Malawi chiefs blamed for partisan politics

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A political scientist has condemned traditional leaders for fuelling partisan politics in Malawi through backing politicians and political parties.

Chiefs in the country have been spotted to be mouthpieces for some political parties in the country.

Following criticism that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has been facing, chiefs were noted to be fighting back the institutions and opposition parties that have been advising government on its leadership.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera was weeks ago faulted by chiefs for his statements on President Peter Mutharika’s leadership.

Wonderful Mkhutche

Wonderful Mkhutche: Chiefs have let us down.

Recently, PAC has been under fire with chiefs for describing Mutharika’s government to have “dismally failed” to meet its manifesto that was aimed at bringing prosperity in Malawi.

The religious body faulted “deep rooted corruption” in Mutharika’s government that has paralysed the developmental agenda for the country.

In a statement to members of the press, PAC cited the maize scandal and the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) scandal to be among issues Mutharika has been sitting on arguing they involve top government officials.

But PAC’s statement was deemed to be an ‘insult’ to Mutharika by the chiefs who argued that the country is making strides in development.

In an interview with Malawi24, Political Scientist Wonderful Mkhutche has faulted chiefs for bringing disunity among the citizenry through backing politicians who use them for their personal gains.

“By their work description, chiefs have to be the link between their people and government’s development work. When they involve themselves in partisan politics, they divide their own people and compromise development for their own areas.

“Chiefs have to serve all people. Being in the government or opposition should not matter. They need to be symbols of unity. But this has not been how they work in Malawi. They are usually used for political gains and it does no favour to our politics and development,” said Mkhutche.

He further faulted politicians for misusing the democratic principles that allow individuals freedom of expression arguing that many take chiefs as tools used for fights between political parties in the country.

“Malawi is a democracy, but is in short supply of democrats. Again, we still have a one party hangover. We need politicians who understand the system and appreciate our struggle for democracy and are willing to leave it stronger when they will be out of the political scene,” He explained further.

Mkhutche has since applauded Malawi for upholding democratic principles after the abolishment of one party system.

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8 Comments

  1. Politicians have taken advantage of poverty stricken chiefs. With the handouts to chiefs, they have become political prostitutes which is too bad for Malawi. That is why politicians in Malawi can eat corruption willy nilly. They have no one to fear because they have a strong backing from chiefs. Understand my argument with your sober mind. A chief would tell you that you are jealousy of a minister accused of corruption. Too Sad for Malawi!!!!

  2. Politicians have taken advantage of poverty stricken chiefs. With the handouts to chiefs, they have become political prostitutes which is too bad for Malawi. That is why politicians in Malawi can eat corruption willy nilly. They have no one to fear because they have a strong backing from chiefs. Understand my argument with your sober mind. A chief would tell you that you are jealousy of a minister accused of corruption. Too Sad for Malawi!!!!

  3. Do not blame chiefs . It is the system that does not work here. Who is not partsan? The three arms of govt are partsan, the Clergy are partsan, Christian are partsan, the Muslims are partsan , everyone is partsan and Malawi is partsan. That is what we wanted. Zotengera zinaphweteketsa Israel. We need democracy ,yes, but not MULTIPARTY. I challenge all political scientists and analysists to be original and not telling Malawians bookish theories. This is Malawi and we have to come up with what can work for us. We have been brainwashed into believing that MULTIPARTY is democracy. Real democracy shall have all the good qualities without splitting us into warring groups the way we have done.

  4. Do not blame chiefs . It is the system that does not work here. Who is not partsan? The three arms of govt are partsan, the Clergy are partsan, Christian are partsan, the Muslims are partsan , everyone is partsan and Malawi is partsan. That is what we wanted. Zotengera zinaphweteketsa Israel. We need democracy ,yes, but not MULTIPARTY. I challenge all political scientists and analysists to be original and not telling Malawians bookish theories. This is Malawi and we have to come up with what can work for us. We have been brainwashed into believing that MULTIPARTY is democracy. Real democracy shall have all the good qualities without splitting us into warring groups the way we have done.

  5. Chiefs are being used like free-condoms. They lost their respect and glory two decades ago due to handouts. Shame on our Chiefs. They are puppets.

  6. Chiefs are being used like free-condoms. They lost their respect and glory two decades ago due to handouts. Shame on our Chiefs. They are puppets.

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