It is no secret that most of Malawi’s political leaders have little moral fibre, a development that sees them attempting to dodge the bullet whenever trouble comes knocking on their door. They even go to the extent of resorting to dirty antics when a chance avails itself.
And it is not just politicians who have failed the test when it comes to being morally astute. Even civil society leaders have also, at times, been found wanting in that regard.
We have been forced to ponder on this line of thought following news that the Head of State Peter Mutharika on Wednesday secretly entertained some civil society leaders at his Sanjika Palace, a development that has proven to be a test of resolve among the CSOs, who have been steadfast in holding the Democratic Progressive Party – DPP led administration to account.
There is nothing wrong in having the first citizen bang heads with human rights activists but it becomes of concern when that happens under some dark corners and just a month after the civil society led Malawians in a protest march against the government for letting them down on social service delivery and other issues of national interest.
In our view, the President should pre-occupy himself addressing the 10 point petition that the civil society, with the backing of the citizenry, pushed to him during the April 27 demonstrations. Playing divide and rule by attempting to wedge a knife between the civil society will not end electricity challenges, shambolic health service delivery and bring prudence to government finances.
By opting to indulge the activists on the Chilima problem which is currently unsettling the landscape in the DPP, what Mutharika is telling the Malawi nation is that he is a coward who cannot take charge of a situation, like the one ignited by Hurricane Callista, and resolve it once and for all.
We also take cognisant of the fact that, as is the case in most fields, there are mercenaries within the civil society grouping whose only interest is to advance their own agenda by indulging in politics of the belly. To them we say, in no uncertain terms, that Malawians are watching and history will judge you badly for opting to compromise the general good of Malawians.
As for Mutharika and his henchmen, all we can say is: Playing dirty won’t do the trick