Mzuzu residents blasts PAC federalism report

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Malawians living in Mzuzu have blasted the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) for coming up with a half-baked report that claims that about 64 percent of Malawians are not interested in changing this country’s political system from a unitary state to a federal state.

In random interviews this publication conducted across the city on Friday, people blamed PAC for not consulting Malawians before coming up with the report.

They maintained that the report does not reflect the real views of people especially those from the northern region.

They further alleged that the report has been influenced by kickbacks some top PAC officials have been receiving from government.

Dr Binah Shaba

Dr Binah Shaba petition on federalism previously.

Apparently, most of the residents said they have lost trust in the interfaith organisation that claims to be promoting human dignity through advocacy and conflict transformation.  

“That is a vague report. To most of us we believe PAC is just a waste of time because it is a grouping of hypocrites who are not representing Malawians but their bellies,” fumed Austin Mbekeyani.

Another resident, Khumbo Soko said: “Stupid PAC and its officials, they are not representing our views. Whom did they ask before coming up with their report? That report has been cooked within themselves. Most of us are not in that fake 64 percent.”

The residents have since urged advocates to prioritise a referendum saying groups like PAC are only government agents who are deliberately doing some delaying tactics to weaken the move.

The Forum for the Advancement of Federalism and Rural Development in Malawi has also trashed PAC for cooking up the report.

According to chairman of the forum, Dr Binah Shaba, the report lacks basic clarification on how PAC managed to come to the conclusion that most Malawians are not interested in federalism. He thus assumed that the report has been influenced by government.

“PAC is a spent force in as far as representing the voiceless Malawians is concerned. They never did what people told them to do; the committee was no longer dealing with what people want.

“It is unfortunate that the committee has now joined government in compromising things in this country. Malawians wants federalism and not the current unitary state which has left most of us in extreme poverty,” said Shaba.

He however maintained that his grouping will continue fighting for the adoption of federalism in the country until it will be adopted.

“We will wait for a referendum on the matter. We believe that way only can we see the true picture and not what PAC has faked here,” he added.

On the other hand, PAC through Father Peter Mlomole said observed that concerns that motivated calls for the adoption of federalism and proposed solutions can be sorted out even in the current unitary system hence no need to have a federal state.

“What is needed is political will and leadership that can be more concerned with the country’s problems and not federalism. In fact government cannot manage the process of transition because it is too pricey,” said Mlomole.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has echoed the views expressed in PAC’s report saying they truly reflect the views of Malawians.

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  1. the message is very clear it says about 64% … not 100% so amene mukusokosa apanu just know that you are in the 34% you are not left out,of the report.

  2. We want referendum not ka report ka pac. Zopusa basi. Multiparty inabwela ndi referendum. We chose. What we wanted. Koma mbendera adzalilanso

  3. with fedel or not, we wl stil v the executive distributing big development like airport which we ar lacking in de north,now do u think fedel wil mek adifference????

  4. it is not PAC it is about people living in affected regions to choose it doesn’t matter how many people because the voters will not come from PAC it comes from Northern Region not all regions so PAC rather shut the hell up

  5. A PAC ndi a bodza 64 % yachepa . Kumalawi kuno palibe akuyifuna fedalism. Ndi nkhani ya anthu ochepa kumpoto motsogozedwa ndi bambo Ngwila kamba komanidwa udindo pamene ku mwela ndi ku central kulibe ndi mmodzi yemwe ndiye mpaka 34% yachokela kuti?

  6. Yes,because PAC is fully run by bunch of craps,nearly dead souls,the slogan will go ahead whether you like it PAC or not.

  7. Ndimwe wakwamba yaye kutizunula ntchewe ise, kweni apo muli zeru mulije. You depend on us wether you realise that or not. Muli kuzyowera kulyera wanyinu masuku pamutu but to be factual some of you without quotar system i dont think college mukanapita. Why have i singled out the system because it was introdused when you saw kuti aku central n south pa map simuli active. Federalism will help us moreover if we can be a nation on our own that will be even much better for how long do we have to be saying we want this n that without it being done ask your selves this question “kwambula wina mipoto mphanyi nili kochi?” you are not star, its only that the story started with our fathers it aint done yet the whole generation after is coming with more hit or maybe you think we bow because of your power station naaaaaaaaaaa that aint the point we already named that BOSCOM figure out the meaning. All in all God is watching remember you are your future, most wont understand that. #give your self a heads up aint you curious kuti why these people akulimba mtima koma they dont have electricity, kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk that of course will take you long to figure out but remember #NORTHERNERS still stand strong and united as ever before!!!:p

  8. let the Northerners do their things coz timangowabera kenako ku wataya. think of Kayelekera then Chikangawa. how many northerners have benefited from it. now mufuna mubelenso ma gold fields aku Mzimba, oil fields in Nkhatabay?? kumpoto kuli anthu ophunzira koma zidzete kwambiri

  9. Ok federalism has failed but plan b will never fail. We will now create our own nation. We are now tired of being part of the poverty stricken malawi, where the president stands on the que at the airport trying to baord a passenger plane bcoz the govt cannot afford to buy him or hire him a jet. I dont know why we tumbukaz allow to be part of the world poorest country, where nothing is moving. I regret to be a malawian. A malawian is never respected in any other country in the world bcoz of our country’s poor status.

  10. Is mzuzu a town for Atumbuka or for all Malawians living in it? I guess not. Tribal politics kills development in the country

  11. sono agalu enanu mukutukwana a pac kuti ndi achinyengo malinga ndilipoti lomwe atulusa…..sono a pac akanatulusa report loti apeza kuti anthu ambili akufuna chitaganya mukanawanena kuti ndi achinyengo….a pac akhale oipa chifukwa atulusa report losakukomerani?….kodi agalu enanu mumangofuna zinthu zizingokomera maganizo anu bwaji….nawe iwe mbuzi yaku central region amene ukumavomereza federal government suja mbuyanu kamuzu in 1959 atabwera kuno kumalawi akati wabwera kuzaphwanya chitaganya? changati chomwechi mukufuna akajiji inu….nanuso a reporter mwangoti anthu kuzuzutu ndiomwe report la pac sakugwirizana nalotu basi nanga ndi malawi yonse?….zausilu basi

  12. Mzuzu residence kkkkk…PAC report findings; 30%+ says YES, and 60%+ SAYs NO to federalism…Kkkkkkkkkkk…By the way do we know the composition of PAC ??? Iwas laughing listening to aradio interview someone degrading the PAC report mkumati the organisation is incredible kkkkkk….Stop the madness u guys…Things have changed and continue to change…each day passing.If some pple thinks they are more educated to confuse us am afraid…All districts today hv well educated pple..and interestingly they are reasoning normally than this grouping calling for stupid federalism.

  13. Although what PAC said is a total lie, I would love if the govt give the northerners a go ahead with their plan of federal govt. to be honest, If I was a state president I would just straight away without much ado give these dogs a go ahead. Ndi anthu okola kwambiri . Amafuna zawo zokha ziziveka osati za munthu wina. Aloleni apange zimene akufunazo, akakhale kwaoko atikwana agalu amenewa. Had it been PAC consulted, definitely more people would opt for their independence.

  14. nanu kadziko kathu komweka kacheperamu kumati federalism. Lets be serious guys, do we think that even if we adopt federalism malawi will develop especially the north. federalism will only divide us. Let us not entirely fault the govt. on development, blame the MPs bcoz they dont utilize constituency development fund.

  15. Federalism works in South Africa. Tatopa ndi zokuti aphungu adzikatipemphera chitukuko mu parliament. Chitukuko cha m’parliament ndi cha tsankho komanso phungu mu mayiko anzathu amakhala opanga pena kuphwatsula malamulo. Federal basi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Chofunika kupanga kampeni wamphamvu mwina ndikudzawina munthu amene mukufuna chifukwa amalawi ena sakufuna federal koma kuchotsa munthu amene iwowo akufuna best way lalikirani kwambiri kuti anthu adzakuvotereni

  17. Pac is a minority group of opportunists who have nothing sensible to offer. Referendum is the only best way to determine what the general public wants.

  18. Bingu brought quota system that may be his people from south can have beta education but it looks like it doesn’t help either coz these people dont even know whats going on in the country all they know is to bring opinions and tribalism not facts…..manyi ako ngati uyankhe opposite apa

    • nyirenda ? Maina oterowa amandinyasa mmalawi muno ndi anthu osamva kukhala mbeu kunali kukazinga mkutaya mmazi kuti isadzamerenso too much tsankho mitundu imenei dziko la malawi silipita patsogolo kamba ka atumbuka

  19. Musanayambe kunyoza mtundu wamunthu kapena city think what is going on in the country why AMALAWI sitha kut wiling to manja zinthu zikama onongeka, Koma kumangodabwa ula what a shame if you say mzuzu kapena tumbuka kuti ndi ochepa they can’t do anything inuyo ngati mulipo ambiri mwapangapo chani kuti kuti zipatala zisakhale pa mpungwepungwe ogulisidwa? Nanga bwanji bank ya boma ina gulisidwa pomwe inuyo uzindikira mulipo? Bwanji muma college ana anasiya kulandila ma tindalama koma kuwakwezera fizi… Nanga bwanji Thyolo ndi mulanje akufuna kupnga dziko lawo while ndikomwe kukuchokera mtsogoleli wadziko don’t think ndiopanda nzeru? Kapena mwina ndi atumbuka nawoso?

    • Musanayambe kunyoza mtundu wamunthu kapena city think what is going on in the country why AMALAWI sitha kut wiling to manja zinthu zikama onongeka, Koma kumangodabwa ula what a shame if you say mzuzu kapena tumbuka kuti ndi ochepa they can’t do anything inuyo ngati mulipo ambiri mwapangapo chani kuti kuti zipatala zisakhale pa mpungwepungwe ogulisidwa? Nanga bwanji bank ya boma ina gulisidwa pomwe inuyo uzindikira mulipo? Bwanji muma college ana anasiya kulandila ma tindalama koma kuwakwezera fizi… Nanga bwanji Thyolo ndi mulanje akufuna kupnga dziko lawo while ndikomwe kukuchokera mtsogoleli wadziko don’t think ndiopanda nzeru? Kapena mwina ndi atumbuka nawoso?

  20. PAC is against minorities and does not respect their views. PAC should start accommodating views of minorities on self determination in this country. What will happen if government does not show any political will to implement recommendations of PAC. Calls for multiparty system started with minorities but the then PAC seized that opportunity to advise dr Banda to call for referandum though dr banda said multiparty meant war,similarly the anti federalism are saying federalism means dividing the country which pac and ccjp have bought. Shame

    • Musanayambe kunyoza mtundu wamunthu kapena city think what is going on in the country why AMALAWI sitha kut wiling to manja zinthu zikama onongeka, Koma kumangodabwa ula what a shame if you say mzuzu kapena tumbuka kuti ndi ochepa they can’t do anything inuyo ngati mulipo ambiri mwapangapo chani kuti kuti zipatala zisakhale pa mpungwepungwe ogulisidwa? Nanga bwanji bank ya boma ina gulisidwa pomwe inuyo uzindikira mulipo? Bwanji muma college ana anasiya kulandila ma tindalama koma kuwakwezera fizi… Nanga bwanji Thyolo ndi mulanje akufuna kupnga dziko lawo while ndikomwe kukuchokera mtsogoleli wadziko don’t think ndiopanda nzeru? Kapena mwina ndi atumbuka nawoso?

  21. I can no longer trust PAC now! I now call PAC officials graduate liars for what you have done.what worries you if malawi can adopt federal political system? For ages,northern province has lagged behind development.the cries of northern people are genuine.all state leaders after Dr H K Banda ignored northern part.why do you insist on having political system from which few people benefit? If you think north part is as good as any other part why does government reluctant to develop it? You are indeed stupid,all PAC members! Come to north and identify what two previous governments had done.so i support federal move!

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