Malawi has been heavily dependent on donors during its 53 years of independence, raising questions on whether the country should really be described as independent.
Speaking in an interview with Malawi24, political analyst Wonderful Mkhutche said Malawi is not independent as it still looks up to donors to support its budget.
“We are not independent. I totally agree with such people. Five decades after we gained self-determinations our budget is still heavily dependent on donors and we have a public service delivery system that is falling to support the population,” said Mkhutche.
He however said with time and long term strategy Malawi can do away with donors.
According to the analyst, the first thing the country need to do is to move away from traditional and subsistence farming and go for large scale farming.
“We talk about industrialization but in the history of development there is no country that becomes industrialized without first managing to feed itself. Agriculture is our most important step,” he said.
Mkhutche also advised the current administration to plan for future generations.
”To the current DPP government, some do understand the effort you are giving to the country to the path of development, you are making sacrifice and working overtime just to make sure we are there. But it is still not enough. The numbers are just too many and the use of the resources is not proportional to them. There is a lot more to be done.
“As you are leading, keep in mind that Malawi too belongs to the future generation when making plans for them as well and not be carried away with immediate delivery for the sake of votes,” he advised.
Mkhutche further said that Malawi can do better when it comes to the political status of the country. He said there is need to strengthen the country’s democracy by managing its institutions.
According to Mkhutche, stability is the country’s number one political resource and Malawi need to make use of stability by allowing debate on how best it can act as a nation.
He further highlighted that the country has leaders who are failing to make political sacrifice for fear of losing their ground if, for example, they make Malawi Broadcasting Corporation or Anti-Corruption Bureau independent saying this is not the kind of leadership Malawi deserves.