KULINJI COMMENT: Malawians have voted for change

Malawians voting

The results of Malawi’s Tripartite elections, though partial show that Malawians want a change in the status quo.

Results released on Thursday from 75 percent of the voting centres for instance showed that Lazarus Chakwera who is leading the Malawi Congress Party’s charge had amassed 35.4 percent of the votes counted thus far, Saulos Chilima 18.35 percent, Atupele Muluzi 4.55 percent while the three upstarts Peter Kuwani, Professor John Chisi and Reverend Kaliya got between 0.4 and 0.3 percent each.

When combined, these figures add up to about 60 percent a clear landslide! These votes could have been enough to fulfill the wishes of Malawians and comfortably unseat the incumbent President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika.

But the opposition, like in most African countries was divided, blinded by greed and the need for ‘me first’.

Had the country had an opposition united in purpose to deliver to Malawians what they needed, the tiny Southern African nation could not have been caught up in the standstill being experienced right now. But the problem is everyone wants to go it alone. Everyone thinks they are better, they forgot the motto 'united we stand, divided we fall'.

In fact, most of us are waiting for ‘our time’ to implement whatever ideas we think can change the nation. What if our time never comes? Is it not high time we learnt to start now, so that when we the opportunity to scale the ladders of leadership avail itself, all we are doing is continuing what we already started.

Anyway, the point is Malawians are tired of mediocrity. For a county so peaceful, it has never known war being ranked among the top four poorest countries in the world is an anomaly, a malady, a travesty.

Which is why Malawians want a leader that will truly lead the transformation of the country from poverty to prosperity, a leader who will guarantee jobs for the nation’s youth population, medicine in hospitals, equal treatment regardless of tribe or where one comes from, a leader to will halt corruption in the public sector.

One who will transcend the rhetoric and deliver action, put the right checks in place to ensure that hard-earned taxes are not being siphoned out into people’s pockets.

Malawians are not keen on leaders who go into government as paupers but come out of oozing cash and assets including mansions unlimited. Malawians also want quality education, access to markets for their goods, they’re tired of empty promises.

So whether it is the incumbent who wins or someone from the opposition takes over the mantle, it is this idea that they must keep at the back of their minds. Malawians want  and have noted for change.