Leadership is about setting right agenda: Chilima’s lecture achieved that!

To lead is to take people on a journey towards a collectively defined end.

Chilima says mindset is a topic that is dear to his heart and is one of the enablers for transformation.
Chilima’s wife Mary, Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani, Supreme Court judge Ivy Kamanga and other patrons following the lecture

But that process begins with a conversation—people must agree where they want to go and, also, define how they will get there.

If a people on a journey don’t agree on their destination, it simply means there is no journey at all.

Perhaps that explains Malawi’s journey since 1964, the year we attained our political independence from British rule.

It’s been a journey without a definite defined end. The results, of course, are here to see: we still rank one of the 10 poorest nations in the world.

What went wrong?

Perhaps, as a nation, we haven’t had time to create spaces of engagement to, collectively, define ourselves and what we need to do.

Lack of such defined spaces, one can argue, could somehow explain what Vice President Saulos Chilima meant during his Mindset Change lecture when he said Malawians are obsessed with trivia.

Yes, Malawians are obsessed with trivia because for years, we haven’t had leadership that set the right agenda for national discussions.

Our leaders have, since independence, set the wrong agenda for public discussions and, as a result, we all got consumed with trivia.

The only way to deal with such a problem is to have leaders who, often, appear before the nation with mind-challenging lectures the way Chilima did.

He managed to set the right agenda for the nation. That is leadership!

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Chilungamo
Chilungamo
1 month ago

Don’t waist time lecturing. Go on the ground and start doing things differently. Not lectures. If you build a ten lane road people walk on it. That is the way to go. Lectures will just feed the enlightened. And how many are they in Malawi?

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Keen Observer
Keen Observer
1 month ago

Agreed in everything mindset is key. We need to move forward

Khima
Khima
1 month ago

Kamuzu kept saying chuma chili nthaka..and he made us trust ulimi and worked hard in our farms, we fed ourselves and we sold some for financial purposes..in short we embraced a culture of hardworking in the fields and we became an agro based economy. Pakali pano sitidziwa what we are good at and what we must pursue as a nation. People are now left confused as to what we should cling to nkona sense of direction palibe. We must redefine ourselves and identify our potential..the rest will follow.

Mapopa
Mapopa
1 month ago
Reply to  Khima

Yes that’s very correct,,, but somehow Kamuzu Banda is the cause of all this mess we are in today. He managed to make people believe that chuma chili mnthaka, but all that was misleading. Look,,, people stopped going to school and started being busy in farms kumakwatirana ndikumabeleka ana basi. By all means, education remains a key to success in all fields, panopa we are talking about mind set change, this can only happen unless we are talking to anthu amene atleast ka education kalimo, otherwise anthu will see this as useless. Kamuzu Banda never encouraged education, inu inu how… Read more »

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
29 days ago
Reply to  Mapopa

Akulu munangodana ndi Kamuzu? Kamuzu pokonda school pokhapo analibe nzake. My brother, maybe you just failed to make it. Every district inali ndi at least a good secondary school in Malawi which we are currently failing to maintain. Almost all these real universities and colleges were done by Kamuzu. Kamuzu gave the nation a personal gift – Kamuzu Academy to the nation imene yatulutsa ma cream amwene, talk of lawyers, doctors, bankers, accountants, insurers, pilots, army officer you name it. Nthawi ya Kamuzu, there were very few private secondary schools and very few MCDEs therefore competition yopeza malo pa secondary… Read more »

Mapopa
Mapopa
29 days ago
Reply to  Mtonga Mwana

My friend, you are not getting the point,,, why couldn’t he built more schools nthawi yimene yijayi??? you mean one secondary school per district was enough to sustain the pressure of those eligible pupils to go to secondary school??? My friend, have brain please. Have you ever wondered why Malawi is so much behind interms of development than our neighbouring countires?? Just fancy, try to compare Lilongwe and Lusaka, ife Lilongwe wathu alimumbuyo zedi, miles and miles…. Kamuzu made school to look very difficult yet siyovuta ayi.

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
29 days ago
Reply to  Mapopa

Much as we may divert from the topic and not waging war against you, please note the following sentiments. I may not really know the size of your brain but I think I have the brains. The Zambia you are comparing ndi Malawi anali kapena akadali ndi enough copper and gold unlike ifeyo. They were even competing on world level. Please compare a spade ndi spade Schools are meant to be difficult ndichifukwa chake Bakili atakwefula anthu ambiri masiku ano ali ndi ma degree koma without brains. Kamuzu wanted standard and quality. Malawians have always been flocking to Zambia, RSA… Read more »

Mapopa
Mapopa
29 days ago
Reply to  Mtonga Mwana

We always had minerals here, but it only took the likes of Bingu Mutharikas to put them to economic use, Kayekera had always been there since time in memorial, koma akulu aja, ayi ndithu, no use of it, koma very good at killing people basi.

Anyway, lets see these Chilimas, may be they can help.

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
28 days ago
Reply to  Mapopa

Bingu Mutharika put mines to economic use? My foot! The guy had so many shady deals ndi kayerekera getting huge commissions for personal use. Tiyeni tidzuke, zau cadet izi zititaira nthawi. Nkhani ndi mindset and this starts with you and me. In short, it starts with tonse together. Mulungu dalitsani Malawi

Mdala
Mdala
1 month ago

Mediocrity, selfishness, setting priorities wrong must be dealt with!
A simple man you have to forgive, but a leader who makes mistakes must be replaced!

Lamba
Lamba
1 month ago

Leadership is about leading. Do you feel lead?Clueless government thus far

Last edited 1 month ago by Lamba
Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
1 month ago

Government business is just as good as any private business. A private business has a standing vision and mission. Management develops policies and strategies to adhere to that vision. Any new management coming in are not allowed to change the vision and mission but to develop new strategies or enhance the existing ones in the quest for value proposition. It is expected government to operate in the same way. Unfortunately during the one party state period, the vision was Kamuzu. All strategies were about Kamuzu. All policies were about Kamuzu. We used to call our mission Kamuzuism. When he left,… Read more »

Nhlaxhlo
Nhlaxhlo
1 month ago

Politics iyi is for the enlightened. But are the citizens he is talking to enlightened? I just wish we all were ,so we can change this country

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