BLANTYRE (Maravipost)–Veteran politician and former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) John Tembo popularly known as JZU has added his voice to those against the introduction of federal system of government, describing such calls as “childish”.
“I’m not in favour of those calls for federalism. Our first President (Kamuzu Banda) always wanted the country to be one Malawi, one Nation. We need to pursue that,” said Tembo in an interview monitored on Zodiak Broadcasting Corporation.
“Not all the people in the north are in favour or support of federalism. Federalism will just bring negative consequences.
“Those calling for federalism should just come together and see how they can solve their frustrations,” he explained.
When asked why some people are calling for federalism in the country, Tembo said “I don’t know, they know why they are doing so”.
Calls for federalism and secession attracted mixed reactions with the majority of Malawians including the clergy condemning them.
Vicar General Monsignor Boniface Tamani of the Catholic Church of Blantyre Archdiocese also condemned the calls, saying they are divisive.
According to Tamani, Federalism is not the solution to the country’s problems.
He also condemned people, mainly fellow clergy, who are supporting the such calls.
“It is sad to hear a member of the clergy supporting this system. Those advocating for it, are not doing so out of love.
“They have selfish reasons. When you hear them supporting this kind of division, know that their voice is not coming from God,” said Tamani