Referendum on Malawi federalism gets PAC support

Malawi’s public affairs watchdog body, the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has thrown its weight on the calls for a referendum to solve the impasse on whether the country should move to a federation.

PAC’s position comes immediately after the Malawi Government also 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.

Malawi quasi-religious organisation PAC

Fr Mulomole: PAC supports calls for people to decide

In an interview PAC spokesperson Rev. Father Peter Mulomole said it was pertinent that people have to decide what they want.

“We are not taking sides but issues like this require the decision of the majority not a fraction of people. If people want federalism or not let them speak through a referendum, time has come for Malawians to decide for themselves,” said Mulomole.

He stressed that parliament cannot decide on such issues but the concerned people themselves.

“As we are calling for the review of the country’s laws parliament cannot go it alone this requires all the people to get involved,” he said.

Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is among groups that engaged PAC and asked it for its facilitation.

MCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwila has argued that the federal government calls were as a result of nepotistic tendencies by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration.

An opinion poll administered by one online media in the country sided with those calling for the formation of a federation, but most of the respondents were against the call for the total secession of the northern region.

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

He said if need be the exercise will end into an open referendum on the two matters.

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92 thoughts on “Referendum on Malawi federalism gets PAC support”

  1. Ndele says:

    I am in full support of federal government as justice need to be shared equally knowing that central region resident and southeners will not support this because they are already direct beneficialries for the past 50 years of independence. PAC need to exercise its powers on this issue. we are tired of you mwawagulugulu imwe

  2. Munthu wa Mulungu says:

    It’s not abcut size. Ngati president walephera kusamalira amalawi monga fuko, ndiye mumati enafe tizingokhala antchito anu? Muonanso, muzidya nandoloyu.

  3. Mwembe says:

    I am for the idea of referendum but am worried. Who is going to vote? The people of the north obviously will vote for but our mlamus will not agree why? They are afraid and they don’t know what it is that is why they are thinking in nkhondo. 1 president, 1 army, different provincial and local government.

  4. Kamuzu never developed one side bt multiparty leaders have failed. The wrongs of a one party state are the rights of the so called multiparty governance. Chakufwa Chihana wronged the Northeners wth the multiparty he brought!

  5. steven says:

    THUMBS UP PAC.We need Secession not Federation.The South will always sabortage us, the North becoz them they don’t need Tumbukas.My fellow Noprtherners,let just opt for SECESSION and become a New Country.We have been denied Development for a long time and now its our time to form our own Tumbuka Country.When we choose Federation ,The people from the South will want also to vote in the Referendum and this will complicate everything.The Central Region is backing us ,thats good.If the Government calls for referendum let only the people from the North and Centre to vote .The south is against it already,so don’t mind them.

  6. Waphee says:

    This very small country of our…

  7. After federalism, tribal wars! This is the sign of the end of ages according to the Bible. How can the president of a smallest Malawi be nepostic? How can a small country be divide and hw will it look? Its bcoz of the sturbboness of the leaders. There is no option bt to do it!

  8. burton mlambia says:

    icant make a budget for someone, even though we can be staying togather. so what is needed is to share the money so that i should buy things that can help me. federal gonna help every region to get equal shares from the state.

  9. Weniweni Balakasa says:

    The way the president is articurating his duties are clear signs of division of the beloved malawi. Lomwe in all high public positions. If u are from that tribe you cannot see him dividing the country. Period

  10. MCP once said multparty nkhondo( kanyama koipa) is that true? now federalism yoipa why are you fearing it? try and see what will happen. osamanamizidwa pano.And to those from central you have to be sorry for yourself now it will be 25years go mmidzi nothing has happened federal government does not mean dividing dziko not north only.

  11. shikamoo says:

    Nepotistic inclinations by APM and his Lomwe government has resulted into federalism debate. MZUNI was declared university long time ago, but little has happened in terms of infrastructure yet the institution accommodates students across the country. The fate for underdevelopment is a result of its location. Masters students learning in timber walled blocks. shame. Tigawane basi. We will start with federalism and later go for secession.

  12. jame says:

    Nothing about Fegeralism. The answer is NO! The north must go and be themselves we need not them in the future Malawi. Let them go. I am from Central region and am happy and proud to associate and co-exist with Southernors and not THESE NORTHERNORS. LET THEM MAKE THEIR OWN COUNTRY. I tell you the center can never vote YES to federalism, but they will vote YES for the north to go. That one I am assuring you.

  13. Chemkumbi says:

    Peter,
    How did the president divide the country? May be you don’t know the meaning of dividing. People who are calling for federalism are the ones who are calling for the division of the country. I have never heard anywhere the president made such remark. So, these people should resign from whatever positions they are holding.The president is from south and the vp is from central how did he divide the country.

  14. Andrew Chinoko says:

    lets share equally no lion’s share please. I support fedralism because each and every region can be developed. Surely every one will enjoy life accordingly

  15. MUNGANYA says:

    Prince Mhone, note that if federalism is good Dr. Banda could adopt it before, and I hope its good to those who are power hungry God chooses leaders through innocent pple

  16. MUNGANYA says:

    Ma NGO wa ayenera kusokosera kuti alandire thandizo amayang’ana mbali imodzi yokha (ubwino) akamapereka maganizo. Ndalama za referendum zichokera kuti ngati mpaka pano ena mwa omwe anagwira ntchito pa chisankho chathachi sanalandirebe ndalama zawo. Pali nzeru bungwe lalikulu ngati limeneli (PAC) kuganiza zimenezo? shame!!!!!!!1

  17. Prince Mhone says:

    Yes Federalism is good and am urging all Malawians to support this system. This will help all regions to get the reqiured resources equally and also helps in accountabillity. Don’t just say no because of political reasons but first try to learn new things. In this democratic system of Government is where Federalism works well. All in all, am 100% in support of federalism.

  18. CHEWA FEDERAL FRONT_(CFF) says:

    Now, how is one supposed to respond to an IDIOT whose knowledge on issues is evidently second-hand?

  19. nkhakamila says:

    am in the northern capital mzuzu working.i dont think the north is ready to be federalised.anthu awa ngozikonda ngakhale kwawo ku mpoto kuno.akakhala ku mwera amati wa kwithu and akakhal;a ku mpoto kuno amati mfunda wako ndi ndati.look at chihanas three paries in one family.kayaaaaa.

  20. The new Federal Constitution says:

    Federalism is a done deal we should now move towards suggestibng what the Federal Constitution should be.

    On education here is what I believe will be the case: primary schooling shall be managed and controlled by the Districts as already stipulated in the Local Government Act of 1998. Secondary schooling shall be the respomsibility of Regions whilst universities shall be controlled and managed by the National government. This means that any student (regardless of district of origin) schooling in a Region shall be eligible for selection to secondary schools in the Region where he/she is attending primary school. Selection to secondary schools shall be managed by the respective Regional Ministry of Education and based on merit (and not on QUOTA). Each Region shall construct its own primary and secondary schools with funds allocated from the National Budget or grants/loans from friendly governments or States.

    If you believe the statistics on education published by the Statistical Office, it appears the North has more secondary schooling spaces (having sizeable number of government secondary schools and with a small population) than the other two Regions.

  21. Alomwe musatisokosere. You have spoiled everything with tribalism and selfishness. You moved the new national stadium to the south and now you wanted the cancer centre there too. You even build a university on Bingus land. All this has to change. Yaos are now hated after Bakili Muluzi. Mangochi is the hub of tourism and will get more with a federal system of government. Even the constitution will have to change to elect a president accepted by all regions.’

  22. Ma says:

    No 44 I think you are an illegitimate child if you know the term ..put it mwana opanda bambo ake…deep down you know northernet with 6 points can’t be out beaten at unima with someone with 20 points from Nsena… iwe even utabera mayeso uli mbuli you can’t get 6 points never.
    Take for eg in our time we had Vilipo Mnthali with 6 points from Chaminade to Poly, the guy was generous in Quiz for secondary schools done by ptc then and publicly he could answer any Q was there time to spoon feed him on quiz?
    Later at Poly he never went down as you lie he outperformed majority if not all, later passed acca at once..recall another guy Chenjerani Bulukutu from north? House hold name of ptc quiz were these guys spoon fed? Check ptc quiz records which schools almost won every year on national stage?
    Lets admit anzathuwa ndi a nzeru though missionary work by David Livingston had an impact on them for Yaos we chose islamic prayers and trade ( utelala) and me ( am chewa) we chose Ulimi period!!! Let’s not believe lies from Bingus and Peter Mutharikad who I hear couldn’t compete with a Mbwenumbwenu from old days and were denied scholarships as British took bright guys only and were fromnorth and Bingu ended up in India. Now you know how the hate started. …

    these guys are big brains they gave Kamuzu too tough time, education wise, politically etc recall 1964 cabinet crisis? ??? A broad Kamuzu met these guys already in gold mines and universities as early as 1920 imagine. . Even kunja kuno ndili ine they are just so many in key positions. Leave them you can’t stop them Trust me. ..

  23. Dr Earnest Amon says:

    Federalism helps to share resources equally. meantime there is no equity. thanks heavens the cancer hospital has been redeemed from Blantyre back to Lilongwe, otherwise akanazikokera kwao. Remember, even the stadium was pulled to downs. amenewo apatseni chomwe akufuna. imeneyo ndi democracy. sitikufuna za ku Rwanda.

  24. nyapala says:

    Dadaboma!!! Zomwe walemba zachuluka! Ver boring 2 read u av 2 av a separate articles

  25. Activist for justice says:

    Do the VIP have powers? i thought he is from the centre?

  26. Alomwe musatisokosere. You have spoiled everything with tribalism and selfishness. You moved the new national stadium to the south and now you wanted the cancer centre there too. You even build a university on Bingus land. All this has to change. Yaos are now hated after Bakili Muluzi. Mangochi is the hub of tourism and will get more with a federal system of government. Even the constitution will have to change to elect a president accepted by all regions.

  27. CHEWA FEDERAL FRONT_(CFF) says:

    My Thengere brother, Stop all your NONSENSE & pursue SECESSION. Your 6 points score means nothing! Some of your friends with those kinds of scores have consistently failed to live up to their billing. I have seen “stars” like that who could not even get over Elementary Calculus.
    Tell you what? I would actually put my money on the Nsanje boy with 20 points than the spoon-fed one with 6 points from Phwezi or Marymount. Go to any university college & see what is happening.
    Your SECESSION is the ONLY WAY out my friend, the only WIN-WIN SOLUTION to our underdevelopment.
    The problem is that over the last 50 years you have chosen not to play the ball but the man. Malawians are tired. Enough is enough now, you are heading to Nyika Republic.

    1. Ma says:

      No 44 I think you are an illegitimate child if you know the term ..put it mwana opanda bambo ake…deep down you know northernet with 6 points can’t be out beaten at unima with someone with 20 points from Nsena… iwe even utabera mayeso uli mbuli you can’t get 6 points never.
      Take for eg in our time we had Vilipo Mnthali with 6 points from Chaminade to Poly, the guy was generous in Quiz for secondary schools done by ptc then and publicly he could answer any Q was there time to spoon feed him on quiz?
      Later at Poly he never went down as you lie he outperformed majority if not all, later passed acca at once..recall another guy Chenjerani Bulukutu from north? House hold name of ptc quiz were these guys spoon fed? Check ptc quiz records which schools almost won every year on national stage?
      Lets admit anzathuwa ndi a nzeru though missionary work by David Livingston had an impact on them for Yaos we chose islamic prayers and trade ( utelala) and me ( am chewa) we chose Ulimi period!!! Let’s not believe lies from Bingus and Peter Mutharikad who I hear couldn’t compete with a Mbwenumbwenu from old days and were denied scholarships as British took bright guys only and were fromnorth and Bingu ended up in India. Now you know how the hate started. …

      these guys are big brains they gave Kamuzu too tough time, education wise, politically etc recall 1964 cabinet crisis? ??? A broad Kamuzu met these guys already in gold mines and universities as early as 1920 imagine. . Even kunja kuno ndili ine they are just so many in key positions. Leave them you can’t stop them Trust me. ..

  28. zakakaliya mulopwiya says:

    Kuzikonda kwavuta pa Malawi. God help and teach us to love one another.

  29. kulyolyopera says:

    The government should not cheat it self that the referendum results will be to there side
    what you should know is that two regions are calling for federalism and the results will be dangerous as the sitting president will be required to resign as the lost of the referendum will mean a vote of no confidence the way it happened to first minister of Scotland
    The best way is to sort out the problems the country is facing such as nepotism running the country as the property of the political party and the political system should also change
    The politicians of today take politics as one way of making quick money instead of working to develop the country

  30. dadaboma says:

    If I were APM I would do the following to preserve the unity of Malawi:
    1. Abolish policies that discriminate on basis of tribes, districts of origin, or region when allocating national resources such as education, employment, promotions. The first policy to purge out of Malawi for its divisive undertones is the infamous and outlawed QUOTA system. This sits at the base of calls for federation or secession. Let’s be fair to all Malawians equally regardless of where they come from or the tribe they belong to. We cannot all come from the same district and we cannot all belong to the same tribe, but we can all come from Malawi and we can all be Malawians. Please APM, if you fear God, abolish this divisive element. We are all Malawians with equal intellect and should be assessed with the same measure and give the few places in our schools to the best performers. For e.g. if we only have few places at University let only students with 6 points go there – let’s not leave out a student with 6 points because he/she comes from Nsanje and take a student with 20 points because he/she comes from Likoma. No, please!
    2. Let there be rotational presidency so that each region has equal opportunity for sponsoring a president of Malawi. For e.g. every 5 years Malawi must vote between 3 presidential candidates all of them coming from one region; the next round we vote between candidates from another region and so on. Neither Kamuzu Palace nor Malawi was meant for one region or tribe. Kamuzu Palace is for all of us just as Malawi is for all of us. This way there will be no greed, no tribal discrimination; we shall be truly one Malawi, with love flourishing between the citizens of diverse tribes. Anyone rejecting these suggestions is greedy and is not interested in holding this country together. I thought I had to give this advice, before calls for federation or secession enter the next but irreversible gear and before the borders of Malawi begin to fade away. I’ve made my contribution and I now rest with clear conscious knowing that at least I’ve tried to build in the middle of tremors that threaten to tear apart the enclave of Malawi.

    1. Nyasa says:

      Inu ingonyamukani muzipita ife tatopa nanu. Mavuto anu sangakhale mavuto athu inunso chimodzimodzi mavuto atha will be none of your concern just leave. And don’t try to drag us (central region) into your stupid and nepotistic greedy federalism.

    2. zoona says:

      what you are saying is true but one thing i would like to tell you is about points. The problem is people from central and southern region we didnt know how to cheat in examination while our brothers from north they knew before us. maziphunzitsi akumpoto amauzira ana akumpoto as the resuts amakhoza bwino even wochnga amakondera.

      i was one of the first students in malawi writing entry exams to UNI i had good friends from the north anandithandiza kakanphunzira ma entry usiku ali ngati mawa.. pa gulu lathu aliyense ansankhidwa kupita ku uni chanco and kabula….

      in this way its bad lets stand for the truth how about our brothes from mangochi?
      my appeal is to young generation PLEASE tiyeni tikondane Mazidalawa andalewa atiputsa
      they are crazy for power now they look us as driving force to power lets rise up agaist this This is nosense

  31. PM says:

    For those who do not know, especially those from the SOUTH and CENTRAL there a more tribes in the NORTH than the number of tribes in the SOUTH and CENTRE combined. Only that Tumbuka is the commonest language spoken in the region.

  32. William kaunda says:

    Those against federal govt are lazy, they want others to develop their region. Chikukuvutani ndi chain.?

    1. Nyasa says:

      Because we want secession of the north, period. If you are sincere that we are lazy then go for secession. Why are you tumbukas backtracking now? You said you want secession. Don’t change the tone here. We know all your dirty nepotistic greedy politics here. You know for sure how secession will harm you idiots. That’s why you are changing your tone here. But we say NO to federalism but YES to SECESSION OF THE NORTH. How about that?

  33. Jelbin mk says:

    It will be unfair if the said referendum will be for the whole nation because its the notherners who are requesting for either secession or federation or else we will have to vote in regions so that whatever the outcome at each region will be granted to that region.

  34. hst says:

    Commentators, have you for once taken time to visualize having two countries out of this very tiny space? Is this really sensible? How will posterity judge us? This question is for both those advocating for this very strange phenomenon as well as those against it. The fact is there are some who are aggrieved, but if what we have is a responsible government, it should be in their interest to find amicable ways of solving this without taking the dangerous route of dividing the already very small country. Whether you call it federalism or seccession, all I can see is that this will polarize this poor country even more – and the result, whatever it will be, will certainly be disastrous. AS A TRUE MALAWIAN I DO NOT SUPPORT FEDERALISM OR SECESSION. Rather the government should do whatever it takes to keep Malawi together. Otherwise posterity will judge you harshly as an irresponsible lot who had the country divided under your watch.

    We should not propagate tribalism. I do not believe it is morally correct to label all people of the north as one tribe, and all the bad things you attribute to them. That is what we call a fallacy of generalization. Similarly, not all people from the center or south are in the eyes of those from the north to be labeled bad. Think about what this breeds in our young generation. I am Malawian from the south, but I have grown up and worked among very fantastic friends and colleagues from the center and north. I regard them as fellow Malawians first and foremost.

    Please, colleagues in the corridors of power on the government side, your leadership on this matter is going to be very critical.

    1. Odala Tili Odala says:

      What makes up a country isnt how big it is bt hw strong it is at will and love of what they are! There more countries smaller than malawi, are they nt countries?

  35. Chris says:

    I just wonder if our brothers in the south and central have an idea that North have many tribes not Tumbuka only. If a question may appear on form four examination paper about the tribes in the North, all their children may not get it right kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

  36. KWACHA DZUKNI says:

    Foolishmess at it’s best. Those who are on the side of the devil are pushing for federal government and those who are on the side of God are looking for peace and unity with one Malawi. Mind you God is watching and the impact of the wish of the devil will be felt by all Malawians. Lets continue to pray to Almigthy God, He is not equal to anyone, He is the creator and is in control. No matter what the devil is the loser. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

    1. Piper says:

      Whoever said federal system is the work of devil ? Don’t bring God into things you don’t have a clue about..,

    2. Odala Tili Odala says:

      Research first before making any comment here! Who says federalism is devisive? Are christians and muslims devided? Because they come and manage their own beliefs?

  37. CHEWA FEDERAL FRONT_(CFF) says:

    Judging from the comments it looks like there is a real IMPASSE as described by the author. The phrase “STAND-OFF” also comes to mind.
    That as it may, I still believe that Federation could harm the South more than it could the North. The crude data I have seen suggests that the North produces more tobacco than the South. In fact, the south produces less of all major crops, except tea. So, you could say that most of our foreign exchange is produced in the Central & Northern Regions.
    An honest observer will remember that both Bakili and JB told the masses to start businesses at the expense of everything else. This is LAZINESS!!! The country needs products to export.
    Zomba, Machinga, Mangochi, Balaka, Mulanje, etc. are far less productive than their populations
    would suggest. They are all passenger districts waiting for the Centre & North to produce forex for them so that they continue their vending (aka KUTAKATA -JB).
    I feel sorry for my fellow Chewas who have sided with the South in this debate.

    1. Nyasa says:

      You are not a Chewa but tumbuka. Don’t drag us into your stupid greedy federalism. You will go alone. Just leave instead of wasting your time talking talking nonsense here.

  38. Hezbollah says:

    The debate here shows that this country is indeed divided. I have not seen a Tumbuka honestly supporting that indeed central & south need government intervention to make up for the education loss. Equally the two regions does want to recognize the fact the north’s only national cake is education since its population is too small to lead. I speak as a true Malawian the devil is using us to achieve his goals. A fellow christian hating a fellow christian but with the goal of heaven. Shame! Andale awa ndi a Satanic ambiri! God is watching us.

  39. Change chathu says:

    Referandum must two question, one on Sessesion & the other on Federalism to put to rest all issues. Malawi is indeed too small but Tribalism is too big. When the issue of Quota came in only Davis Katsonga opposed but all didn’t. Assume the North had 7 million voters with the same literacy, could Bingu have introduced it? Victim of minority. Sessesion good

  40. Yes we support it. The south contributes very little to the economy of the country but they have 90% of the top positions. The centre is the hub of the economy but it is heavily marginalized. The north has most of the intellectuals but all is done to sideline the region. The quota system of education is targeted at the northerners. We need a federal system.

  41. Tili Chenene says:

    The best is not for National Referendum, but let North vote on its own just like our friends in Scotland, Sudan, etc

  42. chekambewa says:

    peter thats selfishness dizomwe mukufuna anganyainu tiyeni tikavote tiwone. in 1999 u made your alliance MCP/aford alliance did it yield the results? mukuchepera kangwira kanu ako kakupwetekesani he has no assets in the south akakhala che chihanawo ndiye iii ndikakoteji katatuwao malemu kale pamsese on the way to KA its like the grave yard so he has nothing to lose but you tumbukas in the south and centre who have acquired assets gulisani becoz you will be chased to nyika republic you leave with monkeys. KKKKKKKKKK

  43. Mtumbuka Weniweni says:

    North should just Cede. Otherwise dzina la dziko limakhala Malawi a Moto? Flames of Fire?
    Nchifukwa chake anthu akubvutika because akukhala pa Moto.
    Otherwise North Malawi will be called Nyikaland – meaning “Land of abundance”

  44. Kalanga says:

    If tumbukaz were spoilers, we cdnt have multiparty. So plz desist from proclaimation of the said pple. Mind u north does not have tumbuka tribe alone. We have ngoniz and the like. So u must be out of ur brain. Just comment on issues nt tribe. If u dont have ideas never comment.

  45. America says:

    federation z for shit people

  46. linga says:

    It is the Central and the Northern MPs that are calling for federation. The South has made it clear that they dont need it. So far, no MP from the South has demanded federation. Mps represent people from their constituencies. Southern MPs were booing when the proposal was being made in Parliament by Northern and Central MPs. It is clear from this that people from South have not asked their MPs to go to Parliament to demand Federation.

    Against this background, people in the South wants to continue with the present Unitary system of government because the president will almost always come from that region. Realising this, the North and the Centre wants devolution of powers in form Federalism. Thus, referendum will be done in the North and the Centre. People of these regions must decide. Even if two regions votes NO and one region votes yes, federation will still occur.

  47. Mau says:

    All Tumbuka s should relocate to the north by 31.12.14. we are tired of these useless beings and if they dont do we will kill them. Mark my words.

    1. Piper says:

      Remind me again…you are…ooh I know…chaholi wachabechabe !!

  48. peter says:

    the President should humbly resign because he has divided the beatiful country Malawi

    1. Redeemed says:

      I wonder where you have been, but from where I stand, Malawi has been a divided nation long before independence, if this is your tactic to make Malawi ungovernable, you have only shot your own foot by declaring yourselves enemy to the government. Kodi deya ungamuwunde? good lucky in advance as you embark on your independence journey, hopefully you can now rest peacefully.

      1. Mbuzi says:

        hahahaha this idiot redeemed is a devil, u will rest in peace urslef, that stereotype that we come from south and therefore minorities can give a dem, but all chnages in malawi start from north, u have been our farming and economic slaves the past 50 years, u have never beaten us on anything, we get everything in ur teritory the past 50 years, and how do u expect us to suffer when we go home?????????? we import tenants from south the past 50 years, how do people who think are rich work in farms???? farms are 4 pigs, we sit and watch u clean our tobbaco farms the past 50 years!!!!

  49. Redeemed says:

    You know, the tumbuka’s behaviour is like that of a spoiled brat wife, who consitantly throws tentrums of divorce threats against her husband, knowing that the poor hubby will beg her to stay and give in, but she forgets that he is getting tired by day of her sick games and at the moment she least expect,he will serve her with norment papers, and to add the salt on the wound introduces her successor.
    Therefore the tumbukas need to watch over their sholder, we can’t keep dancing to the same tune through out the night, people will get tired and force you out of their teritory.

    1. Mtumbuka Weniweni says:

      Thank you Sir. So please humbly give us permission to cede or stand alone in a clear language. For your information, Tumbukas are not desperate to stay in the south.

      1. TSAKHO LIMENELO says:

        Good one then let northern region stand alone thanks to you #### 22 ### as you are tired with north but will we keep on singing this song till our demands are met watch out Malawi.

        Please you may understand that norhtern region there is TONGA, NGONI, TUMBUKA and NKHONDE so on

  50. mboma says:

    secession the way to go, why are those PAC idiots not commenting of secession and they are only commenting on federation, allow north to vote basi, game over, mutharika will be remembered as a leader who split malawi into pieces, once north secede, other pieces of south will secede also malawi is a a spareparts country!!!!!!!! nyika republic woyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!! u see when its about leading political change north takes the lead, south and center listen to north, it happened in 1959, 1992, it happened in 2011 demonstrations led by Undule, it is happening also now started by ngwira, but once that change process is over southerners highjack the results , leaving central region complaining in their hearts, lets hope this time around they are serious about this federal, but i dont trust center region either, hence secession is the answer here for north, Malawi is the only nation that has many nations within the nation malawi!!!!! northerners are political slaves of southerners, southerners are farming and economic slaves of northerners, centrallers are victims of this fight between north 1.6 million people and south 6 million people, the battle rages on!!!!!

  51. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    guys MEC must be dissolved and international organisation must be the only ones to conduct this refrendum. coz the dpp and MECwill rig again.

  52. Haw says:

    Referendum on feudalism will be for the whole Malawi coz it won’t only be the North that will go federal states. Cessation vote will only be for the Northerners. I guess the best way to ask the Northerners about cessation coz this will mean that only the North will vote. This will put evrything to rest as every Northerner will need to go back to their standalone state. za federalism palibe apa!

  53. MUNTHU NDINU says:

    MBENDERA UBERENSO VOTE YATHU ???

  54. zandiwawa says:

    I agree with u number one palibe chipukuta misozi cha anthu aku kasiya,kabudula,Dowa,mseu wa tarmac amawuwonera akadwala akatumizidwa ku Kamuzu Central Hospital m’mpamene Malawi economy depend on these areas.

  55. THE ONLY WAY FOR MALAWI IS TO GO FOR FEDERAL SYSTEM OF GOVT AND NOT OTHERS FOR WILL SPOIL AND DIVIDE OR DAMAGE MALAWI. TIME HAS COME FOR MALAWI TO GO FOR ANOTHER REFERENDUM, THE FIRST ONE MET KAMUZU.

  56. CONGO MAFIA says:

    The referendum shouldnt take place under DPP leadership. It should wait until 2019. The parliament then will take state affairs in charge while organising the referendum. After the results we will know what next step to take. Please dont trust DPP with the ballots. Dont say I didnt warn you.

  57. Mccarthy says:

    Referendum on Malawi federalism that’s only way to avoid cash-gate & nepotism” let’s try federalism everything is possible.

  58. Dan says:

    Malawians of late have realized that regionalism and/or nepotism can best be curbed by switching to federation.

    However the need rises that all the necessary information as to merits and demerits be imparted in us to enable to make the right decision(s). Except that civic educators MUST be transparent. They should NOT coax people to rally behind one of the two – NO and YES – sides.

    But secession is out of question, hence needless to be part of the agenda of the national debate.

    Long live democracy; long live Malawi.

    1. Piper says:

      I like your comment but if we’re democratic yourself, you would live all options on the table !!!

  59. Lomwepachakutipanu says:

    Let those from central and north go for referendum. This doesnt involve south. Take for example in United Kingdom, its Scotland that wanted to break away from UK. The referendum was purely for the Scottish. If its Northern Region that wants referendum, let this be for Northern Region. Southern Region cannot speak for northerners, period. Wind of Change always starts from the North where the brave ones comes from. When North speaks, it happens enanu mumadya yophaipha makape shupiti zanu. Njenjenje kunjenjemera DPP tsopano. Fond of kukokera zitukuko ku south, mukhaula, projects meant for central region you diverted to south, likewise those meant for north. AGULUKUNYINDA INU fotseki!!!

  60. Bolero says:

    DPP yagawa ziko. Has failed to unite Malawians. What a legacy to leave behind Mr APM, shame…

  61. John says:

    You guys do know that the Northern region has the smallest population, hence the smallest number of votes right? And yet they are the ones who want federalism. How will a referendum help in expressing the manorities’ views? What strategies will be put in considerations here. I do not see end of dissatisfaction in sight anytime soon. May be that is why APM agreed to referendum in the first place, he has the central and southern region to veto referendum on one side and he has Mbendera on the other side!

    1. #John,
      Every province has to decide for its future if they want to go Federalism or Separation. The South and the Center cannot decide the future of the Northerners. For the past 50 years the Northerners have been the victim of brutal laws of Malawi. We thought in this union we will be full citizens of Malawi but in every facets of our lives we have been third class citizens. We have our own Nyikaland and why Peter Hitler Mutharika cannot let my people go. We don’t want quota system that has been oppressing our people. If the North voted for Federalism then we will accept it on the condition that the presidency will rotate among the three provinces. There must be also strong provincial governments, and each province must be allocated points. In order for a political party to win the presidency it must win 2 provinces out of three. Rotational presidency among the three provinces will unite Malawi and there will no longer be regionalism in voting for political parties. Right now Malawi is divided into regionalism and this must not be denied. Peter Hitler Mutharika (DPP Lomwe tribe party) and UDF want more power to the Southern region, meaning the Southern region must dominate in Malawi politics. The Center is just used because they can see their weakness is too much aliens with The South. I guess they are also more Chewa people in the South and that tie them together. The point is that the Lomwes will never let other tribes in the South in power—they want to lead at all the expenses. That is the reason Peter Hitler Mutharika is saying Malawi need to have the fourth province in the South to make sure power stays there. The best thing for the North/Nyikaland is to separate from Malawi and let the Center themselves decide whether they want to be slaves of the South under the leadership of Lomwes and their tribalism ideas. Only Northerners will decide their destiney not the CEnter or Southern region to decide our future. Enough is enough of this tribalistic and looters government. If we are refused to be on our own Malawi will be ungovernable—we will fight the armed struggle. We promise you Peter Hitler Mutharika we will bring this war at your Ndata farm. As long we are slaves in Malawi we have nothing to lose—we will fight you to the last man. Alluta continuaaaaa!

    2. Mbuzi says:

      i dont get u how does federal an enemy of small population????????????????? is there a corelation between a small population vs federal????? teach me i dont get here!!!!

      1. John says:

        #mbuzi
        Referendum is national. Or should we put it in chewa? That is assuming you do know the difference between a referendum and a “federal”. Just to be clear, by federal you mean federalism, right?

      2. Look here asshole. You people have been seeing Northerners as your slaves and sub-humans. We are sick and tired of you motherfuckers. The best way is to separate from you assholes. We don’t want this union any more. We will fight you to the last man. We’re tired of being taken for a ride. Fuck you with your quota system motherfuckers!

  62. Redeemed says:

    A total cessession is recommended as a win win situation as opposed to federalism which seeks to benefit only the Northerners because, they will obviously implement unfair constitutions that seek to make the lives of other region difficult, while they continue to enjoy kudyela masuku pa mutu pa anzawo as it is their normal tendency.

    Malawi is indeed a cursed state, bound to be poor, those with great minds will agree with me that time is money, very sad when one considers the amount of ernegy being wasted on this matter, people are pretty occupied with torning the country apart in this economic dismay, no wonder the donors didnot hesitate to pull out, even if I were them, I would do the same.

    For your information, Lesotho citizen are now seeking RSA’s intervention and trust me, the majority are yearning to be patriated to RSA because they are tired of their power hungry leaders, I thought you were wise enough to learn the easy way. As for me, I choose to view the glass as half full, with festive season so imminent a trip back home could be a permanent one this time around, as job opportunities will be up for grabs with tribal affiliation off the list of qualifications.

    1. Mbuzi says:

      it is north that filed for divorce long time ago 2 months ago, but ur govt is not responding here, dont talk as if it is u and peter who started the issue, if north was enjoying the status quo, they would be making such calls, and if north underestimated that they can form a country since they dont have resources, they wouldnt have asked for secession, they would be still leaning on south like a dead moron, what should shock u is that the poorest region based on perception is the one pushing for secession, the same determination which Nyasaland had when they asked for secesion, infact the poorest among the three was Nyasaland, coz whites concetrated development in south rodhesia and north rohedesia, this even surprised whites and they said, ” u want to secede from us and yet u are the poorest among three, but orton chirwa and kamuzu said we want to face our poverty head on”” we have managed to clear the much thengere/bush in an independnet malawi, what remains is to clear the remaining thengere in north republic!!!!!!!! if development was evenly developed then such calls woundnt have been there my bro, malawi had nothing then,50 years after independence, malawi faces the same case study, interestingly

  63. Barton Chikaya says:

    Kodi ku mpoto aliko anthu angati? Tsono mukati tichite referendum amenewa awinanso ngati? Bwanji paliament ingokambirana?

    1. Redeemed says:

      Be assured, victory is there favour, with our votes of course, we will assist them to hang themselves by pushing them off the chair.

    2. Mbuzi says:

      north is for secession so on that north will vote alone try to understand global things here,, it is federalism that all regions will participate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

  64. Dick says:

    Federalism in one step to secession!! After the leaders see that they can enjoy leadership, they will press for secession!! YOU ARE DIVIDINGT HE COUNTRY ATUMBUKA NDI ACHEWA INU

    1. Chindindindi says:

      You are a real Dick without a brain. The country is already divided.

  65. sac kag van says:

    this is the start of real poverty in a country where poverty itself is the only song which more than 95% of its population dance to……what is t that we wil gain if everyone is searching to become a leader…….if you were a leader yesterday and you failed to deliver do not curse those that are ruling today…anger can not lead this country to development…and if you are ruling today don’t think you will rule forever…..lets respect each other…….

  66. Zex says:

    Mbendera will rig the votes in favour of no to federation. We should first revise the electoral laws. Votes should be cast between 7:00 hours and 13:00 hours. By 16:00 hours all votes should be counted, announced and displayed at polling centres. All constituency and disttrict tally centres should be abolished. Broadcasting of votes by any radio station should be done at polling centres.

  67. sac kag van says:

    this is the start of real poverty in a country where poverty itself is the only song which more than 95% of its population dance to……consider these two cenarios which can come from the referendum:
    imagine more than 60% people of Malawian vote for no federalism………wont those that r for t continue to demonstrate instilling havoc in this poor state..

  68. ovilera says:

    One of the reasons we are poor after 50 years of independence…..

  69. kholophethe says:

    We want federal system of government. Inu a PAC do not stop this with your tactics. We know most of you are being paid by DPP to stifle the will of the people. Whether referendum or no referendum; we want a federal state here in the north. Do you know that some of us are ready to take extreme measures to ensure this happens. Tavutika ndikale, tikusiyileni Malawi wanu.

  70. baba oniwa says:

    Apa khani yatha tigawanepo basi Dowa road , Kabudula -Kasiya road no tarmac road yet these are the areas which contribute alot to the economy of MW

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