Rumours of development


It is amazing how we get excited over things that do not benefit us. Recently, the hullaballoo has been around a survey conducted by Afrobarometer, whose results, in part, indicate that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) currently enjoys more support than the Tonse Alliance.

But people have not dwelled much on the most important findings of the survey, which reveal the poverty and destitution in which we are living.

The problem is that the average Malawian has made it their duty to dance to the whims of politicians, ignoring their own welfare and the abuse they are subjected to under these big people.


When he was moved to comment on the survey findings, Minister of Information, Gospel Kazako, was quick to mention that if the survey was done again today, the results would be different.

His argument is that between March (when the survey was done) and August, the Tonse administration has made several strides in development, winning people’s hearts.

Nobody knows how politicians define development, but the sure thing is that their definition of that word is not standard. What an African politician thinks is development is something that we, commoners, cannot understand.


For a long time now, Malawians have been hearing rumors about development, but we are still among the least developed countries in the world. Development is the first word that comes out of the mouth of every politician the moment they step on the podium.

Tonse Alliance claims to be developing us when the country doesn’t even have electricity. In 2022, we are still talking about affordable farming inputs and hunger.

Political leverage is still decided by how well somebody promises to fill the bellies of the poor when we should be talking about something else. Our government defines development by counting the number of people who are receiving alms from them.

The sad thing is that even opposition parties have no clue about how to truly develop this country. Whenever you hear what is said at political rallies held by opposition parties, you become defeated. You lose hope in any hope there may have been in your bosom.

Political rallies have become platforms where politicians castigate each other and express their desire to be the next beneficiaries of the little resources we have.

There is barely anything constructive or progressive that comes out of these rallies. We are in a crisis, but our political leaders are conducting business as usual, disregarding their responsibility to provide solutions to our problems. Malawians are on their own.

In all honesty, there hasn’t been any form of development in this country since the Tonse alliance ascended to the throne. The problem is that this regime is wasting time on rewarding loyalists and consolidating its political power instead of working on pertinent issues.

Our economy is in shambles, but there is a way out if those in charge are serious enough. We have been accumulating loans that we do not account for, and we are still poor. It is hard to convince us that such loans could not have been invested in sustainable energy. Instead, we are busy building stadiums and gymnasiums – running away from our real needs.

We are talking about vision 2063 just after coming back from a failed Vision 2020. How do we imagine that we will realise the goals we are setting now when nobody gave us answers as to why and how we failed the last time we had goals?

Looking at what is happening in our economy, the 2063 vision is another joke. It is a lie that will not be fulfilled. Malawi is yet to meet basic needs which we should have sorted out decades ago.

We cannot talk about building a self-sustaining economy when people have no food, no water, let alone, electricity. How do you intend to build that economy?

As citizens, we are tired of hearing rumours of development when our lives are not improving for the better. The Afrobarometer survey has revealed to us that most Malawians are living in poverty.

They do not have electricity and most have no access to the internet. This means that even access to basic information is a challenge to most. Our politicians should come to terms with reality and give us the basics. We do not want to hear them talk about development – we want development.

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