One of the country’s political commentators says regionalism is one of the major factors which have destroyed Malawian politics.
The commentator, Laudon Malingamoyo Phiri, said the focus on regions has negatively affected politics in Malawi.
He gave an example of the recent by-elections in which parties won sits only in regions where party leaders come from.
During the November 1 by-elections, the Malawi Congress Party won in Mchinji West Constituency, Kaliyeka ward in Lilongwe, and Bembeke ward in Dedza, areas which are in the central region.
On the other hand, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won in Bunda Ward in Kasungu and Sadzi ward in Zomba, in central region and Southern region respectively.
According to the commentator, this is not good especially for the development of the country since Malawi cannot develop with such regionalism.
“There is no doubt we have a disease of negative political isms in Malawi. That is, nepotism; regionalism; tribalism.
“As it is now, it seems it is going to take at least some time to eradicate this. However, with the growing of our population, and the intermarriages across all regions, there is hope for unity in the future,” said Phiri.
He added that there is the possibility that with the growth of technology and spread of information, changes can be made.
Phiri however warned that there will be little or no significant economic growth in the country if much of economic distribution and redistribution will be based on favoritism.
“For instance, you find those in power distributing subsidised items such as fertilizers to areas that are not strong in agriculture.
“Malawi politics has ruined the economy of the nation. That is, politicians, especially those in leadership, or the governments in power have either abused or underused the resources; misused or misplaced the resources,” he said.