Professor Wiseman Chijere Chirwa, a social commentator based at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College in Zomba has said Malawi has benefited nothing in the past 50 years and there was a need for certain things to change.
Chirwa said this on Wednesday in Blantyre during the launch of United Democratic Front’s (UDF) Jubilee Movement seeking to champion transformational change as the country turns 50 years this July since it got independence from colonial masters, Britain.
In his lecture at Sunbird Mount Soche where guest speakers on topical issues also included Chancellor College academic Dr Jessie Kabwila and a business consultant Henry Kachaje, Chijere Chirwa said Malawi always misses opportunities to change the way things are done, saying, for example, an opportunity was lost when Malawi changed from one party system to multiparty, when a president died in office, and likely in 2014 when an opportunity will arise to elect a leader.
“The country is off track; somebody should stand up to get it back on track. The country requires new leadership at all levels including academic institutions to bring complete change in the way things are done,” he said in a presentation during the ceremony titled ‘Generic Politics, In Relation to the Past 50 years and the Future’.
“We fought for change, we have the change, but is this the change we wanted? 2014 is offering us an opportunity to put the old Malawi behind us,” said the lecture and a researcher.
He observed that the past 50 years have benefited the “very same people over and over” at the expense the youth, women, the disabled and those in opposition.
“We have the opportunity to change things in 2014. You cannot continue to have the very same people in leadership. Why recycling the same people from one parastatal to another,” he advised.
The UDF presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi said Jubilee Movement emphasises inclusion of the youth and women in managing affairs of the nation, with a dominant question on what Malawi has achieved in 50 years of independence from colonialism, one-party system of government to multipartyism.