By Burnett Munthali
Malawians are analysing and discussing Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and the incumbent President Reverend Lazarus Chakwera and his government everyday out there as campaign period gets close. This article takes us back to the campaign period in 2019 tripartite and 2020 fresh presidential elections respectively and sightly peeping through into the coming election year 2025.
First, President Reverend Lazarus Chakwera promised servant leadership. You are a servant leader when you focus on the needs of others before you consider your own. It is a longer-term approach to leadership, rather than a technique that you can adopt in specific situations. Therefore, you can use it with other leadership styles such as Transformational Leadership. Servant leadership also aims to develop leadership qualities in others. This leadership style requires an individual to demonstrate characteristics such as empathy, listening, stewardship, and commitment to the personal growth of others.
Secondly, Chakwera promised to unite Malawians. There are several factors that can unite people, including shared values, common goals, and mutual experiences. For example, a shared cultural heritage can unite people, as it provides a common identity and a sense of belonging. Uniting a divided people can be a complex and challenging task, but there are several strategies that can help. Here are a few suggestions: Foster open communication: Encourage all members of the group to listen to each other’s perspectives and concerns and create a safe space for open and respectful dialogue. If we do not unite, if we do not learn how to mutually, consciously, purposefully integrate within Humanity to integrate into Nature through similarity of form, we will not survive as we remain incompatible with Nature’s “iron laws” that sustain the balance and homeostasis life depends on. Some of the areas that unite us such as dance, food, art, and music, bring us together in harmony. Many are celebrations of life with the power to unite. Collective interests, hobbies and leisure pursuits are good examples of ways people pull together within likeminded fields.
Thirdly, the President said he would ensure that Malawians are going to prosper together under his government. Prospering Together. There are many firsts with Reverend. Lazarus Chakwera, the President of the Republic of Malawi. In his HI-5 Agenda, the ‘P’ is for “Prospering Together”, meaning that not only a small section of Malawians should prosper, but everyone. Never have we seen a statutory corporation calling for separate bids in equal measure, from the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the youths, women, and people with disabilities. When someone is prospering, it means being successful or fortunate to be successful or fortunate, especially in financial respects; thrive; flourish. President Reverend Lazarus Chakwera wanted Malawians to be or become successful, especially financially: Lots of microchip manufacturing companies were mentioned that they would be established at that time.
Fourthly, Chakwera spoke strongly about ending corruption in Malawi. To end corruption, we promote transparency, accountability, and integrity at all levels and across all sectors of society. A lot more can be done to fight corruption in this country. Where do we start? Expose corrupt activities and risks. Keep the public sector honest, transparent, and accountable. Stop dishonest practices. Ensure public sector employees act in the public interest. Undetected and unchecked corruption in the public sector can cause severe damage including undermining public trust in government. Wasting public resources and money. Causing injustice through advantaging some at the e…