At the moment there is no ideology in the Malawian government, neither in opposition. The parties have no clear distinct direction.
While every NGO, up to the small ones, has a strategic plan developed, the country lacks any kind of strategic planning. Every political party should have its strategic plan. It should outline where the country should be going according to the ideology of the party.
For an NGO 5 years may be enough for a strategic plan, for a country this is only middle term strategy. The strategic plan should involve at least 10 years, the time a President can sit in office if reelected (which miraculously seems to always be the case [except when sexism prevents a lady from getting second term]).
It should outline how the party feels the country should be organized in 10 years time (or even longer).
Should education be government funded so everyone can access it independently of their parents’ wealth or should it be privately funded to not burden the tax payer with it?
Health care: Should it be privately funded with a health insurance (and those who have no insurance can die?) or should it muddle along the same track it does now with shortages of everything, most notably drugs? Or should it be improved with government funding, and where is that funding going to come from?
The economy: should government privatise para-statals or keep control? Should government start companies like the Salima sugar factory or leave this to the private sector? Should government unbundle and privatise ESCOM? Should the investment climate be improved with deregulation, or should government tightly regulate the private sector? Should government diversify agriculture (and if yes how?)? Or should this be left to individual entrepreneurs? Should government get involved in irrigation or leave this to the private sector?
Should land be privatized further along the liberal lines that minister Muluzi is currently doing?
Should the Chiefs be abandoned in the long term, or empowered? Should they be elected democratically or should they be appointed by government, or by families? Should they be government funded? What responsibilities should they have? Only ceremonial as custodians of culture, or should they have judicial saying? Should they deal with land policy and how does that relate to Muluzi’s new land bill?
Any other important subject? We should have a strategic plan as a country and every political party should outline theirs to show us what we are voting for or against