We have seen five Presidents in our beautiful country. All of them started with some good ideas, one more than the other. But all of them changed over time in the same direction: more dictatorial, more bad governance, more economic misery, and more hatred for the population.
This is not a coincidence, this is a pattern. Something causes this to repeat, even with different Presidents. We should look for constants in the government, to find the cause. Once found, we need to move to remove this cause and then we can build up true democracy, where every citizen is heard, where the interests of all Malawians are being represented, where the country moves forward for all, not for only a few parasites.
The political parties come and go. UDF and Aford are not a force to reckon with any more, and many have disappeared without a trace. But new ones come in: DPP and PP were formed on a purely opportunistic basis, not because of a conviction or an ideology. So the parties are not constant. The people in the parties have some constant to them: many get recycled time and again. They bear a significant responsibility for the mess we are in. But there is one force that gets very little attention, and that keeps itself out of the limelight, while having strong influence: the top civil servants are there for longer than the politicians. They know the issues better than most politicians because of their ling experience, and because the quality of some politicians is very low. The reader knows some, I will not get into the names, or the quality of the President here.
But those civil servants are the ones who are doing a lot of the legwork: writing bills that go to Parliament, writing policy papers. IN doing so they make a lot of decisions, and they advise politicians day in day out on a myriad of issues.
The top civil servants warrant more interest from the press, so we know more about these excessively powerful people, and we understand better how decisions are taken, and where the policies come from that are imposed upon us.