Malawi urgently needs genuine transformation

It is common knowledge that since Malawi got its independence in 1964, the country has experienced smooth transitions from one government to another. Though at times there has been resistance by the incumbent Heads of State to surrender power, Malawians have peacefully dislodged such power hungry leaders.

It goes without saying that after every change of government, people expect improvements especially on the economy. This has not been the case because of lack of transformation. Leaders across the board seem to be stuck in the past. They seem to be very ignorant about the fact that transformation is fundamental to a meaning ful change of government.

It does not need a genius to know that the current economic problems in Malawi require immediate transformation which should bring in new ideas in order to achieve workable economic solutions.

It is no secret that the current economic mess was left by Mutharika’s administration. Despite the economic engineering stunts that he claimed to have, the Malawi economy went nose dive. Meanwhile, it is naïve to think that President Joyce Banda could have single handedly turn around the economy within the seven months she has been in power.

President Joyce Banda  with some ‘brain boxes’  in a Group Photo after the opening of the conference of economic experts

Economic growth requires collective responsibility with productive ideas. At the moment the State President has no shortage of people on her side. This has been enhanced by the political culture of defecting from other parties to her ruling Peoples Party. People will live to remember the shameful mass defections from DPP to the ruling PP  even before late Mutharika was buried.

As is usually the case, defectors parrot wisely claim that they are defecting to assist President Banda and the people of Malawi. Past experience has shown that defecting has nothing to do with serving Malawians but it is a strategy for personal gains by being illegible to Presidential appointments as well as having easy access to government business contracts.

It is appreciated that people have the right to join the ruling party. What is not appreciated is that such people bring nothing as an added value. What is seen is that they just perfect their praise singing, aimless cheering, championing character assassination as well as just fighting for space on the Presidential photo shoots . Honestly speaking this is not the type of  President Joyce Banda needs.

With all due respect, some political leaders have worked for every government at ministerial level and yet no track record of any achievement. So far only late Aleke Banda left a legacy of being the most hard working cabinet minister that Malawi ever had. Indeed, President Banda needs the Alekes of this world.

The current economic problems demand that President Banda should be surrounded by achievers. For goodness sake it is not business as usual. The need for productive transformation cannot be overemphasized.  Malawians must be aware that resisting transformation has caught up. This shows that transition without transformation can be a recipe for economic problems.


Emily Mkamanga. Email [email protected] 

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