With hope and enthusiasm for change, Malawians on June 23 elected Lazarus Chakwera as the sixth President of Malawi and Saulos Chilima as Vice-President.
There is optimism that the duo will deliver the Malawi we all want.
Malawians want a government that delivers unparalleled well-being opportunities for all, a Malawi that will benefit everyone without favour.
Equity and merit ought to be the guiding principles.
However, away from abstract concepts of servant leadership, zero-corruption government, developing together, transparency and accountability, we have few key things we would want to be prioritised.
Malawi’s economy remains predominantly agriculture-based. To deny the critical role of agriculture in Malawians’ well-being is neglecting the obvious.
The universal subsidy targeting 3.5 million smallholder farmers is good for subsistence farming.
However, the government needs to think of agricultural development strategies that go beyond eating three times a day.
It is high time we put in place some efforts to grow the sector into the hub of economic growth by commercialising agriculture.
Our memories are fresh about the UTM Party’s vision of establishing mega farms in every district.
Let this idea not die as a campaign gimmick.
The country’s agriculture sector remains untapped because of the past regimes’ hand-to-mouth policies.
It is high time the Tonse Alliance government thought differently about revolutionising the agriculture sector.
The Ministry of Agriculture is sitting on numerous innovative ideas likely to transform the sector due to lack of political will.
Come to think of co-financing progressive farmers who could produce high volumes and top quality while creating employment opportunities and exports.
We need to unlock unexploited opportunities now.
On June 23, Malawians put the keys to Malawi’s economic prosperity in the hands of the Tonse Alliance led by Chakwera and Chilima.
The onus is on the two to deliver a better Malawi for all. Malawians will judge them not by any flowery speeches, but life-changing actions.
They won our trust with their words, now it is time to act.
We have been a sick nation for decades and Chakwera’s leadership has to free us from the cancerous hold of economic poverty and poverty of the mind.
We hope that the new administration will steer this country to higher levels. Make us believe in ourselves and respect everyone in the execution of our duties.
The reforms Chakwera and Chilima have revived must live to deliver the Malawi we want.
A new broom sweeps clean. Do not leave any clog that has the potential to derail this country backwards.
The newly-elected leadership is the beacon of hope for the new Malawi we want.
Truly, we all want a healthy nation free from hunger, poverty, corruption, nepotism, tribalism, and favouritism.
The government must sanitise all the sectors for the health of our nation.
On the top priority sectors, health has been in the doldrums for ages.
A healthy nation has the potential for growth. Revamp the sector to give Malawians a fair deal.
Education should also be considered as a catalyst for development.
No country can develop if its education system is not ticking.
It is against this background that it somehow sounds absurd and ironic to keep universities closed at the moment we need brains to be thinking about how to deal with the Covid-19.
Are we waiting for other universities to think and research for us?
It’s time to unlock Malawi!