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All we have is Malawi

We celebrated our 55th independence anniversary this year, about a month ago, under the theme: ‘Celebrating our Freedom with Peace, Unity and Love’.

A very important theme in light of recent events.

Freedom

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.―Nelson Mandela

All human beings desire the freedom to be, to do, to express, to make, to decide and so on. It is said that what makes prison more painful is the loss of freedoms that one enjoyed freely. However, just like everything else in life, it comes with a responsibility. No matter what we set to achieve with the freedom we have in this country, we need to be responsible on how we use that freedom and if we remain responsible towards the bigger picture of developing the country.

Peace

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.—Ronald Reagan

Peace is a beautiful thing. Peace is a key factor that has made Malawi stand out positively globally regardless of being in and out of the news on matters of poverty. Recently, Malawi was ranked the third most peaceful country in the word by the Global Peace Index. A very exciting ranking in light of the investment and tourism opportunities this attracts as we strive to expand our industry and dig ourselves out of the poverty rut. A peaceful Malawi is important for our development.

Unity

If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.Ronald Reagan

If we ever forget that we are, at the end of the day, one country; if we continue to sow ethnic and political division; if we viciously push the ‘us’ vs ‘them’ agenda, it is not us or them that will suffer at the end of the day, it is Malawi. Together, we will achieve more. It is always important to fight for change and improvement but to keep in mind that we are one and division is only retrogressive.

Love

Patriot ism is love of country. But you can’t love your country without loving your countrymen and countrywomen. We don’t always have to agree, but we must empower each other, we must find the common ground, we must build bridges across our differences to pursue the common good.— Cory Booker

Patriotism and our country

Recently, we have experienced unrest in the wake of the May 21 2019 elections. A wave of continuous tension and violence has engulfed the country causing businesses to come to a standstill, shocks our country cannot afford. We have had different regimes lead the country but at the end, the country seems to be taking baby steps towards development for the past five decades. What is really not working?

We, the people, recognise that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defence. —Barak Obama

Patriotism is the quality of being devoted to one’s country and the people in it. Just like family, people in a country remain connected and everything that transpires affects everyone in the country. They are bound together by destiny in ways that should never be underestimated. The people of the Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi, are equally bound.

Malawi is all we have. Our home. Our roots. How we treat Malawi is our future and our destiny. How we solve the conflicts in the country is our future. How we mend or break or build Malawi is a destiny we cannot ran away from. Doing the right thing matters, but doing the right thing at the right time, in the right way matters even more.

I rest my case.

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