political education a must in Malawi
By Analytical Rose - Tue Jan 15, 9:50 am
By Analytical Rose,
I am Malawian and of course what happens to Malawi is of great importance to me . I have to admit that I don’t at the moment live in Malawi but I go there very frequently and I intend to go back there very soon. Because I live outside the country, I have the previlage of being able to compare political systems I am exposed to, I am able to look at Malawi from outside, and while I appreciate the importance of actually being in a system to appreciate the intricacies of what really is going on, I also value the strategic place my type of situation can provide one.
I was a very young child when The Late Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda ruled Malawi with an Iron fist. This style of leading the country had its advocates and its antagonists. One of the legacies of the Kamuzu era is the fact that we regard teaching politics in our country as being a danger. From what I gathered in those days, it was said that if you have students exposed to political principles you are planting the very seeds for disturbalising elements. It is believed or used to be believed that such students would as they got to understand politics start such things as uprisings in the country etc…. I would like to make a case for reviewing this stand. I want to make this case because, I am of the opinion that we now have reached a point in our development where we need to understand a lot more of the roles we are required to play as citizens.
When I observe acts by our law makers that seem to irritate, annoy, surprise or indeed shock the voter, an honest analysis of the situation leaves me realising that a lot of it is born of ignorance. I would like to challenge just how much of the Malawian MP really understands what an MP position is all about? How much do our leaders understand about the position of the president. Sometimes, especially in this government, you hear things being said, or done in a manner that makes one cringe!I think we need to appreciate that a political position is a job like any other and in most jobs we do in life we train for those jobs, the same should be for politics. To become a president is no joke, one has to understand such a continuam of attiquette to become a respectable and successful president that it is daunting really!, Let me list a few:
They need to know how to behave at which gathering
They need to know what they say means so many different things depend o where and who they are speaking to
They need to know they cannot say certain things till the National assembly have made up their minds
Presidents are supposed to be dignified, you cannot start picking on people’s natural short comings at a public speech as we have had recently
A president needs to be knowlegeable in affairs of the world, to be able to make decidisons about her country in ralation to the world. The volume to read on a daily basis is such that a president needs to be an avid reader
Just chosing your advisors, you need as a president need to know exactly what you want from your advisers and what levels of intergroty they have
The list my fellow Malawians is very long and I am sure you can add your own to it. Most of our leaders have not got any where near this degree of sophistication to be able to address most issues in politics and I feel very strongly that this is contributing to the poor performances our leaders seem to put out. So we need in Malawi to introduce political sciences in the university. Our children need to be able to learn about politics in a controlled enviroment so they can make better leaders in future. We cannot live in fear, we have to trust Malawians. We have to teach and train them well so that they do well in their political careers like we train them in other careers and I am sure Malawian politics will move in the right direction for us. Political concepts need to be taught so that people taking on these jobs can stand up to any other politician in the world. At present we are scratching the surface!