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Fight against quota system rages on

By Samuel Kalimira:

Livingstonia Synod of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian has asked President Peter Mutharika to resign, accusing him of ignoring Malawians’ concerns.

However, the President’s office has dismissed such calls.

The synod argues that the government’s failure to abolish quota system—a policy used in the selection of students into public schools is reason enough for Mutharika to step down.

The synod, through its Moderator Reverend Douglas Chipofya, said Mutharika had demonstrated that he was not a “listening leader”.

Chipofya said this in an opening prayer for the anti-quota system peaceful demonstrations held in Mzuzu yesterday.

Chipofya dressed down the Democratic Progressive Party-led government and Mutharika for allegedly imposing quota system to punish learners from the Northern Region from going further with education.

“[The] government is mandated to abolish quota system but it has shown its rudeness by failing to listen to the cries of his people in the North,” Chipofya said in his prayer.

However, Presidential spokesperson, Mgeme Kalilani, said the synod’s leaders were politicians hiding behind the church and should not be taken seriously.

“We all know these so-called Synod people are politicians hiding behind the name of the synod. They supported the opposition presidential candidates that lost the last May 21 elections to Professor Peter Mutharika. They lost together with their political masters and they are bitter together.

“Their utterances and opinions have nothing to do with nation- building but partisan interests. Nobody takes them serious,” Kalilani said.

After the march, the protesters presented a petition to Mzuzu City Council acting Director of Administration, Christopher Phiri, who promised to deliver it to relevant authorities.

The demonstrations had low patronage with heavy presence of security officers from Malawi Defence Force and Malawi Police Service.

Similar protests took place in Rumphi, Karonga, Chitipa, Mzimba and Nkhata Bay districts.

Some of notables who attended the demonstrations were Malawi Congress Party vice president, Harry Mkandawire, UTM political affairs director, Anita Kalinde, UTM Northern Regional governor, Leonard Njikho and Human Rights Defenders Coalition leaders.

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