April 14 2022
So, President Lazarus Chakwera has been up and down the country inspecting crops. The crop inspections have shown us a number of things, with the bottom line being that we are far from change.
When we thought the days were over when our President would not tolerate the praise-singing during his engagements. It is this praise singing that blinds State House occupants and Chakwera should know, by now, that this praise-singing is nothing but flattery.
Not only does the praise-singing come from women who are at times teachers and other civil servants, it also comes from those at the political pedestal. At one of the tours in Ntcheu, Minister of Agriculture Lobin Lowe wanted to paint the picture that the country is poised for a bumper yield. He was booed.
Like previous governments, the Chakwera administration is having it all wrong by pretending that all is well, when the opposite is true.
What is even worrying is that the Tonse Administration is known for its more-talk-less-action way of doing things. For instance, they will talk about a tourism masterplan to develop the industry when in their budget they allocate one simple paragraph on the subject.
The booing at Ntcheu shows us that people are losing patience with the administration. The demonstrations on Thursday further sealed the fact that things are not alright in this country.
That is not without cause. At a time our economy is ailing, our leaders continue to enhance local and international trips that make little sense.
Instead of taking the lead in implementing austerity measures, unnecessary expenditures are executed without regard with the trips.
Although there has been so much talk about Public Sector Reforms, nothing seems to be moving on the ground. The public sector is still running as business as usual.
You find non-performing entities like the National Library Service and Admarc asking for bail outs, yet they buy top of the range cars. We find ourselves in a sad situation.
It is no wonder that results of the Afrobarometer survey show that 66 percent of Malawians believe corruption has increased in the country and the Malawi Police has again topped the list of officers that are said to be corrupt. It is not surprising. Very recently, 70 people found themselves at the police training school in Mtakataka although they were not on the list of recruits.
But since the Tonse Alliance government has been known for its slow motion in doing things, this case will just go like that. Noone will be brought to book.