LILONGWE (Papious Liwonde, Malawi NewsNow) –A new idea to stop elections from being divisive and enhance national cohesion in Malawi has been floated, supporting a rotational system for choosing the President among Malawi’s three regions.
There have been sentiments from people of the northern region that the current first-past-the-post electoral system hardly favours the region to produce a president and appeals have been made to try a 50 plus one law of electing a President.
Public Affairs Committee’s (PAC) has since presenter a report to President Peter Mutharika of recommendation by some delegates at its all-inclusive conference held in Blantyre in February this year which among them, there is a proposal for introduction of rotational presidency to give each region a fair chance of the presidency.
The report titled: ‘Defining solutions to economic and political direction of Malawi’ captures what delegates contributed to allow for a rotational presidency to ensure minority tribes also provide a president.
Founding president of Malawi, Ngwazi Kamuzu Banda was a Chewa from central region district of Kasungu who ruled for 31 years. Banda was succeeded by Bakili Muluzi, a Yao from eastern region district of Machinga who governed Malawi for 1994 to 2004.
Then Muluzi’s handpicked successor Bingu wa Mutharika, a Lhomwe from southern region district of Thyolo ruled up 2012 when he died in power , succeeded by Joyce Banda a Yao from eastern region district of Zomba.
Banda was defeated in 2014 elections by incumbent Peter Mutharika, a Lomwe from Thyolo in southern district. Mutharika is reportedly grooming Dr George Chaponda to succeed him. Chaponda is a Lhomwe from Mulanje district in the South.
PAC delegates voiced out that the time was ripe for Malawians to stop the dominance of the big ethnic groups in leadership.
Also in the recommendations is review of security arrangements of the President when he travels locally to stop police officers lining up across the roads, describing it as too costly.
PAC also wants government to re-engage donors to resume aid too and calls for adoption of electronic voting to improve credibility of electoral results.n
Father Peter Mulomole the PAC spokesperson said:“We just conveyed a recommendation on behalf of the delegates.”
There was also recommendation that President Peter Mutharika’s administration should resign within 90 days if it fails to solve the social and economic problems currently besetting the country.