By Friday, both local and international media reported the demise of President Bingu wa Mutharika. Although the government did not officially confirm the death, it did not refute it either.
That only renders credence to the sad news that the President has most likely passed on. In any case, even if the President were still alive, he would be incapacitated since reports indicate he did not respond positively to efforts to resuscitate him at Kamuzu Central Hospital.
This begs the question: Who is in control now?
Government did not comment in a timely manner on reports about his passing on.
Again it is yet to explain how we are being governed now that the President is either incapacitated or dead. Such dilly-dallying can only send wrong signals to investors and cause anxiety to the public.
More so considering that the tragedy has befallen us when Vice-President Joyce Banda, who is empowered by Section 83(4) of the Constitution to take over the reins of power, was kicked out of the ruling DPP in 2010 and sidelined by the Cabinet ever since.
Be that as it may, we believe that it is in the best interest of our nation for parties that have a say on succession to do what is right and legal so that we can remain a peaceful and united nation during this difficult time.
We do not only need to hold hands and comfort each other as we mourn but also as we pick up the pieces of our broken dream of a democratic and corruption-free Malawi where good governance and respect for human rights reign.