Malawians should say no to leadership which forces them to live a poor life

There is an adage which says ‘if all else fails, lower your standards’. In other words, it can be said that people do not achieve much, because there standards are too high and need to be checked downwards to record success.

When Malawi got its independence in 1964 people had great expectations for a better life under the leadership of a fellow Malawian Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda who was supposed to be aware of their needs.

As it were, Kamuzu had a systematic plan to raise people’s standard of life. He started with improving the road network, including village access roads. Then he made farm inputs for smallholder farmers affordable. Selling farm produce was not a problem because Admarc markets were available even in the remotest places. As a result, people had money to send their children to school as well as build better houses and in the process they were living a better life.

In addition to what is stated above, education standards were high due to the hard working spirit that Kamuzu instilled in Malawians, including teachers who were always paid on time. Kamuzu’s high standards are still evidently clear from the buildings that were built during his era.

Due to mismanagement by other governments, of public resources, especially taxpayers’ money, the standard of life of Malawians has spiraled down uncontrollably. If people see that they cannot make ends meet, they automatically lower their standards by denying themselves some of the necessities. But for how long can people do this?

It is sad that since the attainment of multiparty democracy in 1994, standard of life has been going down for ordinary Malawians. People have literally been struggling for everything. Under the current government things are worse. Some people even sarcastically say that only corrupt people, thieves and power abusers have a good life.

One does not even know where to start the crying from. Hospitals have no medicines. As if this is not bad enough, patients in hospitals sleep on the floor and lucky ones sleep on beds without mattresses. Some primary and secondary schools look like pig pens. Such facilities are not conducive to any form of learning. Food shortages are the order of the day even after the government has promised to have surplus maize. If Admarc has some cheap maize to sell, it is mostly too rotten for consumption. Politicians and government keep on promising clean water and good houses. These are mere political rhetoric as in reality people continue to get water from unprotected sources.

When President Peter Mutharika came into power, he promised to build houses for the local poor. Up to now this remains a pipe-dream to most deserving Malawians. Availability of jobs was another promise. Jobs are nowhere to be seen, instead, even university graduates are roaming the streets, jobless. The President emphasises on self-employment and this is why he introduced community colleges. Self-employment without available start-up capital is meaningless. Therefore, providing jobs and self-employment is another empty promise.

Meanwhile, no matter how many times the President narrates his achievements, as long as they have no significant impact on the living standards of Malawians, they can be taken as meaningless. This is why Malawi is permanently one of the poorest in the world. In fact, it is naïve trying to convince Malawians that they have a better life than before. Malawians have continuously been reducing their living standards to a bare minimum and cannot go below this. Imagine those people who were doing well five years ago have now joined the group of the poor. Malawians should wake up and say no to leadership which forces them to live a poor life.

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Luka
Luka
2 years ago

We do not need to apply complex mathematical formulae to understand why we are poor. Simple arithmetic is enough. At independence, we had a population of about three and a half million people; we now have a population of about seventeen and a half million people. Consequently, we need five times as many schools, hospitals, services, etc as we had fifty years ago. During these fifty years, we as a nation have concentrated our efforts on increasing the QUANTITY of lives that must survive within our borders. Until we change our emphasis and concentrate on resources on increasing the QUALITY… Read more »

Nyoko
2 years ago

It is stupid to say that our leaders do not play a role in our economic struggle. If we continue having corrupt leaders who take our taxes and invest in their private business our economy will never develop only idiots who believe in nepotism and tribalism can be dancing to that.

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
2 years ago

What u r saying that pple shud fend for themselves to get rich without govt intervention is totally a lie or u r a DPP Cadet. What happens in countries that want to develop its pple the govt fetch markets thru MEPC, ADMARC & Embassies work tirelessly & pass the produces to the farmers who r supported by govt loans then the govt takes the products to those buyers & when paid deduct their processing fees as well as loan servicing. Anthu tingasauke ndi njira imeneyi?

braveheart
2 years ago

..no leadership can force people to live poor. “Living poor is a choice” thus why APM has been telling Malawians to change their mentality first. Malawi has been poor koz of garbage reporting like this one.Partisan. Period! R there investigative journalists in Malawi?who can investigate and tell us what Malawi is Rich off?& Wat need to be done?ur mother Joyce Banda stole money,sold our jet .What did u report u sold out kamanga? All u report about it’s partisan politics. APM had no donor aid,uR causing chaos with ur demos since may..when will APM work?& U xpect government to deliver?… Read more »

Chris
Chris
2 years ago
Reply to  braveheart

Very stupid malawi ‘ll be poor forever with such stupid government

Mbenjeere
Mbenjeere
2 years ago

Emi, this is you reflection of current situation based on the premises that development is one man show. All Presidents do promises to the citizenry at all times some which are not even feasible. My take is that development do not just happen without proper planning. I am glad that you are pointing out the poor without contributing on how we should get out poverty. Think twice before you put a blame on Mr. President and Cabinate. These are just political figures but we as citizens are the drivers of this economy. We need to do more developmental actions rather… Read more »

ANSAH MADANDO PITALA
2 years ago
Reply to  Mbenjeere

IF WE ENTERTAIN CURRUPT LEADERS IN HIGH POSITIONS MY FELLOW MALAWIANS /AFRICANS —LET’S FORGET ABOUT PROGRESS —

Philosopher
Philosopher
2 years ago

If you expect the president to come to your house everyday and put food on your table, my friend forget about it. You will die in your poverty. Every individual, every family should make an effort to uplift themselves. Let politicians be politicians. Be the wise president of your own house before you you blame the president of the whole nation, if we are to see substantial development

Chris
Chris
2 years ago
Reply to  Philosopher

You r very stupid in ur comment,don’t u know plp work hard everyday?how can u achieve what u want while ur economic is down,n who is suppose to fix that economy,?I thought it’s a duty of leadership(government)u r a dpp cardet who r benefiting from government right?very evil plp allowing plp to suffer ,the economy of malawi is very poor and u expect plp to work hard n flourish,very stupid mentality stay with ur country am here in USA

Levious
2 years ago

A desissive move just keeping all. Idle Malawia muted is unfair . Malawians are struggling to survive daily as there are no social and economic benefits. Malawi got more intellectuals of which by now would put the country forward on building the economy but the so called hungry leadership fails many hopes of fellow citizens. These are no plans or ways to be implemented to uplift the burden of which every Malawian face. Roads and Energy infrascture has cost Malawi so dearly that foreign and local investors can came to rescue Malawians from economic woes as just only to travel… Read more »

Achiswe'.'
2 years ago
Reply to  Levious

Everything you say is true. A pity your ideas are expressed in such poor English. If you completed Form IV at secondary, it says much about the poor standard of teaching.

Chris
Chris
2 years ago
Reply to  Levious

Absolutely the government is just so useless,n plp are quite,I was I was there ,just to bomb the whole state house ,cz it’s useless,Peter is useless president I hv ever seen,one day he ‘ll pay what is doing with his cabinet,he must leave that position

Analyst
Analyst
2 years ago

Madam Emily Mkamanga, if you will sit down phwii waiting for the so-called leadership to uplift you from poverty then I assure you that you will die a poor person. Some of us made hard choices. We stopped depending on leadership for our survival and we are doing well here in Malawi. Depending on leadership is like asking a sinner to pray for you. Malawi is poor because of people like you who think that political leadership can solve all your problems. You are brainwashing the masses. Let everyone carry his/her cross. Rise up and work hard. Do not just… Read more »

Achiswe'.'
2 years ago
Reply to  Analyst

I do not agree with your reasoning. An individual will struggle to improve his/her life no matter how hard they try unless the government puts in place the conditions to encourage and stimulate self-advancement. Successive governments in Malawi have failed to do this. A low standard of education coupled with poor health provision and lack of investment in transport, industry and power supply make it extremely difficult for an individual to improve their standard of living. The current government under the ‘leadership’ of President Mutharika talks the talk, but fails to walk the walk.

Godfearing Person
Godfearing Person
2 years ago

Emily Mkamanga, your writings will make dull people more dull. You are encouraging laziness. Was Kamuzu providing everything to malawians? Foolish lady. Kamuzu was ecouraging malawians to work hard? Do not mislead people or just shut-up!!!!

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