Lucius Banda supports federalism for Malawi

United Democratic Front (UDF) leader in parliament, Lucius Banda, has spoken in support of  adopt the federal system of governing the country in which each region will have its own administrative power and report to the central government.

Lucius Banda in support for federalism

Lucius Banda in support for federalism

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has been pushing for the federal system with support from politicians and stakeholders from the northern region.

Banda, a top singer and lawmaker f from Balaka in the eastern region, said  the federal system of government will be ideal for Malawi and important for  fair share distrubtion of development and wealth creation.

“In fact we needed it by yesterday,” said Banda as quoted by Afriem online news website.

“My only worry is the people pushing for  [federalism] have not been as sharp as those who pushed for multiparty democracy and succeeded in those years.

“With a federal system of government, the central government will still benefit and be on top. The only plus would be that even those regions or provinces that felt neglected will benefit equally. It does not mean we shall fall into an affirmative action situation,” said Banda.

Banda urges federism zealots to engage many stakeholders and carry out civic education, saying the issues should be debated in sober manner and with the interest of the nation at heart.

Proponents of the federal system of government claim it will help the country to equitably develop as well as fight tribalism and nepotism which they claim have characterised the central government while the proponents of secession say the northern region has been on the sidelines for years.

President Peter Mutharika’s winning and formation of his government opened wounds of mistrust as he is being accused of favouring people from the South in his appointments to the Cabinet and other top government positions.

Malawi has four political regions namely south, central and northern region.

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Grecium
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Every tear has a source,examine it in good faith and you will have a clear vision.Those advocating for fedo must have a positive mind,leave their political colours and vie for mindset development .According to Zeleza Manda in his Bottom up clearly said and I quote ‘federal countries come in all sizes,some smaller than our country while others much larger’partroitism plays a mojor role in such circumstances

Seasoned Political analyst
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Seasoned Political analyst
The problem with most Malawians is that they are not analytical and do not understand the issue before reacting. APM proposed in 2006. The people proposing now are of the view that it is the right time with the right Head of State who understands the issue at hand. Is that difficult to understand? As stated by Sir LB the Head of state will not lose his POWERS. Each region will have its own administrative head office and report and meet at National Assembly. The FS is basically for developmental aspect so that each region takes care of its own… Read more »
zakakaliya mulopwiya
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Hon Lucius Banda, I salute you for being so brave to speak the truth about federal type of govt despite coming from the south. You are indeed true leader and you love our country. Bravo soldier. I support you x1000000000.

Chimwemwe chisokono sichinga
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Chimwemwe chisokono sichinga

Yes I suport Mr Lucius Banda munabwa ndi nzelu za umunthu ena akana federal system chifukwa anazolowera zomango pondeleza basi and now lets tell people to wake-up and open our eyes

IRONBRAIN
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Mbwiye you better shut up if you have no point to make. Address the issue at hand man.

Anonymous
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my vote is BIG NO to federalism

Dominic Chipwayira
Guest

Federal system of govt is the only way to go all we need is civics education to the masses of people living in rural areas of our societies. Let’s hope GOD will guide the nation during this transformation.

The Patriot
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Lucius Banda is indeed a born leader, mkulu muli ndi nzeru zobadwa nazo! Long live Lucius Banda, the brave soldier for the poor and the oppressed! I wonder why people with PhDs cannot see the sense in the Federalism, ndi dyera kapena?

Mbowe Mulambia
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I am happy that some people like Lucius akuzidikila kuti federal is not the way most people think Hon Banda musakhale ndikawa anthu akudana ndi federal poti anayambisa ngwaku mphoto so people had nagative of it becz of tribe I am happy that some of you you are wise enough so help to compaign fo it zipatso anthu azaziona pasogolo.

Mbwiye
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I totally agree with Lucius Banda, however, my worry and his worry are the same which he has indicated in the paragraph 5 of this article and I quote ” my only worry is the people pushing for [federalism] have not been as sharp as those who pushed for multiparty democracy and succeeded in those days” end of quote. My question is why was this not introduced when APM proposed it 8 years ago? Why did people introduce the subject after being whipped in a general election? Where were they before elections? Was it in their manifestos. Why was it… Read more »

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