Malawi Election: Media pluralism & Political tolerance

President Peter Mutharika (right) is facing a stiff challenge from Lazarus Chakwera (left) and Saulos Chilima (centre)
President Peter Mutharika (right) is facing a stiff challenge from Lazarus Chakwera (left) and Saulos Chilima (centre)

I have been in Malawi since last year till today on the day of elections. Never have I witnessed voter intimidation or political fights. People wear political regalia of their choice without fear. If only the rest of African countries could be like this then we may experience progress. Never have l experienced or witnessed harassment of foreigners as well what a growing haven of democracy and tolerance.

By Cranium Simpleton

Although Malawi is still ranked fourth amongst the poorest countries the future is promising l predict. Slowly but surely she is growing. The government of the day over the past four years has built roads, bridges & infrastructure which were never there before. This in turn is preparing the country to be a place of investment soon. They have build technical colleges& universities as well to develop not only the infrastructure but human labour as well. This from my own point of view is a wise move as this will go a way in preparing the country for investment opportunities.

There is media pluralism Malawi as the country boosts of more than 20 television stations and projects and over 30 radio stations. However, the print media is yet to expand as she has got not more than five newspapers. Her tourism industry is growing as well and very soon she will be a force to recon. Industrially Malawi is still legging behind however the government has so far created a conducive environment which if put to good use is geared to thrive.

Approximately the population of Malawi is up to 17million and is also growing because more foreigners from troubled nations are trickling in. However, it is important to note that Malawi is very peaceful and hospitable. More so politically. Since last year l have never witnessed violence in the name of political difference. Thus to Malawi is a rising epitome of democracy. During the campaigning period which came to an end yesterday there was mature discipline and tolerance second to none. Coming from a country like Zimbabwe which is rife with political intolerance, violence and intimidation l was impressed with the difference.

All parties big or small campaigned and canvassed for support in peace. People could wear any political regalia without fear. Some could exchange their regalia like what l see in football matches taunting each other but never fighting. How I wish this could be happening all over Africa more so in Zimbabwe where donning another political party’s regalia is taboo and can have one expelled immediately.

Voting is taking place today but I hope and pray whoever is chosen by the people of Malawi will continue to cultivate this scarce commodity called political tolerance and democracy amongst African nations.

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