President Peter Mutharika migh soon need a visa to attend the annual Mulhakho wa Alhomwe festivities if the plans by people of his tribe come to materialise.
Media reports have said that a group of Lhomwes from Mulanje and Thyolo are demanding to have their own country following their dissatisfaction with the way the Mutharika regime is handling their grievances.
According to the reports monitored by Malawi24, a group that calls itself People’s Land Organisation (PLO) has challenged that it will be seceding from Malawi to form an independent country come December 17 because of the failure by government to address their grievances.
The group which is operational in Mutharika’s home district of Thyolo and Mulanje has been demanding that the people of the districts get paid for the tea estates that are in the area.
It is said that in October this year, President Mutharika met with the leadership of the group as well as Parliamentarian and comedian Bon Winiko Kalindo who is also championing a similar cause in Mulanje district.
Reports suggested that at the meeting, Mutharika promised to look into their complaints but to date nothing has happened. This has prompted the group to think that seceding from Malawi is the only best choice they are left with.
The calls for secession of the Thyolo and Mulanje districts come hot on the heels of another group calling for the secession of the Northern part of Malawi owing to what they claimed was being left out of the country’s developmental agenda.
State house is yet to respond to the threats.