We continue to be a nation of so many promises and perhaps little effort and action.
Watch our politicians froth at the corners of their mouths, promising their barefoot constituents the moon when they canâ€™t even have them enjoy reliable electricity or potable water.
We must be a nation that never sits down to carefully look at our needs with a close focus on available resources.
That should be why until this midweek Miss Malawi Susan Mteghaâ€™s trip to China for the Miss World contest was in limbo.
She was supposed to leave on Monday, but out of a K2 million budget, only half the amount had been raised.
This is so sad.
Even if miracles happen and she finds herself in China on Tuesday, would that be the best way to mail our representative to a world contest?
I donâ€™t think so. This is sad.
Now, questions must be asked and honest answers be expected.
What holes are there in the organisation of such trips?
What must be done to seal such holes?
Or is it because we are a country of misers and not many feel the obligation to help towards the cause?
Is it because our queensâ€™ trip to the global show yields nothing tangible for the nation and people could be tired of pushing a cart with broken wheels?
These are some of the questions that need an urgent and careful look into the Miss Malawi operating systems.
Otherwise, I wonder why people must see no reason to associate themselves with beauty!
Actually, Miss Malawi and its other affairs should have been among the first things to attract sponsorsâ€™ attention.
We must bring about reliable means of sponsoring our beauty queens to the world pageant.
There should be clear plans of raising money for the cause.
This talk about our queensâ€™ being reduced to a begging lot is an ugly side of beauty tales!