39 year old French president, a lesson to Malawi politicians – expert

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A political analyst has said the election of 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron as French president should be a lesson to politicians and young people in Malawi.

Wonderful Mkhutche

Wonderful Mkhutche says Malawi could borrow a leaf from the French polls.

The analyst, Wonderful Mkhutche, said in an interview with this reporter that Macron’s win should change Malawian politicians’ mindset on who to be a president in terms of age.

The new French president is a newcomer in French politics and leads a political movement, Republic on the Move, which was established 13 months ago.

According to the analyst, this is a sign that traditional ways of politics, of trusting old parties, can be broken hence what has happened in France can also happen in Malawi.

“The difference is that the elections that have pulled surprises are from countries that run their politics on ideologies. With Malawi it is slightly a difference set up. But what it tells us as Malawians is that when people are frustrated with a system, good leadership can come in and give them options.

“Macron has done that. He came with an agenda that most people related to it. More importantly, he stood by it throughout. This is the lesson to our young and aspiring politicians who would like to give change a chance. People trust politicians who stand by their ideas and not those think and talk according to the times,” Mkhutche told Malawi24.

The analyst added that Macron’s victory should inspire young people in political leadership in Malawi where politics is dominated by old people.

Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron won the elections.

According to the analyst, if young Malawians can be intelligent enough to note the gaps to be filled, ideas to be applied and ways to run the country, they can also challenge the present establishments.

“[Young people] have new ideas and modern ways of the world with them. Mr. Macron has brought in an inspiration, a message that it is possible to make a political difference at a young age. Again, one does not need to align themselves with the established parties to gain power, as we have seen in France,” said Mkhutche.

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  1. The parliament shud enact age limit for presidency. In civil service it is mandatory for one to retire upon attaining the age of 60 yrs so there shud also be age limit for presidents, mps and councillors.

  2. Eish mwana?koma inu mwana angakwatire Mkazi wazaka zopambana iye 24,ndiye mukufuna achinyamata aku Malawi azitengera zimenezo ngakhale chikondicho,Muuzeni America osati Africa(Malawi)

  3. Koma dzaka 39 sikuti ndinyamata kungoti mwina ndinjira yongolemberapo nkhani komanso utsogoleri sizaka ai kwathu kuno kwachuluka umbuli kwa anthu omwe amadzitcha kuti ndi o phunzira ndichifukwa ndale.zikudzetsa umphawi pakati pa anthu omwe ndiodzidalira

  4. This is Africa don’t forget… How many youth presidents in Africa it’s a good lesson nt only here in Malawi bt the whole continent

  5. Machezaathu pa fb sakuyendabwino tikumalimbana ndianthu amene zinthu zao zinayela kale.france ndi kwina malawinso ndiina amalawi ngatitikumusowesd mtendere munthu wamkulu peter kulibwanji atalowa wachichepele? France ndiyaulemu

  6. Mkalamba zakwathu sizingalole zimenezo. Kwathu democracy timayiwerenga mbuku chabe. If you dare start a party criminal charges are coming from MRA to ACB to WhatsApp crime. That is Malawi wamoto

  7. First to learn from is you the socalled expert. We have so many of you but Malawi remains poor & a beggar & you shamelessly want to compare the French to Malawians.

  8. zoonadi nkhalambazi zitengerepo chtisanzo.Kodi mo’muja ma date anu a pension sanakwane? 39 yrs??? gd example osamangoti achinyamata ndi atsogoleri amawa mawa lake ndi liti anthu akutuwa m’mamidzimu inu muli m’mipando munalemera kalekale

  9. izi nzovuta kuti zitheke kumalawi kuno because here in Malawi ambiri mwaachinyamatafe ndife ma political commentators basi. instead of joining front line politics we are busy kunyoza auje ndi auze. Chitsanzo mwapereka apa, this man was a minister in an old mans government but he took a bold step he resigned and formed his party. Aaaaah amalawi. komanso tisaiwale bambowa anakwatira mai wa zaka 25 kuposa iwo titengerenso zimenezo?

  10. Chimene ndaphuzirapo ine kwa president ameneyi is that ,kumapeza azimayi akuluakulu ukafuna kukwatira or musiyane zaka 24 bola chikondi kkkk

  11. Its a lesson to European countries not here in Africa. There are reasons why africans elect old people as their leaders. 1. Old people are wiser than youth. 2. Young people cling to power even when their term of office endr. They change the constitution so that they continue to victimise their subjects. 3. Corruption.4. Voters know very well that old peaple when elected to power they dont last long.

    • Musatinamizepo apa. Compare your statement and President Robert Mugabe’s political ambition. Why in Africa you hate youth leadership??

    • maxton your right 100%,inu atupere as young ndichani chomwe akupanga kapena anapangapo zooneka apa apart from kumangojoina tizipani zolamula?

    • Inu ndamene m’mapangisa anthu achinyamata kukhala osazikhulupilira look at Obama he wasn’t old m’mene anasankidwa kukhala President wa ku USA komaso sanakakamire pa mpando monga mukunenera inumo we can learn from others, those old people who stealing money from government where is wisdom in that the true wisdom comes from God,look at David was chosen to he a king at young age and God was with him, it’s high time kuti achinyamata akhale patsogolo ndi ndale osamangogwiritsidwa ntchito ndi midala kumaononga dziko lawo

    • All in all Malawian Youth the inborn behaviour we have is once you a youth joins politics is he/she positioned to be a Youth League/ Young Pioneer, Young Democrat or Cadet. It’s high time, these Old Politicians have used us enough. It’s Malawian Youth duty to mobilise ourselves and fight for our rights in leadership. Was very excited when Joyce Banda dropped Khumbo Kachali replacing him wit Sousten Gwengwe.But most youth hated that nomination of Gwengwe

    • All in all Malawian Youth the inborn behaviour we have is once you a youth joins politics is he/she positioned to be a Youth League/ Young Pioneer, Young Democrat or Cadet. It’s high time, these Old Politicians have used us enough. It’s Malawian Youth duty to mobilise ourselves and fight for our rights in leadership. Was very excited when Joyce Banda dropped Khumbo Kachali replacing him wit Sousten Gwengwe.But most youth hated that nomination of Gwengwe

  12. Why béating around the bush??the simple and straight forward point here in is that poĺitics of castigâtion wiĺl not earn anyoñe points to succeed on to the hieghest post !!

  13. Sizikutikhudza man zimenezo, moti simukudziwaso kuti man amenewa anamara mzimai saizi ya mai awo, ndiye titengeso lesson imeneyo? Zathu tizitengera pompano pa Africa basi team #Mugabe.

  14. True, Dr. Chakwera a younger than the incumbent president. If Malawian were serious this is the man to lead Malawi. The so called Mr. Ibu is old and indecisive in times of need.

  15. Vuto kuno ku Malawi ndikupusa nda azigogo athu omwe amatipatsa tima k200 ife khosi gonekere. Pano tiyeni tiwone ndale zotukira anyamata osati azigogo athuwa. Ulendo uno timulimbikitse Noel Chalamanda ayimire ndipo timpatse support tonse amalawi