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