Thanks for the words of encouragement. When we were
in Malawi a couple of years ago I did feel a sense of optimism with the new
Presidents' goals, the fact Maluzi was unsuccessful in circumventing the
Constitution so he could run for a 3rd term and a
general attitude that this was yet another "new beginning" for Malawi. What
frustrates me, therefore, is reading of the continuous haranguing by the
Old Guard when they should finally be accepting change and channeling some
energies toward creating a better life for Malawians.
Keep us posted Felix. I don't like being a
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Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2006 4:12
Subject: Re: [ujeni] Christine's
I was in Malawi earlier this year and while much
has changed, much remains the same. As to what Don is talking
about, while there I was impressed with what the President is trying
to do, turning round a rampantly corrupt system and professionalising govt,
but this is a long, long process and is not helped by donors who have been
used to ruling the roost. Put simply he is pissing off all
the people who should be pissed if he is doing things right.
I met with the Education Minister, Kate Kainja
and when I asked her about this she was quick to respond, saying that for the
last 12 years donors have had their say, but now she is working to take
ownership back to the Ministry and get the donors working with them rather
than vice versa.
When you hear stories of corruption please
remember to look at who is saying what. There is a lot of politicking
going on and personal interest shines through, UDF are running scared, Muluzi
in particular, and the President is playing a long hard game (and slowly
winning) in attacking what has gone on before. Govt is slowly changing,
the civil service is becoming more professional, but it is happening under the
cloud of what went on before. I returned from my visit cautiously
optimistic, but will be watching things carefully.