The Catholic Church has blasted views and assertions of some people especially from the Northern Region led by former People’s Party (PP) Provincial Chairman Christopher Mzomera Ngwira advocating for the introduction of the federal system of government in the country.

The Vicar General, Monsignor Boniface Taman said Malawi being a developing country could not afford to have such type of government because it was expensive to run.

Taman made the remarks during Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Stella Maris Secondary School in Blantyre.

“If you are talking of a federal system of government you triple the structure of government. It means in any state that you create you must have a governor who acts a president, cabinet and Parliament and those will be fully funded which means we must have that in the South, Centre and North,” Monsignor Tamani said.

“On top of that we must have an overall structure which we have now. Do we have that kind of money to support that kind of system?”

He said Malawi those campaigning for the federal system of government should not be interested in titles and positions.

“For me I would wish that money if it were available it should be used for our roads and schools,” he said.

He appealed to people to dialogue if there are problems within the country.

Chikavu Nyirenda, who is a Social Commentator, also said establishing system of government would be expensive for Malawi.

.“Going to federal system of government would add on the costs but we need to fix the unitary system so that it addresses the concerns of all people and issues of development are equitably spread and everybody enjoys the fruits of our freedom,” Nyirenda said.

Ngwira who is the man behind the proposal is accusing the current and previous regimes of sidelining the North in terms of development.

The idea has received heavy criticism from various stakeholders, saying the idea is not being proposed in good faith.

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Attended Our Future Private Secondary School in Rumphi from 2006-2009 Holder of Diploma in Journalism from Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) Hobbies, reading newspapers, going out with friends, listening to radio and watching football.


  1. With due respect MOG you definitely know what is happening now what have you done? Yes it expensive but as along as we share that little cake equally the better.

  2. This is real hypocrissy. The catholics have just formed the karonga diocese to its family of federal structure of the vatican government. In typical of entrenching tribalism in the church,a tumbuka has been appointed bishop to head karonga.
    In democratic federalism political parties will compete in a provincial election. Dpp may win in the north just as it scooped councillors in recent bye elections in mbalachanda,mzimba.
    Fr. tamani know that democracy is not cheap. Even prof peter mutharika proposed federalism way back to sort out governance and devolve some powers from president to provinces just as the pope has decentralised some of his powers to bishops in dioceses. Read or google meaning of federalism


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