Muluzi, Mbele Support Federalism in Malawi

Muluzi Muluzi - file photo

Several influential people have supported the federal system of government with former United Democratic Front (UDF) president, Atupele Muluzi proposing a constitution amendment.

Speaking Saturday evening via a virtual consultation engagement organised by the Federalism Institute, Muluzi said: "I am feeling a sense of urgency to advance the idea because it is about the future of this country."

Muluzi further pointed out that all the governments since independence have not delivered, adding that the country has brilliant minds within and in diaspora who just lack space in the centralized government.

He has, therefore, supported the federalism drive, calling for young generation to push the agenda and constitution amendment to accommodate the system.

Similarly, social media influencer, Joshua Chisa Mbele, said Malawians should not be afraid to adopt the system, which he believes, would help to model the country to do away with donor funding.

Mbele encouraged: "This system will help the areas to develop and become financially independent through proper resource utilisation."

While the Institute's leader, Lusungu Simba Mwakhwawa, insisted that the idea has pure motive, alleging that in the past, the drive faced resistance because people who advanced it had frustrations after losing elections.

Earlier this month, the grouping wrote President Lazarus Chakwera to call for a referendum, arguing the unitary system has failed the country in development since it is characterised with nepotism, tribalism and organised corruption, among others.

Meanwhile, according to Moses Kaphiriwita, who is member of the Institute, they have structures on the ground and several means to advance the agenda even if Parliament decides to shoot it down.

However, some political scientists think federal system needs to be examined as it might not be a solution to the country’s socio-economic development challenges, considering that Malawi is yet to cut nepotism and tribalism lines.

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