The Reverend and the Head of State, His Excellency, President Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP). Who has now ruled since June 2020 and should have been a popular fellow after winning the previous election. His Tonse Alliance should at this point in time go from strength to strength.
However, Chakwera has not only shown that his as scrupulous, as his predecessor, which he was supposed to be different from. Lazarus has appointed family and close associates. He even tried to hire the lawyers, who helped him win the election petition. Which made it possible to have a second round and win over the “Tipp-Ex” President. Therefore, the start of the President was hectic and it was really self-inflicted with the choices of cabinet members and who surrounded the Presidency.
It has not helped that the same ills of the previous administration is haunting him. The same sort of shady insider-trading business-men are infusing doubts about government contracts and tenders. It is just the easy access and non transparent acts of which the state is even making worse by not funding the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). They are just not caring and reckless about.
That’s why after being a vagabond and travelling across the world to functions, conferences and holding talks with heads of state. The President has been so busy doing this. Even during the world-wide pandemic. He and his entourage travelled to across the continent to participate in digital conferences, instead of staying home.
So, it is really unique that he travels across the Republic to inspect corn-fields and farms. While inviting chiefs, traditional leaders, Members of Parliament, Representatives of Special Interests Groups, Directors, Heads of Sectors and District Executive Committee members to participate in the rallies and inspections. It is not enough that he looks at maize, corn and the fields of the farms of Malawi. No, he needs everyone with a pulse and a title to show up and acknowledge the crops in question.
If Chakwera thinks this is smart or a genius move. It is not… he has a Ministry of Agriculture Lowe and Permanent Secretary Maweru who is designated to work out the issues and help the farmers. This is just showing his indifference to the role as a Head of State and trying to enforce his will on minor details.
Chakwera should be busy in Lilongwe at the Kamuzu Palace. Where he could redefine and find measures with the Ministers and bureaucrats on the matters. The Republic has been hit with Maize-Scandals in the past and other commodities, which has hit the previous administration hard. If it was charcoal or otherwise. That’s why Chakwera should ensure the bodies of trade, of seeds and the Ministry to be up to scratch. Instead of just browsing through fields and having photo-ops with the produce. That is neither smart or brilliant.
The President isn’t a guy for publicity stunts, his not a rapper or someone who has to sell controversy. His a man who is supposed to govern. Holding rallies after looking at produce only make him look more fragile and lost of purpose. That he don’t know how to handle the role of the Presidency and rather go back to the roots of his rise as a politician. Since, his holding rallies in the middle of the term and offering new promises in the districts. It is doing no difference and neither is this fulfilling his actual duty as the Head of State.
His only visiting, looking at the fields and holding rallies. Not doing anything substantial or of importance. The man could have just been in Geneva or Brussels begging for donor money. That would have been more impactful. Than saying “Oh that maize field looks healthy” and “Oh gee, the water sources needs to fixed and get a better solution to the possible climate change”. You go figure, right?
He is not just some Joe Blow, but actual leader of men now. Chakwera should act accordingly, but don’t expect it. He rather do this and waste his time in office. Because, he don’t know better and it shows. Peace.