UTM disowns Deguzman over ‘tribalist’ remarks

Remarks by  Deguzman Kaminjolo,  a UTM Party sympathiser, through a Facebook post in which he posted that the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is a “disgraceful party full of ancestral spirits’ dancers” has forced the party to disown him.

Kaliati: Deguzman posts are personal opinion and do not necessarily represents the views of UTM Party

The remarks have invoked spirited debate on social media, and on Tuesday, the Chewa Heritage Foundation (CHEFO) held a presser in the capital Lilongwe demanding an apology from Kaminjolo.

Kaminjolo,  a journalist turned PR specialist – posted: “It must be frustrating being MCP knowing the election might be stolen but not knowing how. Vuto la chipani kungozadza alimi ndi a dance ya mizimu.”

In a telephone interview with Nyasa Times, UTM Secretary General, Patricia Kaliati, and her deputy, Levi Luwemba, have both distanced themselves from Kaminjolo’s remarks saying they are demeaning to the Chewa culture.

Kaliati said Kaminjolo does not hold any political position in UTM; and, therefore, whatever he was saying must have been in his personal capacity.

And during the media briefing, CHEFO secretary general, Richard Mdyetseni, said the grouping was disappointed and disapproved with the remarks Kaminjolo uttered against the ‘gule wamkulu’ and the Chewa people.

“We are giving 48 hours for Kaminjolo to apologise or else we will not hestitate to take unspecified action,” said Mdyetseni.

Mdyetseni said the majority of Chewa people are farmers, and that by demeaning them was like demeaning all the Chewa people.

He  said there was a possibility that would release the Gulewamkulu to hold peaceful demonstrations against Kaminjolo’s remarks.

Chikumbutso Mtumodzi, a social commentator who is also a Chewa, said though he keeps his hands off from commenting on politics  described Kaminjolo’s post as “degrading.”

“As a proud Chewa and executive member of CHEFO I urge Kaminjolo and the UTM to apologize to us the Chewa people. If indeed nothing is taken into account because of this fiendish statement then UTM should not expect any vote from any reasonable Chewa people,” said Mtumodzi.

He added: “Kaminjolo should be mindful of the fact that Malawi is a rainbow nation and people coexist. In my case Iemploy three Yaos who share similar cultural norms like Kaminjolo but I have never said anything that would demean their cultural heritage and traditional norms.”

Apparenlty, Mtumodzi and Kaminjolo were very close friends sharing same house together with Thom Chiumia when they were all practising journalists some 17 years ago.

Meanwhile, Kaminjolo also returned to Facebook Tuesday saying “there is no merit to apologize.”

According to Kaminjolo, he has no issues against any tribe.

“There is no mention of any tribe in my post. Alimi is a word exclusive for any particular tribe…dance ya mizimu is also not exclusive to one particular tribe. Vimbuza is a spirit dance. Amongst we Yaos we have a spirit dance called mpungulo,” wrote Kaminjolo.

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Pempho
Pempho
3 years ago

You thought after giving him 4 mita ikubweeetserani ma vote mwanya ana anyau ife vote simuyiona ,You dnt buy power

Che Wanimiliyoni
Che Wanimiliyoni
3 years ago

Let truth be told all cultures in the world except for the western world and especially in Africa were and the illiterate majority are still primitive. Ngoni, Lomwe, Yao, Tumbuka, Tonga, etc, have some elements in their culture which are distasteful. And talking about language I for one don’t speak Chewa. I speak Nyanja the language the chewas found in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique when some Chewas were running away from the Belgian Congo. If Chewas had their own language the remnants in Congo would have been speaking chewa up to now. Examples are Yaos, Lomwes, Senas, Zulus, etc, you… Read more »

Goliati
Goliati
3 years ago

Cant agree more. Majority of Malawians speak nyanja not chichewa

Chief Lukwa
Chief Lukwa
3 years ago

Achewa mukuzidabwa bwanji? Mumatamba musakane. Nanga kumanda mumakhala kuja mumataniko?

Lilenji
Lilenji
3 years ago

Very true! Nyau is from the devil and is practiced by uncivilized people. It is for this reason that the civilized likes of Malewezi, Chakwera, Tembo themselves had to quit the nyau religion and join Christianity. I come from centre, a member of Nkhoma Synod and Chilima is my vote, whether pastoral letter or not. No reason for apologizing

hambakahle kamdidi
hambakahle kamdidi
3 years ago

Personally, I do not see anything wrong with what Kaminjolo has written to attract the wrath of CHEFO. The main respondent on his (Kaminjolo) comment should be MCP and not CHEFO and the former has been specifically mentioned. Actually, the reaction by CHEFO would be interpreted to mean that they think MCP belongs to the Chewa tribe and it is, therefore theirs and it is their responsibility to act on the party’s behalf. Otherwise, MCP has membership and supporters from across the country, from different tribes and all these just like all Malawians about 90% are farmers and all these… Read more »

gonthi
gonthi
3 years ago

One hundred thousand votes gone for just insulting a tribe. You must learn to guard your tongue.

nyalugwe
nyalugwe
3 years ago

A UTM hired hand. Ngati ayamba pano, nanga akalowa mboma????

Goliati
Goliati
3 years ago

Come on. Eee ng’ona – sananasinthe awa. Who cares about your damn Nyau? Very insensitive. Asolowe mboma amenewa. They will fill up all prisons.

mtete
mtete
3 years ago

That’s what happens when people run out constructive issues. Can people like him assist in building a tolerant society?

PHANANA
PHANANA
3 years ago

Patricia kaliat yu better stop your nonsense, kodi mesa uli ku dpp ndiwe amene unaki mgulu lobweretsa mlakho wa alomwe kumayika alomwe patsogolo ngati ntundu waukulu, ndiwenso amene unakolezera quota system ndi malemu bingu

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