Opposition parties in Malawi have been urged to join government in finding solutions of mitigating the social and economic challenges the country has been swallowed up with.
This has follows the developments that politics in Malawi has been reduced to parties interest without the welfare of the people.
In an interview with Malawi24, President of Umodzi Party Professor John Chisi said Malawian politics is conducted at a level of inefficiency which is a direct result of decades of faulty socio-political traditions.
Chisi added that the response to Malawi’s political problems must be systemic, and must take into account every aspect of the national life of citizens. Umozi Leader cited the failure by leader of Opposition and Malawi Congress Party President Lazarus Chakwera to provide fruitful solutions.
According to Chisi, there has to been no time when politicians from across the political divide in country have united on certain strategic issues and some crucial moments.
Chisi argues that both opposition and government have failed to worked together to redeem a vital national partnership.
“If Chakwera was leading us as opposition leader, this could not have happened. Him being the leader of opposition, he has all the power to negotiate with donors. He is mandated to provide solutions to government rather than just criticizing. It is negligible and superficial on the face of the nation’s problems. And true still, this act does not reach the very core of our national problems. We should not forget that politicians operate in a system; and we all have a role to play in this system to correct its sorry state.
“What needs to be done for politicians is to put Malawi ahead of parties and mere wielding of power borders on socio-cultural, political and civic consciousness factors that must be entrenched, before any meaningful structural and physical development,” explained Chisi.
He further implied that Malawi is not going to endure these hard moments unless it goes back to donors. In absence of 40% the country will not be able to get drugs and fuel.
He pointed Umozi as the only party that has tried to be critique to today’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration.
Stated Chisi, “The only way to solve these problems is going back to donors with clear strategy and negotiates despite the likes of Goodall Gondwe have already spoken on behalf of donors that they are not coming back yet donors never told us. We have been blinded and Malawians don’t understand the consequences of that is closing doors for donors.
“As far as Malawi is concerned we have never heard donors saying they are not coming back. There is hope that donors can still give us money. We are the only party as Umozi that has told the government what to do, because government has been saying that we should give alternative views and advised on creating a think tank for people to negotiate on our behalf. In absence of 40% the country will not be able to run.”
Accordingly, the perpetual nay saying of opposition parties, need to change. Socio-cultural, political and civic consciousness is necessary precursors to other advancements in a nation’s development. For decades Malawi opposition has been good at towing down the government’s line.