The State of National Address (SONA) in the recent past has been an empty composition of words that carried with them a bundle of unfulfilled promises.
Many a people have often absconded it. If they persevered its delivery to the end, they would be left with a heavy heart. A future was never promised. Hope was never instilled.
SONA symbolizes the summary of government’s plan for its citizenry. In it, the citizens expects term strategies that would make their environment easier to dwell in, operate businesses in, and deliverables as to how the said strategizes would be achieved.
For this reason every Malawian is always attentive and glued to radio and Television in other cases, to listen to what the leader, being the president has in store for them.
On 4th September, 2020, The president of the Republic of Malawi, His Excellency Dr. Lazarus McArthur Chakwera, gave his maiden SONA in the Malawi Parliament as he was opening the 49th chapter of the proceedings, a house he had previous been part of as a member of parliament for Lilongwe – Kasiya Constituency.
In His Official address to the Nation after the Inauguration speech, one that left Malawians hopeful and motivated to work hard and smart in rebuilding the country from the rubbles of the recent past, the President, continued to instill hope and confidence to the citizenry. He challenged the populace by attacking the pangs of poverty; “The poverty of our people is man-made, which means it can be unmade”.
The President further assured Malawians that, “Ours is not a poor country, but an impoverished one.” He went on to reveal to the nation how a whopping US$85,000,000 worth of gold had been smuggled outside of the country but unscrupulous illegal miners thereby denying the rest of the country the benefit attached.
With His usual poise and collective calmness the President highlighted key projects the government is to undertake in order to propel the country from the abyss of poverty to a promised and rich future.
Echoing the voice of the president was the Minister of Information Hon Gospel Kazako; “we must proclaim progress and success for our nation. We must stand for it. We must work for it. We must share the pain for it. We must visualize it. We will get it.”
He went on to urge the citizens, “we should NOT accept to share a language with poverty. We should refrain from sharing a platform with retrogression. We must be firm and ready for a battle against negativity.”
While the country is on a rebuilding exercise, there are many calls from the citizenry who feel betrayed by previous administration, for the removal of the stooges they believe were plated by them in the government machinery. However the Minister reminded Malawians that the Tonse Alliance government is built on the adherence to the rule of law. He went on to highlight the need to avoid litigations that may follow should a haste action be taken in firing the officers who are perceived to be part of the machinery that led to the downfall of the country, as many have contracts that are still running. For this reason the will see them through as advised by the Attorney General, Dr. Chikosa Sulungwe.
Malawi is getting her warmth back. A warmth that was lost to corruption, nepotism, tribalism and poor management of resources rendering it cold in the confines of poverty.