People’s Transformation Party (Petra) says the defensive thinking of most of political leaders in the country is what has contributed to holding Malawi in the wilderness for 49 years after attaining its independence from colonial masters, Britain.
Petra President Kamuzu Chibambo also said there are a few “misguided individuals in our society” who erroneously believe others exist simply to be their followers and theirs is the right to be or provide leaders.
“This defensive thinking is what has contributed to holding our nation in the wilderness for 49 years. Time for change of direction has come. Fellow Malawians, doing things the same way and expecting a different is said to be madness.
“Equally certain individuals that ought to have made certain decisions, but have postponed them again and again shall also live to regret. Like someone said, change is the only liberation tool. I see a bright future Malawi,” said Chibambo.
Chibambo, who is a lawyer by profession, further said Malawians must tread carefully as the nation moves closer to 2014 tripartite elections.
According to Chibambo, the true test of a leader is not where one stands in time of peace but of conflict and challenges that threatens one’s life.
“The people of Malawi are still searching. Further, let it not be forgotten that Petra stood in the gap for a long time when ‘the lion’ was raging from 2009 while many were just too scared to stick out their necks,” he asserted.
He therefore said they will be launching the party’s manifesto soon apart from mobilizing and intensifying activities across the country.
“Our dream is to make Malawi economically independent and exploitation free. Those that have enriched themselves at the expense of the poor masses must be stopped now and make restitution.
“Who are these? The political elite, their children, their relations and friends. Petra is determined to fight this vice and see the poor masses liberated and empowered. Some radical decisions this season are merited for the nation to move forward,” said Chibambo, adding that 2014 tripartite polls will be extraordinary and “I see something big about to happen which will give rise to further development.”