The findings of the Afrobarometer Round 9 Survey results for Malawi have vindicated what many Malawians have been saying all along—that the Tonse government is clueless and has failed to take Malawians to the touted Canaan Land.
Malawi’s economy is on a sickbed and from the look of things, the Tonse Alliance, especially President Lazarus Chakwera, have no clue on how to turn things around. Commodity prices continue rise, the electricity blackouts have become a norm such that people are scared when there is electricity. Some businesses have shutdown.
As Malawians were coming to terms with the cost of fuel, the commodity is now scantily available.
People have been called names and given labels for simply pointing out where the Tonse Alliance administration is failing and in some worst cases, people have been threatened for saying that Chakwera has failed to live up to his campaign promises.
While others may want to spin the narrative to suit and massage their political egos, the truth is that Malawians are suffering. Their suffering is partly because of a government that is failing to address critical issues that affect them.
The Afrobarometer report is wake up call to government and the Tonse Alliance partners to pull their socks up and deliver on their promises. It is heartbreaking to hear Malawians wishing for the comeback of DPP just because the current government is failing to tackle rampant corruption, rising cost of living, insecurity just to mention a few.
In critical times when he is expected to make firm decisions, Chakwera flip-flops and glosses over critical issues as party loyalists dismiss the pain of Malawians with reckless abandon.
Chakwera always looks good in pictures but he sounds clueless on policy direction. We were promised they will clear of the rubble, but it seems there is more rubble in Chakwera’s backyard that he is failing to clear it. We were promised that electricity blackouts would be the thing of the past, but two years into power, we spend more hours in darkness than in light.
The report though, is an opportunity for the Tonse administration and Chakwera to reflect on issues that Malawians want to be addressed with urgency. It is time to stop spending time on trivia and deal with the real issues. Otherwise, there is no guarantee of Malawians giving this government another mandate come 2025.