Yeremiah accuses DPP gurus of lying to Mutharika: ‘North Malawi getting raw deal as Lhomwes fight Chewas’

Alliance for Democracy (Aford) lone  legislator Yeremiah Chihana has said President Peter Mutharika  is an infirm leader being betrayed by the treachery people he has around him, particularly pointing at governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) frontline troops  sitting in Parliament.

Yeremiah Chihana: Mutharika might be a very good leader of integrity but you people in the front, you are liars

Chihana made this statement in his maiden address in the National Assembly since his election as legislator for Mzimba North.

“Peter Mutharika might be a very good leader of integrity but you people in the front, you are liars. Malawi must move but will not move with people of your calibre,” said Chihana pointing at the frontline of the government side.

Chihana,  who was the evaluator of former president Bingu wa Mutharika’s deceased estate, also paid tribute to Bingu , saying  “he was a statesman, rigid person and full of integrity.”

He said some of the ministers in the current government could have the merit to be appointed in Cabinet by Bingu.

Chihana said Bingu was a statesman who did not regard region; race, tribe and he maintained integrity.

“ I know some cabinet ministers who are there that they cheated him that I should not be sworn-in this august House and you are there now in the cabinet cheating the President,” said Chihana.

The incumbent President Peter Mutharika in 2013 sued Chihana for allegedly damaging his reputation through a letter regarding the former president’s estate.

But then  Chihana  defended himself in the High Court when he stated that Peter Mutharika has no reputation at all regarding his political career, arguing that he is held in low esteem as a politician and his career is already disparaged in terms of leadership integrity.

In his address to Parliament, Chihana observed that there is  a cold tribal war between Lhomwes and Chewas.

“In the history of Malawi, this is the first time, the Lhomwe are facing each other with the Chewa but it is very regrettable you must watch your words. The Chewas here are in majority,” he said.

Chihana said when his uncle late Chakufwa Chihana  championed democracy, he was fighting for the liberation of all Malawians regardless of the Chewa, Tumbuka, Lhomwe and Ngoni.

He warned legislators to watch out on their war of words on tribal lines.

“My fellow people from the North it is unfortunate that you are laughing at everything and this is not your battle. This is the battle between the Lhomwe and the Chewa, let them fight. I will observe and see where the end will be,” said Chihana.

Contributing to the State of the Nation Address, Chihana said  the infrastructure, be it education or any, should be driven by the minimum infrastructure requirement at constituency or district or even regional level.

“Density should not be a criterion for choosing where to build schools. On this note, infrastructure based on density means the north will get nothing. Yes, Madam Speaker as this has been the case before no wonder that is why the north has had nothing in previous budgets. Yes, no wonder the roads in the north will never be done at all,” he said.

“I am mindful of the following: Ezondweni, Kabumba, Madisi, Enqucwini, etc. The President went to launch it and funds were available, you diverted the funds to the Nsanje Waterway.

“Kasito Bridge has been in bad state for 20 years yet you are doing Chikwawa- Mwanza Bridge. Chikwawa, Rumphi, Vongo bridges popularly known as VARBAO, are in a terrible state and have not been included in the SONA.

“Edingeni-Mpherembe, Kazuni- Chikwawa Road has no tarmac yet BADEA already funded the project and you moved the money to Nsanje Waterway. Mzimba Eswazini Kafukule-Ekwendeni Road has not been completed. The same is happening to Livingstonia-Njakwa Road. The density per population is not the key for providing infrastructure to other regions,” said Chihana.

He continued: “If you think you have completed the lakeshore road without Nkhata Bay from the hospital up to Mulowe via Usisya, you are only lying. Bingu launched the Jenda- Dwangwa road but to no avail. There is no promise of roads in Kafukule, Njuchi, Chikangawa, Nkhamenya, Mabilabo, Liwerezi, Khosolo and Dwangwa which promised to ease transport between Jenda and Nkhotakota.

“Madam Speaker, now I do understand why the north has no meaningful development. There are no technical schools, limited market centres, no decent schools and no good roads while our friends are demolishing old roads and schools and replacing them with new ones. Where are we in the north?”

Chihana said population density as a criterion for distributing infrastructure is discriminating the northern region.

“Even this Cabinet is based on population density. More people from Mulanje- Thyolo belt and nobody else from other regions. We are capable too, we can help you plan this government. Yes, Madam Speaker this is the generic form of project quota system, no wonder the SONA has nothing on Mombela University, Nyika, Vwaza, Hora Mountain. There are no incentives put in place to eradicate the quota system.”

In his conclusion, Chihana appealed  to members from both opposition and government to reconcile “so as to have peace in this transition period as we prepare for fresh elections.”

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Achiswe.
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Tribalism is the undoing of fairness and justice in Malawi. Prosperity will only come to Malawi at the expense of tribalism. You can’t have both. Malawi has been an independent nation now for 55 years, but it is still not a united nation as long as tribalism raises its ugly head.

winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

YEREMIAH,can you really trust your own instinct?The way Muthalika behaves you can not blame other people he has totally failed to satisfy not only his Lomwe people but,the whole nation people are suffering economically and they can not receive medical attention and feed members of their families.Chihana shame on you and you are in line with Peter Muthalika to exploit the majority of our people while,you are enjoying life with members of the family.Chihana,you might have enough to feed your family but,you forget the poor people who are swimming in contaminated water and these are the people who feed you,… Read more »

Alexander
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Alexander

This Yeremiah guy in intelligent enough because all what he has spoken there is reality behind it.Peter is not bad person but those closet people around him are misguided him. Bingu was different because even Cabinet Ministers feared to tell him lies like what we have been seeing since 2014 and it continues 2019. If I were Peter I would have simply asked the Court to close the case and straight go for the re-run within 90 days and show the World that he is the Champion of democracy. Even if he wins or loses, nothing will affect him because… Read more »

John
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John

Unfortunately, Peter Mutharika will never listen to such advise. He can’t make his own decision even if advice is given to him. That is his serious weakness.

A true leader after listening to advice must rise up and make a decision which in his opinion is right. Not listening to Mgeme kalilani, Ben Phiri, Dausi and Nankhumwa.

Abou Ridhwan
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Abou Ridhwan

yes leader must not rely to the pple who just need for there stomach to be full. opanda maufe oti angakufikireni you cant listen to us. Thats how you go astray for your judgement

Nalingula
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Nalingula

Dada Chihana when People were fighting for Multiparty /Change was it Between Chewa and Tumbuka….Atumbuka Analipo ambiri fighting for Change…May be that’s the Reason Mandela Stated …I have fought against White Dominion….,I have fought against Black Dominion …Paraphrased.. In Times Of Change there will Always be those who will Confused it For Tribalism or Racism…This is the Time to Change Our Electrol System ….To make Sure that No one Ever messes Our Elections in Future..On Roads I Agree …Especially the Mzimba to Mbalachanda Road…Where some of my Relatives have Settled… They went there to Work in the Farms…Let’s Open Up… Read more »

Ajofia
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Ajofia

Mr. Chihana, that’s brilliant. Keep it up.

F Kajera
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F Kajera

Honourable Yeremiya Chihana mwayoboya vyose ivyo vili ku mtima ise bina mpoto na vyakuzirwa nadi. Chinthu chinyakhe chikhwasye mphara ya malango kuti yibone Malawi ngati nimwana wa mu nyumba yimoza. Perekani development chifukwa cha kukhumbikwa not uko munthu wakufumila. Para munthu ni pulezident, wakulabisya vinthu vyakujumpha pa chipani. Chiuta sambizgani Malawi.

namachekeka namanj
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namachekeka namanj

chihana you are write because in the world their is now people who contribute 90% of Malawi economy should suffer yet people who contribute 10% should enjoy talk of hunger where do you get food , Guys lets be honest

Jonathan Lutepo
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Jonathan Lutepo

Chihana is right and I had seen leadership in this boy when he was our school goalkeeper and captain at Nkhaboss in mid eighties. Just talk of development forget about tribal issues we’re all Nyasas. Yeremiah keep on educating these big headed and selfish politicians like Dausi and the like.

katayeni chitutu
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katayeni chitutu

ili ndilo bodza ngati kuli border post imene imabweretsa ndalama zambiri ku Malawi kuno ndi ya songwe.ngati zili choncho tiuzeni mopanda nkhondo kuti tikakhale patokha,talk of chikangawa forest wawononga ndani ndipo ndalama zake zinali zingati and zakatukula kuti?thieves…….kayelekera ndiwakuti? ndipo ndalama zake zinakatukula kuti and you say 10% of economy contribution tiuzene we have the pontential to make and develop our own state of the north.

M'Malawi
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M'Malawi

I think this guy is missing it completely. This is not “war” between Chewas and Tumbukas. It is not only Chewas who feel their vote was stolen. Other tribes do too. I am Ngoni and my vote was stolen

Madala Ngwazi
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Madala Ngwazi

you got it wrong .He is saying war between Lhomwe and Chewa. where do get Tumbuka . rubbish

Truth Pains
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Kkkkkkkk u

Khumutcha
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Khumutcha

I believe M’Malawi meant “This is not war only between Chewas and Lhomwes” There must have been a typo.

What has been written is true, even some Lhomwes feel cheated that their vote against DPP was stolen too.

Kuliraku nkogawana

Iantana
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Iantana

Kachilungamo kalimo eeh koma nzovuta mayankhulidwe ndiamene tingokonza chifukwa kuyankhula kwa mtundu uwu nkogawanitsa,

Favour of Yahweh
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Chihana Yeremiah is just rubbish. The area saw a transformation when Goodal Gondwe was a representive Of our constituency. Afford did nothing to the area, it was a waste of time. Wasted another time with the useless lady , and you are blaming the government. Other areas has seen a tarmac road because of good choice. Gondwe brought rural electrification . Watch them as they fight and receive nothing.

katayeni chitutu
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katayeni chitutu

Aford has never been in government,its the udf and dpp that have misused our taxes

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