Why or Where Malawi is failing to grow

Since the democratic dispensation, most people in this country that have aspired for and ascended to the high office of citizenship in the land did not and still do not understand their role as citizens, they were not then and are not now prepared to be citizens. This is a result of the kind of education we give which does not prepare anyone of our people for citizenship.

Dan Msowoya

Dan Msowoya: Patriot

Country wide evidence has shown that the Constitution is not read by the majority of our people, not read in any of our elementary schools, Secondary schools and even in our University colleges. And if it is read at all, it is not understood, close to Christians reciting the Lord’s Prayer without understanding it.

In what sense then, can we regard our young people, the “upcoming” leaders or anyone else for that matter aspiring for the high office of citizenship as able to carry out the mandate that they should have as the governing elite in this country? Simply put we have not taught ourselves to be patriots, we are simply not leave alone democrats, we are not attached to our land, let alone have love for it and for one another.

Unless we radically reform our system of education in Malawi, teach our students as well as the broad citizenry how to be patriotic, how to read the constitution and have them read and understand it, make it a bedside companion for all citizens – a secular Testament if you will, unless we prepare ourselves for citizenship as I think we are not hitherto, the future of this nation, both politically and economically is seriously in question.

My honest assessment of Malawi presently is that of a state in deepening political, economic and social crisis, clearly caused by inadequacies of a system of governance, and exacerbated by poor participation by the polity in decision making because they do not understand their individual roles and importance. The National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) need to roll up their sleeves and get to work, we are several decades behind time in evolution.

Curriculum Review.

The national Curriculum has recently undergone review where Chichewa has been made a core subject, meaning it is compulsory for each student to learn. To begin with this is unconstitutional. Granted that people are free to live in accordance with their cultural imperatives and morals, it is impossible to achieve this reality without the dominant language of a given cultural group.

Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika’s administration has premeditatedly and deliberately imposed this aspect of the curriculum based on the morally incorrect assumption of a majority opinion. Even if that was so, where was this consensus reached? In matters of this nature the huge ethnic dominance must not be a tool to undermine the identity, and a weapon against the dignity and integrity of the minority.

We therefore do not support this curriculum as it stands now with specific regard to language. We strongly advocate that children in the respective geopolitical areas be taught in the dominant vernacular language of that area. The North can be comfortable with Tumbuka. The imposition in the revised curriculum is akin to cultural imperialism, where the prime objective is to subdue other cultures; and eventually push them into oblivion, because language is the vehicle by which a culture manifests itself.


Government is reluctant to unleash knowledge about citizen participation in decision making processes, hence decisions that afflict them on a daily basis. As a result, they are hitherto still afraid of their very own government. Consequently Malawi remains a country of the future, forever a promise waiting to happen, a dream yet to come true while those in positions of national power continue to fleece the nation, and to abuse and degrade the people. They have effectively perpetuated corruption, indolence, fear, and confusion; and these have negatively affected the majority of our people, they are still denied effective participation in governance, which is the basic tenet of democracy.

Voices of bitterness against the dreaded Quota system for instance have fallen on deaf ears. Why? The reasons are many and varied, but most prominent among them according to me are: Lack of Accountability, and Lack of Leadership. And closely related to those are; Arrogance; Ignorance, Incompetence and perhaps mediocrity also.

Accountability is the foundation that supports the three pillars of democracy, namely Freedom of expression, Rule of Law and respect for human rights. It must have the strength to withstand the combined weight of democracy and the other three pillars. Without accountability you can’t have true democracy. Lack of accountability continues to be so prevalent in Government that one wonders how such regimes as this last this long.

This government’s image/reputation has deteriorated so rapidly, to the extent that the world view is so negative about us. There is a rising incidence of armed robberies, rape, defilement and murder. Questions as to why this has come about are many but the answers to them are simple; lack of accountability and lack of leadership

The Executive branch liberally continues to treat the Constitution, laws and policies as little more than inconvenient pieces of paper, which is obviously silly; and results into consequence of the engendered mood of laissez faire laxness in government and society as a whole. It would be a cowardly thing in this regard for the President to apportion blame on subordinate staff for the ever rising incidence of fraud, corruption and mediocrity.

We must fight corruption and fraud particularly among the governing elite, to whom development programs count for little, while amassing undeserved wealth, treating it business as usual. Our challenge indeed is to build an economy a thriving and expanding economy together, an economy which offers people rewarding jobs and fulfilling careers.

However the route to that sort of economy lies in ensuring that people progress on merit, rather than privilege, down criminals. Our other challenge is to eradicate the contagion of norm less politics and entrench the culture of democracy, tolerance, transparency and accountability.

The “unilateral” sale of Malawi Savings Bank by the Executive Branch for instance, notwithstanding being taken over by a competent Malawian, while Parliament was still deliberating the same is a scenario unexplained. The full disclosure principle is one of the most compelling principles in the Accounting field. It must apply in full to demonstrate and entrench transparency. Speculation has it that loans for our MPs have been sourced from MSB, and legislators have not paid back the debts. This matter cannot be left to speculation. CSOs, Opposition and all of us must face reality and resolve to call on the DPP led government to quit these dubious dealings; they are tarnishing its own reputation as well as throwing this nation into disrepute. It is a regime with an arrogant tone and demeanor, and such a regime as this lacks capability to run the full term. [s12, Constitution of Malawi].


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Rodgers Banda

The party and the government are confused.The government dictates on the party. It dicides who to rule.The government has strong evil rulers with powers and every president who once sat on Lion tool knows this. Hence Malawi won’t grow.


kungoti vuto siotisogorera koma ma ogwira ntchito boma ndiomwe akulepheretsa kuti ziko litukuke jst imagin anthu anayamba kugwira ntchto ndikamuzu that same pipo wif muluzi that same pipo wif bingo lero ali ndi peter juts imagine we cannot develop as acountry.coz akuba boma ndi ogwira ntchito osati andale koma voto andale mangolimbana nokhanokha kufuna ulamuliro ostaona vuto liri boma koma kuipisirana mbiri chonde andare open up your eyes for the seke of this country kupanda apo we will remain pour.we need reform this civilsevart.

Chemwali chimwene

Mr Msowoya, the main problem of us, Malawians is that we put our tribal groupings above being Malawian. The day we shall all accept that our nationality is more important than any tribe or region, we shall move forward. The day no one will cry minority, in whatever sense, will be our beginning.

Mbowe Mulambia

The main problem in short are the so called educated people we have well educated people in Malawi but they are useless why I my saying this they are always on nills of the uneducated politicians brainwashed and they tend to forget their job . How can you develop with that kind of thinking.

Ngoma, Thomas, London UK
Ngoma, Thomas, London UK
Thanks for the article. Let me address the two questions head on. However before I do I just want to preamble and context the whole national development strategic scenario framework. A country develops along two fundamental and intertwined axes. The first is social progress (e.g. democracy, equality, human rights, social justice, constitutional rights, and the whole gambit of social political facets one can fashion including national languages, culture, tribal getting along, you name it). All these constitute. The second axis of human/national development is economic development(wealth creation, national competitiveness, sound economics, stable currency and stable prices, industry investment and the… Read more »

What a Master Piece !!!!!!!!!!! Can you be writing Weekly with Nyasa times or The Nation newspaper?


The article says we don’t support this! My question is who are these writers who don’t support this, I think it’s only this guy ( the fake patriot) the only reason why Malawi is developing is because of this so called patriot by writing this he manifested his capacity of undeveloped mind

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Why only Tumbukas are against nationalisation of Chinyanja language? All others: Chewas, Yaos, Lomwes, Senas, Ngonis (south of Bua River) and Tongas have all accepted Chinyanja as their main language. As educated as Tumbukas claim to be they shud know better that a language spoken in a major city of any country becomes a lingua franca. In our case Chinyanja spoken by the Mang’anjas of Kunthembwe and surrounding areas in Blantyre spread to all corners of this country because it was once and for long our biggest city. Is’nt Chitumbuka spoken widely in the Northern Region just because Mzuzu being… Read more »
Come to think of it, All Malawians came from somewhere in our vicinity; from DRC, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The Llhomwe came to Malawi from Mozambique in order to be a source of labour on the tea estates that were established by the settler class. Others came because of conquest, trade as well as adventure. Having found space in Malawi, there is no justification for one lot of people to treat others as second class citizens. I agree with Mr Msowoya that we need to look at our Constitution, Laws and other documents that are meant… Read more »

what a wonderful articulated article, Malawi’s problem will take long to end coz of selfishness, envy, greedy n above pow.er hungry n political hunting

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