NOTHING!

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There is nothing happening in Malawi:

The economy is in scrambles. It has been in scrambles for a long time. What is the Malawi government (with the RBM) doing about it? No answer.

People are going hungry, there is no maize in Admarc depots, millions of people have no money to buy maize. What is government doing about it? No answer.

The economy is slowing down, the kwacha i51584726_profits_down_20110415024552_answer_2_xlarges falling against every major currency. What is government doing about it? No answer.

The government financial records are such a mess that they are not capable of producing one bank reconciliation, or one audited account. What is our government doing about it? No answer.

The much touted Civil Service Reform Program is not progressing (reports indicated that 10979619_1563824233899873_1765960379_nall organisations had failed to reach the targets, some worse than others). What is our government doing about it? No answer.

The hospitals are not paces to get healed. There are no drugs to heal with. What is government doing about it? No answer.

Corruption is the only area that is flourishing. What is government doing about it? No answer.

The coming harvest is going to be bad, due to adverse weather (climate change, El Niño) and a failed FISP (Farm Input Subsidy Program). What is government doing about it? An answer: pray for rain. (At these prayers some of the clergy had the bad taste to blame the government policy of no arrests for homosexuals for the bad weather.)

Our homosexuals are threatened with murder (by PP politician K Msonda and others) What is our government doing about it? No answer.

The list goes on and on.

What is going on is: there is no leadership. His excellency, the President of Malawi,

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Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika is old, tired and not capable of turning the country’s fate around. Rumour has it he is looking for a successor. This could be good news, but we do need someone from outside the political establishment. These are the people who have no alternative policies, and have gotten us in this mess in the first place. Chaponda is a Capital Hill insider with no new policies (and the man behind the infamous anti-fart legislation!). Chilima may be a better choice but with his private sector background he way be pursuing neo-liberal anti-poor policies. And the only good thing about Arthur Peter Mutharika: he tries to respect gay rights as much as his precarious political position allows him (maybe because of a personal reason). We may loose that with someone new at the helm.

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