After boreholes at Queen’s Hospital, what next? Malawi of ‘Mapwevupwevu’ govt

Come to think of it, nothing that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is doing  should take anyone by surprise.

President Peter Mutharika: Get your prioritis right

President Peter Mutharika: Get your prioritis right

At least not in Malawi.

Because, when one recalls that era of“bad” laws, of fuel and forex shortages, of media unfriendly laws, of opposition and civil society bashing, of hoodwinking Malawians on a wide range of issues by pretending ‘to listen’ after gluing gum in executive ears, of suspiciousstewardship over public assets,of unnecessary stand-offs that went on for months without a solution,one has to accept that we have been down this road before.

We have been to hell and back with DPP, therefore nothing happening today is new. And with ourselves probably to blame, we should only expect a downhill ride and the worst.

Nepotism does not even begin to come into this discussion because tribal favouritismis more or less DPP’s ‘legal tender’.

Yes, nepotism, blatant bias along tribal lines; although often refuted at the highest echelon of DPP, is what the Kwacha is to Malawi, the Pound Sterling is to the United Kingdom, and the Rand to the Republic of South Africa.

It is, to put it in perfect perspective,the glue that holds the DPP together.

Take away nepotism, and take away the few opportunists and hangers-on walking about chewing monster yellow-buns and you have no DPP.

You want to tell DPP to stop practicing nepotism? You might as well tell a leopard to change its spots.

Now, just when one begins to think that having hit the bottom we cannot sink any lower; is when the DPP pulls a blockbuster.

I am not referring to the ‘give-away’ of the Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) because, on this one, all of us are equally to blame, individually and collectively.

We ought to have seen that one coming.

With due respect to the coup d’état of the MSB, the formula isfool-proof.

It wascrafted by a “political engineer”, perfected by an “economic engineer” and today, all that a “constitutional engineer” had to do was to sell Malawians a dummy, pick the loot and the rest is the story of finders keepers losers weepers.Game over.

The formula is crude but effective. Just as it worked between 1994 and 2004; and it functioned between 2004 and 2012;today, it is just as potent.

You want to learn the a-b-c of looting public assets? Check this:

  1. Condemn a state-owned entity to bankruptcy by appointing a dubious CEO. Examples are NOIL, ADMARC, Stagecoach, National Bus Lines, and today MSB.
  2. Ransack the company by either stripping it of its assets, or by creating a huge debt that leaves it bleeding.When possible, doboth simultaneously, as surety.
  3. Start shedding crocodile tears,wailing to all and sundry that the company is not performing etc.and all that jazz.Pause and wait.

The IMF does the rest.

The omniscient IMF technocrats always come in, swallow the bait, and pronouncethe magic word: “SELL!”

And lo: you have a licence to loot from none other than the IMF!

Finally, armed with the IMF licence to loot,you connive with a local businessman, especially these greedy types that care very little about their reputation and image, engineer the privatisation commission to him, bribe a few journos to write stories of doom, get a barefoot lawyer or two to “opine” and boom!

A national asset is gone with none the wiser!

Since they say practicemakes perfect, the formula has been perfected over the years.

But nevertheless, we should have seen it coming. Hence my saying: we are all guilty as charged.

The MSB scam, however, is not what I want to discuss.

Ladies and gentlemen, I have learnt with dismay from one of our gallant dailies, that it has pleased the DPP to take those of us that frequent the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) back to the days of the Han Dynasty of China between 202 BC and 220 AD.


Rather than enjoy water from taps – in keeping with modern amenities–when we fall sick or when we have to serve as guardians;we will be reminiscing the days of the Han Dynasty of Chinainas far as water is concerned.

Boreholes, folks, will be part and parcel of the landscape at this historic referral hospital.

You and I will be drinking from boreholes in the 21st century, in the very heart of Malawi’s commercial city of Blantyre, thanks to the coloured dreams of the DPP leadership.

Surely, Dr. David Livingstone must be turning in his grave!

In case you are not familiar with a borehole(having grown up in cities), I will freely prepare you for this spectacle.

A borehole is an ancient technique that dates back over three thousand years.

It originated in China, where bits of bamboo, attached to a heavy weight, were used to drill water wells.

Since then, the technology has somewhat evolved, but the concept and contraption are the same.

These contraptions are what our colour-dreaming pharaohs have decided should service us at QECH, as they invest our hard-earned taxes in a new Banqueting Hall at the State Residence,so that they can party in more trendysurroundings.

Now, please permit me to digress a bit.

Not too long ago, a veteran and esteemed scribe called this very same DPP a ‘watered-down version of Boko Haram’.

I did not agree with this assessment because the middle “P” in DPP supposedly represents“progressive”.

And the Boko Haram is anything but progressive!

Today, I am having second thoughts.

In this day and age, which “progressive” government provides its metropolitan patients with boreholes in a country’s commercial capital?

Who does that?

Not that money is in short supply, no.As we all know – there is enough in the 2015/16 Budget to build banquet halls at the State House.

We have enough to multiply the already bloated and often unaudited State Residence Budget.

Lack of money therefore is not an excuse.

Shortage of money is not why we are going backwards.

We will be drinking from boreholes because DPP has an overwhelming urge to see us drink from boreholes because the DPP, like its Naija brother, loathes progress, as we know it.

Just like Boko Haram detests Western Education, these characters believe we are not fit to drinktap water. They know best what is good for us.

What cheek!

DPP, a watered-down version of Boko Haram? What further evidence do we need?Do not laugh or celebrate because this comes with a problem.

Firstly, I doubt if the DPP banqueting halls will be fitted with the boreholes they want us to drink from, when we are sick.

Secondly, and more seriously, with this love of ancient ‘technologies’ for “others”; and state-of-the-art banqueting halls for “them”; the DPP taxes on sms texting and internet now begin to make sense.

Personally, I have braced myself for a presidential decree that will condemn the use of smartphones and androids andcompel us to revert to the predecessor of the telephone, i.e.two tins connected by string – in lieu of a telephone.

After all the foundation has already been laid viapunitively prohibitive taxes on a service that the majority of us, the 15 million of us, barely afford.

Some advice?

First, for you my dear fellow countrymen and women condemned to boreholes: start collecting tins and strings, their prices willsky-rochet when a law is passed making them the ‘official means of communication’ in keeping with this borehole-at-queens-in-21st Centuryregressive thinking.

Secondly, and seriously, President Peter Mutharika should know that when push comes to shove, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and Kamuzu Central Hospital are where we are rushed to during emergencies.

In his shoes, I would ensure that, in the least, these hospitals have running water, which is a vital for surgical operations and safe motherhood.

While the State House [Mapwevupwetu Hall]  Banquet-hall is a luxury which we cannot –given the prevailing economic hardship – afford; running water, in any hospital is literally a matter of life or death.

And President Mutharika should know this better than many of us.

I rest.

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60 thoughts on “After boreholes at Queen’s Hospital, what next? Malawi of ‘Mapwevupwevu’ govt”

  1. Utawasala says:

    BT waterboard is a shame to the people always is having excuses. This waterboard should be removed and have new people who can have people at heart. Bt is the poorest waterboard supply than all other waterboards in Malawi. They have no excuses today cause the problem is greedy and employing wrong people.

  2. d simale says:

    the solution is mounting vast water reservours, game down.

  3. Tateyo says:

    Someone is praising DPP for drilling boreholes in a commercial city,stupid idiots.Someone is saying this will lessen water bills at the hospital,why has DPP raised tax on internet and other related services?I think Malawians are now taken for a ride.How can we allow uncircumcised Caroline Savala to whoop over k100million from govt coffers under our watch?Malawi lidzakhala dziko lomvetsa chisoni mpaka kalekale.

  4. kabotolokamo says:

    Thinking loud , water can travel far and fast why not pump water from lake Malawi to Blantyre ! it will make more sense and some one will get work to do , rather than cash gate ! Knowing Malawians they will want someone to fund it and they steal the money !

  5. malawian says:

    Some will call it great reason, same hate, some tribalism and so on but lets face this issue with a sober mind.
    Drilling boreholes at the hospital can be the alternative to the shortage of water which is due to interruptions in water supply- is due to rationing of the scarce resource im not sure on that and we believe people will be helped at the hospital with the warer from the boreholes and Malawians are not against that, the issue is why bt water board is failing to supply water to the city. 51 years of in of independence its had to believe that until know we have issues wigh water supply yet we have many fresh water bodies in the country, we are not committed to develop our country, why cant focus on sorving this problem on a bigger scale. I believe money is not a limitation nor lack of engineers but its because of greed. Let set our priorities right, we have all the resources required for the nation to develop but need people are selfish to lead. This is the truth but some will call it hate statements. Development will not be seen unless we are will to change the way we approach issues that matters,
    Without vision people perish

    1. Mbwerera za Nzeru says:

      SURE????? How about halting the banquet hall project and turn the money on reserve tanks. I think a reserve tank in a size of hall can contain millions of litres enough to ensure no water shortage and more safer water than a borehole.

  6. concerned citizen says:

    I have three questions. 1 .After the boreholes are sunk are they going to be connected
    directly to the piped water system of the hospital? 2. Is the water going to be treated before consumption ? It is most likely that the under ground water in the city of Blantyre is contaminated. We all know that the sewage system in Blantyre is most of the time running over the surface in many areas of the city and ends up sipping into the ground and also into the already contaminated rivers in the city. Question 3. Are there no pit latrines in the vicinity of queen’s? Pit latrines, is another source of ground water contamination. Alternatively , the boreholes could be sunk far away from human settlements in the bush and the water pumped into reserviour tanks where it will be treated and then pumped directly to queens main water pipes. City of Blantyre environmental officers please put your foot down on this one

  7. CHIPAPWICHE says:

    Yah, Malawi now, I think its totally absard to condenm the construction of boreholes at queens hospital. Look at how people suffer when water board cannot supply enough water to the residents. The construction on boreholes does not mean phasing out mipopi imene ilipo but just suppimenting. So to a person who is non partisan and with balanced thinking, I see no reason for showering insults at one another for this. Look even people living in low density areas have boreholes in their yards, that doesn’t mean they are living in stone age era no. koma a Malawi kukonda kunyoza chilichonse bwanji, walembawe you just spent your time for nothing coz enafe situonapo nkhani apa. Tiyeni tizikamba zeni zeni. Iweyo ndivuto lamadzi mmene limakhalira ukanapangapo chani poti water problems are there and have been there and will be there. All is needed is a longterm solution to water problems in Bt so you cant wait for people to suffer as you are looking for the solutions hence this remedy.

    1. Chipa says:

      And the banquet halls bwana? Mwadumphapotu. Wasn’t financing long term solution for BT water woes supposed to be the priority instead of the banquet halls? Kapena ndikumene mumadyera ma banzi? Think.

  8. Charles Muheya says:

    Keep on making noise about the results of Dalani’s result – but know is that up to now, government has not yet paid pensioneers their 14th money! I salute the DPP government for this.

  9. Sd says:

    Majority of Malawians use borehores,R they stupid?may b. Boreholes ll help [email protected] now till then..above all govt is not well [email protected] moment

    1. DS says:

      Abwana, mwaswera?

      I have read all the comments to this article and congratulations, yours is the most pathetic.

      Please consider kubwerera ku sukulu. It could do wonders to your thinking capability.

      Am ready to help.

  10. Honourable Chanamuna says:

    Pangozi kakhani galasi ili kkkkk

  11. mahopu says:

    My brother u have wrote sense & don’t fear this beast of a leader by hiding ur name. Feel protected. I have never seen a ruthless leader like this one in my entire livity. Chi Idiamin chenicheni ichi. How can he be a leader without even using common sense? APM, u are provocking pple with ur doings & ur conduct can bring terrorism in our lovely land. U think what is it that lead to torrorism in other nations? Pple are fade up with such unruly leadership. Malawians are fade up with ur unreasonable & unbalanced thinking systimatic leadership. Muzibela mavoti muli ndi nzeru to prove urselves right not otherwise. Nanu a Mbendera & the judiciary can u see nyasi zautsogoleri mwatibweretsera izi bcoz of greedy & unbalanced thinking decisions.

  12. Mwama Du says:

    Boleholes in BT! And yet someone says atumbuka muzaoneko tauni. Tauni yake yiti? Kkkkkkkkk

  13. kabotolokamo says:

    Now central medical stores should also be told kukafuna makhwala a zisamba ! soon kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk! oh dear laughing my lungs out !lol DPP .. Hahahaha!

  14. says:

    U never cease to amaze me the wise one. Ur articles especially this one triggers my interest for reading more and more of your articles. But alas! Borehole at queen elizabeth!my foot. Let Ben phiri read this and pass it on to his professor. Wise one ur more than proffessor himself.

  15. Pachiphwiisi paPita says:

    Kodi environmental health officer waBlantyre ndani, taletsani izi. Stand up and be counted now n

  16. kabotolokamo says:

    There will be one at Sanjika , for VIP …KKKKKKKK!

  17. kumva says:

    Paja a Malawian is good at analysis, offloading what he/she learnt in school with no practicallity result. U were in forefront condemning DPP in the past years later u realized you were wrong after Bingu died.. You realized every basic commodity went up.. Fuel from K300 to K700 a litre.. And then you started sobbing again. Iwe M’malawi osauka you are not yet there to wish for freedom.. Umafuna zokuphaipha..easy money…easy life..Wanama…uzilirabe kulimbana ndi kudzudzula boma lolamula and yielding tears at the end. I remember when Peter said aliyense azikhala mu office by 7:30am.. Newspaper front page ‘president is harsh’… hahahaha..M’malawi sungalemere choncho.. Ukufuna ka life ka pa easy.. Uzinyauda koma ulibe kanthu.. ine nde I don’t complain.. I work like Chinese..ndikuiphula..zanga zikuyenda

  18. nganituwe says:

    That’s what you chose so don’t cry, munthu oti sadawine but you allowed him to be a leader just because of same nepotism you are denying now

  19. Ntakataka says:

    Mathanyula and your retarded adminstration are taking us 51 years backwards. I think the white colonialist needs to come back. We have failed miserably to govern ourselves. 51 years we have nothing to show but unbeliveable corruption rooting and disgraceful mismanagement

  20. all-i-can-say says:

    This is not 1st of April right? The country has been sold cheap to these thieves. What a waste of space these bandits are! These DPP guys are dragging the country to the gutter. Kodi a Chilima ali kuti? Someone should remind Mutharika and company that if they have run out of ideas, they should gracefully step aside and let others try something different.

    Opportunities continue to be lost through reckless and unpatriotic syncomphants. Countries around us are enjoying real development while development in Malawi is only seen by those closest to booty. Our children are still learning under trees in the 21st century and yet we have leaders who think it is a priority to build banqueting halls. Which world do these people live in? Why oh why??? Poor standards everywhere. Who will liberate our country from greed and selfishness?? People in the village and urban slums still live like cave men and politics does not seem to offer any solutions to these wretched people. The nation still waits for redemption.

  21. Antchona says:

    Pass a law that prohibits politicians attending to medical services else where other than Malawi. Health system will improve just may be.

  22. blessing lipengs says:

    he who has ears must hear ! me I got it

  23. Kavwiza says:

    The Malawi president Peter Mutharika is a big thieving sewer rat, who’s stashed stolen money in American banks and now pretending he can fight corruption. He unashamedly declared it as his own and yet he knows it in his heart of hearts that he stole all that money! It is for people like him that the expression ‘you can take bushman from the bush but you cannot take the bush out of him’. All the years in the U.S but the man is still tribalist and a thief to the bone. With him as a leader, Malawi is doomed!

  24. joj says:

    This is funny, made me chuckle

  25. big man says:

    So sad i cry for my mother land,its up to us to save mother Malawi from these Bambocrats.

  26. thinktankmalawi says:

    Another dpp hater…..nothing constructive in the article other than same old song by dpp detractors. …nepotism bla bla….you talk of nepotism check Mcp executive

  27. munthu wabwino says:

    Jelousy down, mkuluyi amatha kulemba. I rarely agree with his views though – political divides.

  28. JOBIEWTA says:

    Wina wayamba misala.

  29. Benson Chirwa says:

    As Chilima and new MTL boss Gombachika hire Chilima’s Master guards and sent packing the long existing ones without any tender.

  30. Trevor Manyi says:

    577 BILLION woyeeee

  31. Angoni says:

    Mpaka shaduf. Koma zafika povuta

  32. Bwanje says:

    I salute the writer. Retrogressive development. Bore holes at QECH? So what happens at Bwanje health center? We will just drink from Bwanje river……….really? This is 2015

  33. Apao says:

    In acity to drl boreholes. Kutha ma plan kumeneko. Mongofuna kudyapo basi ndi mene amachitira bingucracy

  34. mangochi kabwafu says:

    Oh my God my Lord, when will you give us a leader in Malawi? You know Lord we’ve had no leader since independence, hence remaining THE WORLDS POOREST NATION. Will you please remove these THICK FOOLS/ MOROONS/ THIEVES/ QUOTA SYSTEM YOWUMBA WUMBA ACHITECTS from power Lord and bring in those that will realize that Malawi belongs to all Malawians (and not only from their districts and regions). Only when that happen Lord shall Malawi start moving forward.

  35. Kulamba6 says:

    The Next Will Be To Win Election In 2019….Satana Aluma Bwanji Opanda Mano Kamwa!!

  36. chulu says:

    No comment! Excellent analysis of how greedy politician are killing mother MALAWI!

  37. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Beuatiful article and straight to the point. Malawians indeed we are to blame. They are taking us for granted these URP (Undemocratic Regressive Party)

  38. Penapake says:

    How will patients keep water safely in the wards and those that do not have guardians, shall they be able to access water from a borehole and how about ablution facilities? Unusual turn of events!

  39. Rodgers Banda says:

    The ones who stole and gave him the chair are to blame. Now we are looking forward to seeing backet latrines. With Mutharikas Malawi is moving backwards Oh! beloved Malawi people are producing blood tears. We are ruled by HUNGER DISEASE ENVY! By 2019 we will be eating each other.

  40. Kind wabi Kadzakumbe says:

    This DPP government is really a watered-down version of Nigeria’s “Boko Haram” with all MTL inhabitants as members. Instead of “Bring back our girls campaign” we say “Bring back our Bank”

  41. demeti says:

    Wise one from my ass indeed

  42. home boy says:

    What are your plan B&C when there is no running water

  43. Misa says:

    Useless fact less reasoning. We call that hate. One thing I hate about wise men from the east is that they went asking for a lost moon to people who were sleeping while they were the ones out side.

  44. Less Equal Malawian says:

    This article has made my day. I am starting to collect tins and strings for tin phone technology right away. I enjoyed reading this article indeed.

  45. captain says:

    U are a good writer though too long

  46. Wa-Tomato says:

    Sheeey!! This is taking writing to an extreme level. This article is a marvel…!!!

  47. Ndangodutsamo says:

    Kkkkkkkkk boko haram. DPP woyeeee.

  48. Masoambeta says:

    I said it in my comments many a times that DPP will spell strife and unbearable living conditions for Malawians.
    Now that time has come to witness my words, stand fast as more assassinations and atrocities will become commonplace.

  49. sikusinja says:

    This from a party whose first president died at KCH because of ill equipped medical facilities.

  50. Lord Denning Chatsika says:

    The article is too long abale inu lets learn to convey message with few words we have long time for various struggles like looking 4 food money little time reading

  51. haha says:


  52. Failed states they just don’t pop up out of the blue sky,their leaders follow a trend of selfishness,power at all cost, gather more money no matter what,thinks that poor people are poor because they are lazy and they think that the power they have its because of their own intelligence. He hasn’t learnt lessons from his big brother fall forgive me may he rest peace. Peter is an old Man now instead of helping to develop this poor Malawi with the skills he acquired whilst he was in US. He just takes us further backward. With this altitude of dpp leadership I might as well forget to see some meds in my village health unit. These matchonazi, is it just me or what, this so called president doesn’t seem to know what he is doing half of the time. May be he got the syndrome from uncle bob. Because Zimbabwe is not working and the people supporting Mugabe thought things will get better with time just like we doing, now Zimbabwe has no currency of their own, us too we are on shaky ground, soon when the money pendulum swings the other side peter will blame NGO’S ,journalists and Opposition parties. Mark my words. Thanks wise one.

  53. GN Phiri says:

    Much as I appreciate the concern raised, have you considered any alternative use for the borehole water; such as mopping the floor, watering the flowers and the lawn. I happen to work at Queens and I know the chunk of money that goes towards settling the bills for water board, let alone electricity. I believe had you asked the management they would have she’d more light into the matter. Come to think of it, cutting the water bills half by using the water from borehole for washing the bed linen and mopping the floor! It pays to look at the positive side as well.

  54. Misa says:

    Useless fact less reasoning. We call that hate.

  55. shame says:

    You are yanking stinking nonsense here. I know your tribe. Stop this nonsense, DPP is in control

    1. Amalawi says:

      You not in control

  56. mtumbuka1 says:

    One hell of an article! Well articulated and on point. I was compelled to read it a multiple times. This government lacks direction and it is rotten with corruption from head to tail and as taxpayers we have to pay dearly for their mapwevupwevu at the state house and as if that is not enough,this man you call your president is vowing to stay at the helm till 2019 and beyond! He is not even ashamed to say that. We are all to blame for this mess cos every Jim and jack knew he stole the votes but we decided to let him get away with it and now he has grown enough balls to tell the country that weather we like it or not he will rule again till 2024 cos he knows most malawians especially in the south which happens to have more people than any other region in the country does not go to school so he knows he will easily fool them this is a big mistake to the country and the generations to come but whatever his tricks will be to steal the votes again, he will only have a vote from me over my dead body. I’m prepared to give my vote to anyone but this bustard he can go to hell.

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