hours ago
This is the President the Lomwes are proud of because they say,he is highly educated they forget that a highly educated person can be a highly uneducated simpleton.He has treacherously failed to run the government despite his fake PhDs.Muluzi with minimal academic achievement,excelled in the running of the government by far than Mathanyula,yes he also had his own failures.Under Muluzi,hospitals had stacked with medicines,the economy was workable,nepotism was none existence,tribalism was unheard of in the entire nation,his government was inclusively for all Malawians regardless of tribal or ethnical affiliations.There were no Mlhakos WaAlomwe or WaAyao,we were all Malawians and he… Read more »
Wada
Guest
Wada
25 days 5 hours ago

Nepotism is everywhere!!!! In Catholic seminaries,clinics,hospitals,rectories. Just check around the parishes who get free lunches. Check out around the Catholic university,full of father so and so nephews and other relatives. How many did he expell from the seminaries during his time in Zomba diocese??? How many zigayo has got back in Mangochi?????

Winston Msowoya
Guest
Winston Msowoya
25 days 12 hours ago
NEPOTISM,TRIBALISM,REGIONALISM,MHLAKO WA ALOMWEISM,TUMBUKAISM,CHEWAISM,YAOISM,SENAISM the list is unending.None of these isms will develop our nation economically and politically,we have proved it in that,Malawi is dangerously heading to severe self-infliction instead of proudly marching to prosperity,unity,love and trust the norms we inherited from our forefathers.The whole lot of national leadership to date,emanates exclusively from South and Central Malawi,but astonishingly,the overwhelming majority of our people suffer the same miseries in all three Regions and yet,the Northerners bear the blunt of insinuations and pejorative beyond comprehension and yet,we are all with Malawian blood in our veins.Our Lord God disapproves that and that,s why Malawians… Read more »
Mwananyanian
Guest
25 days 12 hours ago
“Kanthu Ako” has a point: Wanga Gwede and some NT reporters have a tendency to quasi editorialize, and even putting words in the subjects’ mouths, subtly. Like we won’t notice! Too bad the Catholic priest in this case will not come out and and elaborate on his views. But to say favoritism in form of nepotism in Malawi is at its peak in the history of this country is plain hyperbole. Classic example, in Malawi, HKB (aka Alexander Hamilton), the number one tribe promoter. And many will argue that the Joisi Banda regime was second in the degree they promoted… Read more »
VYOTO
Guest
VYOTO
25 days 15 hours ago

I HOPE GOODALL GONDWE AND SAULOSI CHILIMA EARS LISTENED TO WHAT THE MAN OF GOD SAID.I ALWAYS BLAME THESE TWO POLITICIANS FOR BURYING THEIR HEADS IN THE SAD WHEN THEIR LEADER IS BUSY SIDELINING THEIR COUSINS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE NAME OF NEPOTISM.

Zexa
Guest
25 days 16 hours ago

Nepotism started with atumbuka. The rest of us are just learning from them. Go check in ministries, companies, churches. When the leader is tumbuka, every employee becomes tumbuka. Nyansi zawanthu. Go check in Ministry of education, health, labour, agriculture and report back as to who is practicing real nepotism in this country.

Kanthu Ako!!
Guest
Kanthu Ako!!
25 days 18 hours ago

One can not tell from this article what the Bishop actually said, and what words are being put in this mouth by the journalist.

Journalists complain too much about freedom, while at the same time they do not give the reader the freedom to make up their own mind by giving the story as it stands not what they want the story to be.

What the Bishop said is probably just two lines out of the whole write up. In other words there was no need for the story.

wpDiscuz