Forum for Advancement of Federal System and Rural Development in Malawi (FAFSRDM) Chairperson Dr. Bina Shawa has trashed Public Affairs Committee (PAC) and Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) findings on the call for federalism in the country.
PAC and CCJP report says 64 percent of Malawians across the country have rejected the federal system of government.
According to PAC Chairperson Father Peter Mulomole, his organizations conducted a poll recently across the country following meetings PAC held in view of sentiments expressed by some Malawians including some political leaders who said the way forward for Malawi was federal system of government after the 2014 general election.
Mulomole said the survey shows only 36 percent of Malawians want the federal system of government.
Reacting to the report, Shawa expressed disappointment over PAC conduct.
He said it is disappointing that the religious grouping siding with government instead of Malawians who are neglected by the current regime when in terms of development.
Shaba said the fight for federal system will go on, saying only a referendum can give a true picture of what people want.
The call for federalism in the country was started by opposition People’s Party (PP) Provincial chair for the North Christopher Mzomera Ngwira and Harry Mkandawira.
The two accused the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regime of neglecting the Northern Region in terms of development and the appointment of officials in public positions.
Ngwira cited the appointment of Cabinet Minister by President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika which saw one MP from the North being included in the cabinet.
Mzomera Ngwira said Federalism will help each region of the country have equal share of resources.
Meanwhile Mutharika said he will let Malawians decide on the call.