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Shame on Local Government Ministry top leadership


The lead story today in this edition is about the leadership of a whole ministry, together with a district commissioner, descending on two chiefs in Machinga, a predominantly Yao district, with a mission to convince them to sign off part of their territory to accommodate the expansion for living space of the Lhomwe tribe to which President Peter Mutharika belongs to.

We find this queer and the questions we ask President Peter Mutharika and his government are: What is going on and how does this effort of seemingly overplaying the hand of one tribe at the expense others help in nation building of the one Malawi that we all desire.

Malawians today can find any fault with founding president of this nation, the late Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda but one thing that he never got wrong was his emphasis that we are first and foremost Malawians and that for the nation of Malawi to be born and grow, the various tribes in this country must all die.


The old man must be turning in his grave in Lilongwe to see that the DPP led government has decided to be nepotistic in whatever it does and tribe of the President has become the Alpha and Omega of this nation.

The Machinga incident is a classic example of it all.

But we have word to this administration. Malawi belongs to all Malawians from Chitipa to Nsanje; Nkhotakota to Mchinji and this must reflect in whatever we are doing to keep it together.


The DPP administration is treading on dangerous ground to ever imagine that it can alienate some Malawians in this country in favour of one group.

The Machinga incident is a reflection of just that and it is wrong.

The Local Government Ministry top leadership should, therefore, hang its face in utter shame for descending on two defenceless Yao chiefs in Machinga just to force them to give up their territories in favour of expansion drive plans of a tribe the President belongs to and being championed by the DPP administration favourite chief.

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