UN urges Malawi to stop politicking, address challenges

United Nations (UN) has advised Malawi that its development challenges are too great to afford wasting time on trivia, saying the country should stop “politicking between the polls” and instead focus on working together to build the nation.

UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo: Focus on working together --Photo Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo: Focus on working together –Photo Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

“When one follows the discussions and media reports, one sometimes wonders if Malawi is still in election campaign mode. This is not helpful in moving the country forward,” said resident coordinator Mia Seppo said this in Lilongwe on Friday during commemoration of the International Day of Peace.

Seppo said Malawi political leaders should stop behaving as if “it is still elections campaign period.”

“The period between elections should be when every Malawian rallies around the flag of Malawi and join forces in partnerships for peace and development. Malawi cannot afford to lose time to politicking between the polls,” said Seppo at the event which Malawi Vice-President Saulos Chilima graced as guest of honour.

“The development challenges we need to tackle are too great to waste time and everyone has a constructive role to fulfil,” she added.

The UN envoy said the opposition has a key role in holding government to account.

“Whether inside or outside of government, political parties perform the function of transforming aggregated social interests into public policy in a constructive manner. Whether in opposition or in power, the voice and will of Malawians that parties represent is, I believe, a call for moving the country forward.

“Being in opposition does not always mean opposing all initiatives of government,” she said.

The main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Jessie Kabwila has blames the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of “politicising everything”.

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39 thoughts on “UN urges Malawi to stop politicking, address challenges”

  1. Thitherward 'wendo says:

    B-Wax, I agree with you.

    Our politicians are incapable of using talk as a tool of national construction; instead, their lack of mastery of the language of Parliament requires them to use words as weapons of mass distraction. [No, I don’t mean ‘destruction’.] Confrontation is a lot easier than negotiation. It is learnt in the school yard, not the classroom. Effortlessly, we can absorb the language of fragmentation – of divide-and-rule – at the bar or in the soccer stadium. The linguistic resources that would enable us to promote unity, consensus, common goals, and national development are acquired with more effort [including the active reading and listening that you advocate].

    The carpet-bombing approach to the use of English is necessitated by our failure to develop a reading culture. As a result of this, instead of meeting words in a variety of appropriate contexts, we hear each other’s often inappropriate use of words. From this, we develop familiarity with the words, but we do not learn how to use them correctly. Consequently, it is not surprising if our use of words is more like the use of a shillelagh in the hands of a thug than the use of a scalpel in the hands of a brain-surgeon.

    Planning national development requires the concise, incisive use of language. Demolishing political opposition requires that the lexical bombardment should be maintained until the opposing side is stunned into silence. Unfortunately, our political parties are fairly evenly matched in their ability to discharge political whiz-bangs at each other. If our politics is war, it is a war of attrition by which we deplete the resources of our nation and, as Ms Seppo rightly states, waste the time we should be spending fighting poverty and developing our nation.

  2. Zayang'ana says:

    We, malawians, are fools. At first, I thought Chakwera would make a good president. But I have realized that this pastor is power hungry going by what he has been saying during his campaign rallies. I do not think he wants this country developed, what matters most to him is to become president one day and probably steal government money as well. Rev. Chakwera forget about my vote next time. I think last time, I just wasted my time voting for you!!. You are another stupid person. I would rather not vote for anybody in 2019.

  3. Brazilian Wax says:

    Malawians are an interesting lot going by the comments responding to the UN representative’s speech. The comments just reveal how politically polarised our society is. Some mistakenly think the speech was targeted at opposition parties while others think on the contrary. This tells one thing in common between the divide; lack of ACTIVE reading/ listening. Could it be the new Malawi education curriculum has scrapped off the comprehension section of the English grammar? I do believe the message from the UN rep is neutral. I don’t think those supporting the current government have any moral higher ground to point fingers at the opposition that they are behaving like in a campaign period. May be because other’s faults seem double size and that enables us to criticise. Look at the behavior of MBC. Doesn’t it behave like is in campaign period? I mean going by the nature of their programming. What about the appointments by appointing authorities? Doesn’t it smack of political appeasement? Let’s face facts here; the political landscape in Malawi stinks. It doesn’t create a fecund ground for nationalism. If we were to use Lot Quality Assurance Sampling to determine our political situation the result would be complete failure. Malawi needs the type of leadership (ruling or opposition) that is sacrificial. I mean that type of rare leadership that doesn’t care losing an election so long as the decisions made is in the best interest if nation’s survival. But as long as we still have leaders whose first consideration is to maintain grip of power then as a nation, forget about the promised land.

  4. tsetsefly says:

    UN rep, hear this. Malawians will not fold their arms when it is visibly clear that gvt performance is mediocre. Explain to me why I should sit back and watch a crazy leader going to America with 115 people most of them illiterate and will simply be sleeping in hotels doing absolutely nothing. If the UN has run out of ideas it can start going to hell now. I can assure that you have not seen things. When we start going into the streets you will understand that as country we have been proved beyond the elasticity.

  5. mpofu lloyd says:

    chakwera is going for a favour otherwise he knows he has lost his direction and dignity

  6. nachisale says:

    Good advice, zanyanya. How can we develop when people are just bent on opposing and criticising instead of working together for the common good? Well done UN’s Mia Seppo for the advice so that those with primitive minds and hatred can learn that Malawi has so many challenges and we will move forward only when we work together.

  7. Nelson Mwakasungula says:

    ”Being in opposition does not always mean opposing all government initiatives.” End of Quote. It is my hope that the greedy pastor has heard.

  8. Mweneku Muzi says:

    Zoona a Chakwera daily campaign wayamba kundinyasa tsopano ….Peter yemweyo zinthu zioongoka munawonga ndi mayi wanu uja.

  9. Bandawe says:

    When elections are not credible enough, things are prone to continue this way.
    We need a credible election commission and elections

  10. Thitherward 'wendo says:

    Dear Ms Seppo

    Before you can understand politics here, you must recognize the following fundamental point:

    The best known dictum of von Clauswitz states that ‘war is politics continued by other means’. Here, the opposite is true: Malawi politics is war continued by other means.

    War, not politics, is the basis of our inter-communal relationships. When a battle is lost, the war does not end. Resentment smoulders, always ready to burst into flame. Our politicians do not debate; they skirmish. They do not out-smart; they ambush. They do not try to win the argument; they try to annihilate the enemy.

    After each victory, we enjoy the plunder in a very contemporary manner. Gone are the days of rapine and slaughter. The Cashgate billions are the spoils of war. Government revenues are ransacked and financial records are put to the torch – but,

    out of the ashes, the phoenix of development will rise – will it not?

  11. MBc should also be xooled. it always campaigns for DPP as if this is campaign period. This so called public broadcaster is waste of tax payers money.

  12. Tatyata says:

    mau mau mau instead of offering constructive oppositions busy scratching Peter’s head

  13. sayi uphak says:

    Tell them Mia Seppo.Campaign period was over after General Election in May 2014. They shld all stop attacking each other if they want Malawi to move forward.

  14. Mayi says:

    Mia all u hav said is silly, rubish and childish. Go into villages and see how people are suffering. Stupid idiot. Politicing is everywhere even ur country. Shit woman.

  15. Michael jonga says:

    Mmmmm! Malawi will never grow ngati zithu zake zili izi

  16. Coss Coss says:

    Pitala Masiku Ake Amuthela, Wakalamba, Chuma Wachiona Mochedwa Ndiye Ndi Hule Wake Uja, Lord Have Mercy On Malawi

  17. Nanyoni says:

    WORKING TOGETHER BEING THE OPERATIVE WORD!!!!! While people are busy trying to make the government look and they are actually regressing the whole country. the same azungu who listen to you are laughing at the country.

    unless its amnuyanu as president you wont try to do anything useful for the country

  18. Nanyoni says:


  19. Kanonono says:

    Politicking comes just because nobody really won in last year’s election so from God’s point of view, there is no president in Malawi

  20. Bikiloni Nachipanti says:

    Politicing is when you take a delegation of 120 people to UN only to discover that they are all DPP supporters when malawians are being fed discoloured maize and a hiked price. Politicing is when the whole President calls for National Dialogue and debate on Sale of Malawi Savings Bank ( MSB) only to learn that the deal has gone through even without hearing concerns of Malawians. Politicing is when an Ambassador decides to lodge in a Hotel with the President when his house is a stone throw away. Politicing is when the Predident and his cohorts stand in a public rally and attack our leader of Opposition when he has better things to deal with like manage the economy. Politicing is when the President and his cohorts looks at every contribution from MCP as opposing views.


  21. mtumbuka1 says:

    You are talking shit, you mean people must just watch the government tearing apart the economy and only a few D. P. P. hand clappers benefit from the useless government? Mind you bitch, Malawi belongs to all Malawians and not a few lomwes or dpp supporters neither does Malawi belong to the United states of America. The fact that you saw chilima( the vice president) was there and you decided to attack the opposition that alone meant you were doing politics in fact politics of ass licking. People will always talk when the person they voted for seems off rail and a bit drunk with stupidity just like peter.

  22. zabweka says:

    DPP paliponse ndale basi mumve wanenazo, kutenga asilikali 20 ku UN mukuopa chani??? Stop ploliticking and start zinthu zothandiza a Malawife

  23. chakhalira says:

    Inu, inu, do not be fooled by azunguwa. We know what is real. Enanu poti mwanva mzungu akutero mwati eya, wamva? Palichani apa? Simunawona inu azunguwa akufunsana kuti Kodi Obama anabadwira kuti?? Kwawo ndi kuti? Is this not politics? Why ask these questions? Who is asking these questions? Palibe chanzeru apa!!

    Kukakhala kufotokozera anthu kumizi za zowawa zomwe tikukumana nazo, this is the time to do it. When has the DPP government taken into account the suggestions by opposition or NGOs? Amangowanyoza tsiku nditisku. Pena kuwaopseza kokhakokha.

    Muzungu walankhula, muzungu walankhula……….za ziiiiiiiiii!

  24. Noxy says:

    That’s talking UN Representative,am even tired of seeing MCP behaving as if it is time for election to outdo one another.Let’s talk development and coordinate well to develope our country other than politicking.Zoyankhula tatopa nazo tazimva mokwanila pano nkhani njakuti kodi Malawi alowere kuti? I am even disgusted to see Nyasatimes publishing names of people who accompanied APM to UN while in actual sense those people did not go to UN.Nyasatimes you must do thorough investigation before publishing your articles or else it is as if you are politicking too.Let’s stop this nonsense and move forward as UN Representattive say.

  25. YAKI says:

    Zodiak ndi wailesi yosokoneza kwambiri nkhani zimakhala zaphuma zodzetsa chisokonezo mdziko atotalankhzi afunika kupita ku sukulu and wonda ndale basi amamena zabodza amakonda kulemba ma negative side okha okha. adziwe kuti nthawi ya kampeni inantha ngati amakondela mcp akutaya nthawi chabe this is time for unity to develop our country not struggling for power

  26. clement says:

    Even myself do wonder with these barbarians. It’s far from campaign period but everyday on roads campaigning yooh mcp slow down ????. This time for the govt to find the solution for the problems the nation facing. After all you will be out opposing for ever. Madame Mia thanks for the point raised.

  27. Sir Bentby says:

    its really heartburning to see a President spending money on useless individuals to USA, while in hospital patients are struggling without medics and eating one meal a day. i bet if donors are humans with reasoning capacities they will hardly fund his government. this President is a moron, he is here to swindle our already thin resources.

  28. Kalulu says:

    Zimvere Mtolo Iwe

  29. Tency says:

    MCP ndi anthu iwotsatira ndi mbuli zokhazokha.mbuli zooneka ngati zophunzira koma zosazindikira.Zodiak radio ifunukanso apite ku xool .kwa munthu Kuala ndi chidwi pakumvetsera nkhani manna kuti nkhani zawo mumakhala mulibe essence komanso zizikhala zoona

  30. Aaaaaa says:

    It looks like this senseless woman, Mia is attacking the opposition. When opposition is quite, she will come again to say opposition in Malawi is weak. I no longer trust white people, they’re double dealer to save their interests.

  31. Mia says:

    What is being pollitising? Is she trying to shut Malawians up? Malawians can not stop raising their concerns because a senseless white woman has spoken. Even the Americans raise their concerns,is that pollitising? Nosense!

  32. Chikopa says:

    A zungu akuona kuti they is two much politics , olo ine ndinasiya kuyika ma comment ndinawona kuti zinditayisa nthawi , malawi is not a peaceful , malawi is war , ili pa nkhonda ya mawo ,kunenana everyday, opposition kuonesesa kuti pasakhale chitukuko kuopa kuti olamulira atchuka ,kupeleka ndalama ku media azilemba zonyasa daily koma iwo ,mayi awo zidzukulu zawo zili mmalawi kaya azivutika alibenazo ntchito bola iye walandila ndalama , ngati sipangala ku zintha malawi asawuka kuposa mmene aliri pano , ndianthu amene ali ophunzira omwe akupanga nawo zimenezi

  33. Chimango says:

    May be that advice will be recognised as it had been told by the UN. We’ve been speaking against that tendency for so long but nothing has changed, so that is that Mr DPP.

  34. Tatopanako Kuba says:

    Ufulu wake uti upite kumuzi ukaone momwe athu akuvutikira, andale omwewotu nde akwanisa ufulu

  35. Mzee says:

    Why has USA UK etc not stopped politicking. The Republicans started attacking Obama even before he was sworn in. Stupid Soppo Mia trying to be wise when you are just useless. If the ruling party is behaving stupidly should people just keep quite because its not election time? Foolish people.

  36. mlomwe mnzanga says:

    mwamvatu achewa inu kodi campaigniyo munaiyamba 2013 muzingopangabe mpakana 2050 simutopa? tiye nazoni

  37. WIN.B says:

    akwanitsa andalewa???
    gud advice though

  38. truth pains says:

    Wamva Chakwera ndi Kabwira!!!! 1. Being in opposition does not mean opposing every government agenda. 2. Transform aggregated social interests into public policy. 3. Oppose Consturctively. 4. Stop acting like we are still in elections, kaya ma vote anakuberani or ayi that time is gone work to build Malawi

  39. nyere kuwawa says:

    Kabwilaufa wawonganso nkhani si DPP yokha tawonani mmene mwayankhira zalowa campaign

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