Malawi is a nation that needs serious soul searching. 52 years after independence we really have very little to show for it, we have a nation full of poverty, full of hyenas and with the worst type of greedy politicians.
Our politicians drive the most expensive cars, claim the highest rates of salary, benefits and even duty free status while hard working small scale businesses as skinned alive by corrupt and greedy MRA officials and other agencies such as Immigration and Department of Road Traffic.
We see one company MOVESA dominate corruption, we all pretend to justify it instead of questioning if this is the value for money for the country. We are disgustingly corrupt and hopeless about it, we seem we accept the status quo.
Look at Immigration Department, people go to work every day, if they put heart to it and processed even just 100 passports a day, those ugly waiting scenes outside could not be there. But our corrupt, fantastically corrupt systems accept that as the norm.
Look at hospitals, if Nurses and Doctors started serving patients at 7.30am at OPD nobody would be at a queue and they would be having their chats by 10.00am, but we accept it as normal to stay at hospital whole day just because doctors and nurses were busy chatting.
The opposition one has nothing to write home about. They are busy reshuffling shadow cabinet, busy beating each other and chasing each other at rallies and for Reverend Chakwera his most remarkable protest was the need for his new Toyota Prado TX. Since he got it, good salary increment they are now busy developing a protest movement not a Government-in-waiting.
Imagine if Chakwera had opted for a cheaper Toyota Corrolla for his official car, he could have scored simple votes with the majority Malawians now suffering from high taxes and customs duty that is stifling small scale trades living on cross border business. You even wonder if Anti-Corruption Bureau exists.
MCP should rebuild its structures, hold fair elections across the country and call for national convention. Real leaders who want to solve problems call for conventions and challenge their challengers to a vote, that’s democracy. If Chakwera wants to be a strong and legitimate leader let him call for elections across the MCP structures and set date for convention, it will be one of the best parties. There is history in MCP, Gwanda Chakuamba despite all his defects used to call convention every year to silence John Tembo, of course he lost one and was out of the party. Viva Democracy.
If you look at the other opposition, Peoples Party. Its spokesperson ken Msonda decides to mock Dr. George Chaponda exile years as being a “kapilikoni” or a traitor for having run away from Kamuzu Banda’s killing machine. The value of human freedom and dignity should have seen Msonda being asked to resign from public office. But we are a nation that accepts mediocrity as normal and never want to confront it. We are good at resting in our bums until its too hot. Msonda’s remarks about Dr. George Chaponda, in whatever context are an insult to those that were ejected from their own homeland by greedy Banda and cohorts.
Malawi belongs to all of us. If you do not think one tribe or people or anybody is worth to be Malawian, let’s start with you, leave my motherland alone, go wherever you can.
Look at the UDF. A party, a former ruling party in its own shadow. No direction, no relevance and as prophesised kutha ngati makatani, swallowed by greed, run by personal comfort and now almost extinct like dinosaurs that kids born in the 1990s think UDF was there before the MCP.
Then we have the ruling party. The Democratic Progressive Party. Nothing progressive and no visible democratic credentials inside the party system. The fight is obvious, a beautiful manifesto, strange implementation criteria of priorities.
If you ask people of Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya and Zambia where they will be in five years, they will tell you the personal and national direction. For us we have no idea, no direction.
A nation which glorifies convicts and defend them. We defend criminality, we condemn the poor hyenas and clap hands for libidious politicians and others looting our state coffers. We plot sex attacks, circulate gossip against innocent people and even plan laughable assassination plots.
We are still pursuing Dr. Cassim Chilumpha for a fantasy case we created that he wanted to assassinate Late Bingu wa Mutharika when we all know its politics. We are trying hard to drop Dr Muluzi case because we tainted with politics, yet we have cashgate cases we don’t want to pursue.
Our priorities are wrong, our souls are full of greed, jealousy and hatred. Our thinking is myopic and no vision and no direction really as to what we want to be in next five, ten or twenty years.
Dzuka Malawi, we have been short changed by ourselves, our choices. We clap hands for useless leaders and cry when they reap us all. Dzuka Malawi we need to start talking of our country in real terms, what we want ourselves and our country to be. We are in ruin, we are faced with greedy bosses in and out of Government. From next column , how to improve each department.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :