Virus threat shouldn’t mask Malawi leadership failures!

As you read this, be advised that Malawi has two real threats with a capacity to throw this country in a big political crisis.

President Peter Mutharika, MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera and UTM Party president Saulos Chilima:  Malawi needs a political solution

The first threat is already with us, well diagnosed and it’s leadership failure.

The second threat, not yet with us but it will be here shortly, is the Coronavirus (Covid-19). We seem to be the few odd ones out without a case so far; but it’s just a matter of days.

If these two threats are not nipped in the buds, the sum of their colossal damage on Malawi will be immense and, one day, we will wake up to new realities we won’t cope for the next 10 or so years.

At the heart of it all is President Peter Mutharika’s detached kind of leadership—his masterly of always hiding in the sand when trouble stirs up.

For the six or so years he has been in power, Mutharika has cultivated a leadership brand of leading by absenteeism.

Nowhere has this style of leadership been so apparent in him, than in the way the threat of Coronavirus is being managed.

When most African presidents were busy, closing borders, intensifying tests, equipping service providers with protective gears, Mutharika holed himself in a secret cocoon where no word, regarding corona, came out of this mouth.

It was business as usual—just relaxed in the notoriety bask of refusing to assent to bills, firing people and issuing petty threats to Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence – the poster boys of human rights actvism.

Mutharika found himself on Television issuing paraphrased safety measures about Covid-19 after a wave of criticism of his silence.

Now this is what is going to happen.

Once a case of Coronavirus is registered in  Malawi, Mutharika will come full throttle, fangs glaring to seen to be tough—but just for one crooked reason: To suspend every national governance focus to fighting corona.

In the drudgery of the pending fresh presidential elections, which he so much hates because he knows he will lose, Mutharika will ride on the corona threat to issue decrees and lockdowns just to cushion his deep fear of losing power through the ballot.

We will not hear about pending elections.

We will not hear about Jane Ansah (embattled chairperson of Malawi Electoral Commission) and her rogue commissioners.

We will not hear from the courts—to decide way forward.

We will not hear from the Anti Corruption Bureau (AC)  on several unfinished cases such as the judges bribery case, death of ACB corporate affairs director Issa Njauju, former president  Bakili Muluzi case,  Police officers alleged raping of  women in Msundwe, Lilongwe and a litany of them.

We won’t hear so many critical things that we need to get them fixed now because, in coronavirus, Mutharika will find a beautiful mask.

But as a country, especially the opposition MCP and UTM, we need to be strategically vigilant.

This country needs a political solution and it’s only politicians who can lead the process of change.

They need to, quickly, strategize on how best these two threats—leadership  and Coronavirus— can be handled concurrently.

One way they can do that is to ensure that they hold the caretaker President Mutharika accountable for every decision he makes in few days.

They need to be vigilant to ensure that the fight against coronavirus does not mask the governance realities we are currently facing.

Coronavirus won’t be here forever. There is life after it; as such, let’s deal withproblem of leadership failure.

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Charles
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Charles

People, you can express your opinions without insulting each other. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and it is up to the readers to judge, whether they agree with or not with the writer’s opinion. Exchanging insults simply points to one thing about those involved – inability to think and reason!!!!

The Patriot
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The Patriot

Ndiye mutani poti corona ndiye yasokonezadi. Do we have an option but rather to take preventative measures. I beg for your patience inu a opposition till the issues of virus settles down.

Mwini muzi.
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Mwini muzi.

There were no peaceful demonstrations because they were planned to destroy property, kill people and bring down government to its knees to achieve their objectives of creating a political crisis. Inspite of all these, there has been no political crisis because a solution was reached by the concourt judgement. Inspite of the failure of the bills getting assented to, there is a procedure in parliament to deal with bills that have not been assented to. No political crisis Mr Fiko. The leadership Mutharika is pursuing is the type you can not understand or if you do, you define it as… Read more »

Chalo
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Form government of emergency national unity in order to combat the COVID19 together as Malawians.
This has just happened in Israel where all political parties in Parliament have come together to fight the epedimic on Corona virus.

Noxy
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I stopped reading immediately after reading five lines of this article the rest can be so boring and tiresome.Bolani kumvera BBC.

Lennox
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Whether it’s a scapegoat or relief then the beneficiary is a child of the God. How come world affairs viz a viz COVID-19 to dislodge the much touted concourt ruling that explicitly found no rigging yet nullified the election out of the general elections. We wait , no shortcut to leadership no haste, it’s just Corona after that campaign and elections. Don’t no one controls dynamics in Malawi may be the Americans or Chinese are helping the ruling to continue until peace settles

Atokwene
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Atokwene

the president has instituted a cabinet committee on covid 2019. He doesn’t know that schools were closed by APM. He doesn’t know that the government of APM has quarantined all trucks at mwanza boarder. More is yet to come from APM. Your need for elections is nonsense as even major powers are on lockdown. Lef APM stay in power until the covid pandemonium is gone then MEC and only MEC of Jane Ansha will resume the elections isssue. As of now she cannot procure May materials for Elections. After all we have President and it’s functional cabinet .we have MPs… Read more »

Zio ine
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Zio ine

Indeed there is leadership bankruptcy in Malawi and at times you actually forget if ever there is a president. To make matters worse even the so called first lady is very dull and can not advise her husband. She is happy seeing him going in the wrong direction.

Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

tikanangopanga za ku MALI fullstop.

Bob Finye
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Bob Finye

The author Is The most stupid person on earth.

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