TRUTH BE TOLD,
(But firstly, you will read this at your own risk and am sorry for the hard truth in this letter)
If you are 45 years and above and you are a Malawian, this is the country you have helped build right?
I want to pat you on the back and highlight what you have achieved.
I travel around and I see the type of houses you people have built! I see the roads! I see the schools where pupils are learning under trees.
This is what you have done in your 45+ years for this country right?
You guys have built this nation!
A nation Full of mediocrity,
Full of beggars,
Zero real service delivery,
A hand-clapping culture nation,
Full of Corrupt Leaders,
Non stop blackouts,
Nonsense issues like a Presidential Jets, while millions are going with one meal a day in a hospitals somewhere right?
Did I hear you correctly?
Where is dignity when it is naked truth that you are one of the poorest countries on the planet? Why do you need dignity in that state?
So in fact, you guys are People who have been unable to plant grass (udzu) called maize that bears corn for your own food right?
With all your wisdom, there are No medicine in hospitals and we have a bunch of people who go to school, get papers and photo portraits of themselves wearing "wisdom gowns and hats?" with zero wisdom in their heads? Am I correct?
Yes you have helped create a generation that thinks owning the latest mobile phone brand on the market or a Vitz/Passo/March Japanese used car even bought with loans that will take them 6 years to repay and with no source to fuel it up is the only sign of success. A generation that hides its real status in slim fit suits and ties, make ups and foundations bought on credit, because debt is all this country has ever been run on.
You have raised this generation that thinks getting likes on posts like this one, Instagram likes and retweets are better than real service to their communities.
And you have called us Generation Y? The lost generation?
If you are above the age of 45, please accept that you are part of the reason all shops in our major cities of this country are owned by Lebanese, Chinese, Indians and Nigerians.
Do not be mad at me because I have just reminded you that you are the reason why all hawkers and groceries in our locations are owned by Burundians, Congolese, Sudanese and all these Malawians of other African countries' origin.
Remember you told us to go to school, get good grades so we can get a good job when you never created any jobs? Now you say we are useless?
I said if you were born before 1970, you are the reason we have all these young people in the streets doing nothing except selling tooth picks imported from China and Ma memory card a nyimbo kale.
Accept that you are the cause of all these underage pregnancies, marriages and hookers along the streets of Bwandilo, Hannover, Lingadzi and Luwinga.
If you are above 40 you know well that you are struggling to fit in in this high tech world! And you are the reason why we are lagging behind as you are too slow to adjust and not ready to accept that you need help to understand what we have brought in this world. And you cling into that office doing nothing only being paid every month with zero progress made.
Do you not still think social media let alone the internet are the devils agents?
If you were above the age of 10 when Kamuzu came back from England, your thinking and action is what has put this country where it is today.
No inspiring leadership!
Full of greedy politicians,
Full of clueless NGOs!
Full of Fearful Citizens!
Full of Clueless Voters!
Full of Envy!
Full of Hunger!
Full of Diseases!
Full of natural disasters!
Full of Rich Foreigners.
Full of Poverty!
Now I am sure I have lost my intended audience and you are still reading probably because you are Below the age of 40 and you think you are not responsible for the mess we are in.
Now, You are the reason someone will rewrite this piece 30 years from now asking you what you have done for this nation.
You are the reason this country will be a different place for the next generation! Either better or worse.
You are the solution of kicking out these greedy leaders and show them how to lead in the next few years.
Now take a moment and Think!
What are you Ready TO DO for This Poor Country these OLD GUARDS have created for US?
Don't bother answering me!
Go and start doing that right now but be for you go, share this with someone you know must understand this.
Your Fellow millennial.
(Originally posted on Facebook)
Dennis Imaan is a Global Citizen born and currently staying in Malawi. He loves to share his experiences and lessons with others. Travel, Tourism, Innovations, Media and Youth development are close to his heart.