“Nothing frustrates me more when I hear folks complaining [about their country] and then you ask them, ‘did you vote?’ ‘No.’ ‘What? You cannot complain if you didn’t vote.”
– Barrack Obama.
One of the topics we usually refrain from, as a magazine, is the topic of politics. We believe dealing with political issues comes with a price in a country like ours, particularly, where it is hard to report for one party without the public thinking you have strong affiliations with the party.
Subsequently, we simply decided to refrain from getting involved with politics due to the effects [positive or negative] we think it would have on us as a magazine. Well, until our 3rd Issue was released with politician and Vice President of the country, Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima as the cover.
Our policy on not addressing political issues was revoked as we believe that all citizens should be aware of the importance of political issues. Any decision that is made by the highest office in the country affects our lives as Malawian citizens in one way or another. How so then, can we stay away from a field that affects our lives whether we decide to get ourselves involved in it or not?
We are indeed living in exciting times. A time when the youth finally have the power to get their voices heard. A time when even a child that was born in 2000 now has the right to vote for the next president of the Republic of Malawi. But most of the 2000 babies, and the youth of different ages, do not see the need to go out and vote. And indeed, how do you convince the young generation to stand in a line for long hours when they would rather spend that time tweeting or texting their young crushes on WhatsApp?
As pathetic as that may sound, social media is still loved a lot by this group of people (the youth); the same group that makes up about 65% of Malawi’s population. The same group that has the highest percentage of people who have registered to vote, according to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).
It’s high time young people in Malawi realized that they have power within them. Power given to them by the constitution. Power to vote. Power to retain their leader or the power to replace their leader.
“The election’s almost here. That means it’s time to use your power. That means it’s time to vote. Because if you don’t, other people will. If you sit this one out, you’re letting someone else make important decisions about the life you’re going to live; the community you call home; and the future that affects us all. You’re handing it all over to someone else.”
– Michelle Obama
Need we say more? Let’s go out, in numbers, and vote for the man we think is right to rule our country, Malawi, for the next 5 years.