Time for Malawi’s ruling  DPP to listen, do an introspection 

Democratic Progressive’s Party’s heavy losses in by-elections on 17 October is a prima facie sign that people’s trust in the ruling party is waning. For a long time, President Mutharika and his DPP have taken people for granted. They have erroneously  believed that because they are in power they can to do anything and get away with it. But politics in a democratic environment does not work that way. Good governance and being responsive to the demands and inputs from society is more important than pursuing  parochial interests to benefit a few people at the expense of the majority .

Mutharika speraking to DPP Campaign Director Jappie Mhango: Time to govern accoridng to the will of the people

DPP is indeed paying the price for their arrogance and bad governance They have been very resistant to suggestions to govern the country for the benefit of all Malawi. They do not listen to anyone.

DPP was banking on the old political support of 2014. They forgot that  people’s political culture ( perceptions, attitudes, values, preferences etc) change over time depending on how the country is run. This is where DPP has missed the plot. They thought they were still enjoying the support of everyone when they were out of touch with people’s aspirations and expectations.

For example, many Malawians are unhappy  with the way President Mutharika appoints people in positions. Even when they have suggested that appointments be made on merit, Mutharika has ignored the suggestion and continues   to make appointments based on  regionalism and  nepotism. Many top positions in the civil service and  state-owned enterprises are given to those from the south, especially the Lohmwe belt, a develop that has made people from other regions feel insignificant and segregated.

Embarrassingly, some individuals who are involved in cashgate have been appointed to senior positions or transferred to other institutions because of political links.  This has raised the question of integrity of the appointed individuals.

Corruption and incompetence has also characterised DPP government.  DPP politicians and those connected to them continue to milk government institutions through dubious tenders or outright abuse of resources for political ends. Equally, suppliers with political connections are given preferential treatment to supply goods and services.   Many tenders are used as a conduit to siphon off public resources both in government and parastatals. Some contractors are awarded jobs without tender process which is fuelling corruption. Many of them overcharge government for poor work and no one makes them accountable.

Misuse of public resources by public officials  and civil servants is rampant and  left unchecked. No tangible action is taken against errant individuals. And so the gravy train has continued.  When DPP is criticised for wrongdoing   critics  get insults from DPP fouled-mouthed politicians. The  young cadets, a terrorist wing of DPP, are also contributing to unpopularity of the party. Unfortunately, their seniors do not see this. People who are involved in political violence are cowards because they do not want to face the truth. They use violence as an escape to silence their opponents.

DPP has failed to provide effective leadership at all levels of society. For example, city assemblies, municipal and town councils are dysfunctional. Our cities and towns are an eyesore. Sanitation is very appalling.  And no one seems to care.  Where is the Minister of Local Government Kondwani Nankhumwa  to provide leadership to make cities and towns jack up performance?

Equally, Minister of Home Affairs Grace Chiumia has also failed to provide leadership  to stamp out corruption in Immigration Department. Immigration Officials are now “dobadobas”. Again,  where is her voice in the bloodsucker saga sweeping some parts of Southern Region? She is quiet.   DPP leadership  has failed to be on top of  situations. For the most part, President Mutharika and his ministers are disappointingly very slow to act. They fail to make timely responses. Usually, they act after they are criticised or long after others have commented. They have not inspired the nation at all.

The standard of living of the majority of people continues to dwindle due to high cost of living. Sadly, there is very little happening on the ground to get out of the poverty trap because of lack of political will to effect change. Imagine how  electricity black outs have been part of us for many years. If government had enough political will, the problem could long have been solved. How can we have the same problem throughout the year for years?  Where is leadership? Someone should have been held accountable for this because someone is sleeping on the job! But knowing President Mutharika and his ministers it is business as usual.

These and other factors have conspired to make DPP lose some support.  MCP is gaining ground in the Southern Region. The electorate is now moving away from voting for the sake of voting  as people in Nsanje have shown. They want substance. And this is good for democracy.

DPP has a huge task to convince  the people  that it has the right calibre  of leaders to take Malawians beyond 2019. Otherwise DPP should be ready to accept defeat. Days of propaganda are long gone. Institutions like MBC cannot influence anyone to vote for DPP unlike rival private media. Even Minister of Information, communication and Technology Nicholas Dausi,  Party Spokesperson  Francis Katsaila and General Secretary Gelseder  Jeffery, whose public relations skills leave a lot to be desired, are not convincing in what they say.

DPP  should not waste time reminding  people about MCP atrocities.  It is true people  who lived under MCP suffered in various ways. But time has changed.  The majority of the people who are going to vote are  the youth who know nothing or little about MCP atrocities because they were too young to remember anything  or not yet born.

The youth  want jobs, good education etc. They have nothing to do with the old MCP. Some people who suffered under MCP are actually  going back MCP after realising that many leaders under multiparty democracy from UDF to DPP are crooks,  corrupt and  self-serving.  It is a  poor campaign message to tell the majority of the voters  (the youth) not to vote for MCP on the basis of  atrocities that were committed in the past. They do not know them.

DPP need to show that they are capable to lead. Unfortunately, they have not demonstrated that.  People want to see tangible results, leadership that can tackle  corruption decisively,  improve their well being and make opportunities accessible to all regardless of where they come from. They want to see  all Malawians enjoying economic benefits not just DPP politicians, their families, friends, relatives or regional mates.  They want an end to corruption,  plunder of public resources and action to solve their problems.

This is time for DPP to listen and do an introspection and govern according to  the will of the people.  Otherwise ……

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santana
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Lowani Mtonga should do his home work well. The reasons given that might make DPP lose elections in 2019 are far away from the truth. May be this guy should be reminded that the areas which DPP has lost have never been strongholds of DPP as he is saying. If the loss means people are tired, what about the Mayani people in Dedza? Why have they said NO to Chakwera? What is it that the DPP is giving them which is not given to other countrymen? As for Nsanje -Lalanje, we know that people in the Lower shire have ever… Read more »
nyaxy
Guest

Six area where election conducted only two were on the southern religion therefore…………DPP is strong the margin is 2~1

Thitherward
Guest

You say: “But the the Lhomwe built [belt] is not even shaken. Still strong to put APM in power come what may. ” This is what is so sad about our politics. People have not yet learned to vote in their own best interests. We continue to vote along tribal lines ‘come what may’.

Sectingo
Guest
People who voted in By-elections was just 30% and 70% did not show. 18.5% voted for MCP candidates and 10.5% voted for DPP candidates. MCP got more percentage due to home advantage for Lilongwe and Dedza. 70% that did not show off were not decided to either vote for MCP or DPP. If DPP put its house in order by addressing social challenges being faced by Malawians now, there is probability of 82.42% for the DPP to get 70% of the voters that were not decided. If MCP and PP field one candidate DPP can loss but if DPP and… Read more »
Joe M
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I always wonder when people talk of MCP atrocities today. Have the Chasowas, Njaunjus not have being killed by DPP machinery? The pple who were behind the atrocities then are no longer with MCP but have gone to DPP thats why you see all these intimidations from DPP because those were the PPLE who masterminded those evil deeds. Current MCP leadership has no one who worked closely with Kamuzu as you see. Even longest serving MPs in Joseph Njobvuyalema and Vitus Dzoole Mwale were never close to Kamuzu then but ……………… and …………………… and others who are with DPP now.

james
Guest

Cant vote for DPP, Apita Magetsi. During Bingu no fuel, during Pitala alibe magetsi.

Keen Observer
Guest

Lowani Ntonga has put in this article everything that DPP needs to hear & do. If DPP can’t atake a leaf from this article then 2019 MCP ndi Boma. The ball is still in DPP’s court, there is still time to act decisively but if not then they will give people no choice but to go for Plan B which is MCP.

Santana
Guest

Unfortunately dpp and mr. Ibu do not believe in criticism and advice. anyone who gives them advice is deemed an enemy. No wonder Malawians have unanimously agreed to vote MCP and Dr. Chakwera into gaffment come 2019.

Thethuli
Guest

Otherwise this is the end of dipipi. MCP woyeeeee. Its now time to change, The dpp government take Malawians for granted.

Tsamba Likagwa
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I am not sure about these wishful comments coming from diehards on tambala wakuda party (Tambala Nfipa). These stereotype views paint a biased picture of the ruling party and are full of praises for Tamabala nfipa. Anyone reading these comment would be lured into believing that come 2019 tambala nfipa will resurrect and will be in Gafferment. I am not saying that DPP is blameless. But please avoid make assumptions on behalf of the PIPO. There was a time we used to say (vote ili muntima). In short let pipo decide taking everything on balance. Do not poison them with… Read more »
Nyarongwe wa ku Bua
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If this is what you call wishful thinking then its not surprising that your pieces of advice to APM are yielding negative results.

peter adafa ndithu leaderless
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peter adafa ndithu leaderless

don,t wast your time thinking that Dpp will win again muyiwale

nyaxy
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People are not tired with DPP it’s you who are tired with DPP

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