Livingstonia Synod insists Malawi govt being obstinate, maintains concerns on nepotism and quota system

Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Livingstonia Synod on Sunday conducted an induction of Synod’s moderator the Reverend John Gondwe with an attack on some government policies it argued are marginalising people on ethnic and regional backgrounds.

MP Khumbo Kachali with Rev Nyondo: DPP is being obstinate and sticking to a policy that marginalises the north

The synod’s general secretary the Reverend Levi Nyondo, speaking during the induction at Katawa, accused the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led administration of being nepotistic.

Nyondo also said the administration is obstinate and not listening to voices of reason.

He accused government of arrogantly promoting the equitable selection of students into public universities and other institutions of higher learning as examples of policies framed to marginalise some sections of people based on their ethnic and regional backgrounds.

The policy, popularly known as the quota system, was introduced during the rule of former president Bingu wa Mutharika.

“The Livingstonia Synod of the CCAP maintains its stand on quota system policy. We say no to quota system. It is aimed at dividing this country; and, as such, we say away with quota system in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. We want merit in this country,” he said.

He asked legislators from the north in attendance – Khumbo Kachali (Mzimba South West), Mzuzu City’s Leonard Njikho and Karonga Central’s Franck Mwenifumbo – to raise the issues in Parliament and to the media “because government is too arrogant. It doesn’t listen.”

Nyondo also said the synod is opposed to the promotion of same-sex marriages and abortion.

He also deplored the rising cases of corruption in government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

In his remarks, Mwenifumbo supported the synod on quota system, saying it should be abolished.

Mwenifumbo also appeared to support the synod on nepotism, saying “the national cake is not shared with us”.

Government spokesman Nicholas Dausi refused to engage on verbal tirade with the church.

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I used to respect the man of God, Rev Nyondo. From the day he raped the constitution of the CCAP Livingstonia synod for the third term bid, my respect for him vanished. I am waiting to hear him condemn the tobacco growing quota system as it desctiminates against the people of the north. The Man of God needs also to condemn the quota system in the marking of exams where students from some regions are favoured by their kinsmen, the lecturers, who dominate institutions of higher learning. One would have expected the man of God to condem the quota system… Read more »

Foolish northerners. Until today you dont know that quota actually discriminates nobody? Shupiti zanu asatana inu!

I still don’t understand that in today’s age we are still discriminating people on the basis of tribe, colour, religion, gender, beliefs. We are all human who came to earth the same way like everyone. As Malawians we all have the same rights and as humans we all have basic human rights. If we discriminate others on the basis of their tribe then we should also be comfortable with white people discriminating against black people. This is just intolerance of others who are different form ourselves and shouldn’t be the case in the modern day. If we still talk in… Read more »
Patrick Phiri

These noise makers should stop this nonsense. When their Khumbo Kachali was VP during PP rule, they never asked him to consider abolishing quota system. Now they come here bweka-bweka speaking against quota system. The system is here to stay.

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