“Their own worst enemy?”
President wa Mutharika’s second term of office has given cause to two questions about many African leaders: Are they their own worst enemy? Are they really different from other leaders elsewhere? They set the tone for how Africans are going to discourse. It will be them setting the terms, as they know best; they cannot take Africa over a cliff, they reassure.
That is from Steve Sharra’s post, Their own Worst Enemy? The Paradoxes of African Leadership & the Undermining of the African Cause. In it, Sharra paints a picture of Malawi’s president as having miscalculated — that the speeches he has made during and since the July 20th protests will sow his eventual demise. Much as I suspect most in the opposition will agree, only time will tell whether ordinary Malawians are going to have the will and opportunity to change their lot.
I recommend the post as it also provides an on-the-ground report of Sharra’s experience on July 20 near Mzuzu, where many of the July 20th casualties occurred.