I once heard someone say that “when the so-called educated, exposed and informed stay away from actively participating in positively shaping the situation in their country, they implicitly choose to be politically led by mediocrity”.
Now listen to us the educated and exposed making noise about the mediocrity in our leadership; a futile endeavor because it changes nothing. In my country, Malawi, our parliament is “infested” with the so-called educated, exposed and informed but what have we gotten out of it? Retrogression of seismic proportion.
You can also read my earlier blog titled So Much for The Most Educated Parliament Ever
I challenge anyone to prove to me that our country is stagnating or even retrogressing because our country is led by clueless “captains”. No way! They are not clueless. They just do not care much about Malawi in general. Our true progress will come from people (educated or not educated) with passion for real development, change and progress not from people hell bent on self aggrandizement and personal survival.
I am acquainted with so many “seemingly” educated, exposed and informed Malawians most of whom are currently captains in very influential positions in government, politics, corporate sector, civil society and in business. Many of these are my fellow born-free generation (born after 1964); the very generation that was once touted to lead Malawi to a better future but sadly we are the very architects or operatives of the ills that are afflicting our country.On the other hand, we are at the forefront of condemning the retrogression taking place in Malawi as if someone else will come from somewhere to fix things for us.
If one goes into any institution in my country and scratch any of the Board Members, CEO, Managing Directors, Judges, Justices, Parliamentarians, other executives, top Diplomats, Heads of departments, Director Generals, other directors, Managers, Supervisors, District Commissioners, Principal Secretaries and even Cabinet Ministers, they will find out that the majority are my generation. Yes colleagues, we are the engine that is running this “dump”. We cannot continue blaming it on our parents’ generation and even recycled politicians. We are the engine. The recycled politicians are a manifestation of our “hands-off and our I-care-only-about-me” attitude. We can all testify that things used to work efficiently in this country and we experienced very high standards. At the center of all the systemic inefficiencies and deteriorating standards, our generation is there leading the charge. Give me names and I swear a majority of them are my generation. Many of them I have even shared my varsity cafeteria with between 1989 and 1993. Yes, I am talking about you.
Colleagues, this is our country. We know and always talk about what needs to be done. We know the roots of the problems, we have been out there and we know how we can blend what we have experienced locally and what we have seen or learnt out there into our own Malawian solutions. But somewhere somehow we lose it.
Things used to work in this beautiful country. A majority of us, if not all, we are where we are because we had high standards in this country. So it’s not like we have no realistic benchmark. We lived in it.
Hey! Come to think of it. Maybe we have a “ghost” problem. How about we hold prayers at Chileka and Kamuzu International airports to exorcise the evil spirits or ghosts that might be robing us of valuable knowledge, exposure, vision and ideas the moment we land at these two airports?
Why do I say this? All the so-called movers and shakers; when they go on world tours for further education, pleasure, life and careers abroad, and international conferences, they usually return through these two ports of entry. I can swear something happens when we land at KIA or CIA. What else could it be then? I am dumb founded.
I repeat, my generation, the one that used to be called “Malawi’s Leaders of Tomorrow” we get so worked up on social media and other forums about what needs to happen in Malawi. We seem to have all the solutions for Malawi but as soon as we get on the ground in Malawi, we become the perpetuators of the ills that we complain about when we are on the sidelines. We shouldn’t blame only the Malawi leadership for Malawi’s ills but us the generation who are supposedly so exposed and equipped to actually move our country forward but have abdicated that responsibility to a band of no-do-gooders who know nothing but short-sighted survival of self with us as the engine. We have lost our right to criticize and complain about Malawi’s ills. Our inaction and laissez-faire or the-devil-may-care attitude are the inherent conduits of the situation as we see it today.
Better still; maybe when coming back from our tours we should end all our flights in Malawi’s neighboring countries then travel by road into Malawi just to bypass these airport ghosts.
Mwina ndi mizinu pa airport. Tiyeni tidziyenda pa lorry tikamabwelela kumudzi. Nanga ndi chani abale anzanga ine inu? Zinazi kamba’nga mwala ndithu.