Malawi we want: Vote for change on May 21

In the 1990s, some visionary Malawians carried out studies that led to the formulation of Vision 2020.  Regrettably, most aspirations in the framework for Malawi’s long-term development agenda have not been achieved.

First, we need to elect a new government on May 21 to erase the bad memories of the lost decades.

The country needs to initiate new interventions to create the ‘Malawi We Want’ by 2069.

First, we need to elect a new government on May 21 to erase the bad memories of the lost decades. We need visionary leadership backed by transformative and inclusive development.

The National Planning Commission (NPC), established by law in 2015, should embrace local ideas through comprehensive consultations in which ordinary citizens will rise to defend a new course of development. Knowing the new administration will not have all the answers, the ordinary citizens will help policymakers think strategically and every citizen will need to work differently and build a nation that will never be divided again and corrupt leaders will never flourish.

While development partners have space in the new vision, they should not be allowed to use financial support to shape our agenda and bring foreign ideologies.

The NPC should not rely on donor funds, but local resources, to undertake its interventions.

Whichever party wins on May 21 need not impose its manifesto on Malawians, but support NPC to develop an inclusive national manifesto.

The next administration should embrace the business unusual concept seldom liked by many.

A generation that has run the country since 1994 should be respected, but not allowed to lead the new vision. These include veteran ministers and those who held key positions for over two decades without offering better solutions. Most of these are destroyers should retire and not get any space in the new vision.

This also calls for a detailed analysis of how parties have used public resources since 1994 to ensure what belongs to Malawians is paid back.

To meet the new aspirations, there is need to review all public institutions’ governance structures to get rid of unqualified and underperforming workers employed based on nepotistic and partisan interests advanced by previous governments.

Recalling non-performers from all foreign missions could make Malawi relevant at global platforms. As stated in Vision 2020, we need to develop positive work ethics.

Malawi has been a soft destination for foreigners. The new vision should address how the nation handles foreigners who do not add value to the country’s development agenda. This requires a detailed analysis of land tenure and foreign policy.

We need to create an urban-based economy in which key districts, such as Lilongwe, Salima, Mangochi and Karonga, shall become big cities. This requires development-oriented leadership to create jobs, introduce new land use and eliminate settlement patterns that depend on customary land tenure.

There is need to re-allocate some ministry headquarters from Capital Hill to other districts. Although housing all ministries in Lilongwe is logistically sensible, it has fuelled misuse of government resources, laziness and congestion in the capital city.

Faith-based organisations have contributed a lot to the poverty landscape, so we need a new Malawi that shall keep thanking God for prosperity instead of falling prey to false ideas of making people rich. We want faith organisations that will inspire Malawians to work hard, not to spend nights in mountains waiting for miracles.

New Malawi should utilise each and every aspect of our culture, population, natural resources, and human resources for economic growth.

We need to embrace the notion of utilising science, technology and innovation as a driver of economic growth.

To create a new Malawi, will require collective efforts and painful pathways for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

In conclusion, we need to bring the change we want on May 21. Many want to threaten our inclusive choice, but we should not fear. n

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Necessary Noiz
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Necessary Noiz

Chilima and UTM are the only ones who can get us out of this mess. But some Malawians would rather see another 5 year term of misery than voting for this man just because he does not come from where they come from. This mentality is the one that got us here. Just imagine the whole Nkhoma Synod just because its from central then its telling its followers to vote for Chakwera. I hope most of us will come out to change things. People listen carefully before you just dismiss someone as not of your own. Chilima may have some… Read more »

Omex70
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Omex70

I believe MCP will do a great job if voted into power. It has a clear agenda for this nation summarised by the Hi5. Other candidates are just desperate for votes that’s why they are just promising everything and soon they will promise new moon for Malawi. Every infrastructure development done by MCP is a testimony on its own of the good workmanship. I believe the new crop of leadership in MCP will try to emulate a good example set by the first president of this republic in this area. Thse who have been part of the current administration can… Read more »

Paperback
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RESPECT. WELL WRITTEN. But…….there is little the new gvt will change. From day one it will be ‘It is now our time to eat”. Regardless of who comes in on 21 May 2019. Do not despair though. Life is so good with these charades.

WE NEED DR SAULOS KLAUS CHILIMA TO LEAD MALAWI
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WE NEED DR SAULOS KLAUS CHILIMA TO LEAD MALAWI

The only party with a very clear vision/agenda for change and transformative leadership is UTM under the leadership of DR SAULOS KLAUS CHILIMA. I am very glad that my household and all my family members (parents, siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces), workmates and friends across the country have agreed that we should vote for DR SAULOS KLAUS CHILIMA and UTM in all positions during May 21st Tripartite Elections. Faith leaders and Traditional leaders in my constituency and the whole district have all agreed to vote for DR SAULOS KLAUS CHILIMA because of his great vision and good policies… Read more »

Goliati
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Goliati

We have tried MCP, UDF, PP and they have all failed us. Well lets try the new players in the game, UTM basi. Chilima’s a policies are well articulated. On the other hand nobody knows what Chakwera and JB stand for.

Kelly
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Kelly

You are stupid. You don’t know what you are saying. people like you are the ones putting our beloved country down and down

Necessary Noiz
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Necessary Noiz

Most of the times, stupid people call wise people stupid, otherwise there is no reason for you to be calling anybody stupid other than that you are seeing yourself in the mirror

Mchacha the Terorist
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Mchacha the Terorist

An article well written. Respect

Kent Y.G. Mphepo
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Kent Y.G. Mphepo

I totally agree with this view point. Our country needs a fresh start. Malawi needs to get rid of the self brand of leaders that have destroyed Malawi’s resources for the past 25 years. Malawi is not failing because of its geography, lack of mineral deposites or unskilled labour as some have argued before. While there is some sense of truth in this, we know that the real problem is an irresponsible brand of leadership that had shaped our politics and economy in the image of their personal interests. This needs to stop from 21st May, 2019. Malawi needs an… Read more »

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chilima yemweyo can.