‘Demand a better Malawi’: UN calls for compassionate leadership

United Nations resident cordinator in Malawi,  Mia Seppo has said the country’s development path is not sustainable  and has called for a collective and compassionate leadership  across all sectors of the  society at a time of social economic challenges.

Sepp: Faults Malawi's development path

Seppo: Faults Malawi’s development path

Seppo was speaking during the opening of the  two day Public Affairs Committee (PAC) 5th All Inclusive Stakeholder Conference at Mount Soche Hotel, Blantyre  where a cross-section of Malawians is discussing the future of the country with is facing economic crisis..

The UN envoy said by listening to reflections of Malawians from all walks of life, there is a clear concern and consensus that the country is facing daunting economic and food security challenges.

She said the PAC conference which is being held under the theme “demand a better Malawi” the message calling for change is strong and that the consensus that change is needed is the common ground on which the conference should be anchored and it should also galvanize every Malawian to put the country first in their discussions.

” Your willingness to gather in this manner, from across all sectors to constructively discuss difficult issues is a very an admirable part of Malawian culture and to bring substantive change is no single individual’s challenge, it is every individual Malawian’s challenge; and it must be married with action,” she said.

Said Seppo: “I believe the lion that needs to be tamed is mistrust.  The voices calling for change in Malawi see the politicization of everything eating away much needed patriotism and affecting the quality of the public discourse.

“With the challenges the country faces, the best brains and ideas of all Malawians need to contribute to government decisions and policies, all Malawians need to feel part of the map to the future.”

Seppo  then said the conference provides spaces, where all Malawians, irrespective of party, religious or ethnic affiliation can meet and air out their views, trust that their views will be listened to and debated with respect and not coloured by either conspiracy theories, or superstition.

Quoting former South Africa president Nelson Mandela , Seppo said:”A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones.”

Seppo has since called participants at the conference  to hold the discussions with love and compassion with the sole aim of turning the suffering of a large segment of the Malawi population into hope for a better future.

“So what is the picture we are worried about? With more erratic weather patterns, the rate of deforestation, the pressure on service delivery from a rapidly growing population, a decade of year after year of short term humanitarian responses;

“High stunting rates, the pressure to create jobs in an undiversified economy, and the high levels of violence against women, girls and boys, the development trajectory of Malawi is not sustainable. It is a trajectory of a vicious cycle,” she pointed out.

Government is being represented by Goodall Gondwe, Jappie Mhango, Hetherwick Ntaba, Bright Msaka, Yacinta Chikaonda, Samuel Tembenu and Henry Mussa and the former Speaker of the National Assembly  Chimunthu Banda is the moderator (Director of ceremonies) of the conference.

The indaba by the influential inter-faith civil society grouping is discussing the political, economic and food shortages that have virtually making Malawi fast going into a failed state.

The conference has unruffled quite a few feathers with government claiming that it has been organised to topple the government of President Peter Mutharika.

But PAC spokesman, Catholic priest Peter Mulomole, said Malawians have a democratic right to hold a lawful assembly anywhere in the country.

On instigating regime change, Mulomole described the allegation as paranoia.

UNDP has funded the PAC indaba.

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15 thoughts on “‘Demand a better Malawi’: UN calls for compassionate leadership”

  1. Starling Kondowe from Chikwina CDSS,in Nkhatabay says:

    The issue here is to collectively solve the problems at hand.The current gvt should invite top leadership from PP,and MCP so as to have a roundtable.The spirit of partisan centrism should be vehemently eradicated.The focus should be on the suffering citizenry.Together we can change the face of our country,together we can drive out forces of egoism,corruption,and lack of patriotism.This our country.

  2. Osawamvera, ndi omwewanso azungu omwe amavomereza kuti chisankho chayenda bwino pomwe akudziwiratu kuti wina wabera mavoti. Ndiye lero muziti chiyani. Ngati mayiko ambiri sakuyenda bwino mu Africa ndi chifukwa cha a zungu. Nawonso amakhala ndi zolinga zawo pa zisankho mu Africa muno.

  3. koma kumaneko says:


  4. Truth says:

    these are the best analysis of root causes of problems in Malawi in recent times. Too much politicking, lack of patriotism, too many unproductive citizens wanting frebbies from not so rich govt, too big a population which is depleting the environment in which is depends. we are in a self destruction mode. The indaba should come up with solutions to these issues not symptoms like inflation and hunger.

  5. Chibanza says:

    how can Seppo and her Bretton give aid to thieves? remove thieves and you will get the aid….. you cant aid thieves….we are tired of these thugs Mia….Thanks

  6. H Sabiti says:

    to hell with old people ruling malawi

  7. Makweya says:

    Mia Seppo thinks Malawians are stupid. She and her colleagues of Bretton Woods have withdrawn aid to our country. They let us get in this deep economic shit, and she turns around to blame our leadership!
    Does she think we don’t see? Who can fail to run the economy with laurels of financial assistance available?
    Look, Kamuzu ran this nation with support from donors. So did Bakili and Bingu. Even Joyce was able to enrich herself and is able to live outside Malawi because she was donor aided.
    Now, what does Mia say we are not doing right? What change is she instigating as if we’re running on her financial muscle? She can go to hell! We know what she’s trying to do, start unrest from within and unrest boils up so they can intervene in the name of peacekeeping while effecting regime change!
    Who says our Intelligence guys were lying in recent report that something is being planned to topple this govt? Do you believe in Dausi now? Don’t underestimate a Kamuzu boy!

  8. His Excellence the Life President Mkango Lion Chivomerezi Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza says:

    Mia Seppo, can you become our president

  9. paul says:

    IMF is working for the white poeples community in Malawi. They withold budget aid so

    – Kwacha devalues so the expatriates gett more kwacha for there dollar and live like kings in malawi
    – the litte peanut aid they give if kwacha is devalued that aid looks big with kwacha depreciation
    – we only see expatriates driving posh cars and dining in expensive hotels while poor malaiwans dont have food on there plate
    – Merciless , heartless Donors

  10. Taweni says:

    Yes if leadership is only geared to promote political goals even at the time of austerity the going shall be tough. How do we justify subsidies of Malata and Cement. Does this show that we have priorities?

    We still want donors to construct houses for our populace even with this dire situation?

    The economic downturn is affecting the whole world and we still stick to our old – fashioned games of appeasement. Can we not postpone this project to period when our economic position improves.


  11. True Economist who can never be bought says:

    I thought it is Malawi caucus through PAC for Malawians to brainstorm on the challenges they are encountering, I did not know that America and the West are behind the discussions. When shall the whites stop oppressing the Africans behind the scenes. For the economics woes to be improved you the whites should reverse your sabotage in the following areas:

    1. Start providing budgetary support
    2. Do not buy our hard earned tobacco at low prices
    3. Do not steal our resources through dubious mines whose returns are not realized by Malawians
    4. Do not lie to Malawians that you have supported Malawi to the tune of $4.5 Million yet its just in kind not Money
    5. Do not use your home country consultants to retain your money but cheating the poor Malawians
    6. Address the causative agent of Hunger in Malawi which are floods and droughts by providing technical expertise in constructing dikes within flood prone rivers. Providing financial support and technical expertise to start irrigation at large scale
    7. Do not force us to liberalize foreign exchange management by using demand driven type of exchange rates. Allow us to fix exchange rates as America and West countries do.
    8. IMF (American Controlled Institution) and World Bank ( Britain’s controlled institution) should stop penalizing poor countries for not accepting their bad norms. Tell poor Malawians the truth that both institutions are not donors but FINCA. IMF lending countries with balance of payments on short term whilst World Bank lending countries for developmental projects on long term.

  12. thapatula says:

    Please when discussing economic position of Malawi, don’t forget to remember that Malawi is donor dependent nation. Now it is no longer receiving international attention. In short no more donations in terms of budget support which is the heart of running government. Then are we saying that current budget is fatter enough to make a claimed better Malawi. Lets be realistic. A white man should not be political, withdrawing his support then squeezing the same government. Malawi is baby who is on his own knee struggling to walk, leave him alone and he will walk when time comes for him.

  13. chatonda mvula says:

    Good meeting and Malawians have hope in this meeting. This is a very special meeting that can help bring change that Malawi needs the most. DO the needful on behalf of all poor Malawians.

  14. dalitso says:

    Thank you madam Seppo for your words of encouragement and I qoute ” Malawi needs compassionate leadership. It is a sad development that the leadership in most governmental organizations and private government companies love to oppress their own people. There is a bad tendency of trusting matchonas to run the government and government companies. Most intentionally work to fix their wanted time in diasapora and wants quick riches. No wonder their hearts are hard like stones. Unless change of hearts and repentance happen otherwise you are building your own downfall. Mr President with all due respect, let your deputy takes over from you, I do not see any energy left in your critical reasoning. Time to rest otherwise you are creating your own disjointed legacy. If you resign, you will do yourself a favor. Do not say I did not share my opinion.

  15. saiziyakana says:

    Good. We should not allow the APM and his thugs continue committing crime against humanity. When i see the suffering of the people at admarc and know that the government has a cabinet enjoying super perks and wallowing in riches – i wonder what is it that they do all year round. The many super rich advisers – what is it that they do when they can not feed their people for 5 months?
    Punishing Malawians for what? When you fail you give chance to others to try – rather than let the situation degenerate to chaos. APM – you have failed – you are not a presidential material. You became president and that should be reason enough to be proud but please let go (let my people go)

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