Rumphi East MP Kamlepo Kalua says democracy looted in Malawi

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Member of Parliament for Rumphi East Kamlepo Kalua has
bemoaned the declining standards of Malawi’s democratic values a scenario he
said has helped retard national development since the inception of multiparty democracy.

Kaluwa made the remarks Thursday in an interview with the
Malawi News Agency on the side-lines of an orientation training organized for
newly elected Members of Parliament in Lilongwe.

Kalua who has just been re-elected Rumphi East MP for the second
time expressed disappointment at what is happening in the political arena in
the country saying the multiparty democratic values in Malawi were being

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“It seems we have abandoned the needs of the people and
instead put in place policies that will benefit a few individuals,” Kalua

The Rumphi East Legislator said policies that advocate for
the benefit of individuals are the ones destroying the future of this country.

Kamlepo said some people have misunderstood multiparty
democracy by thinking that it is a promotion of certain tribes or regions.

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On this point Kalua denounced politics of regionalism and
tribalism in the country calling upon all Malawians practicing it to graduate
to nationalism and patriotism so that the country fully benefits from the
various development initiatives multiparty democracy brings.

He then warned Malawians to tread with care if Malawi is to
be at par development wise with its neighbouring countries.

Commenting on politics of regionalism, Mathews Ngwale, a
just elected Independent Member of Parliament for Chiradzulu East said
political parties in Malawi have failed to become national parties.

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“Political parties are comfortable to be where they are known
to be strong as such they tend to be regionalistic rather than nationalistic,”
Ngwale told Mana in a separate interview.

He said political parties need to invest in marketing their
parties in areas they are not visible if they to attain the national status.

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