Mulhako wa Alhomwe condemns newspaper column on ‘Tchopanomics’:  Mulli says stop ethnicisation of Malawi policies

The Mulhako wa Alhomwe cultural heritage has condemned the influential Backbencher newspaper column for a title of ‘Mutharika and Tchopanomics’, saying it was insensitive to their culture.

Mulli: Tchopanomic title was insulting

Leston Mulli the chairperson of board of trustees of the cultural grouping told a news conference in Blantyre on Tuesday that the column was “offending” for linking the economic policy to Tchopa, the Lhomwe dance.

The Backbencher commented on the fiscal plan and country’s economy and dubbed the budget woes as ‘Tchopanomics!’, a term derived from the popular dance of the Lhomwe, a tribal grouping which the deceased president Bingu wa Mutharika  founded and his brother incumbent President Peter Mutharika  consolidated by appointing Ngolongoliwa as its paramount Chief (Mwene-wa-mamwene).

The columnist likened the country’s economy to what was known as Reaganomics when the  United States  of America’s economy was destroyed by the economic policies of President Ronald Reagan who ruled the country from 1981 to 1989.

“Tchopanomics is steeped in a strong sense of economic emancipation which made Bingu mess up old-established relations with western donors early in his short second term (2009-12). He claimed western aid, unlike Chinese aid which came without strings attached, was a mere tool for neo-colonialism, and was convinced that by adopting a zero-deficit budget, Malawi could manage just fine without their aid,” wrote Backbencher.

But Mulli said described the newspaper column as “insulting” and “grossly violating cultural sensitivity.”

He said: “We strongly condemn the ethnicisation of Malawi;s economic policies  made by the said article.”

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Wanjiku
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Wanjiku

Iyayi,yingokhala Mullinomics.

Resign Now Mutharika
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Resign Now Mutharika

Okay tigamule nkhani tasintha kuyambira lero it is Chapondanomics!

Ande
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Ande

What a stupid idea to coin the word ‘Tchopanomics.’ Some of these journalists are really dull and full of bile ethnic hatred. Now, the author of the article needs to go back to the classroom. Lhomwe tribal grouping was not founded by Mutharika but rather the ‘Mulhakho wa a Lhomwe’ organisation and it is the Lhomwes as a tribal group who dance Tchopa. Read and edit your articles before publishing them and take away misguided and or ambiguous phrases.

Gwamba
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Gwamba

Its indeed Tchopanomics kkkk. So Ande, go back to school kapena mumafuna ikhale muntharinomics kkkkkkkk

santana
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santana

All the writers are now thinking and writing as if their brains are full of mucous. The majority being Chewas and Tumbukas. If Mulhakho is serving the lhomwes politically why don’t other parties form the same to make Aford and MCP strong? Is there any tribe which is not allowed to form a group which eventually can help their party basis? Kungosonyeza kuti mitundu inayi ndiyogona kwambiri. If Mulhakho helps the Lhomwes politically why don’t Chakwera do the same with the gule wamkulu culture? You can now see that the opposition is now totally backed by all the journalists because… Read more »

Bibo
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Bibo

Forsake Santana, which election are you gonna win in 2019 you imbecile Lomwe? Your candidate is too old to lead, he can’t even speak well and is a disgrace to Malawians. All countries are laughing at Malawi because of Mutharika – he is very inept and lost direction on all segments of governance.

Santanaforchakwera
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Santanaforchakwera

Very inept, full of idiocy, imbecilism, lomwelism, tchopanomics that is Mathanyula Santana’s foolish president with dull brain. All the presidents before him were better off even Muluzi the illiterate.

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Bwana Mulli should just STOP his Tchopanic argument here. Unless ndi mulendo mu Jerusalem, it’s by now well known that this country has been lhomwelised with mulhakhoism and run by mulhakhgurus using tchopanomics.

Kabuchibuchi
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If I call kasakula’s news paper as Nyautimes am I really being polite to the good Chewa People? Please answer this question with honesty.

My sincere take is that the use of the term ‘Tchopanomics’ is very very demeaning to the cultural values of the good Lomwe People. It is a direct attack not only on APM, but also on the entire good Lomwe People.

Kasakula, Kasakula, Kasakula…….how many times have I called you? Please behave mannerly young man kasakula. You can do better. There is life after that job of pleasing MCP wamva George!

kanchenga
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kanchenga

This is outright rubbish. Do you really expect people to respect you after the mess you people have put us in. Good lomwe people my foot. This is the most incompetent grouping in Malawi. Stealing is all they are good at. Off course helped by useless Tumbuka. I am not surprised Kamuzu preferred the Karonga and Chitipa people not these useless Tumbukas

o\'Machemba
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o\'Machemba

ooohhhh! @ Kamchenga taking the hatred one notch up, by now adding Atumbuka (as a group) to tribes on his radar of hate!!! Tribalist number 1 iwe. Mr Mulli is correct in pointing out in public, the demeaning of the term as used by that MCP henchman, Kasakula. Newspaperman (wa ganyu) for hire! Any tribe would rightly take umbrage to Kasakula’s characterization, and rightly so. The MCP Youth would probably take to violence to teach a “Kasakula” a lesson, if the characterization was aimed at the Chewa, as a group. And what does he really know about Reaganomics? The guy… Read more »

Gwiko
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Gwiko

Its your mother,your father, your wife and children and ancestors who are useless, mchewa wongokhalira gule iwe…Kanchenga ndiye kuti chani, stupid idiot.

Mkanda
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Mkanda

Kabuchibuchi, for your own information Backbencher column appears in the nation and not where Kasakula works. Therefore, it is nonsensical to bring Kasakula here. This is not make a difference between what Mulli is condemning and what you are insinuating here.

Kwacha
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Kwacha

is it kasakula who said this?

Gwiko
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Gwiko

Ask the idiots lol

Santana
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Santana

Who is APM not to be attacked you imbecile? Fwetseke Peter Mutharika. The more you comment stupidly here, Kabuchibuchi and Peter’s nsete licker Santana, the more muzitukwanitsa your foolish president you call Matthanyula nonsense. Zitsiru inu always licking Peter’s smelly ass.

Chidi Mbwengu
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Chidi Mbwengu

Mulli is chewing with lomwenomics, example his NBS pay out of K4.9b what will you expect him to say. Akagwele.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

The source of discontent is tribalisation of Malawi people in the name of promoting culture and heritage. Do away with these trivial groupings and promote Malawi culture which is diverse as the number of districts. Be proud of the diversity and not promote singular culture. Stop this madness. Remember the old days when people of Malawi were known as Malawians and not Lhomwes, Chewa, Tumbuka, Yao, sena, Man’ganja etc. This nonsense if promoting specific tribes is exposing the shallowness of our politicians and leaders. They are not ready for the 4th Industrial revolution or Climate Change. They belong to the… Read more »

Zagwa
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Zagwa

This Muhlakho stupidity needs to be abandoned my lhomwe friends. Some dull lhomwes think they can outsmart the majority of Malawians because they didn’t react to them rigging that 2014 ballot but if they think they can go on beyond next year like this then they have another thing coming. It will start by eliminating the sellouts they are using. Look around, siinu ambiri, mumalizidwa. Mudzathawatu leaving these ill-gotten properties behind. anthu oipa inu. Anthu ngati a Ben Phiri, Mukhitho ndi a Chisale agwira ntchito yanji kuti adzigula ma galimoto a 80 million inu? Stop this nonsense, especially the abuse… Read more »

Ineyo
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Ineyo

Start ur own business nawenso udzagula ya 100 million kkkkk

Fatsa
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Fatsa

Chisale was only a corpol ku Kamuzu Barracks, a very lower rank when he joined state house. Lero akuyenda ndi chimutu chake chonga njerwa chija ali pokopoko with stolen money, idiot.

Remnant
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Remnant

Koma tinkanenatu pamene munthu wanu wa makani uja wotchedwa Bingu amayambisa gulu lake la alomwelo kutithise groupigs are a recipe for civlil strifes like this one around. Civil wars starts like this. Bakili tried to stop it but the persistent Bingu went ahead and created the group. There is no problem with the group but when it is headed by a politician that’s where the problem starts.

Ineyo
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Ineyo

Kuganiza mopusa

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