PAC welcomes President remarks on federalism: ‘Let Malawians decide’

The quasi-religious Public Affairs Committee (PAC) ) has welcomed President Peter Mutharika’s stand on calls for federal system of government, allowing the citizens to decide.

Mutharika speaking during a news conference at Sanjika Palace, Blantyre on Monday said the citizenry will be given opportunity to decide if the country should adopt federal system of government.

PAC 's Phiri: Welcome debate of federalism

PAC ‘s Phiri: Welcome debate of federalism

“I think Malawians have a right to decide on that. But those who are pushing for this issue should do so carefully and with honest,” said
Mutharika.

Mutharika however warned his government will not allow the nation to be misled on the issue, arguing he will defend the Constitution by any
means necessary.

He said the issue of federalism can best handled by allowing Malawians to decide, adding the issue could be included in the current
constitutional review.

And Pac Excutive Director, Robert Phiri said in an interview with Nyasa Times that  Mutharika’s comments are inline with what his institution has been advocating for.

“That is welcome development. The President’s comments are inline with principles of democracy where the will of the people always prevail.
His comments are the same of what we have been saying,” said Phiri.

Phiri said Mutharika’s stand on federalism would advance health debate as Malawians decide on their future.

“We need to handle this issue with sober minds and allow health debate solve the impasse on whether the country should move to a federation.”

Pac, Phiri said, is currently waiting for an audience with Mutharika on the same issue of federalism after writing his office for a meeting last month.

Recently, government said that if need be the country will go to a referendum to decide on the federal system or total secession of the northern region as being suggested by other quarters.

Information Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa said government intends to embark on a national wide civic education tour on the question of federalism, and secession.

CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, one of the powerful churches in Malawi, has said no one should be threatened for supporting on-going calls for federal system of government in the country.

The Synod also told the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government that time for oppression was over, warning it against suppressing calls for federalism.

Synod Moderator Douglas Chirambo said Malawi is not a dictatorship, as such people should be allowed to debate federalism.

“People should not be threatened for voicing their concerns. If proponents of federalism are pushing for federal government, it means something is wrong,” said Chirambo.

He cited the recent quota system of selecting to students to conventional secondary schools and public universities as a justification for federalism calls.

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50 thoughts on “PAC welcomes President remarks on federalism: ‘Let Malawians decide’”

  1. Wiseman says:

    Much as I am not impressed with the Lomwe’s type of leadership which is nepotistic, I am of the view that this is the right direction to involve Malawians to decide their future. By putting blocks against it, they will make the issue so complicated and therefore lose focus on development. The Northerners may have a point in this campaign but I believe it is coming out of frustration. If I were Peter I would have allowed the northerners to run the north as a country on its own, honestly they have made noise for a long time. One thing I don’t understand them is that they always say north is not developed but they themselves have heavily invested in the South and centre of Malawi. I applaud those guys who have invested in the North, their homes though very few. I think we should allow them to have their own country. After all, South and Centre have always lived together peacefully and mixed well as one family. Since I was born, I have always endless cries, controversies, campaigns after campaigns from northerners. I think there is always freedom day one day. Lets give them freedom. Scotland wanted to get detached from UK and there was a referendum and the matter is closed. May the govt allow this referendum to take place and take out self-interest in this matter. In fact, put it to rest and may all the Malawian more especially the South and Centre help our brothers and sisters from the north get their freedom they want by voting for separation. Federal system may be accepted but viz people will always come with new cries. The best way is to give them freedom to run the North as a country on its own. I rest my case

  2. We are decided and we want a federal system of government.

  3. truth says:

    lets face it Malawi is not USA or AS nor INDIA.federal government is the way to go in Malawi only bad people will say no.

  4. Thomas says:

    Mr APM pls try to care for all Malawian citzens if u can’t manage pls just resign tomorow b4 u get heart attack

  5. wtl says:

    alekeni apite ka north kasatibowe. anthu phokoso how about anakakhala ambiri? et them be! and onse akagwire kwao komweko asamaloze malo kuno. nonse mudzipita muime panokha as per your wish. tisapasane busy.mwana akanyanyala nsima katayeni mawa sadzapanganso now awa asamalalate kodi kuli chiani kumpoto? anthu akuwakokera akuzitenga mashasha! what else? let them be!

  6. Malawian says:

    I never wanted to comment on this issue but have been forced to after reading comment number 34 which among things, contains some misleading information. To begin with may I start by saying that it is not true that Livingstonia Synod ‘encroached’ Nkhoma Synod territory. What is true is that it was Nkhoma Synod that encroached Livingstonia’s territory around Dwangwa area. After this has happened, Livingstonia Synod complained to the General Synod (a body that oversees all the Synods) and the General Synod ordered Nkhoma to withdraw from Livingstonia’s territory. This issue was never resolved for about fifty years because Nkhoma never complied with the order by using several delaying tactics until Livingstonia came up with an interpretation to say that the refusal by Nkhoma to comply meant that they did not recognise any boundary between the two Synods, implying that any of the two Synods was free to build churches anywhere within the two Synods’ territory. That is why Livingstonia is found in the central region and you may wish to know that Nkhoma is also free to build churches in the north!

    On the issue of federalism, again I feel sorry for the writer of comment number 34 because it is clear that he doesn’t know what he is talking about and I forgive him and many others like him for that. The problem with some people is that they are natural followers. They only understand or adopt good things way after the ‘starters’ have embraced them ,just a few examples, who was the first leader of MCP before Kamuzu came? who was the first person to challenge Kamuzu on multi party? Some people used to say multi party ndi nkhondo but today we are all enjoying the fruits thereof!

  7. Mhango says:

    Time has finally come, ican see wind of change, awa akulalata against the ideas of the blessed benjamins they will find themselves playing against God,i hate quota system more than death. Who knew that malawi would one day ruled by female president? Expect so sooner his exllency from nyikaland. God is not stupid,believe me.

  8. John says:

    ROTATIONAL PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!! OVER OUR DEAD BODIES!!!!!!!!!!!! MARK THAT AMBWENUMBWENU, AGALU INU. YOU ARE CONTRADICTING YOURSELVES ACTUALLY, AFORD IS TAKEN AS A RUMPHI PARTY…CHAKUFWA CHIHANA WAS FROM RUMPHI, DINDI GOWA NYASULU WAS FROM RUMPHI AND ENOCK CHIHANA IS FROM RUMPHI. MUNGANENE CHANI CHANZERU INU. MUKULEPHERA KWANU KONKO KUPANGA ROTATE KA UPULEZINETI KACHIPANI MUKANENA PULEZIDENTI WA ZIKO. FOTSEKI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. John says:

    YOU NORTHERNERS, DONT DISGUISE YOURSELVES WITH CHICHEWA NAMES, USE YOU TUMBUKA NAMES WHEN COMMENTING HERE. BY THE WAY, WHICH DISTRICT IN MALAWI IS DEVELOPED? HAVE YOU BEEN TO NENO, CHIRADZULU, THYOLO, PHALOMBE, MACHINGA, MWANZA? IF YOU SAY SOUTH IS DEVELOPED, WHAT DO YOU MEAN? OSANGOKHALA NDI KAMPOTO KANUKO BWANJI!

  10. ineyo wakukaya says:

    kodi ccap Synod of livingstonia osangoyambitsa chipani chanu bwanji? mumafuna kumabisala ku za church pamene ndinu andale opemphera onyenga inu. lekani kusocheletsa anthu. mumakangana ndi a nkhoma synod mpaka kumalowerana malo za church za satanic? sovani kaye mavuto anu mu church yanu ndipamene muzikamba za dziko lonse onyenga inu. federal, federal, federal ambuyanu ife ayi osatisokoneza mavuto ndi ambiri kale awa.

  11. gwadani says:

    In USA where there is federation Indiana does not share resources equally with New York or Washington DC. In South Africa where there is federation too mthatha in eastern cape does not share resources equally with Cape Town or Johannesburg rather eastern cape does not share resources equally with gauteng or western Cape. So for North to share resources equally with central and southern regions mmmm I very much doubt. To have a rotational presidency based on region is another black and white dream. The north should succeed instead of fighting for federation because there will never be than animal called equal share of resources.

  12. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    by the way let me educate this professor Mutharika, in case he skipped to gather some ideas while pursuing his studies. Federalism is not there to divide the country but to unite. Imagine if all Malawians were sharing the national cake equally, northern region couldn’t have been left out in development. But the current system has had a very negative impact to the lives of many Malawians including those from central region. So don’t tell us you will defend the constitution, defending it for what? Be serious mr. president. All what people want is something that will not discriminate people because of their regional or tribal affiliation.

  13. annoymous says:

    Yes i support you Mr President that you will protect this country in any means necessary, we dont want our country to be diveded its not Tumbukas country in the northern and it is not senasi or yaosi or lomwes in the southern or chewasi in the central its about all of us its our country that is why am free to go and work in Mzuzu city without any problem and any one from north can work any where in south or centra without any problem let we love our country Malawi please dividing can not solve our problems let we both fear God and praise him for his creation and we need to work together remember what south african ANC says together we can move this country forward

  14. homwa says:

    Nanunso inu a Achinda mukuonekanso kuti nzeru zanu zinatheradi kochinda eti? Ndi mzako uyu Wachimidzi-midzi ndamuonadi ngwachimidzi sanasambe kumanso. Mudalekezera std chani a galu inu? You’re talking nonsense why?

    Nkhani ndi yoti inu mwasandusa akumpoto akapolo anu azikugwilirani ncthito ma revenues ake muzitukulira ma dera anu, ndizomwe akumpoto akuti NO! Enough is what? Is Enough, get it right.

    Do you think if the north was developed, who would’ve been wasting his time here? Uchenjeretu. Ndikukumvetsetsa poti schoolunso sunapite nayo patali, you don’t understand what it means. Do the research my Dear!! Uchimvetsetse chinthu ichi before you start putting in silly comments.

  15. Peter Hitler Mutharika said he will defend the Unitary constitution by all means necessary. This means he will use violence against the people of Nyika. Nyika people have to decide whether they want FEDERALISM OR SECESSION. Nyika people will only enter into federalism where there is only three provinces (Nyika Province, Central region, and Southern Region) not four provinces as advocated by Peter Hitler Mutharika. Such attempt will equal to Nyika province to secession because we are tired of the game that they have played us for the past 50 years. Nyika people will accept FEDERALISM that will have rotational presidency among our three provinces. Nyika people will accept Federalism that will allocate each province “points”. In the USA they call them electoral college. In order to win the presidency of the USA a party must win 270 electoral college. In Malawi we will allocate the Southern region 30 points, Center, 28 points, and North 26 points. In order for a political party to win the presidency it must win 54 points or more. This means in order for a political party to win the presidency it must win 2 provinces out of three. Peter Hitler Mutharika does not want this to happen because it put every province on equal footing. He want to divide the Southern region into two so that the Southern region can still maintain political power because he is proposing to establish Eastern Province from the Southern region. This new proposed province will be allocated points and the South by itself will determine the presidency of Malawi. On rotational presidency he will completely refuse. The federal system that Peter Hitler Mutharika will want—will not solve the problems but escalate them to civil war. That is the reason Nyika people must demand for secession because Peter Hitler Mutharika is only concerned of keeping the presidency in the South at all cost. That is what he meant that he will defend the notorious unitary system’s constitution by all means necessary. I met the President of The Congress of Nyika People in the USA , and soon they will create a website where Nyika people will read the type of Federalism which they must enter into a union. To protect other tribes in the provinces the Federal laws must demand rotational governorship among indigenious tribes of those provinces. No single tribe must dominate others in governorship. If Peter Hitler refuse to Rotational presidency among the three provinces not four provinces, strong provincial governments, and each province to be allocated points—-then let us go for secession. We must not succumb to his threats and genocide plans. The most important thing is that at the end the oppressed will win and those who committed crime will be brought before the ICC. Peter Hitler Mutharika is heading there. Mark my words. The struggle must continue until Nyika people have achieved final victory where our kids won’t be subjected to quota system.

    1. Li says:

      Shallow !!

  16. MAMA says:

    LET THE NORTHERNERS DECIDE WHAT IS BETTER FOR THEM LIKE SCOTLAND FULL STOP !! DONT INVOLVE THESE MAFIAS AND CROOKS THEY WILL PLAY AROUND WITH THE NUMBERS AND THE LIKE !

  17. GOD SAVE OUR SOULS +

    +

  18. aabwino says:

    This is the debate the so called educated leaders of Malawi want. We are a lazy nation that does not want to use the heads God gave us to solve the problems our people are facing. Our people cannot afford good education, good health care, suffering due to climate change. It is high time the so called educated people should think of homegrown ideas on how to sort out our problems. Let us be a country that thinks scientifically like South Korea.

    Let us think to solve these problems instead of thinking sharing this little country. Please do not listen to these people who call themselves Reverends. The church does not generate income it only receives from the flock. Why do we give the Sanhedrin so much power?

  19. MAPETO says:

    LET THE PEOPLE OF THE NORTH DECIDE WHAT THEY WANT BASED ON FACTS ITS THEIR RIGHT LIKE WHAT HAPPENED IN SCOTLAND FULL STOP WHY FORCING MATTERS ??

  20. MAPETO says:

    LET THE PEOPLE OF THE NORTH DECIDE WHAT THEY WANT LIKE SCOTLAND FULL STOP ITS THEIR RIGHT TO DO SO

  21. chatonda says:

    This debate will make those in power to punish people from the north even more before whatever the outcome of the debate will be. people from the north are now perceived troublesome and non appreciative clad. Expect more trouble in government and government funded organisations to demonstrate government’s anger with the issue.

    Please tread carefully now before you get the bitter pill that will fit you guys from the Nyikaland

    1. MAMA says:

      MUKUFUNA MUZINGOWAPONDEREZA WANTHU NGATI WOSAPENYA 50 YEARS NO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OR STADIUM KUMPOTO ZOONA ??????

      1. achinda says:

        ngati aeni ake akuthawako kumazakhala ku BT ndiye stadium ndi air port azigwiritsa ntchito ndani?\

  22. Achimidzimidzi says:

    I am convinced that Nyikaland people want federal system or secession. Because to them quota system of selecting students equals federal system/secession.

    I for one, will be happy if Livingstonia Synod start evacuation these people from Lilongwe. Your area 25 church should be demolished immediately. Becuase its occupying my motherland for Nyau and your people taking up our jobs in the centre.They are intelligent enough to create their own employment in the north.

    No need for debates and referendum is a waste of time. Central region should start chasing these people!! the same applies to anybody from centre who is in the north.

    After all,I can’t stay in the north, whatever the case.

  23. dadaboma says:

    The last but one sentence in this article says “If proponents for federalism are pushing for federal government it MEANS SOMETHING IS WRONG.” Now if APM’s govt wants to maintain unity of this country WHY IS GOVT ADAMANT NOT TO CORRECT WHAT IS PERCEIVED TO BE WRONG? If APM’s govt is honest with maintaining unity they can stop these calls by resolving what is wrong by dong the following:
    1. abolish the infamous and outlawed quota system of selecting students to secondary schools and university and considering people for promotions and other national privileges on basis of where they are coming from.
    2. institute a rotational presidency where every region should sponsor a president of the country at each turn of election. For e.g. every five years Malawians must vote for 3 candidates from one region among who one will become a president.
    If these calls are left to grow the following things will happen:
    1.govt may find it necessary to stifle them by whichever means (APM says “I’ll defend the constitution by whatever means appropriate”) either by corrupting some influencial entities or by draconian and barbaric means (and DPP is known for barbarism). This will degenerate the country into chaos/anarchy and this will not solve any problem.
    2. referendum will be held. If “no” prevails, the oppressed region will push for complete secession (Malawi map will be redrawn). If “yes” prevails the country will go federal but the problems may still remain unresolved, in which case the oppressed State will want to become independent (Malawi map will be redrawn). And this govt can craft the referendum activity in such a way that “no’ prevails and this will not solve any problem.

  24. Tiyeni nazoni, koma athu akumpoto becareful, musazitengele zibwana or ndale, mudzibweletsera mavuto akulu, muyembekezele mau akuti aliyense kwawo, ndiye abale wanga a ndale asatipusitse, mene anali Boma la PP bwanji maganizo sanatulutse? Ine ndakaniratu.

  25. Nyamazi says:

    Federalism is a very good system of governing a country. it stops thieves like DPP in Malawi from looting financial coffers of a country.

    Every state or regional government strive to develop its own state because parliamentary representatives honestly represent their subjects.

    Those of you, especially the DPP are in fear of this good system because you are thieves. Most thieves in government are from thyolo and mulanje.

    A minister from thyolo cannot be fully committed to facilitate development in Chitipa.

    DPP has put itself on fire. It’s only able to rule thyolo and mulanje people.

  26. Federal does not mean north will stand on their own. Sesession yes. So please this two words are differant. Ambiri mwainu mukava federal mukumaganiza za Sesession. More over if some one tells you I do n’t want you why forceing him/her to be with that person usamukakamile it means akuziwa chimene akuchta .

  27. MaiMai says:

    No 1 you must be soo dumb.
    How many people knew multiparty system in 1992?

    How do you know 70% of malawians including yourself don’t know federalism? Just saw you don’t know don’t add others to your ignorance.

    Ever heard civic education?

    Just because you don’t know does not mean change should not come. .ok?

    Now what does Khyungu, Chikulamayembe, Levi Nyondo and Chipofya say after rejecting even debate on the issue? After they ate cash from Vuwa??? That’s why don’t ever play politics but stick to your duties otherwise ndi izi mwayaluka now Peter has seen bthe waves he can’t stop them but you Synod and afew misguided poverty strken chiefs thought you own northerners fwe fwe hahaha mwayaluka…peoples power working! !!! Idyano vuwa cash with shame.

  28. Monrovia says:

    Atumbuka tsono mwaina gameyi munayambayi. Tidzavota tonse aMalawi pa referendum ndiye mukadzaluza musadzati nfwifwinfwi mwamva? Nkhani ya feudalism ndi ya dziko lonse ndiye kuvota ndi tonse a Malawi wapanzere. Mudzaone mmene chi big NO chake pankhani zanu zopusazi. Manuyu muyenda njira akukunamizanitu. Mmmalo molimbana ndi milandu yake ya cashgate afuna akuputsitseni.

    Inu mumayesa kuti APM akukanirani muyambe kuthamangira kwa azungu muzikati ndi dictator! Mmalo momusiya kuti mwina DPP poti ndi yachitukuko ikanatsalazako timapiri pang’ono kwanu kuja mufuna mudziichita sabotage kuopa kuti 2019 simudzaiona game. mwagwa nayotu apa.

  29. Vyapasi says:

    And imagine that 100% of Malawi population did not Democracy before 1994. We started with civic education followed by a Referendum. MCP and Kamuzu had the machinery BUT the wind of change blew in a different direction. Please do not make assumptions!!!

  30. Danny says:

    God knows zonse

  31. PHWAXCAAN says:

    thats why this country was called malawi kapena kut flames pachizungu….zoonadi nyasalande tidakali pa malawi amotooooo ……… even mutanena kut tiligawe patatu stil ndifebe malawi amoto basi….MUSOVENGEEEEEEE………………………………….

  32. Leonard nthala says:

    Imwe, wachewa, ayawo, lomwes. U dont listen tumbuka ppo got no room in this gov. Let the tumbuka go. U live ur life to the fullest.5oyrs is not a joke.bye

  33. patrick says:

    Better the northen stand alone. Atumbuka akatukule kwao asamangotukula moendamu

  34. kabwalo says:

    Peter Mutharika and his governnment are finished,

    DPP are band of liars and dictators!
    Noone should be threatened for advocating Fedalism of Government or the Total Secession of the Northern Kasungu!

    Peter Mutharika himself and his band of DPP must be careful in dealing with calls of fedalism and Secession of Northern Kasungu because Malawi is already at boiling point with Vote Rigging and Slipperly tongues of Msatha-Kuyankhula Peter Mutharika ,Kweni Bobochani Patricia Kaliati,rotten minister of Gender and Fraudulent Mackson Mbendera,chairperson of Fraudulent Malawi Electoral Commission

  35. vilinde says:

    Aaa 70% yakuti pakufunika civic Education basi.iwe number one how old ru.nthawi ya multiparty unali utabadwa ngati?

  36. Mtumbo Lende says:

    Iwe Chirambo its not only quota system which has ignited calls for federal system of government and secession altogether. NO. Its the naked nepotism, tribalism and regionalism being perpetrated by DPP. NEPOTISM is DPPs blood.

    Inuso a Livingstonia nde worse nepotists, perfect one for that matter. Kumakamanga ma church okongola Ku central kusiya kwanu chifukwa choti aana any ophunzira aku kumene. Tsakho ndi ndalama basi. Vindere inu. You brought disrepute in CCAP FAMILY. Ndipo musadzayerekeze kupanga za manyi zanu zo Ku area ya Blantyre Synod. Some nicompoops started this BIBI pa St Columba, tinakhazika kale pansi.

    Ndiposo ma ministers Ena a Livingstonia ndi a satanic, they worship their cult at Development House.

    1. MAMA says:

      MUKUFUNA MUZIWABERA WANTHU NDIKUWAPONDEREZA INUYO MUZIMWA MA WINE MUKADWALA WAKUNJA ???? BAIBULO/ KORANI YAKE YITI ??

  37. truth says:

    l say yes on condition that all northerners in high offices in central south and eastern must go and back to north and manage themselves there and others will do the same.

  38. MAPETO says:

    WHEN VOTING EACH REGION HAS TO VOTE SEPERATELLY AND VOTES COUNTED MANUALLY TO AVOID THE MISTAKES OF MAY 20 ELECTIONS DONT GIVE MEC CHANCE AGAIN TO FOOL VOTERS AROUND !!l

  39. nkhedu says:

    koma ndiye chi smile.federalism yekhayekhayu kapena zina?just wondering. pretty face though kkkkkkkk

  40. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Let people for the Northern and Central Regions go for the referendum because they are the ones who want federation . I see no reason for Southern Region people also to go for referendum simply because they are not a interested party.

    Don’t waste your energy going allover the country asking views for happy people in the Southern Regions about the federation people who already have a negative answer being the only ones who voted for Perer and it’s where he got his 36 % of his presidential votes.

    You don’t confuse Malawians please , go to people who want federalism only , those who don’t want federalism just leave them.

    Peter is happy seeing stupid people from Central and Northern Regions being under him , that’s when he enjoys being a president of the country with 36% only , let him be a president of 36 % which is in the Southern Region only . We don’t want him and we didnt vote for him which means that he is not a national president , he is a president for his tribesmen only.

  41. Vyachalo says:

    But 70 percent of malawi population do not know this systerm. How many people are educated who knows this systerm. If malawian say no to this systerm then northeners you will face it.

  42. Vyachalo says:

    But 70 percent of malawi population do not know this systerm. How many people are educated who knows this systerm. If malawian say no to this systerm then northeners you will face it. DPP have machines to make them win because where there is YES they can make it NO. APM knows what he is saying.

    1. cash gate says:

      Mukuzinamiza which machine

    2. YK says:

      Vyachalo, that’s why there’s talk of CIVIC EDUCATION. Malawians will get to know what federal system is all about, and therefore, make informed decision

    3. Mbuzi says:

      how will northerners face it???? u have failed to succeed in life past 50 yrs and how northners will face it???????? indians, burundina nigerians, pakistanis have become filthy rich than yoursself in your own teritory the past 50 yrs, u dont even have land u sold it to indians, burundians, pakistanis, and u ahte north for what??? are they ones behind your poverty?????????????????????

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