Chakwera congratulates Chilima for ‘fascinating lecture’ on mindset change: ‘Don’t drive a wedge between Malawi president and VP’

President Lazarus Chakwera has congratulated his deputy, Saulos Chilima for the “fascinating lecture” on mindset change which he delivered on Friday at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe.

President Chakwera: Mr. Vice-President, thank you for challenging us
tonight. What a blessed nation we will be if we all apply
these things to our own lives, our own homes, and our
own profession!
Part of the audience at the lecture
Conscientizing the nation about a new way of thinking

Chakwera made the remarks Friday night during Chilima’s lecture on Mindset Change.

The President said  the message delivered  by Chilima  was not only timely, but also “desperately needed.”

Chakwera said he is fully supportive of  the initiative “as one way of conscientizing the nation  about a new way of thinking, without which the task of building a new Malawi cannot be done.”

The Malawi leader  added that some people wrongly think that only the President and Vice-President or the Cabinet need a mindset change. He said everybody needs a mindset change.

“All Malawians including those in leadership must embrace criticism. I am urging all Malawians to embrace mindset change,” he said.

Chakwera said the   approach to governing used by public servants is  broken and demands a radical mindset change.

“However, a mindset change in those who govern will  never be enough. It must be accompanied by a radical  mindset change in the citizenry,” he said.

Chakwera observed that priorities as citizens are also broken is social medial discussions are anything to go by.

He  said Malawi has “ serious problems that need  serious people.”

Said Chakwera: “This is a country in serious debt, with  15 million people wallowing in serious poverty, a 25-  year history of serious corruption, a 100-year history of  serious gender inequality, and in the midst of a 6-  month battle against a serious economy-crippling  pandemic.

“What Malawi needs are serious minds who  are eager to use their resources and talent to solve the  serious problems of our time.”

He said the obsession with majoring on minors is proof  positive that the Vice President Chilima  is right to call on all  citizens to do some soul searching and ask: “What is it about my mindset that needs to change in order to  make Malawi better?”

Chakwera also said Malawians need to not be afraid to challenge  each other to change the perspective on any issue that  affects the nation.

“In this new Malawi, no one must be left  thinking that they are exempt from scrutiny. If you  criticize me or the Vice-President, we will listen and  put your perspective to good use. But if we criticize  you, don’t suddenly behave like a toddler and throw  tantrums because you think we owe you and your high  horse special homage.

“Malawi is a free country, and we must each be free to  challenge everyone to a mindset change for the  common good. We all need to challenge each other  when necessary and cherish each other when  appropriate, for that is the only way for us to move  forward together without leaving anyone behind.”

The Malawi leader also called on the citizenry to desist from rumour-mongering and attempts to bring divisions between the President and Vice- President but instead focus on solving the myriad of challenges the country is facing.

“We cannot afford to waste our time on  social media gossip about cocktails at State House and  using that to manufacture storms in a tea cup for the  amusement of idle and gullible minds,” said Chakwera.

Apparently, there were reports that  State House had organised a cocktail party on Friday at a time the Veep was set to deliver his lecture. But it later emerged that Chakwera had accepted the invitation to attend the lecture.

After delivering his lecture, responding to a question on President and Vice President divisions, Chilima says the country should move on from “nonsense” politics that focus on rumours.

Chilima added: “We will remain as we are, we will continue serving the people. The High 5 talks about servant leadership, not individualistic.”

Inkosi ya Makosi Mbelwa V said he was happy the mindset change topic is coming from the top leadership.

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Amuna che Bauleni
Amuna che Bauleni
1 month ago

Chilima 1- Chakwera zero. Being schooled by your deputy hehehe

Minister without Portifolio

No country in the world has developed because of ‘mindset change’. Countries develop by making things. Start making things. Do not waste our time with useless lectures on mind set change. Start making things.

Zio ine
Zio ine
1 month ago

I am outraged with the manner and style with which Gospel Kadzako speaks. He lacks etticate and has no feeling for those who are being dismissed..for goodness sake what offence did Nkolokosa commit..If it is the manner in which they claim he was recruited, how has the criminal Ntumodzi been recruited..some of us knew all along that Kadxako has been looking for scapegoats to deal with Sumbuleta and indeed those of his other enemies at MBC Maseya and Chirani.

The Karanga of Soshangumve
Reply to  Zio ine

Are we on the same page koma?

Ndiwolotse
Ndiwolotse
1 month ago

If one sets out to embark on a venture, he must have planned before hand and have well tailored aims, objectives and finally the envisaged end product. A government, company or club to function rationally policies, mitigation factors, discipline, legal aspects have to be encompassed. All the points brought up by the vice president at his lecture were good and very conducive but unfortunately it was delivered to the wrong fora or audience. Most of the issues mentioned are exactly the things they are doing in their administration, unless he wants to tell Malawians that whatever is taking place is… Read more »

Charles
Charles
1 month ago
Reply to  Ndiwolotse

You need to change your mindset! You seem to have missed/not understood most of the issues put forward by the vice president but instead you concentrate on faulting his ideas. For example you blame the vice president that he follows the president to every meeting he goes. Do you really follow events in this country? When the VP does not attend the president’s meetings, it is your type who start complaining that the VP ‘shunned’ the presidents’ meeting! And mind setting is not for civil servants at capital Hill only, but for all of us. Also, one did not have… Read more »

Mavembe
Mavembe
1 month ago
Reply to  Ndiwolotse

Can’t grasp the gist of your argument. What a waste of space!

Zio ine
Zio ine
1 month ago

Leaders should start changing their mindset and it goes down to the people. Your ministers like Gospel are all over travelling and claiming allowances for useless trips. This Kadzako thinks to correct things at MBC he needs to dismiss people..what stupid thinking. If there is one minister who makes me vomit when he is speaking it is gospel Kadzako..akumayankhula motumbwa. Ukiyesa kuchotsedwa ntchito ndi zibwana.

Dumb Bastard
1 month ago

‘Malawians need practical Malawian solutions’. And WE need them NOW.

Moqtadar al Sadir
1 month ago

We must change our minds on everything from kuberekana ngati nkhuku I specifically in villages. We must change our mind on provision of services to the people. Teachers, nurses and doctors, police etc must work to help the people. We work to punish people especially the tax collectors from MRA. We have a long way to go.

Segwe
Segwe
1 month ago

Too much red tape and text too good to hear ideas but Malawians need practical Malawian solutions

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
1 month ago
Reply to  Segwe

First is the word then the word becomes fresh, you can’t have practical stuff without first speaking about them. Impossible.

Jack
Jack
1 month ago
Reply to  Segwe

That practical you call, has to do with your way of thinking. My friend you better set your mind and be positive

akweni
akweni
1 month ago
Reply to  Segwe

It starts with you and indeed every one should change and do right, that’s the message. Just be a pace setter.

Bwana Wa Ulesi
Bwana Wa Ulesi
1 month ago
Reply to  Segwe

Straight up

Segwe
Segwe
1 month ago
Reply to  Bwana Wa Ulesi

Zanu aperezi ndi ayufi bola ndanena

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