Outrspoken Member of Parliament for Mzimba Hora, Rev. Christopher Mzomera Ngwira has repeated calls that the country should have a rotational presidency based on the country’s three regions.
In a radio interview, Ngwira said this would ensure equal spread of development in all the three regions of the north, centre and south.
“What should happen is this, each region should be given a chance to have the elections during a particular presidential election. All political parties, say in the north, should field presidential candidates from the north if the turn is for the north and the president shall be from the north and prioritise his development in the north,” he said.
He said the situation would be the same for the centre and south when their turn come.
“This way, there will be equitable development unlike now when the south is more developed followed by the centre and the north is the least developed,” he said.
This view was thrown out when he presented it in parliament last week.
He said this was a much better system than federalism, saying elsewhere rotational presidency system has brought stability, cohesion, equity and pluralism , citing Nigeria’s ruling party, the People’s Democratic Party, which adopted the presidential rotation in a truncated manner.
Mzomera said the presidential rotation system would have far-reaching effects in addressing ethnic rivalries, competition and hostility in Malawi.
“It will also bring order in the way scarce resources are managed and utilised for the benefit of all. There will be little feeling of ‘winner-take all’ since in the end all will be winners,” he said.
Mzomera said Malawi deserves a system that addresses people’s fears, frustrations, emotions and fundamental needs – and that is rotational presidency.
Founding president of Malawi, Ngwazi Kamuzu Banda was a Chewa from central region district of Kasungu who ruled for 31 years. Banda was succeeded by Bakili Muluzi, a Yao from eastern region district of Machinga who governed Malawi for 1994 to 2004.
Then Muluzi’s handpicked successor Bingu wa Mutharika, a Lhomwe from southern region district of Thyolo ruled up 2012 when he died in power , succeeded by Joyce Banda a Yao from eastern region district of Zomba.
Banda was defeated in 2014 elections by incumbent Peter Mutharika, a Lomwe from Thyolo in southern district.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :