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Mzuni lecturer funds pro-federalism demos

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Mzuzu University (Mzuni) lecturer Fred Msiska is one of the people who funded the recent demonstrations for the federal system of government organised by Forum for the Advancement of Federal System and Rural Development.

Msiska confirmed the development in an interview with The Daily Times.

Meanwhile, People’s Party (PP) provincial chairperson for the Northern Region Christopher Ngwira is alleged to have supported the demonstrations. Ngwira was, however, noncommittal when The Daily Times asked to confirm the reports.

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But one of the groups advocating for federal system of government, Coalition for Federalism (Cofe) disclosed that the demonstrations that took place two weeks ago had a working budget of K700, 000 and that well-wishers, including politicians, settled the bill. The group also said Msiska donated K100, 000 towards the cause.

Cofe General Secretary and Treasurer General Harris Kanyeremuka and Violet Chituzi Nyirenda, who is also People’s Party Regional Secretary for Women in the North respectively, confirmed the funding from politicians and other well-wishers.

Kanyeremuka confirmed that Msiska donated K100,000 while People’s Development Movement (PDM) president Aston Nyondo was heading a fundraising committee in South Africa and Tanzania. The committee is currently printing T-shirts, stickers and posters to be used in the campaign.

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In an interview, Msiska confirmed donating K100 000 for the demonstrations, saying he did so as a citizen from the North. He also took part in the demonstrations.

On his part, Ngwira refused to comment on the allegations that he had contributed K500, 000 towards the demonstrations which was used to ferry people from other districts.

Ngwira, who is also parliamentarian for Mzimba Hora, said Malawians should not bother to know who is sponsoring Cofe activities because people from the North have spoken both through money and actual demonstrations.

He said: “Why are you asking me about sponsoring the demonstrations? This is just the beginning of other big demonstrations to come. There will be the second tough demonstrations soon and after that the final controversial one. Watch out because people from the North are tired and are voicing out what is paining them.”

Ngwira said names of sponsors would be known during the last planned demonstrations which he said would be “do or die” but did not indicate as to when they would happen.

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