Mutharika returns home to meet federation calls

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika Wednesday October 1 returns home from the recently concluded trip to New York for UN general assembly, only to come face to face with the growing calls for federal system of government

There has been strong movement from the people of the North Malawi proposing federalism and calling for a national referendum on the same. Some quarters are even advancing for the North Malawi to be a standalone country.

However, progressive federalism is being supported by even the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

I'm back: Mutharika on arrival.-Photo by Mana
 Mutharika to face federalism storm

MCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwila confirmed the party engaged Public Affairs Committee (PAC) on the federal system of government and asked the religious body to facilitate a debate.

The CCAP Synod of Livingstonia has argued that the push for federalism should be national.

And the Mutharika government through its spokesman Kondwani Nankhumwa said they will embark on a national wide civic education tour on federalism and North Malawi independence; an exercise he said will lead into a referendum on two matters.

“Government has no intention to stifle debate on either federalism or secession. We have noted that even those that are propagating for the system are falling short of understanding on how it works. So we will embark on a national wide civic education for Malawians to appreciate the positives and negatives of the system, and if the need be, government will call for a referendum on the matter,” said Nankhumwa.

He said a referendum will be called when people have been sensitised and enlightened on the issues in question.

“The way the issue is being presented to Malawians at the moment, is as if it is for the northern region. Malawi is one, and all the regions will fully participate in every step of its deliberation. And it may happen that after this civic education exercise, Malawians may never want to further debate on this issue,” said Nankhumwa who is also Minister of Information, civic  education, and tourism.

Mutharika has been challenging those agitating for federalism or secessionm calling such calls as unnecessary .

He is scheduled to meet PAC members to discuss the issues.

In Africa, federal system of government is practised in some countries including South Africa and Nigeria.

The term federalism is used to describe a system of government in which sovereignty is constitutionally divided between a central governing authority and constituent political units such as states or provinces, while secession refers to an act of an area or group becoming independent from the country or the larger group that it belongs to.

While in US  Mutharika was privileged to meet with UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon on matters of democracy, human rights, peacekeeping, health, trade and investment.

He also addressed the UN General Assembly.

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Akim Banda Nthendiam
7 years ago

God bless my country

7 years ago

Nadi lekani nase tiwepatekha.

Lilaka Nena
Lilaka Nena
7 years ago

ndiye bwino tione chitukuko cha nyau pakati, chokumwa tea kwa alomwe, cha a mbwenu kwanuko. koma choooondeeeeee eastern region musabweretse boko haram kuno.

Imraan Sadick
7 years ago

I say no to federal

Nunkhadala mwanamulomwe wa ku Bongwe chiringa phalombe

agogo takulandilani mwabwelesako zotani? sikuti tizinva kuti ndinakadya ndi obama, zimenezo nzanu, nafe tikufuna zathu

7 years ago

So interesting to note that federation is being practiced in RSA and Nigeria who also happens to be economic giants in Africa. May be this is the turning point for Nyasaland after 50 years of independence

Jones krugersdop mayaya

Nw u r just following the ftsteps of ur…ur…i mean br.T.B.J.! Come on!

7 years ago

The disadvantages outweigh the advantages this is really playing with fire. Dyera bwanji we need to unite a ‘Malawi’ what your doing is giving our anemies chance mufuna mutigulitsile dziko lathu kwa Tanzania chani aku yambitsa referendumwo muwafufuze ayenerakuti adyapo kenakake kuchokera kwa Tanzania amenewo

Nyani wa ku Mwananyani
Nyani wa ku Mwananyani
7 years ago

Now that secession movement is thinning out (Scotland and Catalonia) slowly, disgruntled individuals from the north are pushing hard for federation. These individuals are deliberately ignoring the horrendous costs associated with federation, in a very poor country like ours. Smart people have presented the arguments against; and they appear to be more plausible than the arguments for federation. Sentimentality ruling; people thinking with their hearts rather than their heads!
No to federation. Just like it was absolutely “NO” to secession.

The Country Chief
7 years ago

Mtundu wa a Mutharika ndiwachabechabe uwu,munthu wangoyamba kulamulira kumene chaka sichinathe koma wasokoneza zambiri,Yehova kumwambako imvan kulira kwathu,5 yra ndi yambiri tisakhalira kuvutika ndi anthuwa,kufuna kwanu kuchitidwe.

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