A week after Malawians went to the polls, the results are yet to come out. It is distressing that Malawi has to join the list of African countries that have left more questions raised as to whether democracy can work on the continent. Malawi has gone further to demonstrate that power struggle knows no gender. The country’s electoral commission, incumbent president and opposition parties are embroiled in lawsuits and counter-suits over vote count.
Malawi's case, as in many other African countries, demonstrates that democracy works best in an environment with clear core national interests. Such interests will compel a country to put in place proper institutions to ensure stability and progress. The wellbeing of Malawians is greater than the interests of the political elites. It is important therefore that Malawians remain calm and point the political class to the use of institutions to resolve their disputes. It is time that African countries engaged in deep reflection and discussion on governance systems and economic progress. Election cycles should not be allowed to be brakes that hold back development; rather they should become catalysts that bring fresh impetus to enable Africans achieve their dreams.