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Political Scientist Wonderful Mkhutche writes a book on humanism and politics in Malawi

Blames government for not promoting reading culture

A young political scientist and writer Wonderful Mkhutche has written short essays book called humanism and politics in Malawi.

Speaking in an interview with Nthanda Times, Mkhutche said the book seeks to provide a deep understanding on how politics affects humanism and in turn how the humanism affects politics.

“Through this book, I want to do two things. Firstly, I want to help the readers understand how issues of humanism affect politics and vice versa. Secondly, I want to provide alternative ways on how best to grow in spritual life as well as practicing politics in a good manner,” said Mkhutche.

Mkhutche further said the book is currently receiving positive feedback from readers, saying it will transform people’s lives politically and spiritually.

Mkhutche: the book has received a positive feedback

“It is quite interesting that people are now appreciating this book saying it is a very important book in life. To me this is an achievement and I feel myself to be a great of today and tomorrow. No matter how it gets to me, this is an achievement and the work of spreading knowledge and ideas is now in a good truck,” he said.

Mkhutche revealed to Nthanda Times that he managed to overcome several challenges he encountered in the process of compiling the book.

“To come up with this book, I have survived big challenges, some being the time management since writing a book requires enough time.It was hard to manage my other duties and at the same time concentrate on the book, but still, through my self-scrifice I made it. Another challenge was about generating ideas on humanism topics since this is uncommon thing in Malawi and many people oppose them.You have to take time to present ideas that can persuade readers,” he said.

Mkhutche however blamed government for not doing enough in promoting reading culture.The Young political analyst highlighted that budding writers are not exposed due to high publishing charges.

“Government is not doing enough in promoting reading culture. We need to do more. Budding writers are not given an opportunity since publishing and promoting a book is expensive in Malawi. We need a society which is receptive to new kind of books. Lastly, there is a need for the government to promote reading culture in young ones and that is from primary school to secondary school. Let this be a way of life.

“Government must help in promoting reading culture so as to create receptive environment of books. On the other hand, writers must continue writing. They should not be discouraged,” he said.

In his comment on how helpful the book is, one of the book readers Edgar Kapiza Bayani said the ‘Humanism and Politics’ book is a very important book if one is to understand politics and humanism in Malawi.

“This is a great book people should enjoy reading and gain knowledge on politics and humanism. If the one is to understand political issues and human, this is the best book to read. Thank you Mkhutche for coming up with this amazing short essays book,” he commended.

The Humanism and politics in Malawi” short essays book will be launched in November, 2021 at Mzuzu University in Mzuzu.

Apart from ‘Humanism and Politics in Malawi’ book, Mkhutche has written several other books including a biography of the longest and most celebrated artist Lucius Banda.

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