FREE EXPRESSION (MalawiTalk) – Until today, all I knew was that there are some silly and worthless things a Head of State must not do and, one such, is laying foundation stones for a project.
In fact, it wasn’t just me who, until today, held that perspective.
Until today, President Dr Lazarus Chakwera shared the thought. That is why, time without number, he attacked former leader Peter Mutharika for concentrating on laying foundation stones than executing real projects.
Well, Chakwera looked smatter then. Perhaps that is why Malawians found it important to give him the lead so that some of these laying foundation stones madness dies completely.
But look where we are now?
It wouldn’t be an understatement to conclude that, one, Chakwera fooled us with a perfect gentleman look yet, deep down, nothing tangible.
He used his oratory skills to look like a change agent yet, deep down, he is as clueless like his predecessor.
So here we are.
Chakwera has laid a foundation stone, today, on the so-called first multi-purpose indoor sports complex in Lilongwe.
You must be shocked, as I am, that Chakwera, steadily but with speed, is turning into the person he was heavily against while in opposition.
The idea of laying foundation stone is on vain undertaking that, in all intents and purposes, should have been left to a ward councillor or a local chief.
To have an entire Head of State presiding over such trivia may easily delude one to conclude that the President doesn’t have much at his desk to concentrate. I don’t believe that. There is just too much, substantial ones, on the desk of the president needing his attention.
His resort to foundation stones, I argue, is only a public relation stunt of wanting to be seen to be involved in serious national projects in face of being accused of doing nothing.
Yes, time is running out for him and he wants to be seen as a John Pombe Magufuli who he eulogized perfectly with words but failed to learn from his leaders.
That’s is why when Magufuli was developing Tanzania with action not speeches and laying stones, he actually saw Chakwera coming with poems in his praise!
- Cyril Bini is Editor-at-Large of MalawiTalk. His column is called “Free Expression”