Mwenifumbo rules out resigning from parliamentary inquiry on maizegate

Karonga Central MP Frank Mwenifumbo has ruled out resigning from the parliamentary inquiry on maizegate following his severe criticisms to the chairman of the inquiry.

Mwenifumbo: I will remain member

The plain talking Mwenifumbo criticised the chairman, Joseph Chidanti Malunga, for his unilateral decision to drop him from Zambia trip where eight members of the committee have gone as part of the inquiry on how Admarc bought maize.

“I don’t have problems with the whole inquiry but one person, the chairman. I am not resigning from the inquiry because some people might think am influenced by politics,” he said.

He was the only one dropped from the trip after another member, John Chikalimba was hospitalised, begging questions as to why he was the only one dropped.

The chairman of Human Rights Consultative Committee Robert Mkwezalamba asked Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya to intervene in the matter.

“The matter has potential of making people lose trust in the inquiry,” he said.

The inquiry members left Malawi on Monday and are expected back on Sunday.

On Wednesday, they are expected to question Agriculture minister George Chaponda.

Meanwhile, Mwenefumbo told Capital Radio Straight Talk program on Thursday that the House inquiry has credibility.

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10 thoughts on “Mwenifumbo rules out resigning from parliamentary inquiry on maizegate”

  1. muyombe says:

    Tribalism at its best!!!!

  2. Chaponda says:

    May be he is not trusted he might be passing ome information to DPP since he was once a member

    1. muyombe says:

      Is there any connection between one being a former member of PP and issue at hand?what a poor reasoning capacity you have!

  3. Kent Y.G. Mphepo says:

    History Honorable and Countrymen:
    If my memory serves me well, I red and heard from a friend that in or around 1952 Nyasaland African Congress was sending a three-man delegation to London to oppose the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. Rev. Charles Chidongo Chinula (from the North), Mr. Charles J. Matinga and …. I have forgotten … (but from the Southern Region too). There was none from the Central Region of course. But a sad incident happened. The two Southerners decided to leave one day earlier than planned but they did not to inform Rev. Chinula. Lo! and Behold! When Rev. Chinula arrived in Blantyre from the North to join his two colleagues, he learnt with shock that his friends were gone. He jumped on the next bus and hoped to find them in Durban where they were scheduled to get on a ship to London. Sadly, the day he arrived at the port in Durban he saw a ship sailing out and people told him that that ship was carrying his two compatriots. Hungry, homeless, frustrated, pennyless and confused he found himself a destitute in the middle of nowhere. When night came he decided to snick into a lonely church building for a rough and hungry sleep. He prayed, “God help me!” And, as God would have it, in the middle of the night, he was awoken by a loud conversation of two youngmen, possibly coming from a drinking spree. They were speaking in Chichewa (which was then erroneously called Chinyanja/Chimang’anja). “These must be fellow Nyasas!” he thought, “They may assist me if I explain my situation to them.” Indeed, these are the people that offered the good reverend shelter for the next few weeks as they mobilized money for him to take a long and frustrating trip back to Nyasaland. This, to say the least, was the worst form of injustice or unfairness a person can suffer from compatriots. But, surprisingly, Rev. Chodongo Chinula will go into the annals of Malawi history as one of the most good heartened Nyasas (Malawians). Instead of raising his voice against Southerners and reading too much (such as tribalism) into the whole saga, he embraced them as his fellow Nyasas and continued to pursue the big picture with them. He did not drop from the fight against Federation simply because he had been ill-treated. He continued to fight for the greater good of all Nyasas who, at that time, were yearning for a deliverer from various forms of torture visited on them by the white government. Is this not the Rev. Charles Chidongo Chinula who composed the song Hena(?) Mwana Wa Mberere, Watiyeghera Vakwananga Vithu Vyose? (Ona mwana wa nkhosa watisezera zakuipa zathu zonse). Is he not one of those Malawians who fought for the freedom that we now have? Is this not a clear sign of a matured Man of God that we all must emulate? I personally, love this man although I am not from the North. My hope is that more Malawians will read about his life. A fascinating character! A true, selfless Man of God.

    You would think that that’s the end of the story. No. A few weeks after this fateful trip, news was rife in Nyasaland that Matinga and his colleague were returning to Nyasaland without anything to show for it. Because they did not have a good education the two were not able to communicate effectively in English with British officials in London! In fact, Rev. Chinula was going to be the spokesperson for this delegation due to his excellent English speech skills! Nyasaland African Congress top guard and its rank and file was angry at this tribalistic behavior and for coming back empty handed after spending so much money to and from from London.

    What is the moral of in historic episode? We Malawians must learn to become sensitive to each other particularly when dealing with national issues. Effective communication is important if we know that we are going to make a decision that can easily be misinterpreted by those from a different tribe and region. Secondly, those of us who find ourselves on the receiving end of “seemingly bad decisions” such as quota, should learn to wear a tough skin. Leadership at national level requires maturity. Long-suffering and selflessness, is one sign of a matured individual(s). We must not be easily disappointed by the behavior of people around us because life will not always be fair. The world is not utopian. As the Chewas have it on record: “Mtsogoleri Ndi Toto Moyo,” “Walira mvula walira matope” and “mutu ukakula sulewa nkhonyo.” S/He who wants to lead must be prepared to demonstrate that s/he is prepared to tolerate unfortunate and frustrating situations and incidents like this one. Leaders must face situations as they come and be able to move on without creating imaginary or real enemies.

    You see, disappointments are not new in Malawi politics. During the Chilembwe Uprising in 1915, several chiefs refused to join the war for the simple reason that Chilembwe (himself of a Mang’anga mother and Yao father) was mainly fighting for the Lomwes (then called Angurus) who had just come into Malawi from Mozambique and, because they were landless, and sojourning as labourers on white farms, they were subjected to different forms of torture by Bruce and Willian Jarvis Livingstone in Mulanje and Thyolo. Lomwes were considered a second class tribe by the Chewa/Mang’angas (Nazombe, Mkhumba, Mabuka, etc) and the Yaos (Chikumbu, Matipwiri, Juma, Mtiramanja) who were the “ankhalakale” or “eni dziko”. Writing about this Shepperson and Price who have written extensively about the Chilembwe Uprising and the history of this part of Malawi quotes Chief Malemia of Zomba having said this after being invited by Chilembwe to join the uprising: “I am not going to let Europeans get killed just to make John Chilembwe Governor.” Shepperson and Price say that this sentence was load with feelings of tribalism that was rife at that time and contributed extensively to the failure of Chilembwe war against the white government in Zomba.

    Again, it is tribal battles between Northerners and Southerner, who dominated the leadership of NAC (later to be renamed MCP), that forced NAC leaders to find a neutral elderly person from the Central Region to lead the struggle against colonialism in Malawi. Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, then practicing medicine in Britain, later in Ghana, was chosen. Tribalism was also a latent factor in the Cabinet Crisis. Some felt that Dr. Banda, from the Center, was sidelining them over John Msonthi and John Tembo the two Cabinet members in 1964 from the Central Region – the rest were from the North and the South. And, since NAC leadership had historically been dominated by people from North and South, there were feelings that a “foreigner” was running the party in fovor of his cronies. But, as they say, the rest is history. Some felt that the party could do without him.

    What is my message to Hon. Mwenefumbo? What has happened to him is nothing new in the history of Malawi politics. And by saying this, I am not demeaning the pain that he feels about this. I am also not implying that Hon. Malunga and colleagues are being tribal. No. Actually, I personally have worked with some members of this joint committee in other forums and I know them as men of high sense of integrity. Two I can mention are Hon. Gowelo and Hon Chimwendo Banda. Noone would associate these two with tribal attitudes. I have also followed the reasons why the numbers of those going to Zambia needed to be reduced. The issue was purely financial. There was need for someone to drop out and, unfortunately, a decision was made that Hon. Mwenefumbo must be dropped. It was also wise to take money from Account No. 1 at the time when people are dying in hospitals due to lack of food and medicine. The number needed to be reduced. Actually, 8 was too many for me. My advice to the good Honorable member is to humbly and kindly take this decision and continue to work with colleagues in good faith. Learn from Rev. Charles Chidongo Chinula. Like Christ, he humbled himself and did not consider himself better than his colleagues who had decided to leave him behind and when they came back he did not drop out of the “good fight” for this country’s independence. You and I are free today because of his and other people’s efforts. He took it kindly and gentlemanly. I have known Hon. Mwenefumbo and his brother, Ngwire, my former boss, as gentlemen.

    So, Honourable, we are proud of you. Your tough questions have made a big difference in this inquiry or probe. We need you back as a patriot. Remember: while politicians think about the next “election”, patriots think about the next “generation”. Future generation will appreciate your continued stay on this special committee.

    I rest my case,

    Kent Y.G. Mphepo – Blantyre

    1. Kanonono says:

      This country needs people who have unifying comments like you. I have read every sentence of your long comment and I surely ended up learning several issues. I wish you could ask for a column from Nyasa Times so we could get a chance to learn much more about the country’s history from a neutral man like you. Be abundantly blessed

  4. richard says:

    The Dr has some elements of pro executive!!!!!!!

  5. Zude says:

    Hahaha,Frank Mwenifumbo!!!

  6. Mcp die hard says:

    Zativuta. He knows what is going on. Bravo Mwenefumbo dont waste your time we have lost the plot.

  7. koma abale inu eeh says:

    That Committee had NO credibility from the get go, because it was set up based on innuendo and hearsay. …waste of our hard earned money! And it still has NO credibility at all, contrary to what Mwenifumbo is saying. In spite of the fact that there are some decent individuals on that Committee.
    The way Mwenifumbo (and Kaluwa) continue to act, as parliamentarians, they are is going to be so much bad blood between these two and all other MPs, except perhaps the ones from their North.
    What would it take for these two to change their mind set, when it comes to regionalism?

  8. nkhambako says:

    that’s maturity honourable

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