As Malawi power shifts: Where Malawians want Chakwera to lead them to 

Political power is a prostitute; yesterday it was in bed with Peter Mutharika and, see now, today it’s busy in Lazarus Chakwera’s bed.

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It has, in a flash of a moment, made Chakwera to be called His Excellency the State President Chakwera and, oops, thrown Mutharika into the club of Bakili Muluzi and Joyce Banda—former presidents.

What is interesting with power’s prostitution is that when it moves from one bed to another, one political party to another, it completely transforms the political landscape of the country.

In the case of power shift from Mutharika to Chakwera, Malawians expect drastic, radical and fundamental changes that will completely give a fresh outlook on how government operates.

Look here, for the past 26 years, Malawi’s political landscape was dominated by governance decisions made by two families: Muluzi and Mutharika.

At the heart of these decisions, truth be told, was the quest for the two families to maintain their grip on power unfortunately at the expense of well-being of Malawians.

In other words, Malawi’s development strides in the past 26 years were, actually, by-products; they weren’t main products because the two families’ principal interest was to keep power within their cabal.

That is why, during these fresh presidential polls, Malawians went into their large number to make a political turning point: To take their power back from the two families.

Now that power has been taken from the two families, the question is: How must Chakwera and Chilima structure their exercise of power to ensure that we don’t create another family dynasty?

In debating this question, it is imperative to underline that the shift of power under discussion goes beyond the symbolic twisting of benches in parliament and, of course, the hiring of new faces and the firing of old ones.

What is critical, of course, is that Chakwera and Chilima structure their exercise of power in a way that right people are placed in key governance institutions that protect the integrity of our Republican institution.

Truth be told, if there is anything that we have learnt in the past 6 months then it’s the importance of having right and upright people in key government institutions.

We all bear testimony today, and we are self-evident, that having sober minded people, such as Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda, is critical in ensuring fair, balanced and an independent judiciary.

We all bear testimony today, and we are self-evident, that having serious minded personnel such as Justice Dr Chifundo Kachale heading Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC); not matter the fiscal and logistical challenges, Malawians can be promised of a free, fair and impartial electoral process.

We also, of course, bear testimony that having compromised personnel such as Lloyd Muhara managing the civil service can be dangerous.

Even too dangerous things can turn when, as a matter of fact, you have numb, arrogant and indecisive bores such Justice Dr Jane Ansah handling decisive issues such as presidential elections.

I am saying we are self-evident that it is disastrous and dangerous to leave key institutions such as Malawi Broadcasting Corporations (MBC) in the hands of slapdash Aubrey Sumbuleta; State House management in the hands tribalist Bright Molande; and security of the head of state in the hands of corrupt and manipulative Norman Chisale.

Where we stand, here, as a nation today, we are self-evident of the best practices that our country needs to move.

We have both, the best and worst examples, of how we need to manage ourselves; as such, Chakwera and Chilima would have none but themselves to blame if they, again, stray towards Mutharika’s destructive route.

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Khima
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Khima

Malawi needs the following 1. Functional health care 2. Functional Educational System 3. Food Security 4. Stable Economy 5. Job Creation 6. Infrastructural development

Sarah sarah
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Sarah sarah

Our neighbor Tanzania just achieved a middle income status. Let’s see how: 1. Imposing measure to curb government spending, ie reduced cabinet, reduce office travels, govt vehicle purchases, cutting budget 2. Introducing legislation to protect its mining sector, encouraging domestic exports not import free, amend mining contract laws so govt can take over non compliance. 3. Embark on huge infrastructure project, from building roads (Muthalika style), to construction of airport expansion, construction of railways, construction of hydropower station water projects, wind farm projects, revamping the port, establishing new port. Note: While he was famous for his anticorruption drive outside TZ,… Read more »

God is with Us = Emmanuel
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We have a leader and a leader is expected to lead. Chakwera said he will not be a ruler but a leader.

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Mu budget zinatchulidwamo we heard it from Mr msulu

Oneday
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Oneday

Kodi nde kuti za fertilizer ine sindinamve bwino eti mayooo vote yanga

APM
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APM

polani man give it time there is a lot of mess to be fixed…stay positive and trust Malawi will be fixed

Thyologuy
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Thyologuy

But people should have time to leave Chakwera and Chilima rest than asking for all their promise at once. They are human beings like you and gets tired. There quite a number of things they have to look into. All mess caused by gone government need to be addressed accordingly. People could not have done so if it was Peter mutharika who won the show but you are doing all this because they are busy with other issues to deal with. YAMBANI KULUMATU UTI ANTHUWA AKHAULE TSOPANO, MWACHITA BWANJI INU MWAWANTHU.THE LHOMWES STOLE TOO MUCH BUT YOU REMAINED QUIET. LET… Read more »

Bwana Wa Ulesi
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Bwana Wa Ulesi

Include PP don’t overlook it. Otherwise ndiwe wopusa Cashgate inali ya Alhomwe? Kasambara ndi Mlhomwe? Watch ur shit

nyekwe 32
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nyekwe 32

Mike Fiko a good piece ! now imagine if we could put 10 more good people in other institutions what can Malawi achieve ?

Zofu
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Zofu

We Malawians want these as in your manifesto;
universal subsidy to all, 1 million jobs, duty free week, reduced passport, one driving licence, free connection fee for water and electricity now not tomorrow

Mwinithako
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Mwinithako

You are right Zofu,they promised us all these look today the are now running away to targeted population.I believe this will benefit the Chewa and tumbuka sure,not southerners.

Lego
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These two gentlemen are not tribalists like your APM.So when commenting do not mix the two.We are here as Malawians not tribal and regional pointing.

Medson
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Medson

Exactly brother
Can you believe two bags of fertilizer per ID
I need 10 bags of fertilizer.

mr kachere1
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mr kachere1

dude as long as the fertilizer will be used in Malawi it will benefit the whole country as farm harvests will be cheap for everyone including those who dont have areas to cultivate….
This unlike the munthalila subsidy is universal what’s important is for the police to apprehen those who will buy these fertilizer to resell it….otherwise if used in the fields then it’s a national win….
I wish it should start in the villages inu a town went for next year am sure tizafika pa 6million beneficiaries

Mtumbuka
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Mtumbuka

You just have a hate with the tumbuka tribe . You are bitter 😜😜 and can’t pass a day not mentioning tumbuka tumbuka why malawi why , the tumbuka tribe is just as small as you see balaka phalombe or neno, and only 50, 000.00 of them voted for tonse alliance. They can fight for their freedom if they see themselves hundred in anyways but that doesn’t mean benefiting ask who for for the change from one party to multiparties? You will find that was mtumbuka but the beneficiaries are just few neither of their families or tribes. Stop being… Read more »

Medson
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Medson

Exactly brother we need them now not tomorrow
By doing so will stop these politicians lying to us.

montana
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kuona maso ankhono nkudekha

Hate it or take it but it's a fact
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Our country has been healed from nepotism syndrome of Mulhako system .

Lego
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For sure and free at last.

Masiku Omaliza
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Masiku Omaliza

Mike Fiko- Well written💥👌

Mfumu Jay
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Mfumu Jay

AGREED 101%!!!!!!!!

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