Malawians question merit on confering Mutharika with excellent leadership award

Some sections of society in Malawi are questioning the merit in London based African Leadership Magazine e awarding President Peter Mutharika an award in exceptional leadership when Malawi is getting poorer than ever before and a myriad of problems, including a broken economy.

Mtambo: Its a mockery to Malawians

Mtambo: Its a mockery to Malawians

University of Malawi associate professor Mustafa Hussein thinks the African Leadership Magazine should have withheld the award.

“There is no exceptional leadership. Malawians are facing a myriad of problems, persistent power blackouts, shortages of water, dwindling economy and the high cost of life,” said Hussein.

He therefore asked organisations seeking to award leaders accolades to come to Malawi, live in Malawi and experience the lives Malawians are going through.

Civil society activist Timothy Mtambo described the award as a “mockery”, saying Malawians are yearning for proper leadership.

Some Malawians on social media have questioned the integrity of the magazine, asking whether the presidential propaganda team did not buy the award, saying the situation on the ground is different.

On the choice of Mutharika for the award, previously conferred on other leaders such as former presidents Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia, Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, John Kufuor of Ghana, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Mo Ibrahim, founder of Mo Ibrahim Prize for Leadership, United Kingdom-based magazine’s publisher and chief executive officer Ken Giami said the President was recognised for his “outstanding posturing” as one of Africa’s most distinguished thought leaders and champion of the masses.

Mutharika said the country is making unprecedented progress in development.

Malawi is the second poorest country in Africa after South Sudan and one of the poorest 10 in the world.

Poverty is on unprecedented high and Finance minister Goodall Gondwe admits the gap between the poor and the rich continues to widen.

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BENYO
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THATS TOTALLY MADNESS AND AMBIGUITY…I THINK THE OWNER OF THE MAGAZINE IS AN IDIOT …WHY GIVING AN HONOUR TO THIS IDIOT AND CASTRATED APM WHOM THE LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN MISTAKENLY FORGED…I DONT SEE ANY SENSE IN THIS NONSENSE…. APONDE MUKUTITUKWANA AMALAWI…..GO TO HELL YOU THE AWARDER INCLUDING APM…U R JUST BEING IRONICAL HERE….THUS THE PROBLEM OF FREE GIVE AWAY THINGS AMAKAPEREKA KWA MUNTHU KOMANSO MALO OLAKWIKA TIZITI OBAMA SIZIKUMUKHALA KULANDILA AWARD YOOO…MBUZI

Jacob
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Kumeneku ndiye kum malawi. Bakili Muluzi was honoured you dd not question, Shanil Dzimbiri Muluzi was honouered you dd not question, JB was honoured u dd not question and recently Uladi has been honouered u remained quiet, why APM? But know this the bible says whoever digs a pit for somebody to fall in, falls in himself/herself. So inu nonse ansanje u r bad ppo and watch out! Remember some wished APM wold have bn dead within 3 months where are they? Some gave APM 90 days ultimatum and today their leader says is violating a constitution by appointing ppo… Read more »
Logic
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which god? ka god kamene kanatipatsa Peter Mutharikako mukakauze kuti nkofoila mwamva. ka god kameneko kanabera zisankho. ka god kameneko ndi ka CROOK

mwana mulopwana
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if the whole Prof Hussein can think like this then I fear the students who are being lectured by this stupid learned man, what I know is that the president is not the driver of the economy, we the people are the drivers based on what ever we can do, most Malawians are 24/7 on facebook, you will understand that if one man starts to sell mandazi, everyone will pursue the same business,we don’t have the guts but we are just fool of jealous, we cant grow maize yet we leave the poor to feed us , Govt has short… Read more »
Logic
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MWANAMA BABA MWANAMA!!! Ngati a president ali busy putting Lomwes in strategic positions instead of anthu who can deliver, how do you expect the joint efforts to flourish? Said joint efforts require systems in place to support them. I can have a brilliant idea involving production of an item Z but if there is no reliable elctricity in the country, how will I profitably produce said item? And if a bulutu akoo approves billion kwacha loans for building zimbudzi instead of investing that money in new ways of acquiring electricity, how will my dream ever materialize? Empty head ndi iwe… Read more »
M Sizini
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We should not take these awards and award-givers too seriously. They are just the modern equivalent of praise-songs and praise-singers. They are continuing a time-honored African tradition. The praise-singer was never mistaken for a disinterested commentator. He sang his song . . . and he got his reward.

Gogodasi
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The point is the Magazine gets the money in return. This is a fundraising strategy for the magazine.Is the owner if the magazine conversant with current affairs to go out his way to award a Mutharika without properly doing their home work? Malawians and indeed African are not interested in the awarded given to their leaders but change of paradigm shift to see Africa on top. We want African countries to help one another by way of donating funds the way Western countries do so we can move delink from colonial touch. They awarded Goodluck Jonathan when he is accused… Read more »
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