Ntata analysis on Malawi ruling DPP 2014 -2019

The definitive sentiment underlining the DPP leadership philosophy under  President Peter Mutharika is summarised in the sentiments that I heard top DPP officials express soon after the DPP electoral victory. It was May 2014 and the victory euphoria was in the air. I had come into the country from the United Kingdom on a consultancy with Transparency International, which coincided with the change of leadership. This was before I wrote the document that was to cause great consternation within the DPP. At that time I was still regarded as a friend and solid sympathiser.

Dr Goerge Chaponda: DPP strongman

Dr Goerge Chaponda: DPP strongman

As I listened to people that are now cabinet ministers and top advisors and aides to the President, the dominant point of discussion was not how to help the President implement policies that would ensure the development of the country. DPP big shots were unanimous in the notion that now that they were back in government, it was time to ensure that should , God forbid, anything happen to Peter Mutharika similar to what happened to his late brother Bingu, these people should ensure that they are financially well off to “never have to fear poverty again”.

The dominant thinking was that once in government, all effort should be directed first towards personal enrichment to ensure lasting riches, and secondly, all advice to the President should follow a succession plan that would ensure that in the day of adversity, the vice president never does what Vice President Joyce Banda did to Bingu.

It was that conversation with top DPP officials that revealed to me that if nothing were done to change the mentality of these people that I then regarded as my friends, the country would be ruined within six months. It turned out that I was right. We now have had almost two years of a Peter Mutharika government and even a cursory analysis reveals that the DPP top brass have been true to their intention.

Under Peter Mutharika, Malawi has become a country rocked with unprecedented economic cluelessness, a country ravaged by hunger, extreme poverty and a runaway inflation. Malawi is a country that is failing to put medicine in hospitals, failing to provide continuous water and electricity in Malawian homes, and a country threatened with bankruptcy. Yet all those that work in this administration are seeing their wealth increase with leaps and bounds.

For example, the head of intelligence Nicholous Dausi inexplicably is suddenly a very wealthy man. Cabinet ministers, presidential aides and all those working close to the administration have unexplained wealth in a country where the average person cannot afford to buy a bag of maize.

In my governance notes to Peter Mutharika in May 2014, I pointed out that in order to avoid losing popularity and descending to the depths of corruption and impunity that had marked late Bingu’s last days, it would be crucial for Mutharika and the DPP carefully to consider what it was that had made late Bingu wa Mutharika so unpopular in his second term.

Having served Bingu in that ill-fated second term, I had witnessed with my own eyes and ears as people like George Chaponda, Nicolas Dausi, and others of the Mulakho disposition exert the wrong influence on Bingu and push for decisions that eventually let the nation down the garden path. I had spoken out against it then, and now, with Peter Mutharika forming his new government, I pointed out that there were certain elements in the DPP top hierarchy whose influence and role in the new government needed to be scrutinised very carefully, and that if such scrutiny were not done, they would bring the same self-centred, destructive and nationally retrogressive ideas and attitudes to his new administration and this would ensure nothing but a very quick slide into a government parallel to that of Bingu’s last days, where at the death of the President, the nation rejoiced instead of mourning.

That document, which I entitled “Governance Challenges facing the DPP 2014-2019”, was passed around the party and inevitably caused me to be blacklisted in the minds of those party members that were determined to enrich themselves through Peter Mutharika’s administration.

Vindication was not far, however, for we now have all seen how Peter Mutharika has become nothing but a puppet of the very people that had ruined his late brother’s administration.

Thus instead of a solid development agenda, the prognosis of what we have seen and can continue to expect from the DPP between now and 2019 is ominous. We will continue to see a very selective fight against corruption that stays clear of those in government who clearly have unexplained wealth, and some of whom are even firmly mentioned in the cashgate reports- both the Baker Tilly report and the one prepared by GTZ and the national audit office.

We should continue to see aimless and spineless public service reforms that stay clear of transforming Malawi’s leaking financial management system, and especially staying clear of curtailing the vast presidential powers that remove independence from such important government organs as the ACB, the Law Commission, the Financial Intelligence Unit, and even Parliament and other important institutions as ESCOM, MACRA, MBC and other parastatals.

Indeed regarding the public service reforms, we should remember that this is the government that brought back George Mkondiwa from retirement to make him chief secretary as though there is no other, younger, Malawian who can fill the position. Surely such thinking cannot be trusted to understand the importance of reforming the public service so that it accommodates and favours younger, fresher brains rather than geriatric has-beens that only milk the system rather than help it perform.

The evidence of current DPP governance is that this party’s mind-set is not one that is interested in finding solutions to the problems that are facing the nation. It is a mind-set that is unconcerned about the issues of national development and visible signs of progress nationally.

The only language, it seems, understandable to the DPP mind-set is that of individual enrichment. This seems to me the only true forecast that an honest observer can make about Peter Mutharika and his administration. Affirming this observation, Peter Mutharika recently in an interview with Mgeme Kalirani of MBC declared to the nation his standards of performance when he stated, “we have paid people on time, have performed state functions, [and] have done our part”. This was in response to the question of how Peter Mutharika felt he had performed in the 18 months of his presidency.

Given this kind of a pathetic and rather incompetent leadership, the idea of universal suffrage and rule of law become concepts that create problems for a country rather than solve governance matters. In medicine, diseases need to be treated as early as possible after they are discovered, because there comes a time when a disease has been left untreated for so long that no medical specialist or specialised medicine can treat it, and inevitably the patient dies. In economics, it is equally possible for an economic situation of an entity to become so dire that no economist or business expert of whatever ability can rescue that entity. This is the reason failing businesses that fail to implement recovery measures and strategies in time eventually face bankruptcy and liquidation.

It is my considered opinion that at the rate that Peter Mutharika and the DPP administration are destroying the economic fabric of the country, by 2019 the country will be in such a ravaged condition that no economist, governance expert or politician will be able to bring it back to a path of positive development. It is this forecast that leads me to the conclusion that the country’s biggest challenge then, is the constitution that gives 5 year terms to our leaders without any consideration of what the remedy should be when a leader is demonstrably failing to perform positively within a year of his ascendance to power and whose popularity reaches rock bottom within 18 months.

More importantly, what should the citizens do when it is as clear as day that 3 or 4 more years of a leadership will do nothing but empty government coffers, bankrupt the nation and leave it so ravaged that the next administration will have nowhere to begin and no hope of reviving a country practically left for dead?

In the next article, I will be presenting my suggestions as to the avenues available for all Malawians who are determined not to stand by and watch the rape of our beloved country.

  • Allan Ntata is governance activist, a former presidential legal advisor of late Bingu wa Mutharika.
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20 thoughts on “Ntata analysis on Malawi ruling DPP 2014 -2019”

  1. Ujeni Phiri says:

    The president once said “If those in public service wants more money in the face of economic hardships, they should join the Private Sector” This is how a clueless president can speak and some people are faulting Ntata claiming that the President has clues for our economic bailout? Bravo Ntata keep on telling the truth.

  2. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Sour grapes!

    Ntata do us a favour! Stop writing nonsense and stand for president in 2019

  3. FootSoldier says:

    Once again, kudos!, a very patriotic piece from almost a lone voice. For making Malawians needlessly suffer as they do, The Creator will love APM so much that he will want him very close to Himself! Mark my words!

  4. NZOZO KUNUNKHA says:

    mwatsoka Banzi yanu munadya kale…. sumupatsidwanso ina

  5. Funzo says:

    The criticisms of this article and its author are unfounded. From time to time, one finds that circumstances have changed and there is a desire to change one’s views. This article is spot on but it does not reach the populsce just those few with the internet and English!

  6. Enough Is Enough says:

    I had the previledge to attend a meeting abroad- government business. And what I saw-true this government does not love this country. 5 senior ministers fighting for bribes from potential suppliers/ contractor for government tenders- eesh.

    Cry my beloved country!!!!. I just feel sorry for my kids- what a place are we creating for our young ones. APM and team must indeed resign. Where is Saulos the VP? We thought that you would assist this dude APM but it looks you are also without a clue. SHAME

    To you APM and team know this that a hungry man is an angry man such a man can become a devil in a moment

  7. bentry chill says:

    My grand-pa once said,If a bird stays on one tree for long, it invites a stone. With these words in mind, I hope the stone is about to strike the present government, and no matter what they will suffer the consequences of their fates. One day the monkey will go to the market and it will not come back.

  8. Mulomwe wa ku Ndata says:

    Well spoken Mr. Ntata. These people are in this to loot…they do not care what Malawians are going through. How do you go about construction stadia in Karonga, Mangochi while people are virtually dying of hunger and hospitals with no medicines? How? Where is the sense in the leaders who argue that patients can be healed having ate one meal a day? How do you morally go around as leaders while whole cabinet ministers with protruding stomachs after over eating go and tell people to cut down and eat one meal a day…

    The day of reckoning is coming. I see the professor running away back to America, but zitsiru zinazi ndiye tidzathana nazo konkuno.

  9. Peter Mthiburo says:

    Allan, this forum was missing you. Welcome back.

    What you have said is very sensible, but the challenge we have now is to find someone strong like Chakufwa Chihana, or Ralph Kasambara to come forward and lead the nation to stop Mutharika’s administration right now.

    MCP is dead, they can’t lead us. Parliament is snoozing. Civil societies of the noisy Kapito is ‘dekapitated’.

  10. MYAO says:

    Nothing new, in chairs time the author would be categorized in the madeya section. it’s obvious that you get madeya after milling maize but he wants to sound as if he’s the one’s invented Madeya!!!

  11. Bwindi says:

    I am not a fan of Ntata but I have to agree that his analysis of APM and DPP top brass in the past 20 months is spot on. APM is not fit to head even a rural full primary school, let alone run the whole country.

    It is quite clear that the pre-occupation of APM and his inner circle is personal glory and enrichment. These people cannot even ensure that the country’s staple food is readily available in ADMARC. The FISP programme they fiercely cling to for political reasons is a total mess this year, meaning that there will be hunger next year as well.

    To imagine that this so-called Government still has another 3 solid years to continue inflicting pain on ordinary Malawians fills one with untold dread…

  12. Bandawe says:

    Ntata should be the last person to criticise DPP. By the way, what you have written is so predictive. One can read the first line and know everything else under it. You are just vindictive and you do not offer any renewal to Malawi. People like you are there for your stomachs but you fool people you carry their struggle. FOTSEKI!

  13. M'Malawi We Niweni says:

    Allan, You are very right but most of Malawians are very much dull to take their responsibility to run their own country in all angles. This administration is indeed busy to enrich themselves and it is unbelievable if you you critically see how oversurden these people have become funken rich. If you check records at Ministry of Trade; you will be shocked that their minister(Mwanamvekha) travels outside this country every week and in fact he spends all the funding(K40million) by himself to the extent that the office can’t afford toilet tissue. Malawi has been indeed ruined and the unfortunate thing is that we Malawians are not responsible enough to run our own country

  14. willie lemam says:

    yeah am keenly following this

  15. Kacheche says:

    The current administration was supposed to leave office 20 years ago. Whatever they are doing is in contravention with principles of natural justice. I wonder if these people have hearts at all. they are behaving like ghosts. The suffering the country is facing is a clear indicator that there is no head to this body of the snake. The country is dead.

  16. Dr mpoto says:

    Vyingachitika yayi akupusikana waka munthu zinalake chaponda sizina launkhungu ilo

  17. levelheaded says:

    The cleverness about Malawians is that they first track one’s background before they can listen to whatever he says.

    Your background Mtata tells us that you are doing this not because of the activism in you but marely out of frustration.Had it been that you were picked in APM administration, we surely could not be reading all these articles you are posting.

    For the sake of patriotism, why don’t you fake the author’s name so that readers can take the contents seriously? Your writing is good but your name is too stinking to stress a point.

  18. Washington Zoo Panda says:

    Happy new year Allan, i missed you, Malawi is being led by lootes, thieves, visionless people, who have bad image with the donors becoz in every thing that concerning Malawians, they dont have a stand. When campaigning, they told us that they have a clue to Malawian problems, they have money already to use even with donor absence. Today they say Malawi dont need donors and tomorrow they pleads with the donors to come back

  19. President Mkango Lion Chivomorezi Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza says:

    Yea DPP is suffocating govt institutions deliberately. ACB not independent, National Audit Office not independent. Bet me MRA collect monies which can more monies than what we budget. Let alone other dept e.g Immigration, traffic etc. but monies end up in other peoples pockets i.e poor audit and poor monitoring system. I can challenge every journalist to find revenue data for MRA and you will be suprised that MRA only can fund the whole budget within few months.

  20. Tembenuzeni says:

    Ulibe nzeru iwe. A frustrated man! How do u expect us to believe you when we all know that ua doing all this because APM u know there is nothing APM is going to give u after u deserted him in 2012. Aren’t you the one who was at the center of misleading him and the entire DPP after the passing on of Bingu. this eventually saw those u misled into police cell answering treason case when u had already flown out of the country. Or nditakhala ine, munthu otero sindingamukhulupirirenso. So, no well informed and reasonable Malawian will ever regard your sentiments against APM. Much as what you say abt the problems currently rocking the country, your bitterness over what u deserve hurts a lot. Again, do u think APM shld befriend cz u were a friend to Bingu? Sizinakukwane zomwe unaba nthawi ya Bingu? Shame on you!!!!!! Chita chomwe uganiza ungachite but know that Malawians will not believe you 4 they know the genesis of your bitterness. You, traitor!!!!

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