Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya has questioned why Malawians continue clapping hands for politicians who steal public money instead of taking such leaders to task for abusing their offices.
Speaking at Mlare in Karonga on Saturday where the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust organised a democracy fair, Msowoya said the country continues to retrogress in development because of this passiveness.
He noted that the love for money has seen the electorate forgetting their role in society, adding, they even clap hands for politicians who steal public money meant for development of their areas.
He queried: “Why is it that when these people are stealing you remain quiet? You must know that all these resources that leaders are abusing belong to you.
“Someone steals your money today, and next day comes to your area for a rally, but you still clap hands for them. What is wrong with you?”
Msowoya noted that neighbouring countries like Mozambique and Tanzania are now far ahead in development because of the seriousness of their leaders.
In his remarks, Senior Group Village Head (SGVH) Mwakabanda said some politicians think democracy has given them the freedom to abuse resources at the expense of poor people.
He urged his people not to elect ‘thieves’ in 2019, adding, they must look for a person who is development conscious, regardless of their political affiliation.
“I don’t want my people to elect thieves in 2019, elect people that will foster development. As for thieves masquerading as caring politicians, let me tell you that you will not find peace. We need development, don’t take us for fools,” he fumed.
Nice Trust regional civic education officer for the north, Vincent Kalawa, said the event was organised to connect people to service providers of democracy.