PAC conference on Malawi federalism underway in Blantyre

A two-day national stakeholders forum organised by Public Affairs Committee (PAC) on inclusivity and federalism, aimed at enhancing common understanding of federalism, commenced on Monday in Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre.

PAC conference on federalism uderway

PAC conference on federalism uderway

Samute: Highlighted on decentralisation

Samute: Highlighted on decentralisation

The conference whose theme is ‘Enhancing a Common Understanding on Inclusivity and Federalism in Malawi’ has attracted representatives from academia, faith community, political parties, Malawi Congress of Trade Union, Congoma,  Malawi Law Society, the judiciary, some traditional authorities, Civil society, Parliament and executive branc.

PAC Chairperson Reverend Dr Felix Chingota said the forum  will allow people who hold different views on federalism to share a common platform and also gain a deeper appreciation of the idea of devolution.

Chingota said there is a gap in appreciating how federalism fits into devolution exercise.

He said while debate on federalism is a welcome development in the country, there lacks a constructive coordinated approach to enhance conversation on the matter in parts of the country.

“Several vices have been noted ranging from nepotism, regionalism and tribalism to lack of basic understanding on the concept itself and how it works.

“Many commentators have made their positions without appreciating the different forms of federalism. If unchecked this could result into violent conflict and polarisation of the country,” said Chingota.

Chingota further said the 2014 post-electoral period has also witnessed calls and demands from various quarters to review the Constitution and electoral laws.

“In view of this, enhancing debate on federalism in timely manner is critical because within the process we may discover aspects that could feed into legal reforms within the existing framework,” said Chingota.

He then said the aim of the event was to promote common understanding on federalism among its stakeholders and those who influence the public by their media comments on regular basis; to locate the debate on federalism on agreed roadmap thereby preventing violent conflict; and provide comparative experiences on federalism so that participants gain a broader understanding on the matter.

The forum will discuss three topics- ‘The History of Devolution in Malawi’, ‘Comparative Experience on Federalism’, and Decentralisation-State of Affairs in Malawi’.

Presenting a paper on conceptual framework on the State, Dr Henry Chingaipe shared historical development of devolution since the introduction of multiparty government.

While Dr Willie Samute, former Programme Manager, Decentralisation Secretariat, highlighted why Malawi chose district focus on devolution rather than regional focus.

Other speakers include Dr Milton Kutengule and Professor Assefa Fiseha, Centre for Federal Studies, College of Law and Governance, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

Kutengule will talk about decentralisation with emphasis on strides so far made in the implementation of decentralisation policy while Professor Fiseha will present paper on ‘federalism and challenges of nation States’.

The participants will come up with conclusions by way of a roadmap to define how the conversation on federalism should be taken towards finding a common ground for all Malawians.

Notable participants include former Vice President Justin Malewezi, former speaker Henry Chimunthu, Speaker Richard Msowoya Inkosi Gomani of Ntcheu, parliamentarian Ralph Jooma, Petra President Kamuzu Chibambo and National Salvation Front President James Nyondo.

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29 thoughts on “PAC conference on Malawi federalism underway in Blantyre”

  1. duduzi says:

    Chingaipe, you are a disgrace to the academicians. You were failing to call a spade a spade during the Crossroads Hotel, Lilongwe federal debate because you wanted to be amongst the panelists to present your ideas at PAC conference? We know that with your intelectual capability , you should be the first to understand that this country needs FEDERALISM to kick start the long sleeping development in the country. At least people without MSCE like Lucious Banda can understand the importance of federalism much faster than you….. shame to you dr and not Dr. You pretended by hiding your understanding and confusing the audience when you were presenting your conclusion. Chenjera m’nyamata………..tikukudziwa nzeru zako, ukuchalira kuti boma lidzakulembe ntchito ngati consultant wa civic education koma tukukuwona …ukutiyamwa magazi ifeyo ma Northerner(Jews of Malawi) chifukwa ukusangalala when a Northerner is crying. The whole region is weeping and crying for freedom but you are denying us of that small element of self rule. Remember this in times of need, a certain wiseman, the former president of the world’s greatest Nation, the USA, John F. Kennedy said, …..” THOSE WHO MAKE PEACIFUL REVOLUTION IMPOSSIBLE, WILL MAKE VIOLENT REVOLUTION INEVITABLE…” Northerners are seeking a peaciful solution to the problem of nepotism, marginalisation, quota system, unfair distribution of super govt posts and developmental projects etc but you keep on denying us access to freedom. You keep on unfairly sticking to us…..I promise you, Chingaipe and your friends/comrades in the victimization and marginalisation of the Northerners that one day and one Northern Region generation will set this country on fire and make it ungovernable……..Northerners are bleeding, their souls are bleeding inside as their hearts are shredded. Children are born with broken hearts and spirit, therefore, these heart-broken children will wreck havoc as they will realize that the marginalization they will be facing will have finished generations without being attended to. Mark my words Chingaipe, let your children keep this little article, at least you will have the reference when you will reach 75years old God-willing and you will witness this drama…….and you will say….’somebody said this some 61years ago, it will not help you!.

  2. Old APM says:

    A PAC kumeneko ndiye kudza. You’ve never disappointed Malawians.

  3. THINK OF AREAS AND OTHER SECTORS IN MALAWI. IT WOULD BE BETTER TO GO DEEP:

    ODYELA ASAMAKHALE MUMODZI AYI:

    -FEDERALISM YES -YES -YES AND GOOD ———–YES YES

    – SECESSION [ STANDALONE] NO -NO -NO ——NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO —-NO

    – MCTU[ UNIONS] THINK OF POOR MALAWIANS AND WORKING CONDITIONS AND DECENT WORK.

  4. Bono says:

    This a national issue osati zina zija.

  5. Patriot says:

    Federalism is GOOD.
    Fedrralism = Decentralisation
    Mbuzi zinazakomenta ngati Nakhumwa apa must withdraw stupid statements.

  6. Federalism says:

    Tiyese zimenezi

  7. pwt says:

    so u tumbukas whoever oppose fedal is mad? make fruitful sentence not cz off frustration

  8. Nkhuku says:

    All these people said here are wearing suits,even the onepictured here is wearing a very long suit kusiya munthu wa kumudzi amene amavutika tsiku ndi tsiku kufuna chakudya cha pa tsiku movutikira.Federalism is the answer,whether one likes it or not.We need a federal govt,period!Its not about someone loosing power or what,its about developing the nation all of us.Nkhuku zapita uko I tell youi,palibe chinenedweko.Awo a Kamuzu Chibabmbo ndiye ndikukuuzani kuti is against federalism coz ka chipani kawo kafa.He thinks he has the masses….when he is alone.Instaed of him championing for federalism kuti mwina angadzakhaleko governor,ayi ndithu,uchitsiru okhaokha.

  9. Mtumbuka says:

    As FOND,we are watching that,we will keep listening with a keen interest on the issue of federalism being discussed there,and we will come up with our own view of the matter and the necessary steps once concluded.

  10. Nkhokwe says:

    Apa zoti patuluka mfundo yeniyeni yogwira ndakaika coz all these niggas are either from the South and Central Regions except a few,three or four from the north,the people who need federalism.This is a cook up,I am telling you northerners.We needed federalism like yesterday.Lets make or introduce federalism by force.The north should be electing a governor during elections,and that shuld be an agreed upon principle in the constitution of the republic of Malawi.

  11. Malawi is asmall country,why dividing it into small portion like that? May God watch our Leaders!

  12. Missed -Call says:

    Federalism is the way forward!

  13. Kenkkk says:

    I can predict what this stupid meeting will conclude. They will favour the districts federal option not the regional one. Just because Peter said so.

    The district option will give the south even more clout because of the many districts there unless large districts in the north like mzimba split up into say four or so. This is a divide and rule strategy by Peter as districts from The same region will be at each other’s throats in addition to those from
    Another region.

    If it is federalism, then regional provinces based on the current 3 regions incorporating a rotation of the presidency. We don’t want the north to be marginalized and told that they will never attain the highest office in the land simply because they don’t have the numbers!! Malawi is for everyone.

  14. Dausi says:

    I support, good motion viva pac God bless your all.

  15. Quota system says:

    Decentralization is just on paper in Malawi. In Malawi, it means DCs misappropriating resources from other sectors including health with impunity. DC and his cronies getting richer and richer for doing nothing, creating ghost villages, ghist participants and meetings and work shops, stealing funds especially in the month of June.
    At the conference, the opposers of federalism have to offer solutions for the nepotism in Malawi, quota system and other vices sparking the debate

  16. man of God says:

    let us discus moopa mulungu ndife anthu ofunikila tisamapange zinthu mozichotsela ulemu aaaaaa God bless you.

  17. Jando says:

    The ethopian prof.has explained federalism as a solution to ethinic oppression and bring unity in diversty in a national government by sharing power on 3 levels of governance at local government,regional and central govt levels. Malawi may decide the federal way or continue to suffer under the current system of governance of the winner takes it all.

  18. mc says:

    nyumba zanu zonse titenga ife munachoka kwanu kupoto kuzatimangila ife m maso . mwayambisa nonkha bookho halamuu basi

  19. JJB says:

    Mangani yanu nyumba!!

  20. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    Discuss with sober minds. No intimidatory language. Put God first.

  21. wakukaya says:

    AN HOUR HAS COME.

  22. John Kamwendo says:

    This meeting could be held in the north not Blanytre. Any federation meeting must be held in the north,

  23. Malunza says:

    Don’t take Malawians for granted again. We are watching, “We wanted Federal System of government yesterday” Lucious Banda.

  24. joshua saini says:

    Let go head and see the way forward but if PAC has already decided and want to fool some people let it beware that you can not fool people all the times i wish Malawi the best

  25. JUST A COMMONER says:

    LET THE HEADS BEGIN TO ROLL AS COMMON PEOPLE LIKE US ARE NOT TOLD WHAT IS GOOD AND BAD ABOUT THIS. FEDERAISM. NOBODY CAME TO OUR VILLAGE AND TELL US ABOUT THIS NEW ANIMAL CALLED FEDERALISM. WE WERE ONLY TOLD ABOUT EBOLA. ARE WE TAKEN AGAIN FOR GRANTED?

  26. qabaniso says:

    Wonderful! I wish them fruitful discussions. Ndivo tikakhumbanga mwe!!!

    1. anchinda says:

      za ziiiiiiii mumathawa kwanuko kuzagula malo kuno kumanga nyumba zokongola
      osama manga ku mpoto komweko bwanji mxiiiiiiiii

      1. BATUMEYO says:

        KUKHALA NDI NYUMBA PA BT MZZ OR LLS IKHALE NKHANI ???? ANTHU ALI NDI MANYUMBA KUNJATU !!!

      2. duduzi says:

        Bingu ali ndi nyumbs ku Portugal, Australia……ndipo Chapond alinso ndi nyumba ku ………..tikudziwa. Ndiye ikhale nkhani?

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