Mzomera insists on rotating Malawi presidency

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.

Mzomera Ngwira:   We should have rotational presidency and not just developing south

Mzomera Ngwira: We should have rotational presidency and not just developing south

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.

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NGWAZI
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DON’T JUST QUASH OUT THE IDEA BWANA MZOMERA IS BRING ING THERES SOME SENSE IN W IN WHAT HE IS SAYING IN TANZANIA THE SYSTEM IS WORK ING WHY CAN’T IT WORK HERE ?? MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM THE NORTH AND CENTRAL WAKE UP THESE DPP PEOPLE ARE SO MUCH IN CORRUPTION THAT THEY KNOW IF SOMEBODY FROM THE NORTH OR CENTRAL TA TAKES OVER PRESIDENCY THEY WILL SUFFER IN JAIL THATS WHY THEY JUST BLOCK EVERYTHING GO AHEAD BWANA NGWIRA PUSHING FOR FEUDALISM OR ROTATIONAL OR STANDALONE THESE PEOPLE HAVE FAILED MALAWIANS FULLTIME THEY KNOW IT VERY WELL… Read more »
JBC Atate
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Unfortunately Ngwira’s proposal is another side of the same coin. He argues that development activities are concentrated in the south because Presidents come from that region. In his wisdom, a president from the north will priotise his development activities in the north. Is this a solution or creation of another problem? I am of the view that Nzomera Ngwira is equally selfish and his proposal is non starter.

Harawara
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Since quarter system started is the North still leading in public universities graduates? Mathematically, I doubt. The tables were turned up side already and it will be felt in few years to come. This is what worries Mzomera and co. Quarter system will not go. It came to stay. For us southerners we will fight to save QS until mathematically our public university graduates grossly out number those of the North. Few decades from Now we will start reaping the fruits of QS in public and NGO sectors. We are already leading in private sector.
CHEWA FEDERAL FRONT
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The way I see it, Malawians would NEVER accept it; SORRY.
It’s a shame because the North has some of the most educated men and women the country has ever produced. Enormous talent which is, unfortunately, betrayed by persistent allegations of high grade Tribalism/Nepotism.

Extra Point
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The issue being raised by Hon Reverend Mzomera Ngwira is very interested. While it is true that minorities in general have limited opportunities in society, it is not true that his proposal can work There are several challenges to his proposal: First the proposal has to be adopted by the Members of Parliament not only those from North Malawi but the other regions too. Do the other regions feel it that way? or can Hon Mzomera manage to convince them to see his point? Second it will be difficult to describe someone as a northerner, centraler and southerner. Will it… Read more »
Achiomba
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That is a non starter mr Ngwira..a national president is supposed to be voted by the majority of the people..if Malawi has voted a Yao before..a chewa before..a Hlomwe why not a Tumbuka? Wil shall vote for a Tumbuka mukachita bwino..chakufwa Chihana almost became Malawi president. The problem was that he conspicuously protrayed his tribalistic mind by pickin interim office bearers from the North..if Tumbukas can only stop this behaviour Of kuphangira and kudzikonda Malawians wil definitely vote for a Tumbuka.

Abdul Hassan Kotima
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Malawi Ndi Dziko Laling’ono Sizingatheke Kukhala Ndi Ma President Atatu.Inu Amzozomera Dikirani 2019 Muzaime Nawo.Sizankutuzo Ndinu Ozikonda Mukanena Kuti Kodi Ku North Kuti Kutukuke Amalawi Titani.U President Amasakha Ndi Mulungu Ok.

Limbani Maxwell Teputepu
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Limbani Maxwell Teputepu

The rotation of presidency does not reflect the capabilities. we need capable leaders

Mafuno Abwino Kwa Mwana
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Anyapapi nonse ndi ambwenu siyani kulota. Zoti muzalamulira Malawi iwalani. Komanso mukapanga Nyika tibweranso tizabweranso komweko kuzagula citizen ndikukulamulirani. kuyambira mtonga ndi mtumbuka sianthu aku malawi. Ndi a kumpoto kungoti anthu amakanika kuti asiyanise.

MPHWIYO
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I think MZOMERA has appoint to raise it is indeed true.Since Malawi formed

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