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.

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18 thoughts on “Nepotism in Mutharika’s govt, the worst in Malawi’s history: Catholic bishop speaks out”

  1. Winston Msowoya says:

    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 from performing brilliantly and intelligently it is our God given talents and nobody will snatch these from us.One of your people commented that he would marry a northerner woman who could bear him an intelligent child,take it or leave it,the ball is in your court and you must be familiar with the history of your own country don’t hate people through jealousies and ignorance.

  2. Dengu says:

    It’s the constitution, stupid.

  3. President Chidakhwa says:

    Yes nepotism is growing up with its wings.

  4. Winston Msowoya says:

    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 built the first University at Mzuzu which the brutal and tribalistic regime of Hastings Banda could not think of. Muluzi, despite his shortcomings,he was a nationalist and true Malawian let’s face it.

  5. Wada says:

    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?????

  6. Winston Msowoya says:

    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 don’t know where they come from and where they are going.LORD GOD SAVE US FROM THIS CARNAGE!!!!

  7. Mwananyanian says:

    “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 one region and its people – pretty well high jacking the apparatus of government, as they came into office by ACCIDENT! And, no wonder they were NOT elected in the following elections!
    This government, is simply paying its debts to its supporters: and yet it has managed to appoint people of all cultures (read tribes). APM is now even becoming the President to have promoted the most women, proportionally.
    There just seems to be a group of people who want to have the whole pie to themselves. Even when the rest are salivating for same. That attitude never built a community, anywhere.

  8. VYOTO says:

    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.

  9. Zexa says:

    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.

  10. Kanthu Ako!! says:

    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.

  11. Jeremiah Tasosa says:

    With all the rumours around and with all the clear testimonies on how the most powerful Chisale and Mukhito have amassed their wealth within two years, having devastating fleets of vehicles, plots of land else where, marrying innocent men’s wives, I mean, seriously, APM MUST fire Chisale and Mukhito if he wants to be alive till 2019. Chisale has cars full in his parking yard and goes parking inside State House. One day in a weekend APM was going round State House, he was shocked to find a hammer Chisale 14, a mercedenz benz, fortuner, Toyota V8 Chisale 7, and a Minibus Chisale 15. He asked the owner of such vehicles but people had no answers, one workshop man had to come and said all those cars belonged to Chisale. Chisale has over 20 vehicles while Mukhito goes around 15 to 20 with houses almost in every low density areas of Lilongwe. God have mercy on us.

    1. nancy says:

      Koma zilipo tikuvutika ndine amphawi

  12. santana says:

    So it is worth news just because a catholic has commented on it? I wonder why people use the catholic church to threaten politicians. The power of the church to influence national matters ended as soon as we attained multiparty in the early 1990s. How many pastoral letters has the church issued against previous governments and whose govt failed an election due to the pastoral letter? It is high time you biased reporters know that the Catholic church can no longer influence political direction in Malawi. Catholic themselves can not speak one language when it comes to who to vote for because they have different political affliations.

  13. Dr Tambala says:

    Atumbuka kuona nepotism ya anzanu koma yanu ayi. When you practice it you say ndi inu odziwa kukondana anzanu akapanga same thing you say it’s nepotism! Selfish evil people! Go to Total Malawi and see what martin msimuko is doing there or press corporation and what mafeni is doing there ndiye muziti nepotism my foot

    1. Kalingima says:

      iwe leave Atumbuka alone zikuwakhuzila pati

    2. Bingiza says:

      Kodi m’tumbuka mukumulalatila pa nkhaniyi ali poti?

  14. Mgift says:

    Even if u can talk msusa nothing wll change pita is not alistening president he is being cheated by asilent killer Dausi Njauju zii ; mbendera zii Dpp is asilent killer mavuto ndi umbuli Anzathu akummwera zovotera kuti ndiwakwathu ndimavuto.

  15. Mundali says:

    Indeed, His Grace Msusa tribalism, nepotism and regionalism are curses that we as citizens must work to unlearn. The challenge is that people who have propelled to positions because the isms begin speaking against them. There is hypocrisy at best. All Malawians need spiritual healing. The Catholic Church should organize a mass confession session during which would confess about this isms.

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