By staff writer 20/12/17
Guess what happens when someone fails to run a country efficiently? They start crediting themselves for projects and programs that are not theirs. Yes government is a relay race where one leaves projects for others to finish but those who finish them should acknowledge that the idea and planning was not theirs.
Malawi leader Peter Mutharika has not done well in terms of leadership since he took office in 2014. Two years to the next election he is now trying to relaunch projects that were planned by his predecessor Dr Joyce Banda.
It is a sad sight to see him travelling long distances from the capital Lilongwe just to lay foundation stones on projects that were already launched by Dr Banda.
This year he went to Mzuzu where he launched the 46km Mzuzu-Nkhatabay Road. Let’s say he relaunched it because this project was planned and launched in 2013 when Dr Joyce Banda was in power.
The US $36-million project was approved by the Board of Directors in March 2013. African Development Fund financing represents 95 per cent of the total cost of the project. The project is planned to be implemented over a period of four years from 2013 to 2017.
The African Development Fund-financed Mzuzu-Nkhata Bay Road Rehabilitation Project in Malawi and the launch took place on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
The project involves widening of the 46-kilometre road between the northern city of Mzuzu and Nkhata Bay district, from the current 4.2 metres to 6.7 m and construction of an asphalt-concrete surface with 1.5-m sealed shoulders.
But why is Mutharika stealing projects done by others? His CV as President is poor filled with failed programs like community colleges which are not yielding fruits, cement and malata subsidy which is in shambles and public sector reforms which are a total failure.
Sadly, Mutharika has himself launched his own projects which are yet to kick-start. For instance he two years ago laid a foundation stone in Mzimba for Mombera University. The stone/plaque is up to now the only feature at the vast piece of land. Not even a bag of cement or brick has been laid.
Having failed to achieve in three and half years it is certain that Mutharika will not do anything worth pointing at by 2019. His only fate is to be voted out by Malawians who are living in abject poverty.