Member of Parliament for Mzimba Hora, Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira has said he will continue to canvass for the for the introduction of a federal system of government or even for North Malawi to be a standalone country, saying President Peter Mutharika has failed to silence him.
In an interview with Nyasa Times, Ngwira claimed he was invited three time by the President and promised some developments for the north during the current financial year but he was astonished to find out that of all the things he was promised, government has not included them in the financial plan and left north starved from the national cake.
“When I was on the fore-advocating for federalism, the President called me to discuss the issue. He promised me that during this financial year, government will construct a university, Njakwa Livingstonia – Chitimba road via Mhunju-Lula, Mzimba police-Njakwa via Eswazini road, Jenda-Edingeni road, Rehabilitation of Mzuzu-Nkhatabay road and construction of a new Teachers Training College.
“It is irritating and painful to see that there is nothing in the 2015-2016 budget for the north. This is cheating because there is no
way the northern region MPs should be passing a national budget which has nothing for us,” he said.
He said that since the northern region has been cheated, they will intensify the call for federation.
“All we want is an equal share of the national cake, there is no way all the development could be going to the central and Southern region, we want to make our own budgets,” he said.
Malawi’s parliament passed a 2015/16 National Budget to the tune of K930 billion (US$2.1 billion) on Thursday despite fears that the opposition will derail the approving the appropriation Bill.
Proponents of federalism argue that the system should be introduced for equal distribution of development and public positions.
President Mutharika previously proposed federalism and proportional representation in the country, describing them as two possible ways of doing away with concerns of regional marginalisation.
Addressing the National Constitutional Review Conference in Lilongwe, held from 28 to 31 March 2006 titled ‘Towards a More Manageable Constitution, Mutharika, then professor at Washington University School of Law in USA, publicly proposed federalism while addressing the issue of national unity.
In the paper he presented in 2006, Mutharika claims that proportional representation worked well in countries like Namibia, South Africa and Mauritius, urging Malawians to borrow the leaf from those countries.
Making a case on the federal system of government, Mutharika also used the Nigerian government, saying “Another and perhaps more radical response (are) to simply abolish the three regions and create the district as the basic administrative unit.”
The paper says Nigeria successfully resolved the problems that were created by the existence of its three regions at the time of independence in 1960 into what are now 36 States and one federal territory.
“While the initial decision to abolish the regions led to war, Nigeria is now a much more unified and stable country,” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :