Malawians need to demand more from their leaders

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A political scientist in the country has pointed out that Malawian democracy cannot flourish with citizens who demand less from their leaders.

Wonderful Mkhutche

Wonderful Mkhutche: The citizenry need to question the leaders.

This is coming at a time when Malawi has clocked 24 years since Malawians voted for multiparty democracy on June 14, 1993.

In an Interview with Malawi24, one of the political scientists in the country Wonderful Mkhutche said democracy gives citizens a chance to make decisions but with lack of political consciousness people demand less from their political representatives.

“Democracy in Malawi cannot flourish with a citizenry that still does not understand political objectives. It makes them demand less from the people in power. In the end the system becomes weak,” said Mkhutche.

He added that in as far as democracy presumes that citizens are able to make rational decisions, high illiteracy rates are making most people misunderstand democracy.

Politicians need to be accountable.

“Democracy assumes citizens are rational enough to make decisions. But with high illiteracy rates, most people   do not understand their role in democracy. We still choose leaders basing on factors like material incentives and region of origin and not ideas. That has been the challenge,” he said.

He however noted that Malawi has benefited from democracy as it has helped in ensuring accountability adding Malawi can benefit a lot more if it strengthens its institutions.

Meanwhile, Mkhutche has urged Malawians to take part in elections as well as to demand accountability from leaders as ways to show that Malawi is a democratic country.

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  1. NDIGWIRIZANE NAO PAZOMWE ANENA BAMBO WONDERFUL MKHUTCHE: Ndizoona kuti ufulu wa DEMOCRACY mudziko lathu watibvuta kwambiri ku umvetsetsa chifukwa cha anthu ambiri sakutha kumvetsa tanthauzo laulamuliro wotere: Inde angakhale omwe adaphunzila palibe chimene akudziwa: Chinanso ndi umphawi: AMALAWI ambiri amabvotela atsogoleri awo chifukwa ndi adela lakwathu osati NZERU ZA UTSOGOLERI-AI KOMANSO KAFUMBATA WA M’MANJA! Ndichifukwa chake atsogoleri a dzipani simudzawamva akudzudzula ACHINYAMATA pa m’chitidwe wa nkhanza inde ngakhale owatsatira akamanyozana ngakhale m’chitidwe wonyozana m’tundu ndi zigao: chifukwa democracy sitikuyidziwa ngakhale kuyimvetsa, tikadali ndi mtima womwe-uja woyambilira woti,” MKANGO NDI MKANGO BASI, ANGAKHALE UCHOKE KU ANGOLA KUPITA KU MOZAMBIQUE NDI MKANGO NDITHU: Kwa ine atsogoleri ayenela kukhala chitsanzo chomanga mtundu ndi dziko: pokhapo DEMOCRACY, Anthu adzaimvetsa ulamuliro wache: AMALAWI UTSOGOLERI SIKUMWAZA NDALAMA KOMA KUMWAZA NZERU: TIKATELO DZIKO LITUKUKA LA MALAWI!!!

  2. The problem is that when they give us those K50s we feel like thy consider us while in the reall sense we worthless salts to them, politicians have failed us , they become richer every day they summon in the parliament, shame on us poor citizens

  3. Kakumba padwale or pamwala katama mano,now tikufuna atsogoleri oganira anthu amene adawavotera ,phindu lovota lilipati ngati mumangoziunjikira nokha kuiwala anthu amene adakusankani

  4. ◆People also need to be realistic.
    ◆Demand whats within their reach.
    ◆Because i dont see cash being distributed….but i can see acurate knowledge on how to use the little that is there intelligently.
    ◆That will produce cash later.
    ◆I think God sent the best leader that can do that since HIV took away the cream.