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Energy challenges need more than recycling bosses

A 23-year courtship with mediocrity in the democratic dispensation has brought us to the edge of the abyss of cluelessness.

And an embrace of President Peter Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party is no doubt an until-death marriage with the conjugal rewards of the extremes of hopeless economic stagnation, incessant blackouts, abject poverty and a dearth of a reasoned existence for the country.

Of course, anywhere in the world, managers that fail to run an organisation are axed or, in rare cases, transferred to where they deem fit to perform their duties successfully.

The act borders on the principle that moving around leaders of con concrened institutions will change the status quo.

But that would not do a trick with Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) and other parastatals.

Actually, the transfer of former Escom chief executive officer, Everyn Mwapasa, to Air Cargo as General Manager and replacing her with tried-and-found-wanting Alex Chiwaya is a tacit admission by Mutharika and DPP that they fall far short of meeting the requirements for ascendancy to the high office.

Malawians must be living in some dreamland of gross naivety to believe that the country will benefit from these movements.

The transfer and hiring is DPP government’s failure to see a solution to the electricity challenges and a frantic desperation for DPP to cling to power when many Malawians are struggling under the weight multifarious challenges.

At the centre of Malawi’s energy woes are many things.

Since the re-advent of multiparty politics in the country, government and statutory corporation officials, for example, have been so insatiably immersed in corruption and the leaders have pursued so narrow and self-serving policies that gains made from one sector are immediately lost through mending other sectors.

Latest at Escom is the big shots-orchestrated corruption, which Leader of Opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera alluded to, lacing the procurement of diesel-powered generators.

Without encyclopaedic knowledge, one recognises this has been a continuing custom with each passing government in the democratic dispensation.

Malawians, in short, have been treated to continuous empty rhetoric of one theory after another with same zero net results.

But solutions to the country’s energy lie in visionary and transformative leadership.

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