Catholic Bishop says Malawi turmoil is culmination of frustrations

A bishop of the influential Catholic Church says the current wave of post-election violence is a sign of culmination of frustrations by Malawians who do not see the value of belonging to the State.

Bishop Mtumbuka Bishop says post poll violence
is culmination of frustrations

Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga diocese says the frustrations have been piling for a long time and the government has not been addressing the issues.

“This shows that many Malawians don’t see the value of belonging to the state, this is why they are destroying any symbols of the state,” said Mtumbuka.

He said people feel the national cake is not shared equally by those in authority and asked those in government to listen to the plight of the frustrated Malawians.

“We must pray relentlessly for peace. People must give Malawi another chance because this is the only country we have,” said Mtumbuka, sounding frustrated himself.

He continued:”We shouldn’t think that this is fun. When citizens start challenging the military and police, threatening all the state machinery with stones it shows a bad sign. We have reached a point where people no longer see symbols of the state as part if them.

“People don’t see a value of belonging to the state and they believe the state is only for a few.  When you create a vacuum of trust of the state machinery, radicals take over. We are at a crossroads,” he said.
Asked as to what has contributed to the rift between the state and citizens, Bishop Mtumbuka said it has been a long story.
“It has been a long story, people have been complaining that the common good the cake is not being shared equally. There cries have been ignored for so long,” he said.

The UN Human Rights says the political situation in Malawi is very fluid and volatile, saying it is now getting out of control.

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Nalingula
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Nalingula

Our Problems started the Day Atcheya decided not to Hand Over to Either Malewezi or Aleke Banda….That day Tribalism ,Nepotism was Born …That Day the Nortion that Only Someone from the South can Rule Malawi was Cemented…Ndie Omwe Anatotengedwanso ndi Atcheya Anangobweresa ZaoZaowonse Zosankhana Mitundu….Imagine if Atcheya had let Malewezi or Aleke lead bwenzi Pano titazolowera kuti Aliyense Atha kukhala President….

Concerned citizen
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From another article on the Nsundwe suspects, it was reported that some were from Dedza, some from Ntchisi. My question is who organised for them to be found at Nsundwe.

Who is to provide us with answers which are due to the nation. We need to know who is trying to wreck our country?

We as a nation are peace loving. This is very strange to most of us.

Khima
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Khima

The catholic church was quite apparent in its support for Chilima which discredits its fair opinion of current affairs matters. In terms of people against the state, demonstrations are now a global trend, you can not isolate Malawi when dealing with this issue. Leaders and government must do more to address people’s problems that I agree.

Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri

This partisan bishop has been agaonst APM from campaign period to date. His preaching during campaign time was alway to discredit APM. He is now endorsing violence. Total shame.

Weep not child
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Weep not child

Absolutely correct a bishop. This is why there is advocate for Federalism.

braveheart
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Catholic uR part of the radicals and sponsoring it . U had a candidate u were campaigning for but lost..stop that shit ! cardical Roco! uR the people who made our people dull until today

joseph Banda
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joseph Banda

Yes the Bishop has said it, BUT, BUT, BUT, which long frustrations like what the Bishop? The issue has been on elections. If elections, then the issue is in Courts. Why then be on the street demonstrating. We have the laws. But if something else then mention it. Is it that the North wants to lead Malawi? Then come up with the right candidates or come up with the right system of government because the present democratic system may not achieve it since it is one man one vote. majority wins the leadership. No wonder, it seems all the lawyers… Read more »

pitala
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pitala

Are you against the northerners ? U cant even see anything good in them the northerners shame.Remember they brought you this what you call democracy in Malawi nobody could stand and say enough is enough. the northerners can’t rule Malawi according to their population yes the majority rules but they can direct you to a better Malawi tomorrow. The problem with you in fact is that you hate the northerners.

Ubale
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Ubale

So many good things in the north but we have destroyed them.Eevdeserve what we get now

#NotMyPresident
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#NotMyPresident

a jose, kutha mawu. analysis full of vendetta. This is why people are stoning the police, really because they dont feel a sense of belonging.

Weep not child
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Weep not child

You have missed and missed his point.

John Gray Gufa
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John Gray Gufa

Oh! He is busy with politics, he has forgotten his frustrated Christians in Chitipa who chased away their priest because he did want to listen to the laity

Weep not child
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Weep not child

You are just hiding behind this yet you know the truth

Noxy
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The Cake? Let’s talk about election not the cake.Who won the election?

Aka
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Aka

What the bishop has said is the truth like it not. It is just because he is from the north that you think he is telling lies. It takes a patriot to fly above regional thinking inorder to decipher the truth.Izi nzedidi, wachikulungwayu satonama