Re-elected Mutharika has his work cut out for him

President Peter Mutharika,  who narrowly won re-election with 38% of the votes in last week’s Malawi presidential polls, his victory bequeaths on him and his party the immense task of post-election socioeconomic management and governance.

Victory: Mutharika waves to supporters during

Mutharika’s victory in the sixth general election after the reintroduction of multiparty democracy in 1993 smean his last five years in office  his administration should  develop a concrete agenda to steer Malawi forward.

Commentators say rallying supporters and opponents in the post-election period is a necessary task for the victorious president.

Mutharika is expected  rise to the occasion and move the country in the right direction.

Malawians who spoke to Nyasa Times after the results were announced, said they hope Mutharika will build a team of selfless political, technocratic and civic leaders to steer Malawi for the next five years.

Newspaper columnist Ephraim Munthali  in his ‘Cut the chaff’ wrote that the President-elect has a lot of work to do to reunite a country deeply polarized by bitter partisanship.

He called for a healing process, stating that “in our efforts, sometimes overzealously, to promote our candidate and party of choice, we hurt each other so badly that the polls have left deep wounds, but which must be healed if we are to move forward as a country.”

The columnist points out that Malawi has a lot of problems that need returning to quickly.

“We have the menace that is corruption that must be destroyed before it destroys this beautiful country. We have an economy that is impoverishing the masses instead of improving their lives.

“We have health and education systems that are keeping the rich more comfortable while leaving the poor in deep pangs of ill-health and poverty. We have water and energy crises that are literally sucking the life out of Malawi,” he wrote.

The columnist continued: “Yet, not all is doom and gloom. There are opportunities that have been created over the past five years that we must capitalize on. The stable macroeconomic environment makes it easier for any government to build on and grow the economy to more than the seven percent needed to reduce human suffering.”

In his column, Munthali noted that there has been “a decent attempt” to expand and improve the infrastructure of this country in various sectors, including transport, sports, health and education that can be the foundation for a more broad-based growth and development.

“As a country, we have initiated reforms aimed at improving the way the public sector delivers services that bring economic efficiency necessary to attract investors and help citizens to be more productive and contribute to the economy.

“But for all these to happen, we need whoever emerges as President to quickly return things to normalcy and mobilize the country towards executing the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy because in the end this country, these citizens, must do what is good for the country and thus for everyone,” he wrote.

In the parliamentary elections, Mutharika’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won 63 seats in the legislative body, while Lazarus Chakwera’s Malawi Congress Party (MCP) got 55 seats and 52 independent candidates were elected.

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Innoxy
Innoxy
1 year ago

Amalawi ndi anthu opusa kwambiri moti osazindikira chilichonse?, kkkkkkk.Ndinene kuti tippex uja anabweletsa ndikumudziwa ndipo tippex ndi amene anagwiritsidwa ntchito posintha zotsatila koma kunena zoona amawina ndi chakwera.Ife a DPP tapelekadi ulemu pa munthu wamkulu APM.Ine ndikanakhala ovota wamba bwezi nditasiya kuvota ndithu, kkkkkk kulibe mtendere kumalawi ndiye naye judge kungolamura ali tisachedwepo apa pitani mukaulutse.Inu osadabwa ngati anthu a MEC enieniwo amamangwidwa???Pepani 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Maunits
Maunits
1 year ago

If you see a leader clinging to power by bring or corrupting officers of MEC know that pampandopo waphwisilapo

Maunits
Maunits
1 year ago

Mayi Madando

Mulopwana
Mulopwana
1 year ago

A Nkhoma synod chitani manyanzi lero. Munati mukufuna Chakwera nanga lero zili kuti? People told you that politics is a game of numbers and the south has the required figures. APM ate t in all regions and your Lazarus failed to penetrate the lomwe belt. I pity for Mia in Chikwawa chifukwa ngombe zake zambiri zapita. He thought he would be the VP of the country and reward himself. It was miscalculated move.Lero manja ali mkhosi. He will not come to the Capital but kupitiriza kuweta ngombe ku Nchalo uko. Akakhala Saulosi ndiye zamuvuta. Matama onse atha dzulo pa 27… Read more »

Eduardo, Provincia de Niassa
Eduardo, Provincia de Niassa
1 year ago

Musova. APM was got votes from across the country. He has 62 MPs around his belt. How could he lose such an election.

Central
Central
1 year ago

Eduardo bwanji osangolemba chomwe umatha chija “chipwitikizi”…………..! Abale mpaka: “APM was got votes………………..” Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeshi

Katong'ongo
Katong'ongo
1 year ago
Reply to  Central

Central ndiwe wa guts. Zoona mpaka lomwelising English kuti was got … koma ali mumaofesimu

Nambe
1 year ago

ziliko ku malawi

oMachemba
oMachemba
1 year ago

If anyone among the Presidential candidates is up to the job, it is APM. He has showed us over the past five years that he doesn’t go for the low hanging fruit. People like him in terms of being concrete achievers thrive on serious changes (Remember Obama anyone? When he was asked why he would want ti inherit the mess left behind by George W Bush: The answer was something like – Why else would otherwise want the job. I may have paraphrased here, but the main thing is that some people get a rush when solving serious national problems.… Read more »

Mmora Muroma
Mmora Muroma
1 year ago

Nkhoma synod tiyankhuleni. Has the pastoral letter fulfilled it’s purpose?

Mapwiya
Mapwiya
1 year ago

Mwakhala mukutiuza kuti palibe abele chisankho chifukwa ndinu akatswiri a computer lero mukuti chani???? Mmene amabela chisankho inu munali kuti??? mxiewww

Elikana mmbaya
1 year ago

Tippex tippex

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