Take or leave it: Malawi needs a strong opposition

Prophet Mbewe

Fellow Patriots,

The opposition is key to checks and balances which is an integral recipe of a mature and complete democratic dispensation.It ensures that acts of the ruling party are not detrimental to the interests of Malawians.

The typical attestation to this is the
outstanding performance of Late Ngwazi Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika (MHSRIP)
during his first term, a time that Malawi registered the most vibrant opposition in
Parliament.

Currently, the state of democracy in Malawi is under serious threat because of the chronic divisions in the Democratic Progressive Party being the main opposition party.

Government may take advantage of such divisions to make decisions that may infringe Malawians because of being unchecked. The significant manifestation of effects of DPP's divisions is how it has lost its 2 seats which were held by some of its top important members in Nsanje Central and Nsanje North.

Losing numerical power in
Parliament because of resolvable differences is unhealthy to our hard earned democracy.

The unfortunate part of the divisions in DPP is that they are being perpetrated by the old, greedy, outdated, irrelevant and recycled politicians who are not willing to pave way for the young leadership that can rebrand the party and maintain its strongholds just as MCP did in opposition for 2 decades plus.

DPP must borrow a leaf from that and the old men must stop using the youths to engage in violence and terror to fulfill their greedy ambitions of staying glued to power but must rather gracefully pass on the leadership mantle to them because they are energetic, updated and appealing to their generation.

Its time that DPP's youths must never again be divided for their destiny but rather motivated for leadership to protect their party from vanishing from the political scene.

This is the time to ensure smooth transition democratically without imposing anyone on the people, get organised, regroup, rebrand and serve Malawians by vigilantly and constructively perform the noble duties of holding government accountable.

My opinions and advices above are open to being left or taken.

Yours In Patriotism,
PROPHET DAVID F. MBEWE
FOWAM PRESIDENT