Drawing parallels with Trump, successive govts in Malawi have also taken tragic policy decisions

As Americans would say, “there is a new kid on the block”. He is the 45th US President, Donald J Trump. In his first 100 hours in office, President Donald J Trump has made and implemented some policy decisions that have sent a strong indication to the entire world that he brings about a totally new approach to both local and world politics.

Trump has just put into action his campaign ‘promise’ to build a large physical barrier on the southern border with Mexico He has just ordered US government officials to begin to “plan, design and construct a physical barrier along the southern border” and see how it could be funded.

Another order concerns some cities states, cities and counties – from New York to Los Angeles – across the US that protect undocumented immigrants from deportation by refusing to assist or cooperate with federal immigration officials shall lose their federal funding.

As part of his government’s immigration crackdown, Donald J Trump has also suspended the US refugee program for four months and halt visas for travellers from seven Muslim countries. Refugees from war-torn Syria will be indefinitely banned, while the broader US refugee admissions program will be suspended for 120 days as officials draw up a list of low risk countries.

Trump is also reportedly considering slashing US funding to the UN and other international bodies. A second draft order calls for a review of all current and pending multilateral treaties and requests recommendations on which negotiations or treaties the United States should leave. The review applies to treaties that are not “directly related to national security, extradition or international trade,” according to the draft.

Whether or not President Trump’s policy decisions are a measure of the greatness of the United States, such actions will certainly not please US longtime allies, especially in Europe and the Middle East. These are selfish decisions that may look ‘great’ for America today but that may in the long run alienate the USA from the entire world with devastating political, social and economic repercussions.

Drawing parallels with Trump, successive governments in Malawi have also taken tragic policy decisions against their own citizens, which have in the end derailed social and economic progress. Nepotistic tendencies have become deep-rooted and ‘undeserving’ tribes have suffered neglect, abuse and utter marginalization.

In Malawi, there have been many cases where governments have illegally removed individuals from public offices for political reasons and replaced them on the basis of political patronage and nepotism. Today, it is not a secret that most influential government positions, including in parastatals, are held by individuals from one tribe.

Additionally, there is a display of utter impunity and abuse in the management of big government procurement contracts. Indeed there have been mischievous practices where favorite individuals have been favored with government contracts because of who they know; their belonging to the President’s tribe and their membership to the ruling party. A case in point was during the previous Bingu wa Mutharika administration where only one company in Malawi, Mulli Brothers, had the monopoly of capabilities and capacities to execute government contracts.

This is as unacceptable as it is offensive because it insults the capabilities and capacities of other citizens.

The ethnocentric nature of the DPP governments is much evident in the pursuit to push for a ‘quota system’ of allocating university places to students across the country. Both DPP governments have been unwavering in advocating for ‘quota system’, which is not only discriminatory but a huge threat to social and economic progress as deserving students are denied an opportunity to make their worthwhile contribution to the development process.

What is most disturbing is that the DPP governments have not entertained any voice of reason as far as the dangers of quota system in education are concerned. There was an instance before where clerics of Livingstonia Synod of the CCAP were arrested and harassed for speaking against quota system.

The distribution of national wealth and development initiatives has also been taking a regional turn. There are many examples of discrimination in the distribution of the same such as the construction of universities and stadiums. Some of such infrastructures were not supposed to where they are today if it were not for politics and nepotism.

The case of one Donald Trump must help us to learn that some selfish and individualistic decisions can affect progress and the standing of an entire nation. Let us all well-meaning Malawians, especially advocate for togetherness and unity of purpose if we are to meaningfully transform our nation for the better.

Unity is strength, as a people, let us look at one another as Malawians and not Tonga, Lomwe, Tumbuka, Ngonde, Yao, Mang’anja or Sena. Let us divide the national cake equally. At the end of the day, it will be genuine political will at the top, which shall not allow corruption, nepotism and politics of patronage to hold the entire nation to ransom.

One Malawi, One Nation!

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  1. thitherward wendo says:

    Our problem is that we try to add value to our colorful dreams through witchcraft and bitchcraft, instead of relying on the only get-richcraft that works: lifelong learning. It’s easier to dream when your eyes are shut. On the other hand, it’s much easier to identify, plan, and implement your goals if your eyes are wide open and you are well informed.

    Like the Americans, we have a national dream. It is our National Development Dream. (Plan! – Don’t make me laugh!) The richest 1 percent of Americans own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. The richest 1 percent are living the dream while the bottom 90 percent are just dreaming it. Why? – because the richest 1 percent turned their dreams into goals. Dreams are things you wish for; goals are things you work for. This applies in Malawi just as much as it does in the US.

    No American president would wish to lead a nation of dreamers. This has not always been the case in our own country. Plan in color – Yes – but leave the dreaming in color to those who are asleep.

  2. (1) northerners used to pass MSCE because of cheating since MANEB could not inspect the northern schools due to devilish terrain. Examiners from north used to reveal exams to their wards too hence the bogus higher pass rate. Evidence on this is plentiful.

    (2) When Kanyama chiume was education minister, all positions in Ministry of Education were given to mbwenumbwenus. So, selection to university was based on names and not on passing exams.

    (3) joice banda also used to give all contracts to simama and mbwenumbwenu shoddy contractors. At-least APM is able to give contracts to everyone…from north, central and South. Check the books

    (4) Are you not surprised that most judges are northerners? There is a dog at Chancellor College who only selects northerners into Law School….deliberately. The Mzuzu corner disease is not yet over.

    (5) The perceived nepotism by lomwez was actually learnt from tumbukas. Uku nkuyesera kubwezera pang’ono koma atumbukawa are very advanced and sophisticated in this tribalism. Go to companies where the head is a mbwenumbwenu….Eastern Produce in Mulanje, Illovo, Yoneco,Banja La Mtsogolo, Puma Filling stations, and in Ministries, you will get the shock of the day.

    (6) Inst the presence of livingstonia Synod in Lilongwe not testimony enough that tumbukas are greedy and more racist and nepotistic than jews themselves? Akuti tikutsata wakwithuuuu eish shame.
    (7) Do you know why hinyas tried to erase Chichewa from school curriculum? That evil mind will also fail them to erase Quota system from our policies. I fail to understand why until now, tumbukas fail to differentiate the word “equality” from the word “equity”. Shall creatures they are.

    1. chikopa says:

      Kho! kho! kho! Vitchewe izi. Whoever thinks is clever or special than others
      is a fool. Anthu oyipa awa. Pano ati rotating presidency za uchitsiru basi.
      sadziwa kuti they smell nepotism and amabowa ma pub amvekere bweka-bweka

      1. caddoon says:

        if the author was analytic he would have concluded that:
        1. Like all Malawi leaders, Trump is also dismissing and firing top government officials.
        2. Like Malawi leaders Trump has also vowed that White House will fight the media especially CNN
        3. Like Malawi leaders, Trump is issuing executive orders. In Malawi it could be understood as too much executive powers by the president.
        4. Like Malawi leaders Trump is also appointing the people who supported his bid especially business gurus.
        5. Like Malawi leaders, Trump is becoming arrogant and undemocratic.
        6. Like Malawi leaders Trump is saying no to homosexuality. Yet the Trapences of the USA are not reporting this to UN and pray for sanctions.

        The only deference is that in Malawi the ignorant and clueless CSOs would be in the streets by now and by now they could have petitioned the USA and UN not to support Malawi. In the US noone is saying Trump must go now. How stupid we are especially CSOs in Malawi

  3. idk says:

    Kupatsa mlomwe dziko kuti alamulire ndiye kuti mukufuna dzikolo lisauke look at what is happening and what happened in the past learn Malawians from your mistakes please!

  4. machado says:

    Actually the national cake is not for equal sharing, but equitable sharing. The region with higher population shall get more than one with lower population. By the end of the day, what matters is the number of Malawians reached. Lets stop talking about tribes, its barbaric. One Malawi, one nation! Leave Trump and the Americans alone. Lets do our own business.

  5. concerned Citizen says:

    On Quota system, you are wrong. The system is giving chance to all districts to have educated people not only one area or region. Those of you who are against the system are greedy, you don’t want other people to be educated. Even if there could be no Quota not all who pass MSCE go to college because colleges are not enough. That is why they thought of using the system. If you can’t go to public universes just go to private ones, we have a lot of them in this country.

  6. chikopa says:

    Bwana mwanama in this article. America is for Americans. Munyumba mwanu
    ndi mwa inu Bambo, Akazi anu ndi ana. Enawo ndi alendo. they will go one
    day and even forget you kept them. Muslims have no role to play in America
    and lie that they can join the army and fight for Americans. they have to go
    to middle east and live peacefully there osati kumapha anthu eni dziko. Can
    American culture of hip-hop be allowed in iran, iraq and other countries? Nanga
    inu mukanaona panti wa Beyonce, Madona, Rihana, Lady Gaga, Nick Minaj?
    Ayitu basi akhale mu nsalu. awo apange zawo kwawo konko. mwapulika?

    ku Malawi kuno nkhani ikanati Trump wa Malawi athamangitse filthy Pakistanis
    and Punjabs, Nigerians and other inferior dung stinking in malawi.

    1. MNDAMBALA BOY says:

      zimenezi ndiye zoona

  7. aabwino says:

    I like Trump because he does not want to be politically correct. The problem with Malawian presidents is political correctness. The Malawian system is rotten and only a Trump-like president can correct it. Let all cashgate people surrender their assets and claim back after proving that they got them using clean money. Why should the state waste time go to court in order to get assets acquired through cashgate. Democracy is a failure.

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