Transport and Public Works minister Jappie Mhango says the northern region cannot produce a President because it has a small population.
He was speaking on Sunday in Luweredzi in Mzimba after officially opening a bridge.
Mhango then urged northerners to join the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), saying the party has an advantage of winning elections because its base, the south, is more populated than other regions.
“Let us face the truth here, the north cannot produce a president. We should just join the DPP which is assured of ruling the country,” he said.
The controversial outspoken minister said federal system of government and rotational of presidency based on regions championed by some sections of people from the north is a non starter.
He said the two systems cannot work in Malawi.
Mhango’s comments come after Mzimba Hora MP Christopher Ngwira proposed that there should be rotational presidency based on regions as a means of equitable development.
Mhango said the DPP led government is distributing development projects equally.