Malawi Parliament rises as Nankhumwa hits at MCP on killing economic development of Blantyre,  southern region

Leader of Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa has asked President Lazarus Chakwera and his government to review its decision o to relocate some government departments and important parastatals like the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA),  Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) and the Department of Immigration, among others, from Blantyre to Lilongwe, saying this may take away  economic life from the Commercial City.

Nankhumwa: It is economically unsound and illogical.
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He was speaking in his winding speech Friday in Lilongwe when Parliament adjourned sine die after concluding its Mid-term Budget meeting.

Nankhumwa said the moving of the important parastatals to Lilongwe is “an ill-conceived decision,” which  he said will have “catastrophic consequences” on the social and economic development of Blantyre and the entire southern region.

“Blantyre is a key economic hub of the southern region and the engine of its social and economic growth. Relocating these key institutions from Blantyre to Lilongwe would have a very serious and negative impact on the growth of the entire region,” he said.

The opposition leader added: “Indeed, many service providers in Blantyre and the region are likely to lose business and it is also most likely that many workers would face redundancy as Lilongwe would not be able to accommodate everyone.

“I, therefore, urge the government to reverse this retrogressive decision because it is economically unsound and illogical.”

On his part, Leader of the House Richard Chimwendo Banda, told Nankhumwa that the decision to move MRA and Immigration to Lilongwe was late  president Bingu Wa Muntharika’s decision and that the current government “sees merit in it.”

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Aneneli Onyenga
1 month ago

Ndiye ena akummweranu mukamavotera Chakwera or MCP kaya mumakhala mukuganiza chani? Look now MCP wants to kill the south. Why should southerners vote for MCP anymore? Wake up and smell the coffee my fellow southerners. Chakwera is a wolf 🐺 in sheep’s skin. Lazaro wants to kill APM by blocking his bank account so that he can not afford to pay for his health care. Ameneyo ndimunthu?

Ernest Nyirenda
Ernest Nyirenda
1 month ago

Nankhumwa is right. There is no way MRA,ESCOM and other parastatal entities can be moved to Lilongwe. Blantyre would be left obsolate interms of economic activities

Don Master
Don Master
1 month ago

It seems Nankhumwa operates with half a a brain. He usually talks nonsense

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
1 month ago

I find it strange that all these intentions to move the MRA and Immigration HQs were Bingu’s decisions. If so, why did he build such magnificent MRA house in Blantyre and not in Lilongwe right away? Kamuzu did not want it that way hence he built UNIMA Chancellor college in Zomba, he left some HQs in Blantyre like the very MRA, Immigration, Judiciary simply for the reason Nankhumwa has given: avoid killing Blantyre and Zomba.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mwini muzi
Opanda nzeru
Opanda nzeru
1 month ago
Reply to  Mwini muzi

Are you aware sir that the “magnificent ” MRA building was not intentionally built to be MRA offices?

jade
jade
1 month ago
Reply to  Opanda nzeru

yes but why was it purchased to be MRS. Intent was there

Banda
Banda
1 month ago

Regardless if it was Bingu’s decision Nankhumwa’s speech was good. Government Branch Head Offices should be spread around the country to assist in economic growth of each Region not just Lilongwe. Lilongwe is the location of parliment no need to have every Department there. Look at best practices of other countries where Departments are spread throughout the country. Just as Universities are. In creats growth and economy of that region.

Zimwanda
Zimwanda
1 month ago
Reply to  Banda

Spreading through which country? Did DPP spread anything in the north. Northerners have been crying forever. You are selfish

Kwa
Kwa
1 month ago
Reply to  Zimwanda

reserve bank and Mzuni. anthu osayamika

HETHERWICK
HETHERWICK
1 month ago
Reply to  Kwa

Pali choyamika pamenepo?

johnM
johnM
1 month ago
Reply to  Kwa

Mzuni ndi ya bakili.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 month ago
Reply to  Banda

Can you please name one head office based in the North of Malawi?

Mulopwana
1 month ago

Edingeni. I come from south and voted for Mcp why, alomwenu munawonjezatu so we just wantdd change, lets c how chewas perform and we shall vote again God willling

Pachalo
Pachalo
1 month ago

Nankhumwa and DPP should stop looking at issues of National importance through a regional prism. Lilongwe is at the centre and deserves to have headquarters of almost all parastatals and government offices. Do you consider how hard it is for people from the North to access services that are headquartered in the South? Southern politicians overestimate their political power! With 50%+1 all regions matter and not only the South!!

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 month ago
Reply to  Pachalo

Pachalo, you’re dealing with mbuzi who’s got no clue of what he’s talking about. Remember, he operates with fake certificates.

Tuntyufe
Tuntyufe
1 month ago
Reply to  Pachalo

Pachalo are u sure people from other regions don’t access services. There are branches all over. Read again the article

The Khumalos are racketeering
The Khumalos are racketeering
1 month ago
Reply to  Pachalo

By the way, all the elite from LL are in Bt and LL. When are we going to develop our own region. Are not we pathetic up north

Nyusesi
1 month ago
Reply to  Pachalo

Uli ndi kuchikamwa

Jah
Jah
1 month ago

anthu aku mmwera kupusa muziona

Igbudu
1 month ago
Reply to  Jah

You are a stupid person, anthu akuti amene ali ochenjera??? akumpoto or central? Mwachenjera liti???

Jah
Jah
1 month ago
Reply to  Igbudu

Munajijilika kuvotera tonse mumaona ngati mcp ndi zinthu??? Apa mulila free zikakhala ntchito aliyense waku mmwera akuchosedwa as if no one voted for them. This is my thinking

Igbudu
1 month ago
Reply to  Jah

I wouldnt vote for that directionless so called alliance. Its compositons is of half-wits, disorganised retards.

Chemba
Chemba
1 month ago
Reply to  Jah

Ndinthawi yanu takuonesani nthawi yaitali gwiritsani ntchito mwai mwaupezau

Loyce
Loyce
1 month ago

That is good move we can not have all head office in Bt kwakhala MEC,Bingo was visionary Leader he knew that,not these namunkhumwa Kaya the take south like their own bedroom,instead the best of all malawian

Igbudu
1 month ago
Reply to  Loyce

You are a pathetic, half-witted pitiful low life.

Phaloni
Phaloni
1 month ago

Nankhumwa akakhala zimene amaganiza ndizasankho basi… George Malemia.

Jjjj@gmail.com
1 month ago

Mr chimwendo are you Bingu wamtharika?
You seem to be feeble like a chimpazzees

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