Synod says Malawi federalism movement ‘unstoppable’

Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Synod of Livingstonia  new moderator the Reverend Douglas Chipofya on Sunday  took the federation issue to his congregants in his sermon at St Andrews Church in Mzuzu saying federalism  proponents should not be intimidated  as they are free to propose and debate  the system in a democracy.

Chipofya contrary to what was in the media after clergy’s meeting with Presidential advisor on Parliament and Unity Simon Vuwa Kaunda that the Synod does not endorse debate on federation, said the church was backing the public debate on the matter, pointing out that for some people to be campaigning for federal government, it means something is wrong.

The Moderator clearly indicated that people must be given the choice.

Rev Chipofya: Synon supports taking federalism debate to the people to decide, time for oppression is over

Rev Chipofya: Synon supports taking federalism debate to the people to decide, time for oppression is over

“Let me make clear that the synod is not against federalism as it was portrayed in some quarters. The stand of the synod is that proponents of federalism should be heard,” said the synod’s spiritual father.

He stressed that Livingstonia Synod supports taking debate to the people for final decision.

The Peter Mutharika government, through presidential adviser on national unity Symon Vuwa Kaunda, has been countering calls for federalism by telling chiefs that its proponents want to divide the country and there is need for them to stand against it to ensure unity in the country.

During Paramount Chief M’mbelwa V’s coronation ceremony at Edingeni in Mzimba on Saturday, the Synod moderator asked government, M’mbelwa V and other chiefs to allow people to debate federalism, saying Malawi is not a dictatorship where people can be threatened for voicing out their concerns.

Chipofya took a swipe at chiefs for playing party politics instead of being custodians of traditional duties. He advised chiefs that they are on those positions because they were chosen by God to serve his people.

“This business of saying ‘chiefs are supposed to work with government of the day’ has had majority chiefs taking it out of context and this has resulted in being perceived as one way of gaining personal favour from incumbent Presidents who have corrupted chiefs with huge cash hands that do not benefit their subjects and if you don’t call it corruption then I don’t what the word corruption means,” lamented the Moderator.

Inkosi Mtwalo and former state vice-president Khumbo Kachali spoke in support of the synod.

Said Kachali: “The voice of the people and whatever it says stands and no one can go against.”

Kachali warned that the people will not stop raising their concerns until government listens to their cries.

Despite presence of Paramounts Kyungu and Chikulamayembe, no response on federation issue was evident from both chiefs as well as government officials.

So far government has indicated that they are willing to engage people in debate.

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Anthu a kumwera ndi pakati mulibe nzeru. Atumbuka mwakhala mukuwadandaula nthawi yaitali kamba ka kudzikonda kwao. Lero akukutsanzikani akufuna adzipita kwao, inu mukuti ayi. Mumadandaula za bodza eti? Let me remind you Quota System came becoz one tumbuka in the University council was replacing names from the south and central pa selection list with northerners. The secretary (was not a tumbuka) reported it to authorities and went up to the president. Today even during MANEB examinations, security is heavily relaxed in the north ( no police etc, The Security officer is Tumbuka) and there is rampant cheating there (anzeru). Ku… Read more »
Aninto
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Am a northerner who strongly wish for northern secession and not federal system of govt. I humbly urge you servants of God of Livingstonia synod to help northern people gain political independence Amen.

Aninto
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We really need civic education on the subject of federalism bcoz most people think that the system is division-breeder rather than social-economic equality promoter.

Thunthu mpwiniha
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Fedulo si yamtundu ayi koma kukoza machitidwe ndi kaendetsedwe kabwino padziko lathu ife ngati a Malawi.Mbuli zokha ndizimene zingamakane motere ndipo atsogoleri athu a Mpingo pangani zotheka kuphuzitsa nkhani imeneyi monga kalelija pa nkhani yazipani zambiri Mulungu akuthandizeni ndipo tituluka mudziko lakusadziwali

MTHUTHA
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Livingstonia Synod, asakukudziwani ndani anthu a tsankho ngati inu? zochitika zanu zoti ndiinu opemphera ayi ndithu…ndiinu nomwe munakangana ndi synod inzanu, Nkhoma mpaka kukanika kugwirizana mpaka mwamanga ma church mMalawi monse mpaka ku Mulanje. anthu a dyera, osauzika, osamva, amakani opanda chikondi. pano mwati mulowenso ku dziko. Joyce banda wanu akukutumaniyo mupindula naye chani?

You are a disgrace as a church and you just show that God isnt in your synod. too bad for you honestly

MAMA
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MLOMWE KUDZIKONDA KULIMBA MTIMA NGATI MFITI YAYIKAZI !ANTHU AKULIRA AKULIRA ZOTI ASINTHE NJEEE WAMANGA WAMANGA MULOPHWANA KHANYUWA !! KAYA BAIBULO OR KORAN YAKE YITI YOPANDA NAYO CHIKONDIYO NDI UMODZIYO ???

Havez al Sahalaaw
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Koma chonde zitsime za mafuta mutigaileko chonde ndagwwila mwendo wanu.

linga
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Zitsime za mafuta? Don’t worry. Northerners are just 3 million. Chuma cha oilo sitingachithe tokha. Alomwe musadandaule. Tizakugailani. Musaiwale kuti Asena alinso ndi zitsime zawo ku Lower Shire. Koma tizaonetsetsa kuti chumacho chikutula ku North chisanafalikire kwinako. Eyaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Koma, siyani kuti tukwana

sir mzungu
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Mvula zakale, Kodi federalism ndi chida chogawira dziko ngati? zinthu ngati munthu siukuzimvetsa ndi bwino kufunsa.

All those who need civic education on federalism should call the conern body.

Barton Chikaya
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Mwana akalirila mnyanga ya nsasi,musemereni ndikumupatsa kut imufotere yekha.

AMalawi tiyeni timve pempho la anzathu awa a Kumpoto, ndipo zigawo zonse zipange referendum. Zomwe zizatuluka mu mavoti a referendum ndi zomwe tonse tidzatsatira.

PAUL MHANGO
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NO Federism,NO Secession,NO room for LIVINGSTONIA SYNOD. I know our Reverends they so political and are confusionist,they are always freedom fighters but get nothing.Adakanganapo ndi Nkhoma synod,Bingu and here they go again.No wonder Livingstonia synod becoming a political party.PREACH SALVATION and see what GOD will do to our Nation.NO FEDULO,NO SECESSION, ONE MALAWI.

MAMA
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LET THE PEOPLE OF THE NORTH DECIDE LIKE SCOTLAND WHAT ARE YOU SCARED OF ???

jb
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I am for a federal state – it will at least give each region the power to determine its own destiny in terms of social development. Decentralized authority to run social services : agriculture, education, health, road networks, etc will enhance accountability of public officers. We are tired of cashgate and NO DEVELOPMENT.

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