Actor Michael Usi has urged Malawians to critically interrogate the governance system lest they continue being ruled by politicians who loot public funds under the guise of restoring the economy.
Usi told journalists in Blantyre on Thursday that political parties have become irrelevant to Malawians due to their contempt for the rule of law, lack of visionary leadership, poor accountability and weak opposition.
“Very few Malawians understand the national development agenda and where we are going because the strategy seems to be a secret for the elite few. This is why we have leaders coming in with strategies that leave the country poorer. But there is need for continuity because politicians come and go.
“For years, we have had leaders who come in to serve or to put the economy in order, but it is only when they go that we hear that they actually looted billions,” he said.
Usi’s sentiments come at a time Malawians are wondering how former president Bingu wa Mutharika amassed wealth reportedly amounting to K61 billion.
Pressure is also mounting on President Joyce Banda to publicly declare her assets to avoid a repeat of history.
Former president Bakili Muluzi is also being prosecuted for allegedly pocketing about K1.7 billion meant for Malawians.
Last week, presidential press secretary Steve Nhlane argued that the law does not oblige the President to declare her assets publicly.
But Usi argued: “It is not good enough for a leader to ignore people’s wish to just because the law does not oblige them to do what Malawians want. Every good leader must be prepared to go beyond what the law stipulates in preference for what is ethical and for the common good.”
He accused both ruling and opposition parties of being talkative, preoccupied with settling political scores and always saying what Malawians already know –that Malawi is poor—and not saying how they want to take the nation out of the mess.