Dzuka Malawi: APM on this third anniversary in power, let’s do more Mr. President

President Arthur Peter Mutharika has good intentions for Malawi. That we can all agree and he is deliberate in decision making. Most of times he acts after being informed and checking facts. Malawians want sometimes politically quick decisions.

Today, almost three years since he was sworn in on June 1, 2014, President Mutharika can walk with mdidi. He has done it. The confidence in Malawi Government financial systems has been restored. This is an important milestone, any Malawian who loves Malawi should celebrate.

Let’s forget politics. Malawians elected Government to deliver their aspirations. The President, who has only travelled less than 15 times in three years, making him the less travelled leader for our frequent flyers since Kamuzu Banda, has shown that patience and discipline can change the course of our nation.

He has been patient to walk his promises. A lean Cabinet, he has walked it. He has been patient about reforms, he walked them, of course until Dr. Soulosi Chilima was fired from them after some sharp tongues convinced him he was brewing some mischief. I would argue the President to restore Chilima to reforms, the achievements of reforms will be attributed to President Mutharika nobody else.

The same with Goodall Gondwe. We all agree he has aged and needs to rest. But here we are again celebrating the old man again for steering the treasury to where we are today. Goodall needs someone to understudy him now. The old man of Kacheche has served his country well, and twice saved us from economic collapse. Again kudos go to the President for having confidence in his Minister of Finance and allowing him to have a free hand to whip those that would not want to listen.

President Mutharika, I can confidently say was the right man for the job. Our economy on its knees after the 2013 cashgate scandals and run without donor money for 36 straight months, indicates a serious man in charge, who knows, contrary to popular opinion, what he is doing.

Mutharika has shown great leadership in allowing his Ministers to lead without much of political party interference. The other confident Ministers delivering include Trade Minister Joseph Mwamvenkha, Health Minister Dr. Kampalume, Home Affairs Minister Grace Obama Chiume and even the sacked Chaponda- who left us enough maize for this season. Akweni Patricia Kaliati too was an advocate and practical woman, Nicholasi Dausi has always been the right person for media, Francis Kasaila fits well at Foreign Affairs he is a natural born diplomat, Henry Mussa is the right politician and Tembenu at Justice is doing a commendable job. Atupele Muluzi at Lands and Housing has also been a performer.

Serious challenges remain at Transport and Education sectors. We might need to shake a few heads to improve service delivery, find solutions for colleges and bring them at par with the rest.

Why am I all praise and happy about Mutharika presidency. For once I would disregard for politicians and call him by Joseph Nkasa’s name “Yoswa.” But for APM the journey has not yet started. He might need to think this as the foundation of a legacy, Mutharikas, both him and Late Bingu can build for generations. By restoring confidence of the donors- we say thank your Mr. President.

But there are a few things that can speed up our fight against poverty and make the brand Mutharika loved for the next generation. Here are some of the random thoughts:

Tourism: Let us have a five-year plan for tourism development. I would argue we relocate 30 billion kwacha from subsidy and invest in tourism. We already have a beautiful country.  All we need is to improve service, visas systems and marketing of the country. Malawi High Commission in UK has led in massive marketing of Malawi- I would encourage you visit their facebook page and hire the chaps there to do a national plan. They know their stuff very well. Mr. President, one million tourists coming to Malawi each spending one thousand dollars is one billion dollars. This is income which combines tobacco, tea and sugar export earnings. Let us invest in tourism now.

Agro-processing; Malawians currently produce crops using hoes. This must stop. Farm mechanisation and irrigation should become a national programme. Not the tractors that end up with rich public officials. Let us invite tractor manufacturer plants from countries like Japan or order 1,000 tractors for all wards to be managed at local level. By mechanising farm systems, we will have more hectarage, more production and means more food crops for exports. Let the Government support new graduates to set up export oriented companies in agro-processing industries. We can feed the whole region and export some crops to Asia and Middle east where our legumes are fetching high prices. Lets say we export 600 million dollars of produce annually, the farmers directly will share at least 300 million dollars.

Mining and other mineral resources; Let us change our laws system, make it more transparent and make sure all mining ventures Government retains 40 percent shares. If Malawi Government wants to borrow or guarantee money for such mining ventures, we can all agree if we hold 40 percent of the mine and make sure we are open about it. This alone can add another 500 million dollars to the national economy.

Infrastructure and services: Mr President, there are a few projects we need to consider quickly. We can do solar farms quickly which will make sure we have electricity in the afternoon. Let us do tarmarc roads to Zoa Falls, Livingstonia, Nkhotakota Game Reserve, Lake Chilwa, Nyika national park and Kasungu national park. Let explore the Ntwara development corridor. Lets have the Neno Tsangano road, Ntchisi Malomo, Ntchisi Mwamsambo via Kasakula and lets us develop stairs up to Dziwe la Nkhalamba. All these Your Excellency will add value to our economy quickly. Include in your next plan possibility of the Lilongwe Lusaka and Blantyre-Harare rail line. Let us propose these to the Chinese under their one belt one road project.

The last element Your Excellency, have a proper financial, trade and foreign affairs negotiating teams. The people you send to represent you should have skills and knowledge to know where they want to take Malawi.

Malawi can have industrial parks for ICT, food processing and mineral processing in the SADC region, but these can be done from visionary and capable people. At Malawi Investment and Trade Centre bring in marketers who have ideas what the modern marketing of a country requires.

The same with our core departments officials in Trade, Immigration and Foreign Affairs who meet officials from outside Malawi. It is time we moved on in modern technology, aggressively market Malawi and enjoy the beauty the God created Malawi as a wonder in the world.

As we celebrate your third anniversary with your remarkable achievement, let us make it the beginning of a new journey for Malawi. An end of poverty, an end to mediocrity and a let history make it as the day we started seriously eradicating poverty.

Only four areas Your Excellency- Tourism, agro-processing, mining and minerals and infrastructure- the Mutharika legacy could be like those of Lee Kaun Yew of Singapore- a man who redefined Singapore future as President Paul Kagame is redefining Rwanda.

Dzuka Malawi, ReBoot Malawi, let us walk a new journey!

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11 thoughts on “Dzuka Malawi: APM on this third anniversary in power, let’s do more Mr. President”

  1. chikoti says:

    Phuma oguna k hits bwino nsanga limapatsa nkhwizi zikalephereka kutero..kondani kuunena ndi kuufunira anzanu ndi dzulo lanu zabwino nthawi zonse ndili ambuye azakudalitsani

  2. PATRIOT says:

    This Rudo thing used to write good articles but he has been thrown to dogs. This is not true about APM. The man has done nothing. He is sleepy while angry dogs are just stealing money. Worse president that Malawi has ever had before. Root out corruption APM.

  3. vito says:

    pay your civil servants hand somely for corruption to end otherwise half of the budget will always end in peoples pockets especially where procurement figures are doubled

  4. Brian Mandoza says:

    I always thought Rudo is sometimes DPP or MCP. She loves Malawi. If I were Mutharika I would hire this chap to a strategic position- I am sure Nyasatimes know him. Hire this chap he knows how to move us out of poverty quickly.

  5. M Sizini says:

    . . . and let us not forget the Minister of Happiness, the Honorable Nickolas Dausi, who keeps us laughing, all the way to the bank.

  6. ChangingFaces says:

    well, it doesn’t harm us to be positive once in a while. Indeed, there is joy in heaven when that happens. But what a turn-around from you, author!

    you seem to talk alot about “the dead north,.. kamlepo, northerners, quota system, ‘dictator’ Hastings Banda…” – all negative stuff; so yeah, this is now a positive frame of mind. It’s akin to Saul’s conversion enroute to Damascus.

    let me supplement your suggestion on tourism by proposing that we use that MK30bn to begin turning Karonga, Mchinji, Dedza and Mwanza into well designed cities: these are entry points and first impressions matter.

    Salima & Mangochi could both be declared cities for our tourism efforts. Actually, BICC would have looked better by the lake, and attract more international conferences if it was in Salima.

    Agro-processing: give that to Kasungu, Mponela & Mzimba. Why should Chibuku Products be in BT if it uses corn from KU? Move the entire operation to Kasungu & save on costs!!

  7. Kelvin Phiri says:

    I would like to agree with Rudo. Malawi seems finally to be heading for more and stronger economic future. In particular, I would like to agree with the idea to improve tourism. Just as many of us Malawians, am least traveled; managed to visit table mountain in Cape Town and Rome. Tourists, just as I was one of them, continue to leave a lot of dollars there. In both places, the crowds were as if it was a popular Lunzu on a Market day. Vendors were making money, government making money through usage of its infrastructure…oh If we only could work up and invest in relevant tourism infrastructure…Malawi will change in NO time…

  8. Dr Roza Achitabwino says:

    The author of this article is Chindere chakufikapo, chitsiru chakumwa madzi ometera ndevu, boot licker, nincompoop, DPP rabid dog and below average thinker.

    Balance up your story. Below are true facts why DPP is bad party wealth not to lead Malawi.
    1. Nepotism, tribalism and regionalism. This has polarized Malawi in one way interms of national cohesion. Development is always skewed towards South and Lomwe Belt in particular. Many government jobs be it as contracts or employment in government Ministries, Departments and agencies are being given to Lhomwes. Examples include Directors, PS’s, diplomats, MRA, Macra, and many parastatals have been flooded with Alhomwe at expense of deserving Malawians
    2. Lukewarm approach towards corruption fight. Those percieved anti govt are the ones being prosecuted. Why leaving Chaponda Scot free yet committed similar climes of Sithole. What so special with Chaponda. Worse he burnt govt office to conceal evidence. He is also among the suspected seven ministers alleged to have committed serious corruption scandals.

    3. Indecisiveness. Peter is failing to act on crucial matters coz of his lack of political wisdom and intelligence. A case at hand is Chanco saga.
    4. Victimizing his VP coz of kumvera mabodza

    1. supporter says:

      Instead of vilifying Rudo your comments above have only succeeded in exposing your “u Chindere chakufikapo, chitsiru chakumwa madzi ometera ndevu, boot licker, nincompoop, opposition rabid dog and below average thinker” Any sober minded person will agree that the contents of the article by Rudo are focusing on the current trend of events economically and how such trends can be boosted to rapidly move faster towards robust economic development of our country. She has not proposed that the Mutharika administration is not nepotistic neither has she proposed that corruption has come to an end. She has not said Chaponda should be left free. Why you then decide to explode and call Rudo all sorts of names does not make any sense. It has only exposed your pathological hatred for Peter Mutharika’s Presidency and the fact that all you want to hear and read on this net are negatives and hateful language against our President. Hate him or whatever; Mutharika is delivering to the dismay of his detractors. He is outclassing you every day that passes by. He is actually showing that he has been busy doing ‘Business unusual’ He has been patient while there was mounting pressure for him to follow appeasement policies that would have brought us back to the dark days. People wanted Malawi to get reach within a year or two which is an impossible feat. People wanted him to pounce on anybody being accused of corruption but he patiently waited for the law enforcement bodies to do their jobs and bring the culprits to book after thorough investigations and with solid evidence.

      This is the president we have been longing for all this time. A turnaround President. Munya muona. Chaka chake ndi chino

  9. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    BUT he should take out corrupt people in the government system first. Also STOP taking all ministers when attending a small government function. Most of them have nothing to do in those meetings or rallies apart from wasting tax payers money as they demand allowances and fuel for such. BE like president Khama of Botswana. He moves with a convoy of about 6 vehicles only. He will be accompanied by only 1 minister concerned with that program. Sometimes he would just ride on his bicycle to visit a poor family in the ghettos of Gaborone. Wake up pliz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Rabson Phiri says:

    This is what we should embrace as Malawians. We should be able to sample out achievements made rather than just accusing out of malice. Where we see we are not doing good let’s point out and provide solutions. People should not behave as if there is nothing being done. This is wonderful stuff from a Malawian who loves his country. Bravo Third Anniversary.

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