A nation on a back peddle: Dzuka Malawi! Sokole Sokole!

It’s Loose Cannon’s first newlog for 2016 and I start by wishing you all my readers a happy new year.Loose cannon

Maybe due to the positive work attitude that they generally displayed during the Theba days, Malawians earned the accolade of being hard working people in South Africa. Malawians were the much-sought-after commodity for anyone looking for manual labour that side because they generally worked hard and usually without complaining much about low pay.

That was, however, long time ago, and that accolade has either disappeared or is fast receding in the distance. It is a different story now. Malawi is now earning a reputation as a bastion of jealous and envy – the National Anthem really proclaims who we are.

Laziness is becoming legendary and backbiting is the favourite pastime. People rarely and barely engage in any productive work. They are always looking for aid or freebies.

Malawi is currently going through various social and economic challenges. Much as the DPP government says challenges are universal and not particularly unique to Malawi, one would insist that a lot of the problems that the country is currently experiencing are as a result of our lack of focus on real issues.

Some problems are so peculiar and particular to Malawi that it would be impossible to say we imported them from Tanzania, Zambia or Mozambique. President Peter Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), find themselves in a position of presiding over an economy that is deemed to be the poorest in the world.

More disheartening is the fact that the countries that we are competing with for space at the end of the queue, are mostly war-ravaged, some of them just newly created and smarting from some spine-breaking internal squabbles.

It is during crisis times like these that true leadership is exhibited. True leadership is about having a clear vision that is clearly aimed at taking the people to the promised land of social, economic and political harmony; a land in which everyone is equal under the law; where freedom to carry out social and economic enterprises abounds.

Leadership is about making the people, or everybody else see that vision as the leader sees it. It is about making everybody a stakeholder in the quest to attain that vision. A true and transformational leader takes the people with him on a path towards a journey to achieve a shared vision.

If the Peter Mutharika government has a vision to emancipate this country from its socioeconomic quagmire, then we have not heard about it. Malawi need to listen to the ‘game-changer’ action plan.

What is evident from DPP government’s action is the continuous fire-fighting and scheming to deal with its political enemies – real and perceived – using state machinery.

The leadership we are talking about is virtually absent, and everyone including people close to Mutharika, are busy going about their business. They are so focused on plundering and making for a rainy day that the national agenda and everything else has taken a back seat. The DPP government is practically failing to provide the most basic of social services.

The President may have a good plan but most of his lieutenants are anonymous in delivering.

Water and electricity shortages have become legendary; corruption is still rampant, there is rising insecurity and crime not to mention the impending hunger. Hospitals have now joined their prison compatriots in dishing out only a single meal a day amidst a collapsing economy.

Despite continuous assurances by Mutharika and his DPP government that things will be okay, there seem to be no progress in as far as taking Malawians out of this economic question is concerned. Our situation is becoming a true depiction of Alice in Wonderland. Malawi finds itself in a vast wonderland where everybody is lost.

Our President appears to be lost and the people that are advising him appear to be lost also. The saddest part is that APM doesn’t seem to know that he is lost and still goes about wondering like nothing is happening.

The other sad part is that citizens themselves have become complacent in this collective mediocrity. As citizens we have become acutely passive that we have become the proverbial ball to be kicked about by self-serving politicians.

Day in day out, Malawi is becoming a useless talk shop where the people kill days just by talking things that don’t mean anything in the end. We have become a pond of narrow-minded people. Do we wonder why we are taken advantage of by an inept government?

True and progressive countries are moving in the right direction by holding politicians and their government to account. The people are demanding the required constitutional order and fixing areas that hinder good governance.

Zambia has just adopted a constitution order that will require a President to be elected by 51+ 1% of voters. Now that is what we call progress. But instead of making any progress, Malawians are busy talking about gays. Government is busy shadow-boxing with Joyce Banda in the media for purely conspicuous objectives. We are busy talking about how much a car that the President will be using as a motor home is worth, and how some pastor has turned into a snake.

Visiting social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter , Instragram, Snapshot or Skype; Malawians are so obsessed with outdoing each other on who has the best hairdo, the coolest selfie; the best designer suit and who is better in beau this and that. This is hardly the discourse that would help take Malawi out of its social and economic ills. There is need for a revolution in terms of paradigm shift if we are interested to change the status quo.

Dzuka Malawi! Dzuka! Sokole Sokole!!!

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – JF Kennedy

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21 thoughts on “A nation on a back peddle: Dzuka Malawi! Sokole Sokole!”

  1. Chavula says:

    MALAWI HAS A WORLD CLASS AFRICAN POVERTY. EVEN THE MOST INTERIGENT PLESIDENT CAN NOT REVERSE IT

  2. Funzo says:

    Interesting article!

  3. moir says:

    karu crearly mean absolutely disappointed seeing leaders forgetting their own people who vote for them ,I think Malawians are lucky at other hand because people depend own their own than goverment

  4. Vinthukutu says:

    Bweratu iweyo udzakhale president tiwone!!!!

  5. Still says:

    Malawi has to be developed by Malawians. Guys let us stay focused and push this country forward. 100% democracy does not work in Africa. Lets get Malawi working and get everyone to pay tax so that we can use own resources and not donors resources. Subsistence farmer should be assisted to grow Nandolo and Soya which have real good markets and not chimanga only. Tobacco time is over tell the farmer. Tenant go back home and grow Nandolo for yourself…..

  6. Nyoni phiri says:

    Welcome mr thom, happy new year!

  7. KARU UNITED says:

    APM and any president have received BRIBE in the form of gifts or presents which they even receive in front of TV. What about the ones we do t see? The ones Chinese , Asian Indians and all businessmen give to get contracts.

  8. KARU UNITED says:

    I have looked around world leaders. Its two countries which have old leaders. Malawi and Zimbabwe. Look at countries ruled by family members its Malawi and DRC. If you look at all countries around Africa you find Malawi has he worste of everything. Has Malawi been a good nation where citizens enjoy indepedence? NO. I Grew in Zambia I remember how Malawians lived. No freedom but had the best education, healthy and algricuture. Comes Democracy Malawi is more poor than dictatorship. Has democrancy changed Malawians to better or worse. I saw on internet on countries which has corruption Malawi lies very high. Nigeria which was the most corrupted nation is very good and is developing. I dont blame leaders because Malawians made them. They are still living in fear. So afraid to loose a job. The worste they are so Corrupted. Want to get rich quickly without working hard. All Malawians are corrupted. Bribe is what they do everyday. They have accepted the system as a way to get things done quickly. I can nt go anyway where the worker dont ask what he/she get if he do this despite I am paying his company or govwrnment . It is not easy o have a business in malawi. Workers negatiate behind the company, and Malawians pay not even know it is wrong because the man will get a salary too and if the company dont get in money to pay the workers then they close and those paople will not have job. This is what I have seen that Malawians dont reason.

  9. Mccarthy says:

    Amalawi anakana Dr.Chakwera.

  10. KARU UNITED says:

    Malawi, the case of a STOLEN revolution, I pitty the multiparty veterans.

  11. Nangozo says:

    Go deeper man. I feel sorry for our country. I agree we are all a bunch of sloppy people.

  12. Njolopingo says:

    mwatokotatu!

  13. James says:

    Please depreciation of kwacha has to stop fuel is at it lowest in the world and if kwacha did not devalue this year the price for petrol should have been 245mk per liter we are being robbed of the fruits by this devaluation of kwacha please Goodall help us poor Malawians we cannot survive with kwacha trading from 440 to 700 to a dollar within just 6 months

  14. james says:

    that is true our government has lost direct including we the pipo too the point is we don’t love our country even the leader himself talk about opposition they are something else APM is bizzy with JB the person who is not here ,water shortageJb,blackout Jb ,shortage of maize jb,shortage of rain jb ,rissing price vegetable at market jb we are tired of this story

  15. Suwedi Masina says:

    Great article. I just felt like Thompson was preaching and often times we tend to identify individuals whom we feel the message is going out to. For this, I am personallly challenged. Happy New Year Thom

  16. China says:

    Mau mau

  17. Sapitwa says:

    In order to resolve our country’s challenges, we better analyze our circumstances that brought us up to this level from 1994. We accepted Democracy which we were not familiar with and in the midst of all this, we removed what was working with Kamuzu and replaced it with what we didn’t know about. Alfred Upindi (MHSRP)having worked under Kamuzu confessed that working in a new dispensation with Muluzi was no easy. People started to break laws with no consequences, corruption became rampant in the public institutions and by the time Bingu came into power, the country was already damaged. Every effort Bingu tried to eradicate corruption during his first term met with resistance. He was labeled as autocratic but somehow things started changing. Then his second term finished by JB became worse. With JB, people we’re let loose again up till today.
    It is the responsibility of our legislature to redefine our laws that will eradicate corruption, remove laziness and encourage citizenry to earn what they have worked for. Leadership of any president who comes should be that which is guided by out tough laws. This will help us to remove the President who fails to adhere to these new tough laws.

  18. Zuze says:

    Good article!

  19. pyola says:

    Thom bwera uzakhale president. Mbewa zinazi zalephera

  20. patrick says:

    Yes Good article, my brother has just lost his job as at the factory where they were working they laid of 35 staff because of Kwacha devaluatioon, and aku nseka factole. Ati ma losses za chuluka. Tsopano ti panga bwanji

  21. Howard Sichinga says:

    Well argued and presented Thom. Keeping up. Keep up so the nation may enter into serious soul searching about the sad turn of events in Malawi and ofMalawians

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