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Malawi’s future looks scary, more so when those entrusted with the responsibility of checking abuses by those in power start behaving in the same way as those they criticise.

When one’s deeds depart from what they preach, it leaves many to conclude that given power, they will behave in the same way or even worse than those they condemn.

Surely even where a budget has an allocation for acquisition of luxurious vehicles but we have no medication in hospitals, a good and morally upright leader would turn down the entitlement for the sake of sharing the suffering with the people.

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If Malawi’s leaders, including opposition politicians at Parliament, believe that they are entitled to luxury even when the people who voted for them are dying in hospitals, does it mean the voters are entitled to death and suffering?

Does something become right just because others are doing it or because it was in the budget? Why do our politicians behave as if they live in Mars?

Following this revelation, do the opposition leaders still have the moral high ground to stand and criticise government when they abuse resources?

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Now can somebody tell me where Malawians can look up to for any hope on alternative leadership if such leaders can on the sidelines also be party to the irresponsible use of government resources at the time the country’s economy is on its knees.

How could the leadership at Parliament make a decision to buy for themselves such expensive vehicles at the time they are expected to lead Malawians in fighting for fiscal discipline in government? Where will they get the right to question extravagance among those in the executive branch of government when they are also busy helping themselves to the bounty behind the doors?

How can they convince voters that they will be different once they get into government when they cannot even hide their appetites for tax-payer funded luxury while still in opposition?

Our politicians are really one and the same, they just come in different colours, shapes and sizes. They have proven beyond reasonable doubt that that their interest for wanting to enter government is the same: Self enrichment. They will sweet-talk us, pretending to be holier than others but surely end up being the same if not worse than their predecessors once they get into positions of power.

The current generation of leaders has really failed the country. I do not see anybody among them who can bring any difference to the country.

It’s time Malawi tried a different crop of leaders who could probably resonate with our aspirations of today and provide us with the leadership we want.

Malawians needs a revolution in leadership through sweeping changes in the type and age of leadership to vote for. Like it is happening in many other countries, its time Malawians started looking at a new generation of leaders to bring the change we want.

By the way, why do we allow people to be elected presidents when they are above 60 years of age even when the retirement age in the country’s public service is 60?

Isn’t it time the presidential age was limited to 60 to put it in line with the retirement age in government? What makes us think that one cannot serve effectively as principal secretary, director or high court judge at age 61 but can do so without problems as president?

By the way, voters in the United States have elected presidents as young as 42 in the name of Teddy Roosevelt, who was sworn in after the assassination of William McKinley in 1901. The youngest elected president was John F. Kennedy at 43. Bill Clinton and Ulysses Grant were sworn in at 46. Barack Obama entered office at 47. The average age for a US president upon being elected is 55.

May be we should try the new generation in Malawi by electing the next president someone who is still in their 40s or at least early 50s. Yes even the younger ones can make mistakes but we will atleast have gotten rid of the repeated episodes of greed that has been associated with the present generations of leaders.

It is certainly high time we offloaded the current generation of politicians, most of whom have nothing new to offer. These people have done more harm than good to our country.

Pretending to have high moral ground but still showing lust for luxury paid for by poor tax payers who cannot even access Panado in the hospital. Yes, the poor are now on their own, no one really has them in mind. #ThumbsDown to the leadership at Parliament for the K300 million raw deal to Malawians

Malawi’s future looks scary, more so when those entrusted with the responsibility of checking abuses by those in power start behaving in the same way as those they criticise.

When one’s deeds depart from what they preach, it leaves many to conclude that given power, they will behave in the same way or even worse than those they condemn.

Surely even where a budget has an allocation for acquisition of luxurious vehicles but we have no medication in hospitals, a good and morally upright leader would turn down the entitlement for the sake of sharing the suffering with the people.

If Malawi’s leaders, including opposition politicians at Parliament, believe that they are entitled to luxury even when the people who voted for them are dying in hospitals, does it mean the voters are entitled to death and suffering?

Does something become right just because others are doing it or because it was in the budget? Why do our politicians behave as if they live in Mars?

Following this revelation, do the opposition leaders still have the moral high ground to stand and criticise government when they abuse resources?

Now can somebody tell me where Malawians can look up to for any hope on alternative leadership if such leaders can on the sidelines also be party to the irresponsible use of government resources at the time the country’s economy is on its knees.

How could the leadership at Parliament make a decision to buy for themselves such expensive vehicles at the time they are expected to lead Malawians in fighting for fiscal discipline in government? Where will they get the right to question extravagance among those in the executive branch of government when they are also busy helping themselves to the bounty behind the doors?

How can they convince voters that they will be different once they get into government when they cannot even hide their appetites for tax-payer funded luxury while still in opposition?

Our politicians are really one and the same, they just come in different colours, shapes and sizes. They have proven beyond reasonable doubt that that their interest for wanting to enter government is the same: Self enrichment. They will sweet-talk us, pretending to be holier than others but surely end up being the same if not worse than their predecessors once they get into positions of power.

The current generation of leaders has really failed the country. I do not see anybody among them who can bring any difference to the country.

It’s time Malawi tried a different crop of leaders who could probably resonate with our aspirations of today and provide us with the leadership we want.

Malawians needs a revolution in leadership through sweeping changes in the type and age of leadership to vote for. Like it is happening in many other countries, its time Malawians started looking at a new generation of leaders to bring the change we want.

By the way, why do we allow people to be elected presidents when they are above 60 years of age even when the retirement age in the country’s public service is 60?

Isn’t it time the presidential age was limited to 60 to put it in line with the retirement age in government? What makes us think that one cannot serve effectively as principal secretary, director or high court judge at age 61 but can do so without problems as president?

By the way, voters in the United States have elected presidents as young as 42 in the name of Teddy Roosevelt, who was sworn in after the assassination of William McKinley in 1901. The youngest elected president was John F. Kennedy at 43. Bill Clinton and Ulysses Grant were sworn in at 46. Barack Obama entered office at 47. The average age for a US president upon being elected is 55.

May be we should try the new generation in Malawi by electing the next president someone who is still in their 40s or at least early 50s. Yes even the younger ones can make mistakes but we will atleast have gotten rid of the repeated episodes of greed that has been associated with the present generations of leaders.

It is certainly high time we offloaded the current generation of politicians, most of whom have nothing new to offer. These people have done more harm than good to our country.

Pretending to have high moral ground but still showing lust for luxury paid for by poor tax payers who cannot even access Panado in the hospital. Yes, the poor are now on their own, no one really has them in mind. #ThumbsDown to the leadership at Parliament for the K300 million raw deal to Malawians

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