People’s Party (PP) northern provincial governor, the Reverend Mzomera Ngwira has maintained his proposal that the North needs to secede and become a standalone state.
Ngwira argues that apart from leaving the country fractured on regional lines, the first-past-the-post electoral system hardly favours the region to produce a president.
His call received a trashing by Young Pastors Coalition of Malawi (YPCM) who addressed a news conference the debate has the potential to worsen disunity in the country.
YPCM executive director, the Reverend Patrick Banda of World Alive Ministry, also opposed (PP) vice-president Harry Mkandawire’s statement in Parliament that the country should adopt a federal system since Mutharika’s first Cabinet is hugely dominated by ministers from the South where the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) enjoyed massive votes in the chaotic May 20 polls.
Rev Banda told reporters that those calling for North Malawi to be a standalone country or federalism “will only bring more harm than good to innocent Malawians.”
He asked Malawians to detach emotions and prejudices when approaching matters of national interest.
Banda said the debate on federalism is “misrepresented.”
But Ngwira dismissed the pastors as “opportunists” being bankrolled by DPP to continue “oppressing the north.”
He claimed the pastors’ news conference was organised and funded by presidential adviser on unity and parliamentary affairs Symon Vuwa Kaunda.
Mzomera Ngwira maintained that the secession of north debate will be taken to the region’s grassroots with a civic education to the people.