Tyranny: The right way to development

There is a high degree of socialization that happens in democratic states. People grow up being told that democracy is the best form of government and most immediate evidence tend to confirm this. Therefore, this average person has an uncritical view of democracy.

Bungu (L) and Kamuzu

Bungu (L) and Kamuzu

The aim here is not to criticize democracy, but to show this average person the best form of government to development.  After all, who does not want to live in a developed nation?

The problem is a certain stigma is attached to the title “dictator”. People instantly believe that the person is cruel, brutal and selfish. However, this is certainly not the case. There are good dictators, in the same way there are good and bad presidents in the democratic states. If the person who loved their country and even more importantly knew what was best for their country were to come into power, they would  be able to improve the country tremendously.

I would like all of you to know that, a dictatorship has greater control over people and resources allowing for more state driven economic growth, making it in a better position to develop than a democratic state.

The other thing you have to know is dictatorships are superior to democracies in that they can make decisions and implement policies quicker. They can easily modify institutional and legal frameworks towards development goals, as there is no need for a political consensus behind their actions. This also insulates government from special interests that must be reconciled with in democracies. This allows dictatorships to create a pro-investment legal, economic and institutional framework such as low taxes, exchange rate manipulations and import tariffs without facing political opposition.

Look at how long it takes Malawi as a democratic state to implements its policies. Implementation of polices has been a great challenge to Malawi and development as a whole. Cause how would you expect it to develop without the policies?

This is to say due to the large number of people involved in decision making; federal regulation, law and infrastructure takes forever to implement, unless in a dictatorship where the leader requests for something and it immediately gets done. You will see that our government moves slowlywith all decisions having to move down the chain of command, but this is not the case with dictatorships.

Everything happens very quickly in a dictatorship and the slow process of government is not a concern. This allows for a very efficient government in a time of crisis and also allows for less corruption among the government officials. A dictator is very strict with rules and does not allow those working under him to break the laws.

My fellow Malawians, take a closer look at our developments in the different governments. You will find that almost all the developments took place when our leaders turned to be dictatorial. Let tyranny rule the country and development take root. Look at Dr. H.K Banda’s developments. Though I blame all these woes on him (Kamuzu Banda). Look at what Bingu wa Mutharika did when he turned to be dictatorial. All credits goes to this exceptional president Malawi has ever had. Dictatorship is the right way to development.

Due to the lack of rotation in office, a dictatorship allows for a more stable government with the more ability to plan for the long term, which is crucial for attracting foreign investment. It does not even need a research to see that the countries that have developed rapidly have tended to be those that have managed to attract foreign direct investment.

From our country’s context, you can agree with me that each election changes the economic environment and most of it being in a negative way. In our country, a change in each of the governments lead to a switch in policies, partisan appointments to governmentbodies and a short term focus always set on the nextelection. This switch in policies due to new governments in power slows development, but this does not happen in dictatorships where there is lack of rotation in office and hence allowing a more stable government with more ability to plan for the long term.

Democracy is expensive, it is for the rich. The resources needed to run a democratic society and run elections are a large expense for the state and society as a whole.

As we all know, before the donors cut off aid, 40 % of our budget came from them. Unwise enough; our leaders are still asking these donors to resume the aid, of which aid has proven wrong when it comes to developing a developing nation like Malawi. No country has ever developed through aid. If we continue with this democracy, just know that these so called ‘’well-wishers’’ will continue plundering our economy. Switch to dictatorship and see how we can control our resources and use them for the better as the Asian tigers did.

Malawi needs a strong dictatorship to develop. Meaning that the dictator himself is capable, proficient, loyal, intelligent, benevolent and has that soul and vehemence as a leader. With this then the Malawian weak democracy is no match for it. In this case, even though political freedoms will be completely oppressed, the economics and personal lifer remains relatively unrestricted, thus allowing national-wide economic growth.

In this context I demonstrate that poor but large and stable dictatorships exhibit a higher equilibrium growth rate than the comparable democracies. Think about it.

If not for the dictatorial type of government, then get on your knees and start praying for a miracle. I cry for my beloved Malawi. I rest my case.

  •  George Luwayo, a holder of Bachelor’s Degree in Political Leadership from Catholic University of Malawi. For feedback and comments write to [email protected]
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Winston Msowoya
From what I know is that democracy is a government for the people,by the people and of the people while autocracy is a government for one,by one and of one no further meaning beyond that.You can give credit to your messiah for being a despot,but to some of us we agree to disagree.I strongly disagree that Banda became a brutal despot because he was induced by his lackeys or henchmen.To say the fact,when this fraudster came into Malawi,he had absolutely nothing significant to offer Malawians politically and economically and therefore the people were caught unprepared they did not know the… Read more »
As your Father or GrandPa how they lived under kamuzu. To glorify him in this manner shows lack of insight of what the man was capable of doing. Now Bingu, He was stubborn and thought he was doing a country a favour forgetting that he was elected and given the mandate by the people of Malawi. Bingu merely implemented UDF plans in his first tenure. UDF were holding to the end of the bargain to keep itself in power for longer by taking time to implement these plans. They got sidetracked by 3rd term which led to their downfall. What… Read more »

George you have a functional upstairs bro really this very true unfortunately the COS, the media and the opposition poorly translates this for no gain but vanity.


This is the best of the best articles I have ever read on nyasatimes.

I totally agree with you true son of the soil.
Even a family where the father does not apply dictatorial tendencies, it doesn’t work.
Look now, public reforms as good as they are, we are failing to implement them because of the longest approval chain.
Government proposed to increase public school fees,as good as it was it was later rejected by some MPs. A list goes on .

F Chilalika

Kamuzu had a purpose and direction to steer the country to greater heights, but the hangers-on, “self proclaimed” relatives, bootlickers etc fed him with diabolical stories for their personal gain.

Francis Kaisi
Democracy is bad for the Malawian electorate because of literacy levels. Leaders are voted into power not because of policies but by giving merely hand outs. That is why bad leaders can be elected to power. How does a poor granny in the village know about economic policies and good governance . It is only 11% of the population who can understand that. Remember majority rules in democracy. Democracy is foreign culture of divide and rule. Malawi is so divided in democracy than Kamuzu’s era. Remember what Gadhafi said when he visited Malawi “Democracy has been imposed to you because… Read more »
Dictatorship is the best. We are very far away from democracy, Chihana was wrong and power hungry together with the Muluzi to cheat us and bring democracy. But Kamuzu well corrected grammer after he had stayed abroad long period of time and new what democracy mean clearly stated that it is war. We have really seen that it is war. E.g cash gate, drug theft in hospital, corruption, poor economy, high inflation rate, Killing, and many more. If Kamuzu had inception democracy in Malawi in 1964 this country could be no more other than being divided apart to Mozambique, Tanzania… Read more »
Yes indeed, democracy is for the rich, because they have little to complain about. For a poor country like Malawi to develop, we do not need Democracy. Let me open your thinking Malawians “Democracy is colonisation of the world by Satanists. They force you to do things the way they thing not the way you think. They limit you in all you do. They do not want you to be free. They play with your brain (confusing you). That is why when we look back at Kamuzu’s development it stands the test of time. Bingu and his developments leaves us… Read more »
Green Kunyenga

We need strong ,dynamic and selfless leadership not dictator ship. Tell me which country under dictatorship has ever developed. We need leaders who has the welfare of their people at heart not dictatorship. Not these nepotistic and greedy leaders who are there to steal and loot.


I am interested with the woird revolutionalist. This word goes radical way of doing things. Read world history development revolution takes place with strong minbdedness synonmous with DICTORSHIP

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