By Fiona J Manda, and Gibson C Kamanga
Now that we know which face is going to accompany which one on the ballot paper cometh the 21st of May 2019, we can now safely say the game has begun. The waiting is now over.
For the next 100 plus days, we are all going to be bombarded with various glitterings, and sweet nothings all in the name of ‘buying’ the visa to the promised land, the Kamuzu Palace,or the majestic August house.
The Sunday Musings team takes no side on who should outclass the other. Malawians are going to decide.
However, we feel it is high time Malawians changed their voting pattern. You can agree with us that previous elections, since the re-introduction of the multiparty dispensation, the country has been witnessing voting patterns that were everything but issue-based.
We have been ushering some souls the keys to our public offices, not because of their capabilities but due to their similarities with us in either religion, district of origin… you name it.
The results of employing a public officer, say members of parliament, and the Citizen number one themselves, basing on their similarities in our backgrounds have been so costly to our country. We don’t need to recount this.
This is why it is important that 2019 should be a year of change; a year in which issue-based pattern should reign supreme.
Let us demand manifestos from all the prospective candidates within our locales. Let us certify their fitness for their prospective positions. Ushering a person such huge offices whilst they have no clue of their job description is tantamount to milking our country of development.
Let us critically analyse the blueprints from our ‘servants-to-be’ for the benefit of ourselves, our children, and our children’s children.
Long live Malawi! Long live democracy!