An influential Muslim cleric has has faulted development strides taken by Malawi in the recent years, saying it is because there are wrong people in strategic positions.
Shiek Dinala Chabulika expressed concern that eonomic development has been slow with Malawi now ranked among the world’s poorest nations.
“ We have wrong people in strategic positions,” he noted, adding “they are not there to serve the people.”
Chabulika said government reforms though welcome, there is need for human reformation.
“We need to reform the people not only the papers,” he said.
He also bemoaned the worsening corruption and inaction to fight the vice by the government.
“No one is implementing the law. The laws are there but we are not implementing them,” he said.
Recently, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (ICAM), an umbrella body for accounting professionals observed that amid the various development blueprints crafted and adopted, Malawi still lags behind in attaining its development goals due to poor governance and lack of accountability.
Immediate past President for the institute Chiwemi Chihana made the observation at the opening of the 2016 ICAM Lakeshore conference in Mangochi.
“With the closing of the MGDS [Malawi Growth and Development Strategy] II this year, almost 10 years since the adoption, aren’t we at exactly the same place and maybe worse,” wondered Chihana.
He noted that over the years Malawi has formulated various development agendas whose fruit is yet to be traced.
He made mention of National Plan of Action, whose total budget was K2.3 billion, the Vision 2020 and the MGDS I and II whose common objective was to reduce poverty through sustained economic growth and infrastructure development as failed plans.
Chihana then said the successful implementation of the country’s development strategy depends on the prevalence of good governance.
“Icam shares the view that strengthening governance and accountability will be key to delivering the sustainable development goals,” observed Chihana.
Malawi ranks as one of the world’s poorest countries.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :