On the first of January, the State President made his New Year speech in which he promised Malawians a lot of positives in 2023. Among other things, the big man has promised us a lean Cabinet that will be in line with our poverty. But this is not something new. Even before he became president, Chakwera knew that the country spends more than it earns and some of that excess expenditure is wasted on top politicians like Cabinet ministers. Still, we saw him giving unnecessary positions to people he wanted to please. As such, the question remains – how much of his promises are true?
To be honest, the Tonse Alliance hasn’t delivered in its two years of service. Their administration has concentrated more on politics than on things that will steer socio-economic growth. This administration has wasted a lot of time on trying to appear successful instead of doing things that would make it successful. This has seen them making shameful blunders and falling victim to crooks who have so far swindled us of billions of our dying currency. Recently, they went ahead to sign a very suspicious deal that smells of fraud. There is somebody who is not doing something right in this government.
Malawi is at a point where it no longer needs promises but action. We voted for the Tonse Alliance because they gave us some illusion of hope. Every Malawian knows what they want and that is why we are able to vote for somebody who says the right thing. All we want now is somebody who does the right thing. Our country can no longer be among the least developed countries as if we are recovering from war. It is hard to imagine how our leaders feel when they see us languishing in poverty while they live lavishly. Leaders must serve and not be served by the taxes of the poor. Malawi can improve only if its leaders did the right thing.
For the new year, we welcome the President’s promises that better times will come, but we are not impressed. We want to see the President’s words accompanied by action. Among other things, the President must reshuffle his inner circle to get rid of opportunists who are misleading government. The fight against corruption must move beyond smokescreen arrests to real convictions that will deter those involved in the vice. We want to see sustainable development projects taking shape instead of hearing some boys telling us that “Chakwera delivers”. We can no longer survive on big talk when most of our citizens live below the poverty line.
The lean Cabinet that the President has promised should come with effectiveness and efficiency. The last time the President had a chance to select a Cabinet, he took the opportunity to give positions to his friends and political buddies who have not added any value to our economy. There is no point in having a lean Cabinet that does not deliver. We want the big man to demonstrate to us that he thinks beyond politics by giving us people who can demonstrate that they are in power to serve the masses and not to fill their pockets. Each Cabinet position must have clear deliverables and the ministers and their troops must be answerable to those who pay them – taxpayers. We have all the possibilities of doing better only if we make better decisions that will see us excel.
In 2023, we wish the President and his team all the best. Malawi can do better and we should not be where we are today. We do not deserve to live in a country with no electricity. We can no longer have our kids learning under the shade of trees. Malawians do not have to die form curable diseases due to poor health facilities. Women must no longer die in maternity wings as if we cannot do better. Our lack here is a lack of basics when we know that we have enough resources to sustain us. Malawians should not only be hearing of billions when the money is stolen. We want to see those billions in government coffers changing our lives for the better. Can this government do that for us?