Chakwera calls for concerted effort to drive lasting change

Malawi President, Lazarus Chakwera has challenged the assembled gatekeepers to embrace principles of sacrificial leadership, to lead with courage, conviction, and an unwavering commitment to the hard work of rebuilding Malawi.

Chakwera made the remarks today during the long-awaited Dynamic Leaders and Gate Keepers Forum (DLGF) 7th Annual Conference at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe

Chakwera issued a powerful challenge to the nation’s leadership, urging them to make three critical sacrifices in order to catalyze the sweeping changes Malawi so desperately needs.

He quoted a verse of Hebrews 12 vs 1-7 that says “wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The president said for one to make progress, he or she must lose excess weight.

Chakwera said that most operations in the country operate at a snails pace.

He, acknowledged the country’s persistent struggles with inertia and the stubborn resistance to progress. Evoking the example of Christ’s own sacrifice, Chakwera laid out a clear blueprint for the type of transformative leadership required to overcome Malawi’s entrenched challenges.

The Facebook President emphasized the need for leaders to “sacrifice the excess weight” – whether outdated systems, incompetent personnel, or a pervasive culture of slowness that is holding the nation back.

He stressed the imperative for tough, decisive action to excise these impediments, even when it means making difficult decisions.

Chakwera called for a deep, introspective sacrifice of repentance, challenging the leaders to confront and purge the sins, pride, and ego that can easily ensnare and derail their efforts. Only by humbly acknowledging and addressing their own shortcomings, he said, can they hope to lead with the moral authority and conviction required for lasting change.

He underscored the indispensable sacrifice of endurance, reminding the audience that meaningful progress demands a steadfast commitment to see the process through, no matter the hardships encountered.

“Endurance is a sacrifice we must make as leaders. If it rains while you work, endure it. If it burns while you work, endure it. If it hurts while you work, endure it. If you suffer hunger while you work, endure it. If you suffer exhaustion while you work, endure it. If you suffer ridicule while you work, endure it. If you suffer reproach and public shaming while you work, endure it. If you suffer loneliness while you work, endure it. If you suffer loss while you work, endure it”, the President said.

In his remarks, Executive Chairman of the Dynamic Leaders and Gate Keepers Forum (DLGF), Rev. Zacc Kawalala has called on leaders in the country to be patriotic as a cost of rebuilding the nation.

He quoted a verse from the book of Luke where he has based his presentation.

In his remarks, Executive Director for Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority-MACRA, Daud Suleman said as the country builds on its patriotic citizens for development, there is need for growth also in the digital sector of the country.

He said that currently the nation has done well in digital penetration with a registered percentage of 60.

Professor Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza said the process of rebuilding the nation starts at homes from the head of families.

She has challenged people to reflect on how they are performing in their individual lives.

She has asked Malawians to concentrate much on their personal growth rather than castigating others.

The DLGF is an all-sector network of influential Christian Executives and societal leaders.

The main agenda of the conference is driven by issues affecting society that are identified through seven gates which cover every aspect of life and socioeconomic development.

This year’s theme was: “The Rising of Patriots for Change in Malawi: Counting the Cost of Rebuilding the Nation.”

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