CCAP Synod of Livingstonia has said the push for federalism should be a national initiative to avoid elements of regionalism marring the initiative.
Calls for federalism have taken centre stage, especially in the Northern Region where people feel discriminated against in many ways and see federalism as solution to the problem.
The push, being championed by a number of groups and politicians, has also seen Karonga youths planning pro-federalism demonstrations to take place at the end of this month.
Speaking in an interview on Wednesday, synod general secretary Reverend Levi Nyondo said the Northern Region should not be seen to be the only one championing federalism, arguing doing so might lead to further discrimination.
He said federalism has to be a national initiative, adding the synod will soon come up with a statement to show its stand.
“We have been quiet because, currently, there are meetings between politicians and traditional leaders. We are waiting to see what they will come up with. Once that is done, we are going to come up with our stand on the matter,” said Nyondo.
In a separate interview, Karonga Youth for Justice and Development (KYJD) leader Steve Simsokwe confirmed that the youth, alongside other citizens, will hold pro-federalism demonstrations on September 28.
Simsokwe said plans for the demonstrations are at an advanced stage and the youth are mobilising other people to participate.
“We are tired of being treated as second-class citizens. We are not benefiting from our own resources. Look at Karonga, we have a lot of mines and the Malawi Revenue Authority [MRA] border post makes a lot of money, but what has Karonga benefited?” said Simsokwe.
But in a related development, Karonga Business Community (KBC) has issued a press statement condemning federalism and secession calls.