Kamlepo calls for federation, Malawi parliament divided on tribal, regional lines

Legislators in parliament were on Thurday sharply divided on tribal and regional lines as a fierce debate raged on whether the country should embrace federation system of government or not.

Kamlepo Kalua: Malawi should adopt federal system of government

The motion was introduced in the 193 strong House by outspoken Rumphi east MP Kamlepo Kalua ( Peoples Party).

The motion had the backing of almost all the opposition and independent members of parliament from the north and south while the ruling Democratic Progressive Party  (DPP) MPs fiercely and emotionally rejected it.

Thyolo Thava MP Mary Navicha said President Peter Mutharika and his DPP led administration have spread development projects in all the districts in the country.

“Federation cannot work in Malawi, we should all work together to develop the country despite of our differing political affiliation,” she said.

Dedza east MP Juliana Lunguzi said the sytem would not only increase ordinary people’s participation but would as well put to an end the culture of handclapping and god worshipping head of state.

“With federation, people will not be under captivity. People will not be told to clap hands or dance for the president to get developent projects, we should not be clapping hands to someone to get development, this is our money,” she said.

Karonga central MP Frank Mwenifumbo said the centralised system of government has become redundant.

“Issues of corruption, nepotism, favouritism, cronyism, tribalism and regionalism can only end if we have the federation,” he said.

He said proponenents of the federation should not be seen as attacking the current leadership.

Zomba Chisi MP Mark Botomani said there is equitable distribution of development activities across the country, saying the issue of nepotism is not there describing it as mere perception.

But Lilongwe Msozi South MP Vitus Dzoole Mwale said nepotism in the DPP led government has reached high levels saying the Chief Secretary is a Lhomwe, chief executive officers of Admarc, NFRA, MBC and other key parastatals are all from Lhomwe belt.

Former vice president Khumbo Kachali said federation is the only way to leap forward the country’s development.

Health minister Atupele Muluzi said the decentralisation which the government has embarked on is the best way of giving power to the people as well as spread development at a very corner of the country.

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Black Market
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Black Market

The 50+1 vote which you betrayed in the chamber is the best way forward unlike the federation. You can now attest to the fact that corruption is bad, why did you go ahead receiving money for the “NO” vote in Parliament from DPP?. I used to support your ideas but I have now seen that you Kamlepo, are just useless.

Phwisa
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Phwisa

MCP should be the last to support this. I would only support federalism if all people would go to their homes of origin so that they develop their states. Otherwise it will not be federalism if you will find the Tumbukas at Capital Hill and a Mr Ngwira as DC in Nsanje. No!

CHIKWAWA
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CHIKWAWA

Will you ask all Jeres to go to Mzimba who are settled in Mulanje to get their share of the country budget?And all Bandas to go to Kasungu to get their share from the budget?Malawi is just too small to talk to run federation system,

PATHAKO
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PATHAKO

It is nonsense to talk of Federation.It would be the same.We have so many tribes in Malawi .that want to dominate .So it would come back as it is to day.I expect Kamulepo to talk much on security and the Laws that allow free property destruction.force snatching and butchering of innocent citizens on allegations that are witches .The government is not doing enough ,Fight for change of Laws.Let those involved face the Law not be left free when other members are in Pains.Malawi will explode.So you will see strong revenge that would bring total confusions in the country.Why should government… Read more »

winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

KAMLEPO,many Malawians (myself) inclusive,are wondering whether Kamlepo comprehends the meaning of FEDERATION.Righ now, Malawians wonder how the country would exit from the present economic and political pandemonium created by inept leadership.May I take this opportunity to admonish Kamlepo that the process of creating FEDERATION in any country is not that easy,it needs brilliance and commitment of all citizens of the land and it takes much time,it is not a matter of going to the platform and start preaching gibberish to the people.First and formost,see to it that your voters have the needed things for their day to day life.As I… Read more »

Nalingula
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Nalingula

The Kamlepo of old would be Making Noise about the 7 billion Admarc Scandal. Why is he trying to deviate attention from Real Issues affecting all Malawians. Ma neighbour akutiposawa Zambia ,Mozambique etc ndi ma Federation? A Kamlepo alero mmmm ndiokayikisa.

tired and concerned citizen
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tired and concerned citizen

this is the only way for us to enjoy in this country osati dziko kungokhala ngati lili mmanja mwa antghu owerengeka okha adyera

tired and concerned citizen
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tired and concerned citizen

thisn is the way to go for us malawian for everyone to enjoy in this country.dziko longokhala ngati lili kwa anthu owerengeka tatopa nazo.anthu adyera

Gonapamuhanya
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Gonapamuhanya

I agree! Atumbuka asamutse manyumba awo anamanga ku Namiwawa ndi ku Namiwawa akawadzale ku Mhuju!

innocent
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a system that will scrap powers from the HE to the regional governments? as a southerner myself I would love to see this,We are falsely accused of steering regionalism,yet southern region accomodates every Malawian,our region has a good number of industries n when the fed is in action then our Southern leader will ensure that workers in this industries are from Southern region,I see my young brothers benifit ting more from this new setup plz pple bring it on

kanchenga
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kanchenga

That is if you don’t run these industries down through stealing and corruption.

Mbanji
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That’s fine, at least they will be something going on there on the other side…developments takes time to build but we can wait for that……at least we shall be making our own decisions…vuto ndilote, tilibe chikondi timafuna zonse zikhale zathu, our neighbor has to be beaten materially under any circumstance……that’s the mentality on the ground….most of times we forget that we there to serve the Masses

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