Events in the past weeks have raised more questions than answers in how to deal with issues as a nation.From the calls for the President to resign ,to the arrest of Malawi Congress Party members, all these events concludes that Malawi needs continued prayers for engagement and dialogue than before.
The arrests no doubt were a bit of a miscalculation and ill-timed conducted after the emotional PAC Conference as many speculate it was meant to silence those critical. Who ever gave those orders might have first considered damage to the leadership and government. The arrests have really dented government image nationally and internationally while the true fact is the President is striving hard to make Malawi a better place for all.
Malawi is a country still in transition noting by its struggle in finding its true identity, solid political landscape, national peace and unity. Every President after the dictator Kamuzu Banda has had his or her share of misery. We have never appreciated our leaders from Chair to Bingu to JB and now with APM.
We have demonized every leader,s ure Kamuzu was a dictator having two sides, of development conscious and of a violator of people’s rights. Because of the bad side Malawians rejected him and that has costed MCP up to date .Unless MCP re brand the status quo will remain the same.
Chair came in with so much excitement after Malawi long history of suffering. With that excitement missed in addressing the real issues which would have facilitated permanent healing, reconciliation and economic prosperity.
Bingu and JB had their share of ups and downs. Bingu was a star performer and came in as a darling to all Malawians. But his vision to develop Malawi fell short of good governance and human rights. JB jumped into a boat which was struggling economically but instead of putting pieces together JB ended up messing up more and the consequences were voting her out.
The current government of APM came in when the country was again going through severe economic challenges and has since struggled without donor assistance. That has resulted with government struggling to deal many national challenges i.e.hunger, drug shortage, floods and many others.
The current voices by some quarters for the President to resign is misplaced to some of us. Calling for engagement with the leadership to advise on workable solutions must be the best way. Government cannot function on ultimatums as that is creating more problems than solutions.
Whatever the motives are, giving ultimatums or calling for the President to resign must not be influenced by greed or ethnic interests because the country’s problems will not be solved by the President alone but by us all through genuine constructive engagement and open inclusive dialogue.Take or leave it,that’s the direction God wants us to go.
Let us appreciate, support and pray for our leaders no matter what we are going through. As a God fearing nation, the scripture teaches us in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 that we should pray for the Kings and all those in authority so that we may live a quiet and peaceful life.