While government keeps saying the country is on the right track to transform, and the opposition seemingly claiming to provide worthy criticism- Malawian politics have overtime remained the same, a trend behind the country’s economic slavery, a political analyst has said.
This comes hot in the heels of rather ‘conflicted’ deliberations in the National Assembly, where verbal brawls maintain the upsurge and where the opposition have kept on taking government to task despite defences the Ministers have to the policies this regime is using.
‘’Our politicians seem to be satisfied with the status quo. Our budget is basically pro consumption not investment; we can come out of the economic slavery we are in only when we start investing in matters that will bring growth in our economy such as education; infrastructure; road network; energy; technology and Nona technology among others,’’ said Lilongwe based political analyst, Laudon Malingamoyo Phiri.
Malingamoyo Phiri argued that both the opposition and the government have failed to bail the nation out of the woes it is into.
He said it is unfortunate that while the government has been performing the same old song-of making lame promises, the opposition has incessantly failed to give out criticism that could help the nation.
‘’From opposition side, it seems clear they have played the ‘Politics of Protest’. That is, they protested from the president’s speech to the budget speech without offering any alternative solution. I wish they would play ‘Politics of Power’; they would score political point for the future from the voters. On the other hand, the government side has been singing the same old song without real offer for new hope for future Malawi,’’ He stated.
Another damning feature of the Malawi politics, he added, was the lack of transparency.
‘’Additionally, there is lack of transparency in many issues tabled in the budget that has left cluster meetings in a limbo,’’ he said.
The problem with Malawi politics came to the fore on Tuesday when Members of Parliament especially from the opposition benches disrupted the proceedings of the august house demanding that they be given loans.