A political expert has attributed the current political, economic and social problems due to what he described as accidental presidents since the dawn of multiparty system of government in 1994.
Blessings Chinsinga, a political science professor at the University of Malawi, told the high level all inclusive Public Affairs Committee (PAC) indaba on Wednesday in Blantyre that since 1994, Malawi never had a visionary leader.
He said instead, Malawi has had leaders who came to power with a group of people opportunistically, without any clear vision for the country except looting from the public coffers to enrich themselves at the expense of poor ordinary Malawians.
“The political system is not delivering on aspirations of the people. We have a broken political system,” said Chinsinga who titled his presentation “How long must it take for us to reach the promised land”.
Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and opposition top leadership sat attentively to listen to Chinsinga’s thought provoking presentation.
He said the problem was that prior to 1994, Malawians were just interested in toppling the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) one party system of government whose leader Kamuzu Banda ruled Malawi with an iron fist for 31 years.
The analysts said soon after the fall of the one party system, Malawians never sat down to chat the future of Malawi in the selection of its leadership.
Chinsinga focusing on the current Malawi situation commented on the hunger crisis.
“it is unfortunate that despite heavy investments in agriculture, Malawi is failing to feed herself,” he said.
He also criticised public sector reforms, saying the country is yet to start enjoying their fruits.
The political analyst noted that Malawi parliament is reduced into a praise-singing House and not a chamber of constructive deliberations for the nation’s good.
“Our parliament is not vibrant. It has not moved away from the culture of worshiping leaders, singing praises,” he noted.
Chinsinga accused politicians of practising patronage leadership for self aggrandisement.
“Politicians try to be in good books with government to win contracts, can not offer constructive criticism,” said Chinsinga.
He advised that Malawi needs an independent private sector that will be free from government bondage.
Chinsinga also asked government to create “genuine self rule”, viable political projects and avoid corruption.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :