Lack of knowledge on democracy fueling federalism calls – Activist

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As Malawi is still debating on whether to adopt federalism a Mzuzu based human rights activist Moses Mkandawire has recognized lack of awareness on democracy amongst many people in the country as the reason for the confusion.

Malawians especially those from the northern part of Malawi have argued that the unitary system of government has failed the country and are now advocating for federalism.

Moses Mkandawire

Mkandawire says knowledge is lacking.

According to the proponents of federalism, the current unitary system is promoting nepotism and corruption thus needs to be eliminated for the betterment of the country.

Mkandawire however says there are no proper strategies to facilitate the democracy in the country.

“Principles of democracy remain a challenge because there are no proper strategies to implement them. Above all many Malawians are not aware on the whole concept of democracy,” claimed Mkandawire.

He also said politicians interfere with affairs of some institutions that are critical to democracy like the Malawi Human Rights Commission, the Ombudsman and the Anti-corruption Bureau.

According to Mkandawire,  such institutions are not fully funded because of lack of political will thus it will be difficult for democracy to be judged because so far more has to be done for people to start enjoying the benefits of democracy.

“So how can the country sustain the system because the same institutions are very essential to the sustainability of the system?” queried Mkandawire.

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35 Comments

  1. zithu silibwono mdzko muno fededalism ibwere pa mafa anthu pamakhalaso anthu. munthuyu wanyanya tingawanepo bisi tayozeka nthawi nyaitali kuno kupoto

  2. these pple calling for federalism,they r saying northern region z being sidelined when it come to development,what baffles me z that they built their houses in lilongwe and Blantyre,r these pple sane?

  3. Ine ndimaseka ndikamva anthu akumati chitaganya ndichoipa koma amakondwa akamva kuti chirichonse chidzipangidwa mdela lawo.Anthu anasangalala atamva kuti ma license adzituluka tsiku lomwelo.Pamene a Malawi samapamvetsa a maganiza kuti tikhala ndi ma prezidenti atatu lomwe ndibodza. Zipani ziri ndi ma regional governor lisiiranji dziko?
    President
    Premier
    Mayor
    MP
    Councillor
    Pavuta pamenepa?

  4. What you must know is that Another Federal Committee has been Formed in Central Region so don’t think its northerners issue bt Malawians issue just google and read about federal you wl be schooled brothers

  5. I THINK THERE MUST BE A VOTE LIKE THE WAY WE HAVE DONE WITH MULTI PARTY PEOPLE WILL DECIDE WHAT THEY WANT THATS WHAT WE CALL DEMOCRACY.

  6. tisanamizane, apa sukulu idativuta amw. demcy imafuna anthu ozindikila, ophunzila. amenewa amavotela mfundo, osati ma k50, kapena mtundu. fedulo mukuiopelanji, it’s the only way forward for mw.

  7. We really need to go back to school to understands democracy. Donors forced us into this democracy without teaching us is really it is. Majority of the voters are tea pickers, tobacco estates tenants and vendors who don’t know anything at assessing good presidential candidates other than where they come from.
    Moses Mkandawire, advocate for this knowledge gap and at least pple should wake up from the slumber.

  8. Malawi realy nid federal so that other region must not suffer bcos of foolish voting of the southerners who vote on region lines without looking for qualities of leadership.We are tired of this status queing waiting for one person to deliver we want opposition also to take part on developing the country by having a certain amount of money for their regions to develop push for it

  9. A totally new concept of running the people’s affairs called democracy was introduced.Only very few fortunate people understood and appreciated it.One could agree that even today the majority of our people still don’t understand let alone embrace the concept.New thinking is what the country needs.

  10. Anthu Akumpoto Ndamene Mumayambsa Maganizo Opeperewa Et? Muli Nd Chan Inu, Mesa Mukat Mwakhala Mmalaw Muno Mumadalira Chgawo Chapakat Ndkummwera Inu, Ules Uli Tho Mwa Inu, Osamangoyamika Bwanj