On this day, the Father and Founder of the Malawi Nation, His Excellency Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, passed on.
Yet, his legacy lives on.
I am humbled to be one of those people privileged to have grown up and to have received my education when this great son of Africa, this great statesman, was in control. In our days, we took everything for granted. Today, Kamuzu has been proved otherwise.
As I meditate and celebrate his life, I have just two questions I want you, fellow Malawians, to ponder on:
1. How do you feel when you see the deteriorating infrastructure and the corrosion in the standards that Kamuzu set so high?
2. With respect to the rampant corruption – which he never taught us – and the absence of pragmatic leadership that Malawi is suffering from today; how long will you be happy to complain, complain and do nothing about it?
Our destiny, fellow Malawians, is today in our hands.
Just as John F. Kennedy said, “Our problems are man-made; therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings;” I submit that Malawi’s problems have always been of our own making, and hence they should not be beyond us.
And just like Kamuzu taught us, we should not gamble away our destiny.
Our destiny, Malawi’s destiny, is subject to our choices. And, the choice(s) we make now, in the run up to the May 2014 General elections, will either condemn future generations to plunderers or guarantee that future generations can look behind and say that our parents made the right choice.
With your support today, and with votes in May 2014, I believe that the Developed and Prosperous Malawi envisaged by Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda when he laid the foundation, is still attainable.
We only have ONE MALAWI, ONE FUTURE; hence join me on this quest to claim our destiny.
Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda – Rest in Peace. I commit to learn from your wisdom, your mistakes and reset Malawi on a path to development and prosperity.
Dr Lazarus Chakwera