Mzimba West legislator Harry Mkandawire (People’s Party-PP) has told parliament that its should be on record that former Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda is the one who started promoting nepotism and that ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary general Greizedar Jeffrey is following suit.
Mkandawire was commenting on concerns that government would be bringing to Parliament electoral reform Bills, among them changing the proposed electoral system from a simple majority to 50-plus-one and that inauguration should be held after 30 days.
“Now, reforms would level the playing field in Malawi and remove regionalism. Malawians would have leaders who enjoy confidence from all corners of the country. If government sits on this bill it will confirm some careless genocide statements like what Secretary General of DPP made in Karonga that northerners will never produce a President,” said Mkandawire.
He added: “ This was the most careless statement. In Rwanda, one million people died because of such careless talk. We cannot allow that. It started with former Minister of Agriculture, Honourable Chaponda.”
Mkandawire continued: “The statements that were made actually were raising speculations that the south is determined that central and northern region will never have Presidents in this country and we cannot allow that. I urge government to bring this bill immediately or there will be trouble in this country.”
Chaponda, who is DPP vice president, is on record in an attempt to clear his name from alleged corrupt practices in the maize procurement from Zambia during apublic inquiry that the scandal was being championed by northerners.
Malawi Law Society (MLS) denounced Chaponda remarks as being divisive, irresponsible, dishonourable and far beneath the dignity of a holder of the office of a Minister.
Meanwhile, Jeffrey careless remarks continue to attractcensure .
Political commentator, Humphreys Mvula, described the statement from Jeffrey as sad, tribalistic and un-Malawian.
Mvula said it is an insult to Malawians from the North including top party officials to grace DPP rallies only to be told that they can only be hand-clappers.
“I wonder if the statement represents the DPP’s policy on the North because this is not the first time. Minister of Transport, Jappie Mhango, and the former minister of Agriculture, George Chaponda also said the same thing. Again, it is the same DPP government which is using quota system to admit students into public universities,” said Mvula in quoted reported in the press.
Executive Director of Church and Society of Livingstonia Synod of CCAP Moses Mkandawire said Jeffrey’s sentiments are tantamount to hate speech.
He said people from the North will drag Jeffrey to court where she will have to explain what she meant by saying that the Northern Region cannot produce a president.
“We cannot tolerate such kind of thinking in the country. We do not want Rwanda, Sudan or Kenyan scenarios here. You will soon hear that we have dragged her to court to explain what she meant,” he said.
Jeffrey argued her remarks are a true reflection on the ground.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :