I woke up around 1am and couldn’t get back to sleep till 5:30am. My mind was pre-occupied with the visions of a better Malawi. It became so clear that if we all (at least the majority of us) agree to play our part to turn things around, we can do it. We can achieve sustainable socioeconomic growth and development.
1. We can have the old Malawi where food sufficiency (not security) was a reality.
2. It is possible to have adequate security as it was in the old days when brick fences were rare!
3. It is possible to have high standards in education as we had where going to a government school was something to behold and be proud of
4. We can achieve economic growth and stability of the local currency as it was prior to 1992
5. We can once more have direct flights to Europe as was the case during the Kamuzu era
6. We can once more have agricultural extension services assisting farmers to become more productive and self-reliant and not waiting for government handouts
7. We can indeed once more have companies that produce goods locally and create employment as it was with Lever Brothers, B&C, BAT, MDC and others
Friends, in about 8 months we will have a chance to re-claim our destiny. We will have a chance to demand “Servant Leadership” from our politicians. We need to elect leaders and NOT looters. Leaders with passion, compassion for the people and this beautiful nation.
Surely we don’t need leaders who enrich themselves and out of the loot, pretend to be good Samaritans, dishing out “free handouts”. We don’t need leaders who will make “beggars” of our parents, cousins, sisters and brothers. We need leaders that will focus on empowering us to become self-reliant.