Speaker of the Malawi National Assembly, Richard Msowoya, has challenged students and all citizens in general to call their Governments to accountability if they truly want to see change.
Msowoya made the challenge in Mzuzu on Friday when he held a public lecture at Mzuzu University.
“The problem with us [Malawians] is that we are just good at complaining; but we do little to call for reforms.
“It is a birthright for every Malawian to have access to good education, for example; but all we do is whine over what is not being done yet we do not stand up to call our governments into account,” he said.
Msowoya said if people take their governments to task over presence or lack of a particular service, leaders will always be mindful of what they need to do.
“Government has a lot of issues to work on and if no one takes them to task over particular issue, little will indeed be done.
The challenge came as a response to a concern raised by several students who claimed government did not care about the welfare of students in the country, arguing poor structures and education standards are a sign of that lack.
Deputy Vice Chancellor for Mzuni, Dr Loveness Kaunda, appreciated parliament for the initiative of reaching out to people with vital information through the “Taking Parliament to People” project.
“As a university, we see it as a great initiative that will help us get involved in issues of our concern,” she said.
The speaker delivered the lecture on the topic, “Taking Parliament to People: Engaging Public Universities and Colleges on Parliament Work.”