Federalism Institute
724 Malawi
Southern Africa
Social Media Platforms: Federalism Institute 20th April, 2023.

Att: Dr. Chifundo Kachale
Malawi Electoral Commission
P. O Box 1133
Cc: Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs
Cc: Malawi Law Commission
Cc: Malawi Law Society
Cc: All Political Parties in Malawi
Cc: All Civil Society Organizations in Malawi
Cc: All Members of the Press


Dear Sir,
The Federalism Institute, write to you today with a sense of urgency and deep concern. As you are aware, calls for the establishment of a federal system of government have been growing louder across the country. Citizens from all walks of life and districts have come together to demand greater representation, equitable development, and more autonomy for all districts.

In light of these demands, we urge you to stop preparing for the next elections until the government and citizens have had a chance to establish a federal system of government in Malawi through a referendum. It is imperative that we first address the fundamental issues of how we want to be governed before we proceed with another election under the current centralized system.

Moreover, we are concerned about the ignorance of Members of parliament in knowing systems of governance. Governance is a complex and multi-faceted concept that requires a deep understanding of the political, economic, and social systems that underpin a society. Without this understanding, Members of Parliament have not be able to make informed decisions, develop effective policies, or provide adequate representation for their constituents.

This ignorance of governance systems have serious consequences for a nation’s future. It has resulted in the adoption of policies and laws that are ineffective or harmful, undermines the rule of law, and erode public trust in government institutions. This has led to political instability,social unrest, and economic decline. And so, we cannot risk the future of our country on such ignorance.

We believe that the establishment of a federal system of government will provide greater representation for all districts, leading to more equitable development and progress. It is our duty as citizens to work toward creating a better future for all Malawians, and we cannot do so under the current system.

Therefore, we implore you to use your authority to halt preparations for the next election until our voices are heard and our demands for a federal system of government are met. We look forward to your prompt action on this matter.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.


Lusungu B Simba Mwakhwawa,

Leader Dr. Rex Kalolo PhD,

National Coordinator Mr. Macford Chinonga, All Regional Coordinators Representative