Often democracy can be frustrating – both to those who are in government and to those who expect it to be more efficient, effective and humane. But our democracy is our strength. It is the basis of our unity. It is also the most important guarantor of internal security. It is against this spirit that I urge all Malawian political parties to set aside their political differences and help our President Arthur Peter Mutharika carry out his development agenda. It’s time we choose country over politics. It’s time we isolate parties of “NO.”
I am encouraged with the progress being made by DPP of Mutharika, UDF of Muluzi and PP of Joyce Banda in their quest for a united front in preparation for upcoming presidential elections. These party leaders have realized what’s at stake for our country. They have selflessly sacrificed their own political aspirations for the good of the country. We can’t afford to go back. They have chosen progress over pessimism.
It’s no secret I had personal disagreement with former President Joyce Banda and her policies. I am happy to report that we are entering 2018 with buried hatchets. I therefore intend to harness the progress made above among these party leaders. I am looking forward to see these leaders work together for the good of the country. I will personally reach out to leaders of AFORD and other smaller political parties to join the alliance and other private citizens who are on the fence.
Let me also acknowledge and recognize for the first time, our own Major One (Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of the Enlightened Christian Gathering based in South Africa). I am saying “for the first time” because I have never commented nor mention his name ever since his rise to stardom. Thank you for guiding your followers to support DPP led government. I equally urge all DPP and alliance supporters to reciprocate the gesture and cease all hostilities toward the Man of God. I am looking forward to a cordial working relationship with the Man of God for a better Malawi and Africa.
Last but not least, let me congratulate all lawmakers who voted against any changes to our presidential electoral system advanced by self interested and politically motivated individuals and institutions whose main goal is to usurp power from democratically elected president. Cheers to democracy!
Happy New Year ladies and gentlemen from my family to yours.