UDF says Malawi turmoil needs political solution: ‘Courts can’t deal with nepotism and egos’

United Democratic Front (UDF) leader in parliament Lilian Patel on Monday responded to State of the Nation Address (Sona) address by President Peter Mutharika and said while the Head of State mentioned that Malawi has been declared one of the most peaceful country on earth and that third most   in Africa, the current post-election tense threatens the nation’s stability.

Patel: Political problem requires a political solution as a legal solution may not work in trying to resolve such a problem.

There have been countrywide demonstrations over the disputed result of last month’s presidential election which was marred by allegations of fraud, including that many results sheets were altered using correction fluid – Tippex.

In her  response to the Sona the President delivered in Parliament on Friday,  Patel on Monday  said what is happening should not be treated casually by all of sides the House.

“The issues we have in this country are political in nature and we are the political leaders in this country. We have a choice to make of how we want to be remembered as leaders by the future generations.  We must all stand together in making sure that there is peace in this country for without peace there will be no development in our country,” said Patel.

She said since the election matters are in court she could not dwell much on the merits and demerits of the case to avoid subjudice.

However, she pointed out that much as the courts will give us its determination in favour or against either sides of the case, there are political issues bogging the country which are not the jurisdiction of the courts.

“For arguments sake, Madam Speaker can the courts resolve the issues of nepotism that we are all worried about? Can the courts resolve issues of tribalism that have become inherent in our society? Can the courts deal with issues of our egos?  Obviously not,” said Patel.

UDF leader said Malawi need to start a dialogue on how to manage the post-election period.

“We would have dealt with legal problems but not the political problems and its root causes.

“Madam Speaker we are a solution to some of the problems.  We need to start on a path where we can achieve real unity in this country.  I am talking about the unity which can be felt by all Malawians and not the unity which only appears in our political podium speeches and disappears in practice,” she said.

Patel pointed out that over the years leaders have systematically established a political system where the state resources are consumed by a few privileged people while the rest continue to wallow in abject poverty.

“The protests we have witnessed in the last few days are not just about elections in our view but symptomatic of other problems which we have so long put under the carpet, such as lack of sustainable jobs for our young people,” said Patel.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) which was supposed to deliver response to the Sona as official opposition  according to Standing Order 35 (1), declined, saying they are disputing the elections results in court and that for now, there is no ruling or opposition party in the country.

Parliament spokesperson Leonard Mengezi said according to Standing Orders, the UDF which came out as a party with the second largest number of MPs in the House cannot take up the Leader of Opposition roles but have a right to respond to President’s address and other bill.

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Gold Ruyondo
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Gold Ruyondo

Soul searching.

Vinjenje
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Vinjenje

Lilian,that was a very beautiful speech and full of wisdom,but be reminded that all these problems we are facing now are as a result of your friend Cheya for handpicking the brother of this Zungwara.

CESSPOOL SIMALOTO
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CESSPOOL SIMALOTO

Nepotism!! She was there when Papa Muluzi sidelined Malewezi and Aleke. He picked Bingu for UDF presidency. Bingu didn’t look the other side when he said he was hard against corruption. Ever since she got into our parliament nothing pithy ever comes from her. Blind followers of both Papa and Baby Bakili but Papa Bakili is in a double tragedy he has a corruption case in court Baby Bakili has been booted out of politics. APM has not recruited Baby Bakili into the cabinet despite congratulatory message. The paste of flattery has just failed. No political royalties no dynasties in… Read more »

Ntumbuka Mwenecho
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Ntumbuka Mwenecho

Nkaladi uyunso? A rural electrification project meant for Chitipa was moved to her constituency at the expense of atumbuka. President wachichawa Che Mulusi launched it. Muyesa taiwala?

Machiavelli
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Machiavelli

Akulu, despite his shortfalls on governance Bakili was one leader who promoted oneness and not nepotism in this country. I am not a Yao, but he did his best. His cabinet had a good number of people from the whole Malawi. He even worked with his rivals Chihana and Gwanda by making them 2nd vice president and Minister of Agriculture respectively. There were very few Yaos in his cabinet. Quota sytem was abandoned during Muluzi’s time. Again he did not hold permanent hatred with his opponents. He always extended an olive branch to them. Siza lerozi where where other Malawians… Read more »

Nakaka
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Nakaka

I agree with you in totality. In the area of nepotism, Muluzi stands out clearly. He never divided Malawians along tribal or religious lines. AMalawi, let’s critically analyze our problems with sober minds.

Vinjenje
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Vinjenje

I entirely agree with Nakaka.Bakili made sure that was equity in sharing the national cake.But not this Zungwara.

Chipakama
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Chipakama

Muluzi did not do well on several issues koma ukuku uku tisamunamizire

MASO ENA
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MASO ENA

LILIAN PATEL, PLEASE CONFIRM BAKILI MULUZI DID SEE/EDIT YOUR SPEECH BEFORE IT WA TO PARLIAMENT!!

Peph
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Peph

Let me congratulate Lilian Patel for a well presented and reasonable speech, that only a person with a political eye can negate it. It is very true these issues need sober minds, without being entangled with self, tribal and regional motives. As alluded to, podium speeches are lip service, not real. They are meant to score political points not really to offer solutions. Malawi need people or leaders who think seriously in those lines. Since it has been raised, parliament need to take her speech seriously and discuss to how to find everlasting solution. She might not have been instrumental… Read more »