Malawi needs a decisive leader

Whenever a Head of State has been sworn into power, he/she becomes the most powerful citizen in the country.Among other things, he is expected to have policies that give equal opportunities for progress. Since no one is above the law, the Head of State, too, has to follow the country’s Constitution, which is the highest law of the land.

President Peter Mutharika with his former deputy Saulos Chilima .

Former president of South Africa, the late Nelson Mandela, once said a person who changes policy depending on who is with him or her at a particular time, is not fit to be a leader.

Meanwhile, the greatest test of a State President is when he or she has faced problems in the country. To prove his/her worthiness, he/she has to ride the storms of the problems with pride and success. Failing which, he/she is considered a weak leader not fit to lead anybody.

For obvious reasons, Malawi needs a strong leader, one with a practical vision to turn around the abject poverty which has worsened during the past five years under President Peter Mutharika. Unfortunately, the leadership and the government has been very defensive about their performance. Each time, they talk about an improved economy, which, unfortunately, no one else sees.

Malawians are being told just to hang in there for better times to come, yet there are no signs at all. Instead, corruption, stealing and extravagance is being institutionalised.

The leadership seems to challenge taxpayers that their money can be openly abused without any regrets. For example, recently the First Lady went on a private visit to the UK, where it is alleged the entourage spent over K50 million. This was done against the background of severe lack of medicines in public hospitals. Is there any justice that Malawians should be condemned to death for the powers that be to have pleasure? Surprisingly, the President did not come up with any statement on what is said above. He has left people guessing. But what seems to come out clearly is that the President has shown some weaknesses.

A socio/political commentator called Frederic Bastiat once said: “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society over the course of time, they create for themselves a legal system that authorises it and moral code that glorifies it.”

What is quoted here is similar to what is happening in Malawi when it comes to plunder of public resources, which are being converted into personal fortune, as poor Malawians watch in total disbelief. The country needs a strong leader to practically stop the plunder.

The problems in Malawi have been compounded by the alleged fraudulent May 21 2019 elections, which have brought back Mutharika. To start with, Mutharika is being blamed for being weak because of failing to stop corruption, which is the root of poverty. His weak leadership has been extended to the current situation of nationwide demonstrations against stolen votes.

It is unfortunate that some private and government properties have been destroyed during the protests. The demonstrations have been so fierce that in one incident, in Lilongwe, police lost their guns to civilians. What is scaring is that, the guns being in the wrong hands will be used for criminal activities.

Meanwhile, it is strange and surprising that after all the instability the country is going through, the President is quiet, and people are just left guessing that, probably, he is overwhelmed with the problems. This is why Malawi needs a strong decisive leader to take care of the people.

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Chigadula Rabson
Chigadula Rabson
1 year ago

My beloved fellow Malawians recent history gives testimony to the fact that most of the ageing African leaders (both ex- and sitting presidents) with probably the exception of legendary Nelson Mandela, as they approach age 80 and above unfortunately begin to experience a natural slow-down process in their natural vigor and abilities. The younger folk (and especially conniving spouses) closely associated with the senile leader are able to pick up such signs of abatement that comes with age AND THE YOUNGER FOLK THEN TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE of the unfortunate biological and physiological realities of human limitations. The chances are extremely… Read more »

JIGGIES
JIGGIES
1 year ago

This dunderhead we have now, does not qualify to be called a president now or in the life to come.

Charie
Charie
1 year ago

Mutharika Apm is the Best President in Africa,

Maria
Maria
1 year ago
Reply to  Charie

kikikikiki

KHARUPA
KHARUPA
1 year ago
Reply to  Charie

Hhihihihihihihihi

JIGGIES
JIGGIES
1 year ago
Reply to  Charie

@ Charie
I think you have never heard of President Paul Kagame in your entire life depicting from your useless comment, so yea its ok.

Maria
Maria
1 year ago

The once Mighty Malawi, the Warm Heart of Africa. I cry for my country, Malawi.

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
1 year ago

I agree with the writer of the article. Malawi needs a leader who is strong and visionary. Peter Mutharika has totally failed. Peter Mutharika is the WORST President Malawi has ever had. From Kamuzu Banda, Bakili Muluzi, BIngu Wa Mutharika, Joyce Banda and Peter Mutharika; This current President, Peter Mutharika is the worst President. If I may rank them, the best is Kamuzu Banda, with Kamuzu Banda, the evidence is that most of the structures that Malawi are know with, were built by Kamuzu, seconded by Bakili when things started to change like nepotism, katangale, and he did the worst… Read more »

Marium Balaki Kuyer
Marium Balaki Kuyer
1 year ago
Reply to  Nambuma Girl

I partly disagree with your opinion on the ranking, this could be better, 1. Kamuzu Banda, 2.Bingo Wamutarika, 3. Joyce Banda, 4. Bakili Muluzi. 5. Peter Wamutarika. The structures which are conspicuous in Malawi either pioneered by Kamuzu or Bingu Wamtarika. Bakili came just to destroy what Kamuzu built. At least Joyce Banda was courageous enough to expose corruption in her government although it backfired on her. She managed to make strong decisions in curbing the fuel crisis. She managed to correct an error that Bingu had in his last term of trying to build Bingu stadium in Blantyre. Atcheya… Read more »

Jamax
Jamax
1 year ago

U are so childish on writing ure articles. very stupid thinking. Who ever sent you to come up with those articles both of u go to hell. How old are for u to judge now? Go to xool again n learn hw to write things in common matters. Ure brain is feeble like a chimpanzee no sense. Nw I believe that common sense is not common n u are one of them

Nabanda
Nabanda
1 year ago
Reply to  Jamax

Jamax, what the writer has written is NOTHING but the true about Peter Mutharika. From the first President to this current one, know that Peter Mutharika is the WORST President of all. We are in deep shit because of this President we have. The President who cannot even attend to SADC, AU, etc meetings because he is not sure of himself and cannot speak properly. I cry of my Country.

Charie
Charie
1 year ago
Reply to  Nabanda

Did you come to help government or you just talking like gundwani

Pewani
Pewani
1 year ago
Reply to  Jamax

No sense in your comment.

Lego
1 year ago
Reply to  Jamax

From my understanding here i think you are the one who is childish and stupid for that matter.You are the one suppose to go back to school not a writer.You are a brainless,idiot etc

Czar
Czar
1 year ago
Reply to  Jamax

Its whose brain is feeble like that of a rabbit, if you cant understand the simple truth like this sometimes just stop dont even give us an aorta of your opinion. APM is not a decisive leader, he waits on situations to resolve themselves naturally. The case of the UNIMA standoff when he was the Minister of Education he chickened out and went to enjoy the benefits of the so called green card. He runs away from situations. As for he cant go out of the country coz he knows the consequences of that no wonder he is just delegating… Read more »

Eagles Eye
Eagles Eye
1 year ago

The picture used and the article ain’t matching unless if the author means because you have critised APM then obviously you mean SCK is a decisive leader. In my opinion it looks all wrong Both leaders depicted lack political maturity Malawi is currently looking for a leader who will be able to unite Mw and in the course of his five years will be able to turn around all fiscical problems not give stupid excuses that we inherited empty purse . WHY Because you going into a government pretty knowing the situation and in all ur campaigns u still promise… Read more »

Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
1 year ago

tinazolowera kuseteka nsete za ma mafia no wonder we ate going bavkward.an aggressive leader is neede. osati kumangoti mveeweee no wonder people like sendela women – chimbalanga is getting a PS salary with all the benefits ,press button bisiness kuposa mphuzitsi ndi wina aliyese wa degree..name the the ncacas who just got a written certificate without sitting in class.
beni phili phd yogula.
getrude azimai othandizila female boy child organization, the list is endless.
thats how bulshit this mess is big need revamp

Nyankhoma
Nyankhoma
1 year ago

Keep speaking for us Emily , especially us your felliw women and mothers.

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
1 year ago

Yes Malawi need a leader who condemns corruption & not what we’ve now that encourages state looting, the leadership that doesnt bury its head when the storm strikes, the leader that doesnt support panga weilding cadets threatening his own pple & a President doesnt support tribalism.

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