PDM wants federalism in Malawi: Unveils 2014 election manifesto

The Peoples’ Development Movement (PDM) has probably became the first political party to unveil its tweaked manifesto for the 2014 tripartite elections announcing that it will implement key reviews in the mining, education, land management and public service.

The party also said it will introduce a federal system of government to balance economic and development inequalities Malawi has experienced since independence 50 years ago.

“The Viphya plantation is gone and where did the money go? The Kayerekera Uranium Mine is another project that has not benefited Malawians,” PDM interim President Aston Nyondo said this during a news conference held in Mzuzu on Wednesday.

Nyondo hailed federalism as the only solution to Malawi’s socio-economic woes saying the current governance system has failed.

Federalism is a system of government in which entities such as states or provinces share power with a national government. The United States government functions according to the principles of federalism.

PDM President Aston Nyondo addressing the press.
PDM President Aston Nyondo addressing the press.

“Those that say the system will not work because Malawi is a small country should look to Switzerland and Belgium for inspiration. Back home we have the CCAP and the Roman Catholics practising it,” he said.

Party Secretary General David Nkuna said PDM will participate at all levels in the 2014 tripartite elections.

“We wanted to introduce the leadership of the Party and outline what we have in store for Malawians. We are still alive,” Nkuna said.

PDM is yet to hold a national convention since its court facilitated registration a few years ago.

Nyondo, who has lived and worked in South Africa for the past 23 years, said the party would want to make Malawi’s youth the centre point of its development agenda claiming currently youths have no hope and inspiration.

“As we form the next government in 2014, PDM will give youths the reason to believe in themselves so that they build a future. Currently Malawi is not a country I would want for young people,” he said.

Nyondo said PDM will also create a Malawi elected people are servants of the people.

“Why should we praise the Presidency for country’s achievements when whoever is there is our servant because we employed him or her. Do you go to great length to praise your housemaid or gardener for a job well done, when you are paying them to do that? The presidency should be respected and worshiped,” he said.

The PDM boss also quashed the tendency of State Presidents dishing out cash for philanthropic causes saying it is scandalous and illegal. He did not elaborate.

“As State President I will lead this country by consensus,” Nyondo said.

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