Malawi desperately needs a focused leader

When talking about countries in Africa which have turned around their economies and brought about tangible development, Rwanda and Tanzania stand out.

Rwanda is a country that had a genocide in which one million people died in 1994. But now, 25-year later, Rwanda is a different story. Its development is beyond any imagination. Under the leadership of Paul Kagame, Rwanda has gone as far as making its own cars and this is a country where importation of second-hand items, including clothes (kaunjika), is not allowed. Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, is probably the cleanest in Africa. Corruption and abuse of taxpayers’ money, which destroyed economies of most African countries, especially Malawi, are totally unacceptable in Rwanda.

Turning around an economy can easily be done provided there is a leader with an agenda for the country and the people.  For example, among other things, the President of Tanzania John Pombe Magufuli impressed his countrymen; by using the available resources, he made beds and mattresses for the biggest hospital in Dar-es-salaam so that no patient would sleep on the floor. This is unlike in Malawi. The leadership considers it acceptable for patients to sleep on the floor.

Magufuli believes in saving resources by reducing travelling, including going to the United Nations General Assembly (Unga). This is unlike President Peter Mutharika, who goes to each and every Unga, even if there is nothing to address the assembly about. This year, his speech included domestic politics to which most people had no time to listen to.  Hence, during his speech the assembly hall was almost empty as compared to when Kagame took the floor. The hall was full as people wanted to hear from a successful President.

It is possible that Malawi can achieve such success provided there is leadership whose main agenda is to bring progress to the country, instead of using Malawi and its resources as a stepping stone to ill-gotten wealth as is the case now.  There is no direction as the country gets poorer by the day.  Since Mutharika came into power in 2014, Malawi is just a cauldron of all manner of problems—ranging from corruption to food shortages. The Mutharika government has totally failed to find solutions. Hence, corruption and abuse of taxpayers’ money have been institutionalised.

So far, the President has no time to solve any problems in the country, instead he is well occupied protecting his position.  This is why there are the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadets who publicly warn people that whoever plays with the President will hear from them.

Unfortunately, the cadets will know too late that what they are doing is not beneficial. Some anonymous commentator rightly stated that when it is political rallies, leaders mobilise the youth, but when job opportunities come, they mobilise their family members and friends. This is a wake-up call to youths such as cadets.

Meanwhile, four months into his second-term, Mutharika is yet to find his feet. He is now caught in the crossfire of nationwide demonstrations calling for the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson to resign because of the May 21 alleged fraudulent elections. These are the worst demonstrations since 1994. It is naïve for anyone to think that Mutharika can have a solution to the demonstrations. He can call for dialogue but experience has shown that his government can hardly hold dialogue with anyone.

Malawi desperately needs a focused leader who is ready to learn from fellow successful leaders.  A leader, who just barricades himself in State House, while protecting his position like is the case now, is not wanted.

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Mana
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Mana

So much ignorance from Emily about who is really a dictator. Malawi is a peaceful and democratic country. Kagame and Mwagufuli are dictators. In fact, Kagame is one of Africa’s worst modern-day dictators who is killing people, imprisoning people (opposition, journalists etc.) and denying Rwandans freedom and democracy. Emily would not live in Kigali with her views. The problem is Kagame has used genocide to present himself as the ONLY great rescuer of Rwanda. Idiots in the international community believe him as do fools in Malawi and Africa.

braveheart
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you have hatred for APM and sold out!look at ur models.Kagame dictator Magafuli human right s violator. What R u trying to say?u respect these two people? Shame!

Winston msowoya
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Winston msowoya

You are a fool,Emily Mkamanga is not a fool like you guile.You yourself,you are a junk and brainless rat eater or NYAU dancer.For your information,Magufuli and Kagame are brilliantly Pan-Africanists who have worked hard to put their two countries in the hands of their people who are to-day,enjoying their economic and political gains.For your information,Tanzania and Rwanda are one of the politically and economically leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa.Tragically,Malawians from the Central and Southern Regions,are busy demonising ATUMBUKA who are leading the two Regions educationally hence,the imposition of the obnoxious QUOTAR SYSTEME!!!!!!!!!

little jojo
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little jojo

Do you know that brilliant pan Africanist Paul Kagame has been President of Rwanda since 2000, 19 years in power? Do you believe one can rule a country in Africa that long democratically? Even for him to run for President this time the constitution had to be ammended. Why do we have Rwandan refugees still in Malawi?

Winston msowoya
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Winston msowoya

Jane must resign because she has failed her job.The other guy who supports her on media is just a PUNK!!!!!!!!

Mwinithako
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Mwinithako

Umhuu re run yakwamanu kkkk.Koma MCP iiiish ikufunitsitsa iotalamulira kkkk.Even kutakhala rerun DPP iwinabeeeee kkkk

little jojo
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little jojo

Emily Mkamanga, I really find it surprising that your heroes are Kagame and Magufuli. Do you know that if Mtambo and Trapence were in Rwanda or Tanzania they would be in prison today? Ask Kayumba Nyamwasa now in hiding in South Africa. Unfortunately you cannot ask Paul Karegeya because he is dead. Ask Mdudu Nyagali and Lissu in Tanzania. They will tell you of the democratic credentials of your so called heroes.

Ndendeuli
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Ndendeuli

What we need are those dictators

Nabetha
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Nabetha

Typical CADET my foot!!!

Nyankhoma
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Nyankhoma

Mtambo and Trapence would not have reason to stand up in Rwanda and Tanzania because what they are fughting for in Malawi does not exist in those countries.

Jane Won't Resign
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Jane Won't Resign

I think we need focused and unbiased journalists in Malawi otherwise leadership is okay!!!

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

There are more information on how to run a country nowadays even on you tube you will find why Qatar is rich or why Mauritius is rich, that even if our leaders are clueless on how to make Malawi our of poverty, they can be helped to.

Reginald Oliver Nakhumwa
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Reginald Oliver Nakhumwa

This article is sweet to those who lost elections and sour to those who won the elections period. But Emily Mkamanga a hardcore tribalist who is naturally against southerners should know that APM was chosen in May 21 by malawians according to our constitution. She has no mandate to speak on behalf of malawians. I know in her racist thinking she thinks those who voted for APM are not Malawians. She thinks Malawians are northerners because they are educated. This woman is evil and what she is saying tantamount to treason. She is inciting pple to revolt against this govt.… Read more »

mfumujay
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mfumujay

@Reginald Oliver Nakhumwa: Looks like you’ve the markings of yet another hand-clapper! Emily is not “inciting pple to revolt against this govt….” but saying it as it is! She’s not speaking on behalf of Malawians, but expressing her opinion, which is sanctioned by our Constitution – freedom of speech, my friend. Wake up!!!

NZERU NKUPANGWA
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NZERU NKUPANGWA

if what we need is just a focused and visionary to reverse our fortunes then good luck waiting for a very long time, with no guarantees, for such a benevolent individual! If truth be told we have a collective bunch of uncaring, unpatriotic, indifferent, or morally bankrupt individuals in pretty much all levels and positions of leadership elected or not. If one is spared these vices they are incompetent! There are times when Malawi looks like a hopeless cause. One person can make a difference but every wave and tide of meaningful change needs a certain number of individuals for… Read more »