Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Goodall GondweMinister of Finance and Economic Planning Goodall Gondwe has said servant leadership—the concept that effective political leaders need to serve their people—not be served by them, is not easy task.
“Serving people is no easy task. There are a lot of things in between that you need to address. In most cases, you will find that what your are planning of doing for the people is actually different from what the people themselves are thinking,” said Gondwe.
He was speaking during the Blantyre leg of the Ministry of Finance’s Pre-Budget Consultations in response to contributions by renowned economist Henry Kachaje.
Kachaje, who is president of Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama), said there is need for evidence-based policy making, planning and budgeting.
However, Gondwe said in his responses that captains of the industry as well as opinion Movers and Shakers should appreciate that practically some of the issues cannot be achieved.
“It may be interesting to know that in as much as these ideas may seem practical on paper, it is very difficult to implement them on the ground,” said Gondwe.
He told Kachaje that is he joins front-line politics, he will realise that it is really difficult to execute the plans one had when entering into politics.
But Kachaje – a motivational speaker of high repute – believes servant leadership requires love, compassion, acceptance of responsibility, and, above all, wisdom and selflessness.