By: Dr Qeko
Sometime when I look into the political domain of our nation, I tend to wonder and ask what actually could this nation have been like if the late Prof. Bingu Wamthalika was still alive? Looking around you wonder and get astonished at the way things are and at the myopic approach in terms of how things are administered. It is also a wonder when you see how people and leaders fail to see beyond their nose as they only see and live for today. We have leaders who cant think beyond today and tomorrow which is sad indeed. In the private and the public sector leaders and technocrats who are pulled in the game politically cant think beyond and seem not to know what to do hence the nation is not able to progress in terms of development.
Now if this man the Prof. the second Ngwazi was still alive, a lot could have changed in terms of development. This Bingu was the type of a President who if he took over from Kamuzu Malawi could have been another paradise. See his accomplishment and the type of projects he gave the nation of Malawi. These are tangible projects that will stay and be part of Malawi forever. This is the man who gave the people of Chitipa that road after all other presidents kept of lying to the people in the name of politics. This is the man who blessed the late Dr Banda with a good and nice resting place the mausoleum in city centre in Lilongwe. When Bakili Muluzi and his UDF government kept on lying about this project, Bingu not only came with words but Action to construct such a good resting place for the father and founder of Malawi nation.
This is the man who was not only educated and once held high international positions but he had a great brains that were able to translate visions into real action plan to be fulfilled. Visiting city centre in Lilongwe today you would see a serious city transformation with the following key projects that were all born our of his vision and dream and these include, the new parliament building, the Bingu conference Centre, the only 5 star hotel, the Presidential villas, the new stadium, the State of the art University of Technology in Thyolo. All these project speaks of one thing, that Bingu was a visionary leader who not only cared about the Malawi of today but the Malawi of the future.
Now if Bingu was still alive we could have been having by today the road network could have greatly improved with the dual carriageways from Blantyre to Lilongwe and all the way to the northern corridor. In the vision of the late Prof. Muthalika the dual carriageway was the next agenda for the nation and there was no discussion about this because he was determined to give this nation what we need most in terms of road communication. He said one day that road network is the backbone of any meaningful development. Also with such nice road network for the first time there could have been tollgates all the way through the road which would generate revenue for road maintenance.