Open Letter to President Mutharika: To get Malawi economy right, get the politics right

Dear My Dearest Mr President,Open Letter Graphic

You might be wondering why I have decided to drop you this letter. I am writing to you on behalf of all the youth in Malawibecause when you leave your office in 2024 (if your wishes come true) or when you reach the end of your inevitable life journey, whichever comes first, you will leave Malawi to this generation.

Mr President, it seems that you too easily forget that there are millions and millions of young people who live without dignity, without independence and without freedom because they cannot find jobs in Malawi. And I am talking of all the youths including those from Thyolo, your home district.

Many a times, Mr President, you have come up with contradictory statements in trying to convince Malawians that when it comes to your grand plans you will easily put the country’s economy back on track. You have also conceed to the fact that Malawi’s economy is “sick”. This has been amplified by your good Goodall Gondwe.

Mr President, making convincing statements to Malawians is not good enough. It is, in actual fact, adding an insult to an injury, to say the least. Malawi’s economy is bonkers given the deluge of negative economic data on Malawi.

As a Malawian, Mr President, I am so disgusted and ashamed whenever I browse through the economic outlook of Malawi on the internet.

Immediately you became president, Malawi was declared the poorest country on this planet earth. Are you not ashamed of this Mr President? Do you want to be associated and leave with this stinking legacy? If I were you, I would work my butt off to prove these people (who ever does the rating) wrong.

You have now been president for almost 1½years and it seems like you haven’t as yet pulled your grand plans out of your magical hat. How do you expect the youth and Malawians at large to start enjoying the fruits of your grand plans without implementing them?

At the rate you are operating, one would be tempted to think that you do not have any plans at all. This is very bad for your image Mr President, and to save your face, I would strongly recommend that you implement your much awaited plans henceforth.

Mr President, it’s a fact that next year Malawians are heading for the worst of the worst considering the global slowdown, especially in China where you have put all your hopes (more like putting all your eggs in one basket), the already hunger pandemic in the country, the continual plundering of meagre government finances.

It’s like a free for all where nobody, including yourself, candare stop anybody. There are so many examples I can give you Mr President to this regard but let’s leave that for another day.

Mr President, you also seem to have chosen the easy path of displacing blame of your own failures to anybody who comes in your mind, including all your predecessors (excluding your elder brother Bingu of course, who many believe is the architect of cash gate), opposition parties, the hostile donors community (as if a country develops with donor money), civil societies and the media fraternity. In fact nobody is spared of your fury and explosive insults.

Mr President, my friendly advice to you is that your government must respond toboth external and internal pressures and environmental factors. These environmental factors should be the basis of your economic policies.

One thing you need to know Mr President, and I don’t know why your lengthy band of advisors never tell you, is that the US is, I am meant to understand, currently involved in a “destabilising strategy” against China, the “guidinglodestar” of your DPP lead government.

Mr President, you have been in the US for decades, yourself. I am sure you will agree with me that these mad Yankeesseem to always get what they want.

Your DPP lead government, Mr President, is in a cul-de-sac and there is no evidence of any new direction or major policy shift to boost Malawi’s economic growth to create jobs and ease the political and economic ills Malawians are currently faced with. This should come as no surprise, because the “root cause” of the economic problem in Malawi, is the political problem.

Mr President, you need to implement policies that focus on growing the economy and create jobs by dealing with the key “binding constraints” on the economy including: shortage of electricity and water; infrastructure backlog, shortage of honest and skilled workers in government and onerous regulations, which increase the cost of doing business.

The current repo rate in Malawi is 36% and the lending/prime rate is 42% – something is definitely not right here Mr President. The fact of this scenario is that you cannot grow entrepreneurs, which are key drivers of job creation. The cost of doing business in Malawi is extremely prohibitive.

Mr President, the multiplier effect of this scenario is that you won’t be collecting enough money, in taxes, for your world-wide trotting escapades. At the rate you are doing things, you will one day find yourself in a situation where there will be no any company to collect your much needed tax from.

You see now Mr President, this is notgood for you as it is exactly like starving a cow to death which gives you the milk you enjoy so much.

Mr President,I put it to you that you cannot growMalawi’s economy by: (1) Building Banquet Halls at the State house; (2) Demanding to fly in chartered jets; (3) Taking friends and cronies to New York just to drink Johnny Walker Blue and Cognac, and bump into every kind of pimp in the Manhattan Red Light streets; (4) Stealing from the treasury and stanching the loot in Singapore; (5) Not addressing the real issues; (6) Arrogance and table banging; (7) Conducting selective justice to those implicated in cash gate;(8) Not being strategic; or (9) Your political gimmick of trying to build a tarred road to Kasiya.

All in all, Mr President, there are so many things you are, in my opinion, not doing right to put the Malawi economy back on track and what this illustrates is that one of the biggest “binding constraints” on the Malawi economy is politics, rather than economics.

Mr President, despite all this directionless of your administration, it is a pity that your responses and actions have largely been a combination of arrogance, threats and intimidations including table banging.

You even demand apologies Mr President. So far, nobody has apologized and I would like to volunteer making the apology you so much want and demand: “Mr President, I, The One Who Anoints with Myrrh, do apologize on behalf of every Malawian who questioned on any bad things you have done, most especially those who questioned of your trip to New York with over 100 people and blew up Mk300million to Mk500million, depending on who you talk to, even though so many Malawians are dying in hospitals because of no medication and civil servants cannot be paid in time almost every month”.

Mr President, I have volunteered to apologize on behalf of all the “unreasonable” Malawians who dare question you on the many blunders you are doing because I want you to focus on real issues of developing the country and create jobs and not be distracted by those “arrogant fools” who didn’t want to apologize.

Now that I have apologized on their behalf Mr President, it’s timeyou goto your office and pull out all your developmental plans and implement them henceforth.

Mr President, I heard you praising our own old Uncle Bob, the he-matriarch of Zim, as THE African Hero. Really? Old Uncle Bob, an African Hero today? I think your timing in praising Uncle Bob is dismally misplaced Mr President.

But I understand your misjudgement Mr President, because the right time (early 80s) when we were all praising Uncle Bob, you were not around. Your praise in 2015 to Uncle Bob as an “African Hero” isuncalled for. It has just exposed your ignorance intoday’s Africa’s political dynamics.

The true “African Heroes” of today Mr President, are those leaders who are waging economic wars and winning them.

Mr President, I also understand that a document stamped “secret” dated 15th October 2015 has been sent to you by your chief Spy, NicholasDausi, accusing Dr Lazarus Chakwera of conspiring with Civil Society Organizations to bring “regime change”.

This, to meMr President, is not governance but, to borrow one Chewa idiom, zamasanjezenizeni, zamchombolende. Treason is charged to somebody who wants to bring “regime change” by forceful means (or mwaupandu). Exactly what the Midnight 6 intended to doafter the death of your brother.

Mr President, Nicholas Dausi is not a Spy. If he is a real Spy, as he claims, then he should bring to book all those involved in the stealing of Mk20billion and Mk577billion. Why is he exerting his energies on useless things which won’t help the country but only bring unnecessary confusion?

Mr President, Dr Chakwera and the Civil Society Organizations in Malawi including any Malawian do not have to respect anybody but the facts, and they certainly have not been “given” the space or the right to function by your seemingly all powerful and magnanimous DPP lead government.

Mr President, in case you don’t know – before you came to Malawi, in 1993 Malawians fought for the right to freedom of expression, which now form the bedrock of our Constitution.

Freedom of expression, Mr President, is integral to democracy, and democracy is unimaginable without the right of individuals to express their views without censorship and retaliation by government

In conclusion Mr President, there is a phrase that has become popular with your leadership style or rather your personality: “You punch above your weight”. I came here when I was already a millionaire; I am a friend of Obama (so what, if you indeed are?); I am just here to help you Malawians – blablablabla.

You seem not to stop spiting all the nonsensical demeaning and humiliating insults which creeps in your small head or rather your big head to Malawians as if you are some kind of mythological demigod.

Mr President, I don’t need to remind you that you are neither a demigod nor did Malawians callyou from wherever you were for your help. I don’t know where you get all these crazy ideas Mr President.

Your goal and salvation as a leader Mr President, should lie in dealing with the many miseries Malawians are faced with now. Proper schools, hospitals which are properly resourced, a secure environment and an enabling environment for economic growth which creates jobs – this is the role of a responsible government. Not forever lying in wait for an opportunity to pillage and plunder.

If you have no ideas on how to do these things Mr President, I am more than willing to help you – and I am not looking for a job, I already have a good one.

Thank you for your time Mr President. I intend to contact you very soon just as a courtesy follow-up of this communiqué.

Sincerely yours,

The One Who Anoints With Myrrh.

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28 thoughts on “Open Letter to President Mutharika: To get Malawi economy right, get the politics right”

  1. austin says:

    Your a true Malawian Thanx for the later it’s for Peter Muthsriks to prove himself

  2. nabanda says:

    only those who read the bible can understand this situation, we are living in the end of times seasons, and nobody can solve these problems, its only Jesus Himself who can accomplish all these problems. you will be tired with talking and talking up until you realise that Jesus already told us of these events.

  3. Eric says:

    Feel that we are in the end pple,that’s why we might expect to face problems. Don’t fight against each other ,we are in the end. The president can not sought these problems let us refer these to God. God help pple

  4. aurora says:

    IF I WAS TO REVOTE , i WOULD VOTE FOR APM OVER AND OVER AGAIN. I DONT REGRET VOTING FOR THIS MAN WHOM SOME OF YOU CALL AN IDIOT, WHO LOOSES? YOU KA BECAUSE THE SO CALLED IDIOT IS RULLING THE COUNTRY AND YOUR DAMN SELF. KKKKKK WRITING AN OPEN LETTER OR CLOSED LETTER WONT CHANGE THE FACT THAT WE STILL SWIM IN POVERTY,WHETHER APM BEING THE PRESIDENT OR NOT. HOW THE HELL DO YOU WANT APM TO CREATE JOBS FOR YOU? WHO IN THE WORLD (among presidents that ruled Malawi) HAS EVER CREATED JOBS FOR LAZY BONES LIKE YOU? IF YOU WANT, GO MOP IN APM’S TOILET OR BETTER STILL BATH HIS SECURITY DOGS OR CLEAN HIS DOG’S MESS..
    I DONT GET Y YOU MORONS WANNA SEND APM TO AN EARLY GRAVE LIKE YOU DID WITH BINGU.. GET UP AND FARM, U WANT TO BE SPOON FED BASI.. CHAMBA ETI,MOYO ODALILA BASI.

  5. Winston Msowoya says:

    I would like to congratulate wholeheartedly the writer of an open letter to President Peter Muthalika on behalf of Malawians in diaspora.Bravo true son of Malawi.You have courageously and intellectually represented the opinions and ideals of all the downtrodden people of Malawi.Once again,keep the banner high we are with you in our last and decisive struggle against the impostors who have destroyed our dear mother Malawi beyond repairs.To remain in power,these impostors have created all sorts of evil tricks to divide our people and finally rule us.The most effective and dangerous sinuous is the division they have created on us is TRIBALISM the scourge of Africa.No single popular national leader has vehemently come out to counter this deadly trend which if erupts in the open,it will come with deadly spitefulness that all three provinces people will cross rivers of blood,it will spare no body on its path.Leaders like Hastings Banda,Bingu Wamuthalika and Peter Wamuthalika rejoice when they see Malawians fight ethnically,because in this way,leaders will look from sidelines and perpetuate to destroy our economy and political establishments and furthermore,they don’t have their families in Malawi to care of.Malawians,these three leaders I have mentioned their names,have nothing to loose.Good instance is HastingsBanda,whom had he left behind to surfer? Excursionists like Peter and the likes,are here to to amass our little we have for their own survival.Brothers and sisters,let all of us ignore these Engels of destruction.I had arrived in Kigali,Rwanda to cover the aftermath of heinous ethnic cleansing by the Hutu majority against the minority,but industrious Tutsi in 1994 April 4th,when the bloody machine guns were still smouldering,what I had seen,will remain in me until my last second on earth and I would not at any time want this carnage to happen in my country or anywhere in Sub-Saharan Africa.It is easy to call one another names,but when these names turn into a reality,everyone of us will rergret for the rest of our life.May God the Almighty protect us from this evil trend.AMEN!!!

  6. shii says:

    i wasted my vote voting for this idiot.i wish i had use it to wipe my bum.he is the most useless president ever.

  7. LessChildrenPlease says:

    Let’s start with two kids per couple/family. Maybe some economic plans could actually start to work…

  8. levelheaded says:

    What a stinking piece heeiishh. And you call this a letter? God forbid.

  9. This guy has just expressed his opinion but some stupid people are blaming him just that they belong to DPP

  10. Long Dick says:

    We have a KING COBRA on nyasa now!

  11. drogba says:

    za zii zenizeni, one who annoints with what?? one who annoints with shit?????

  12. kuipa says:

    Ha ha ha well written!!!!!!!!!
    Palibe ndi munthu ngakhale m’modzi yemwe anakagwada kwa APM kuti chonde tasiyani kuphunzitsa. Ku US kuti mudzakhale m’tsogoleli wa Malawi,komano iyeyo ndiyemwe anabwela kudandaulila anthu kuti amuvotele.ndie anthu anamuvotela wayamba kukodza osagwilila.
    Nzanga wina anandiuza kuti kufa kwa anthu ngati R. Chasowa, Njauju,ndi ena kuphatikizapo a pa 20 july kunabwela ena mazana mazana a ena ndipo ngati mumawatenga ngati ndi vuto ndie muvutikadi.

  13. maganizo wa maganizo says:

    The one who has written this letter is very stupid including his boss,Chakwela.APm is a person like you and him alone cannot put the economy right.What contribution are you giving to him if you want the economy to be right.You are buying expensive cars and at the same time you want the economy to be be fine.Are you normal.You are just clueless opposition busy spending our money on cars.Umalephera kugula galimoto chifukwa za mmbale zimalenga ndiye unangothawa.Umva m’bebe mundale.

  14. ben says:

    Goodall and chuka worst combination look at the kwacha again it has started devaluing, throught the world peopel have enjoyed lower fuel prices, only here we Malawians are suffering and paying same high price while the price of fuel has halved but we cannot reap the benefits.Due to chuka making rules which favours few exporters who LIKE JTI, Limbe leaf,AND MAKING POOR MALAWIANS SUFFER.

  15. Youths in Agriculture says:

    Malawian youths do not believe that Agriculture is business or employment for them. Peter, Malawi economic backbone is agriculture which employs 80% of people in the country. APM do you have strategies or plans or actions that points towards sustainable agriculture? With all these problems HIV and AIDs, old age generation like yourself, what will become of future Malawi agriculture if youths are involved now?. Remember MYP agriculture, Mr president? In rural areas the survivors of MYP bases after Bakili decided to destroy them all, are the ones doing good agriculture but they are few and old.

  16. Kamuna says:

    I saw some-one talking abt Agricul. Dont force youths to do what they dont like. Imagine, these days due to unreliable rain input is greater than output what business is that? Capital is also needed. And a graduate for that matter, he is supposed to b a District Agri supervisor or DADO not a farmer. If Gvt fails to implement Green Belt. Do not cheat your fello youths to go to village after gaining knowledge in medicine, educ., ingeering,etc, no my friend, just tel ur bwana to change as per demand. If he fails then has to resign it means we voted for wrong person who can not perform. How do u look at it?

  17. Dr love says:

    to u mr president njira yabwino ndikutula pamsi udindo osati inunokha ai aliyense amene akugwira ntchito m boma kapena makampani a boma yemwe wakwanisa zaka zakubadwa 60 sayenela kupitiliza ntchito muyenela kutula maudindo anu NONSE AMENE MULI over 60years TULANI UDINDO WANU PANSI MWANSANGA kwaiwe ATUPELE NDIWE OPUSA KWAMBIRI OPUSA KWENIKWENI how do u min jenda for change this is nosens why u people u planing to finish malawi why? why muluzi u just klaping hand s wat do u waiting for if it s so betterway is to leave THI IS OUR MALAWI OUR COUNTRY ZOPUSA

  18. kenkkk says:

    And peter preaches patriotism to us? By your behaviour and actions peter, you are the most unpatriotic Malawian.

    And you dpp thugs and bootlickers look yourselves in the mirror objectively.

  19. Rus-san says:

    Hello The Unknown (Author),

    You write your open letter to the President and then hide your credentials and identity. Does it make sense? And people call you a hero – really? For me I call you a “Zero” Why? Because you have hidden your identity and you dont exist.

    You took time to write this wordy article, and then hide your identity – Why? If people speculate that it is the owner of Nyasatimes who have written it – will they be wrong? If what you have written is true and helps our country – why then not putting your names and signature?

    Next time you write an open letter, please put your true names and identity.

    Thank You

  20. Sapitwa says:

    That’s the the syndrome many have thinking that ali yense wolima ndi wosapita ku school. Why do we have colleges of Agriculture then?

  21. benjnes says:

    MALAWI IS A FAILED NATION WITH FOREIGNERS RULING US WE HAVE LOST HOPE IN EVERYTHING. MY MOTHER MALAWI IS IN THE WRONG HANDS WHO ARE DESTROYING IT EVERYDAY

  22. madalitso says:

    As a malawian citizen i don’t think that , we are going to hve a president who will be manage to turn malawi into gold& silver manor .its time for you &me to keep on bow down b4 the lord to bless our nation with good plans &stretegy. Rather than pointing fingures to political leaders .

  23. Chavula says:

    Tinasakha molakwika achinyamata kumaliza maphunziro koma osalembedwa ntchito ndipamene galu wina wachabechabe akuti tizikalima tomato. Ndiye ubwino wasukulu ulipati apa? Ambuye chonde pangani mmene munapangira ndi ena aja ena apitirize chonde timvereni ndife ana anu

  24. chivwamba says:

    Well written. DPP handclappers wont like this. This man should read this

  25. mtumbuka1 says:

    An article and a half, straight on point and I’m a big fan of ” no halls barred” kind of writing. Look, peter is a failure and he will never achieve anything in his first 5years and things are likely to worsen up in the next couple of years. It’s a pity that we have a president who got only 36% of the votes ( and that percentage he even rigged). All your ministers are just as clueless as yourself, look at a guy like Goodall gondwe, he has run out of steam and he has no value to add whatsoever but you decide to keep him as a finance minister and yet you expect miracles from him. The best thing for peter to do is to step down and let those who are ready to fix the problems the country is facing take over. When you say you were already rich and you just came to help Malawians, then you can fuck off since nobody wanted or asked for your help so you can keep your help with you or take it to thyolo. You imposed yourself on the people of Malawi by stealing the votes and yet you have the audacity to castigate Malawians. You are so stupid.

  26. Peter27 says:

    #clapping hands.

  27. Sapitwa says:

    A long letter with too many bla. bla. bla . bla nonses! Who told you that Malawi was declared the poorest when Mutharika became President? This country has been the poorest of the poor countries from long time ago during the colonial masters.
    So you think the President will give you solutions to your problems? You are wasting your prime age as youth. You have too many opportunities in this country. You can grow tomatoes, Irish potatoes, pegeon peas, ground nuts, soy beans,sweet potatoes and I will get you a direct Buyer from Asia, Europe and the US. This will change your lives believe you me. Form cooperatives and let NGOs like concern recognize you. You can do better than wasting your time on this piece of thrash expecting someone called President to rescue you.

  28. Professor LUKA TCHOKA. CHIEF wa aKweri says:

    Well written if I was Pitara I would just call for an early elections. Pithara is surrounded by useless thugs posibg as advisors and ministers, people like Joji Chqponda tuvi, Pati Khwenzure Kaliath, kasaila little boy msena, mwana veka hule, Francis Mphepo, Masangwi the chasowa ……, Badall Gondwe mbava,. DDausi the hard core mafia okhwima.

    All what is happening in Malawi, I blame Muluzi chi munthu chosakonda malawi, mbuli yotha ntchito. Muluzi had he allowed democracy to flourish in Malawi, he couldnt have picked qnd imposed on us Bingu thru electioneering. Bingu brought in tsankho thru mulhakho wa alhomwe. This country is divided on tribal lines today because of one Bingu and unfortunately Pitara is doing the same. A Bingu picked headless Joyce Banda to be his VP. Mwayi ndi uwo Bingu kumwalira che Banda Mtila became the president. Some trigger happy DPP idiots wanted to circumvent rule of law by getting government thru coup or denying JB constitutional order of getting into power as vp when president becomes incapacitated. Those idiot headless DPP guys who schemed this are what we kno the midnight six led by mathanyula. The mid night six deserved jsil and wiping them out from malawi politics for good. What they were doing had it been it was in other countries; for sure there would be unprecedented blood shed. Joyce failed to jail these thugs and today we have these thugs in government. So its Muluzi who authored Malawi wa lero. SHAME TO MULUZI.

    A PITARA JUST RESIGN KOMASO DAUSI YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED

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