'Federalism is not regionalism' – PDM

The Peoples’ Development Movement (PDM) has outlined some of its core values saying apart from championing the issue of federalism, the party is also fighting for the elimination of nepotism, regionalism, quota system and equity in development.

“Federalism is not regionalism. We are not saying only the northern region should be federal but Malawi,” the party’s Chairperson, Botswana based and Malawi’s former Minister of Education Richard Msowoya said in a scathing email response, a copy made available to Nyasa Times.

“Many who  comment on these issues lack exposure and knowledge about governance sometimes. USA, Germany, South Africa, Mozambique, Nigeria and many other countries follow this system because it ensures accountability and gives power to the people better than central government,” he explained.

Msowoya: PDM promoting federalism

PDM’s response or clarification comes in the wake of comments by a People’s Party official that the party ‘ is a small and regional party with no leadership and structures’

PDM had courted  PP of President Joyce Banda for a formal relationship but demanded that the ruling PP government must formally recognize PDM’s ideologies if it wants to work with it.

“Our idea is Federalism. We are not backsliding,” the party’s Publicity Secretary Msenga  Mulungu said.

Msowoya said federalism ensures proper allocation and use of resources adding. “Its’ about empowerment”

He said PDM was not fighting PP but is only offering workable solutions to the problems Malawi is facing.

“Ideas do not only come from big groups or elders or majority or the powerful. They start with individuals and small groups like PDM. We have to fight for federalism… not because we have structures and are powerful but because we believe it is good for the nation,” the former minister said.

He said Malawi needs progressive thinking to forge ahead and not the backwardness of party political fights.

“A good leader does not majority to rule but good ideas and policies,” Msowoya said.

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