Speaker Gotani says North Malawi ‘not second class citizens’

Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara has said  people of the northern  must not be treated as “second-rate citizens”  as is the case now under the  government of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Gotani: In the north we pay taxes like any other Malawian and should not be treated as second-rate citizens

Gotani Hara  was speaking during the political campaign  rally for Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera ahead of July 2 fresh elections.

She bemoaned  that  people of the north are living like a second class citizens  because the national cake of development is not being shared equally.

Hara, who is deputy secretary general for MCP,  said the current DPP government is failing to start or complete the projects in the north.

“Mbombera University, Livingstonia-Njakwa road, new Mzuzu Airport, Mzuzu youths center and many more, where are they? The region is also part of Malawi,” she said .

“The current DPP government does not recognize us as Malawians. That is why the region has not received any development projects. All the projects they are talking about were brought by late Bingu Wa Mutharika,” she lamented

However, she said under Chakwera administration, Malawi will receive equal distribution of development projects.

“Treat everyone as Malawian. If one comes from Thyolo, Mulanje or Karonga treat them all as Malawians. We are tired being abused here in the north,” said Hara.

“We pay taxes like anybody else,” she added.

The country will hold a presidential election re-run on July 2.

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Mofolo
Mofolo
9 months ago

Catherine Gotani Hara listening to you yesterday spewing rubbish about northerners being second class citizens of Malawi made me wonder where you as speaker of parliament were getting this information? Tell the nation when did the class system legislated in Malawi which act of parliament? Don’t spread foolish misconceptions. I am a northerner and I am second class to no one in Malawi.

Frustrated voter
Frustrated voter
9 months ago
Reply to  Mofolo

Sorry to learn you are ignorant and unable to read the article. The article clearly indicates that the Speaker Believes the DPP Givernment has treated the Northern Region as second class citizens because of the lack of Development in the last 26 years.
I will vote UTMCP to encourage development in the Northern Region where it should be near the busiest border area.

Tito
9 months ago
Reply to  Mofolo

Mofolo, You have completely misunderstood the information. She did not say that they are second class citizens, but they are treated as such. If you cannot agree with what the speaker is saying I doubt if you are indeed from the north. What she said yesterday has proven evidence.

Muhlabase
Muhlabase
9 months ago

Woman of integrity….love u Hara Gotani

Malawi belong to the citizens

Mayi Gotan Hara mwanenadi zoona,misonkho tonse timapeleka.Malawi government should distribute developments equally.Kusamva Kwa DPP leaders Ku wawonatse nyekhwe. Thanks mayi Gotan Hara polankhula truthfully.All citizens are equal.A DPP mwazipweteka nokha,ozindikira akuziwa,wopepera adzawona ndimaso.More people their eyes are at Tonse alliance.The 38% that DPP got last year there was a percentage of tippexed results sheets, fake tally sheets and dublicates tally sheet and subtraction votes.If you remove those votes DDP will remain with 13% of votes the whole country.Wina alira Chaka chake ndichino.Kutera kulipo ndithu.

Munya Muona
Munya Muona
9 months ago

She has been in parliament all this time what has she do for her area? she was supposed to help her area get developments coz that ‘s the why she was elected to be in parliament.. lame and arrogant utterances

Tito
9 months ago

The Speaker’s word of wisdom. The current DPP government has made too many unfulfilled promises in the north. A president is supposed to be for the country and not for one tribe or region. The country now lacks leadership, even the caretaker is very incompetent. You can see that he has not spoken since the ruling. Very poor indeed.

Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche

She spoke like an unelightened tumbuka full of thengere logic of the dead north (MCP publications).

Kuswa Kuswa
9 months ago

This stupid woman should grow up. She spoke like tumbukaland is not part of Malawi. No speaker of parliament has fueled tribalism and tumbukalism on a public podium like what this stupid girl did yesterday. A matured speaker of parliament should avoid partisan podium politics.

Jonnah
Jonnah
9 months ago

It surprises me to see northerners complaining yet they are the ones investing heavily in centre and south. They are building mansions and filling stations, buying houses in Lilongwe. You have no reverence for your place and you expect somebody to go and build houses for you. Where is Gotani’s house?

Malawi belong to the citizens

To those who are saying Kut North Malawians neglect their developments, you are liars.May I asked you a question who built government universities, roads,it the government not individuals.Try as much as possible to use your brains when you are commenting please.The university in Thyolo was built by government.college of medicine, Polytechnic College, chancellor college, Kamuzu college of nursing .Mzuzu university yili pamalo a Mzuzu teachers training college.when developing a country osamayang’ana zigawo.Chouluka chimatera.Dpp itera basi.kwalembedwa itera basi.

Zondeni
Zondeni
9 months ago

Well said madam! Truth must be told! One Malawi. I liked everything u said and am ready to usher the winning pair into power. Not milk lemon pair

ChakweraSaulosi
ChakweraSaulosi
9 months ago

Kagwere uko Gotani – ask Chakwera why his MCP called the North -Dead North . It is MCP that under developed the North .Lero Chakwera akukunamizani ndi Saulosi. Forget about them winning an election .

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