PDM for federalism, Aford wants quota system out

The Peoples’ Development Movement (PDM) has demanded that the Joyce Banda government should formally recognize PDM’s ideologies if it wants to work with it while Aford calls for dissolution of quota system in education.

“Our idea is Federalism. We are not backsliding. That is to say decentralization that the Germany government has propagated in this country and has spent a lot of money,” the party’s Publicity Secretary Msenga Mulungu said.

But PP officials, who did not want to speak on record described PDM’s demand as unrealistic.

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“Here is a small regional party, without structures and even leadership and wants to be treated like an adult. This is unfair,” the official said.

PDM made this outrageous demand during an impromptu press conference held in Mzuzu on Monday.

While offering condolences to Her Excellency the President and the people of Malawi on the demise of President Bingu wa Mutharika, PDM took advantage of the occasion to propagate its ideals.

“If she does not support our ideologies then we have nothing to offer to her. Recognizing us should not only be by word of mouth because we learnt from Rumphi Central Constituency bye elections,” Mulungu said.

In 2011, PDM had requested PP to form a coalition but the PP wrote back saying a talk of a possible coalition must embark in 2013.

Mulungu said PDM will respond to the letter come 2013.

PP said then that it was putting its focus on building its nationwide structures, formulating, articulating and disseminating its ideologies, vision and policies to Malawians and the international community.

President Banda also said PP had reservations with the behaviour of some PDM members whom she said lacked decorum. She did not name them in the letter.

Meanwhile, the Alliance for Democracy (Aford) says a Coalition would be a wise moment to initiate efforts to unite a nation divided along tribal and regional lines.

The party’s Chairperson for Elections and Campaign Committee Dan Msowoya said this in a press statement released on Monday.

Msowoya also urged the PP government to fight the discrimination in our education system brought about by the dreaded Quota System saying it is a wonder how this policy received unanimous approval by Cabinet.

“It defeats the whole purpose of examinations in schools, rewarding failure and a recipe for breeding mediocrity and nepotism both in public and private sectors. In this case we demand that,” he said.

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