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.
“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 however warned his government will not allow the nation to be misled on the issue, arguing he will defend the Constitution by any
He said the issue of federalism can best handled by allowing Malawians to decide, adding the issue could be included in the current
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :