Echoes from the Past….new government?

Now that dust has settled in Malawi after a series of protests against the old regime, all eyes are now fixed on the Tonse Alliance led government to deliver its promises and implement reforms that are touted to transform the country. Way back during mass protests, many people yearned for social and political change after getting frustrated with the ineffective DPP led government. As a result, many at the moment expect change to come imminently.

The new administration led by President Dr Lazarus Chakwera and his vice, Dr Saulos Chilima have been tasked to spearhead change without delay. That is the broad expectation of majority! On the contrary, transformation may take time to practically manifest. There are other things that can be fixed quickly while some may take time. To expect transformation of the nation in a blink of an eye would be an underestimation of the reality. Many countries we admire today sacrificed a lot over a long period of time to be at the level they are today. A quick look on the French Revolution that brought remarkable change in France and beyond will show that change is process of complexities which involves so many things to materialise.

Revolution: Malawi election protest in 2019 will go down in history as revolution.

The French Revolution was a result of people’s discontent with the monarchy. Many people especially the poor had lost trust in the king and his government because it failed to address their concerns. At the centre of the challenges, was that most people resented paying tax when the nobles, clergy and government officials were exempted from doing so. And the king’s arrogance infuriated people who sought to take things in their own hands. Consequently, a wave of protests against the king spanned France until the monarchy collapsed. A new dawn of political reforms was on the plate hoping to create a society that everyone in France would be proud of.

Following the triumph of the revolution, a number of reforms were done to change the nation. People had anticipated a quick formula to fix things but it turned out differently. Many who took part in the revolution did not live to experience the impact of their effort against the monarchy. The revolution created a platform from which reforms were later carried out and changed France’s social and political landscape. Essentially, what France is today is attributed to the aftermath of the revolution which happened hundreds of years ago.

Fast forward to Malawi.  In the past months, Malawi has experienced political transformation that was least expected by many. Even though the protests that happened in Malawi cannot be regarded as a revolution, the circumstances bear people’s disappointment towards the then unpopular DPP led administration that repeatedly made headlines for wrong reasons.

When the winds of change blows of a nation

The rise of the Tonse Alliance led government has pushed people’s hopes to unimaginable level. The expectation is that the new administration should bring forth reforms that will produce desirable change as soon as possible. However as earlier alluded to, the achievements of the French Revolution were not realised in a month or a year. It was a process that was tried and tested until the nation reached the level it was admired by many. The protests that happened in Malawi recently, have reset the nation to a point that many are now looking to the future with renewed hope.

Malawians should understand that transforming a nation economically and politically is a long process that involves so many things and it requires patience. When man is factored in the equation of change, a lot is at stake. The new administration need some operating time to carry out the reforms and move the nation forward. All in all, the good thing is that the protests have laid the foundation for effecting reforms that will take the nation to another level.


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Geoffrey Mchinanguwo Gondwe is an Educationist, Social Analyst, Historian and Writer. Currently teaches History and English



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