Chilima challenges Malawians to rethink the future of the nation

State Vice President Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima has challenged Malawians to turn the social and economic hardships Malawi is currently going through as opportunities for rethinking the new direction of the nation.

Chilima emphasized that it is not only money that matters to develop a nation; hence, Malawians need to see inadequacies in their current thought processes and believe that there are better solutions to their problems.

The Vice President made the remarks at the results celebration of the World Connect Malawi’s locally led development programme. The celebration took place at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

Chilima: Wants Malawians to rethink future of country

Chilima observed that many Malawians limit their own scope for ingenuity by the mistaken belief that to achieve personal and collective progress, having a lot of money is all that matters.

“As Malawians we need to be dissatisfied with the status quo and move away away from the ndimomwe zimakhalira or sizingatheke mind set. Nothing is impossible! We need to change the way we think and conduct business in order to achieve new results,” he said.

Chilima said it was pleasing to note that World Connect Malawi’s activities, programmes and approaches have been aligned with Malawi’s visions as well as the country’s approach to development as guided by the Malawi 2063 (MW2063) document.

He said World Connect has demonstrated to be a true champion of the local development philosophy and their results demonstrate the power and capacity of what communities can achieve if they take charge of their own development.

“I am impressed to note that World Connect Malawi’s projects are inclusive such that 95% of the projects that were implemented achieved all community agreed goals. These initiatives contribute significantly to closing the gender and empowerment divide because 83 percent of the projects are being led by women. These undertakings are also benefiting the girl-child. Under some projects we have seen increased access to clean and safe drinking water not only reducing recurrence of water borne diseases but also time spent by the girl child in fetching water,” he said.

Chilima further said the government was impressed because World Connect does not call itself a donor, but rather a partner who co-invests directly in the ideas of local communities and organizations to drive self-sustaining development in their communities.

He said the World Connect’s achievement ably demonstrates that strategy and tactics are just as important as resources.

“World Connect Malawi has registered less than 1% of grant funds loss to theft or fraud even though 70 percent of projects are led by first-time grant recipients. Additionally, World Connect interventions have largely contributed to self-reliant communities by encouraging co-investment in community-driven initiatives using locally available resources. These achievements bring high honour and pride to this country and strengthen the partnership we have with the United States of America,” he said.

World Connect Malawi board chairperson Tamara Chirwa thank the government for creating a conducive environment for the growth of the private sector.

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Concerned citizen
2 months ago

In Singapore, it is illegal for the Government to borrow for consumption, it is only allowed for investment in revenue generating assets.

What revenue generating asset have we as a nation invested in in the past year?

As a result we build a national debt which has no corresponding income generating assets. Our economic model is completely wrong and criminal if you ask me.

Tulip
Tulip
2 months ago

Ankolo do the work. That’s why we pay you. Osamatiwuza zopusa zokuti, anabetha, anachanza, ogama, ndi osibweni should start thinking. Kumeneko ndiye kupusa.

Sarah Sarah
Sarah Sarah
2 months ago

Its obvious now that Chilima doesn’t understand the role of government in improving citizens social economic statuses. All he talks about is mindset change. Govt policies have high effects on both aggregate demand and supply side effects, citizens behaviours have little effect on economic growth with govt interventions.
One wonders why Chilima wants to be a president so bad if he has no vision for the country. A country is different to a company, it’s doesn’t get run on profit maximisation mindset and behaviour economics. Disappointed

Jah~Guide
Jah~Guide
2 months ago

Make us change our mindset. Bingu did change people’s mindset by action not words.

David chakwera
David chakwera
2 months ago

Ngat mwasowa zonena kungokhala basi ,muziuzana komwa mowa konko ndichakwera wanuyo kapena konyamura dzitsulo anthu oipa inu osaganizira amalawi bola mimba zanu zikukula midzaotchedwa afis inu

Keen Observer
2 months ago

Well said. He & his cohorts are the right persons to guide the nation to implement this philosophy.

Temweka
Temweka
2 months ago

he speaks like he is a backbencher not a state vice president; his adminstration has never provided platforms for social economic progress. our needs infrastructures to spur economic progress to uplift our from extreme poverty. even our education standard is too low.

Noxy
2 months ago

Awa A Malawi azawamveranso too much Zankamwa.

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
Anzelu ndi Anzelu
2 months ago

Ayambanso ma motivational speakers athu. Good at telling Malawians what to do, yet tikudziwa kuti mavuto awa are caused by the same politicians.

Zagwazatha
Zagwazatha
2 months ago

May I contribute a little bit on this issue of change of mind set. Honestly speaking Malawians we need to change our of dealing things on the ground. One thing would be to do business for more hours. It has always beaten my mind to see that our shops by 4 pm are getting closed. Our brothers for example here in Uganda do business up even to Midnight. Shops are open and business going on. Why and why should we stop business at 4 or 5 pm. It is embarrassing that our neighbors borders work 24 hours and yet Malawian… Read more »

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