The deafening silence by the opposition as hunger and socio-economic ill bite Malawians hard is to me a clear sign that they are as blank as the government on how such problems can be solved.
I expected opposition parties to work with government in finding solutions to the hunger crisis. If not directly giving assistance, at least talk about it not as a campaign strategy for their parties, but to show that they care and feel the pain many Malawians are feeling. But that’s just my wish.
The opposition parties feel they have better and pressing issues to tackle and talk about—intra-party politics.
Opposition parties instead of providing alternative solutions as an alternative government, they are busy in-fighting. Instead of them scrutinising and examining the work of the government, asking government to explain its actions or lack of it and basically providing alternatives to government policies, the opposition, who in most cases lack an ideology different from that of the ruling party, are busy repositioning themselves for elections, paying a blind eye to what Malawians are going through.
They are caught in factional struggles over succession (see People’s Party). Uladi Musa’s and Mzomera Ngwira’s factions are busy chasing each other in the streets like mad men. Then, we have the United Democratic Front (UDF), a party that lost its voice and identity the moment its leader, Atupele Muluzi, accepted a Cabinet position in the DPP-led government. UDF as it is now, is voiceless and has no clue what it stands for. It is dead, we are just waiting for its burial.
The Malawi Congress party (MCP) is as hopeless and helpless as the pack they lead in opposition. While paying little attention to the suffering of Malawians, MCP is also busy with internal wrangles while its leader Lazarus Chakwera would rather wine and dine in USA than be with Malawians who are languishing with hunger and many other social and economic ills. Poor timing.
Opposition parties in the country are used to showing up only when they want votes, but go quiet and hibernate thereafter. I urge all opposition parties to show up now and prove that if they are voted into power, they will serve the interests of Malawians and not their own and that they are not just bent on being in control of government to ride the gravy train.
This is the time the opposition parties should show us that they are a viable alternative government come 2019. But as it is, I am afraid, the opposition has failed to give Malawians enough reason they should be voted into power. They are better being professional opposition parties.
We cannot afford to have an idle, visionless and clueless opposition which fails to play its role in times such as this. I know the opposition parties have people or well-wishers who assist them with various resources. I don’t think it would be wrong to ask such well-wishers, wherever they are, to assist. For once, let go of your political egos and mentality that you are helping government in doing so. You are not helping government, rather you are helping Malawians, the people that give you votes.
As for government, swallow your pride and accept that you need help even from opposition. Do it for the sake of Malawians.
We all stand to lose if Malawians die of hunger and we all win if we all swim ashore alive. n