Malawi needs a leader not politician, says Peter Mutharika

Malawi needs a leader and not a mare politician if the country is to develop, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika has hinted.

In a 27 paged speech given out to the delegates during the party’s last week convention for analysis, Mutharika argues that the troubled situation of this country demands true leadership.

“Malawians are searching for a lost leadership. Malawians need a leader, not a mare politician; Africa needs leaders and statesmen who rise above politics. And I rise to the occasion of a leadership that delivers,” says Mutharika.

Mutharika, who is DPP’s 2014 presidential torchbearer, has since urged politicians from politicizing the welfare of the people, adding once in power will deliver functioning recovery measures and not rhetoric of economic recovery.

Peter Mutharika: DPP president
Peter Mutharika: DPP president

“The people are suffering, their pain is real. Let us not politic and play with the suffering of the people. Let us promise only what we can deliver. As a party, we have planned to deliver functioning recovery measures, not rhetoric of economic recovery; and we are poised to lead again,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika challenged that Malawi is not a personal estate hence the need for everyone to contribute towards its development and prosperity.

And commenting on Mutharika’s sentiments, Chancellor College political analyst, Joseph Chunga said the country needs different type of politics and a leader who will serve the interest of the people.

Chunga said there was a general misconception of what politics is, arguing ‘we just can’t separate politics from economics or administration because all these are political processes’.

“Most people don’t understand what politics is; maybe what we need is different type of politics not what we have been experiencing so far. The wrangle, wrestling and insulting each other, that is not the essence of politics,” said Chunga.

Chunga challenged Mutharika if he is the one to come up with different type of politics and be the leader the country is waiting to experience.

“Is he going to bring the change in politics? As the country, we don’t need politicians who are obsessed with insulting others. We need new people on the political scene who will offer us different of politics and take us in different direction. It’s time we try new people not the old faces we have had all along”.

Mutharika has been scrutinized for lacking political knowledge and experience which are believed to be the some of the qualities to make a good leader.

Following his victory during the DPP’s convention, Mutharika has aligned himself as an opponent for President Joyce Banda and UDF’s Atupele Muluzi in the race for presidency set for May 2014.

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