Dancing with disasters in Malawi: Tenthani’s Muckracking

Preparedness  is not only individual, but also structural,  making the buildings strong enough to resist  strong ground shakingRenato Solidum

President Peter Mutharika, during his tour to areas devastated by this rainy season’s unprecedented rainstorms and floods, has said more than once that he does not know why the floods have been this vicious.

Mutharika has been inspecting relief efforts

Mutharika has been inspecting relief efforts

Well, as a patriotic citizen, I elect to ease my dear president’s troubles by volunteering information to his executive self as to why things have gotten this bad.

Mr. President, Sir, we have come to this because we, as a nation, have elected to do things we should not have been doing.

I do not want to bedazzle your executive self with gobbledegook, but, you see, Your Excellency, Sir, since the dawn of multiparty politics some two decades ago we – Malawians – have elected to ignore simple things that used to serve us well.

Look, Sir, three decades of dictatorship were hell, no doubt, no one has to apologise for stating that fact. Simple freedoms were too expensive to afford, even the natural freedom to think. Yes, as some of us were growing up, we used to strive to avoid certain thoughts for we were made to believe that some omnipresent figure would be eavesdropping on our idle thoughts.

But if there is one thing we can be excused of if we start being nostalgic, like those Israelis of old who thought “life was better in the slavery of Egypt”, it is the sense of pride as a nation.

Brutally enforced or not, at least Malawians had values.

Look at how protective we were at our natural resources. You could not dream of getting a licence to harvest timber in Chikangawa Forest Reserve or Mulanje Mountain without a verifiable re-planting plan. You cut one tree, you planted three.

And the National Tree Planting Day was a truly national day. Every school and village had a protected woodlot.

But nowadays, despite making the tree-planting event into a national tree planting ‘week’ or ‘month’, the impact is negligible for, as we are planting millions of tree seedlings, millions of mature ones are being harvested unregulated.

All these things are happening despite the country still maintaining the Department of Forestry somewhere on Capital Hill. It is disheartening, for example, to see a major roadblock like Zalewa a forestry officer confiscating one bag of charcoal because the bearer did not pay a bribe while barely a hundred metres from the check point someone is openly selling the same!

Indeed, look at the Bunda Roadblock. As you enter or exit Lilongwe, cyclists laden with charcoal or fire-wood are seen openly riding into the capital with no questions asked. That these cyclists are stripping off Dzalanyama Forest Reserve naked does not mean anything here.

And yet the whole capital city depends on this mountain range for its water supply.

By denuding our forests, hills and river banks we are unwittingly clearing off natural dykes that prevent flooding in the long run.

And just look at where and how we are building our structures. In Blantyre, for example, people have partitioned themselves plots up the once beautiful Soche Hill where we used to admire, in our younger days, the ‘LONG LIVE KAMUZU’ petroglyph.

Somehow some clever anyamata a pa tauni have curved chieftaincies which are demarcating plots to whoever needs them at some nominal fees.

Once you get your plot what you do with it is nobody’s business. You may choose to build a hovel that may only take a rainstorm to flatten to smithereens while others with deeper pockets may put up some real solid structures.

By the way, this is not unique to Blantyre, nor is it only to supposedly protected hills or mountains. Even where land was reserved for expansion of industrial or regulated dwelling areas of cities, towns and districts people are just building anyhow. We have ‘unzoned’ areas in the capital, Lilongwe, for example, haphazardly named with militant names like Baghdad.

Indeed some parts of our cities are supposed to be part of the expanding industrial areas but we are being allowed to build dwelling units haphazardly.

And yet all this lawlessness is happening while we still have whole Town Planning and Estates departments in our city, municipal, town and district councils that have to regulate where and how an individual or company can put up a dwelling or business structure.

Ordinarily these departments have to check whether your plot is legal. If satisfied you acquired your plot legally, they have to check your plan and the type of materials you intend to use for your proposed structure.

These departments, if they are functional, are supposed to inspect every stage of the structure up to completion and occupation.

But look at the structures that were washed down Soche Hill; some were built with unburnt (unbaked) bricks while others were built right in original river paths. Is that not recipe for disaster?

Where were the directors of the Blantyre City Assembly Town Planning and Estates Department? Were they not noticing these illegal structures?

Now we have lost lives and we will lose millions of kwacha rehabilitating these Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). And yet if someone was going to work ‘to work’ we could have certainly prevented these needless costs in life and resources.

To talk nothing about the Lower Shire…the Lower Shire story has become so hackneyed it has become almost boring. Actually every year, even if the rainfall has not been as intense as this season’s, we are bound to have some flood issues.

And yet every year folks in the flood-prone areas always tell the tired excuses that, “We cannot leave these areas because that is where we buried our ancestors”. “Oh, I am a chief, if I get relocated, what happens to my chieftaincy?”

Vice President Saulos Chilima actually expressed frustrations that, as he was visiting them, some of these marooned people actually challenged him with these excuses.

And yet government is in a dilemma: if you tell your wayward teenage son that excessively drinking liquor in sachets is bad for his health and he defies you and continues imbibing and later develops kidney failure and needs expensive kidney transplant, you will be the one looking for the cheapest ticket to India to save his life.

That is why Chilima will take another aerial view of yet another flooded Lower Shire Valley next rainy season if these people do not move to higher ground this time around.

Be decisive, use laws

The Vice President said something about being resolute, tough and decisive about moving people to upland areas. But he was a bit hesitant, if not apologetic, in how government is going to enforce this.

He talked about erecting dykes to make big rivers like the Shire and Ruo behave. We know countries like the Netherlands were build on flat land reclaimed by dykes.

But, while dykes may be a decades-long project, let us do what is practical now: move people upland – by force, if necessary.

Section 8 of the Land Act (Cap. 57:01) of the Laws of Malawi states: All public land is vested in perpetuity in the President.”

Citizens only have the licence to use the land. That is why you find citizens given, say, 99-year leases and pay ground rent to the landlord – government.

The President in Section 8 refers to government. Government has been given, under this law, powers to take away land from any user if the land is required for public use such as construction of roads, dams, schools, hospitals, et cetera. Land can also be taken away from a citizen if the land is required for the conservation of game or forest.

Government is required by law to offer reasonable compensation to the affected citizens. The compensation does not have to be at the commercial market rate, however.

I do not want to bore you with legalese but my point is that government has powers to move people out of any land. Added to that anybody who develops land without planning permission or approvals is amenable to have their structures demolished without any compensation at all. Citizens must, therefore, seek planning permission if they intend to embark on building houses or any structure in areas that fall under planning areas.

Which means that we should not be having houses up the Soche Hill or in any natural water ways in the cities because those places certainly do not fall under any planning areas.

And indeed government has powers to tell the folks in Chikwawa and Nsanje that you cannot dwell in certain flood-prone areas whether you buried your granny there or not. It may sound insensitive but a law is a law. It is not just about being decisive; it is about enforcing – and respecting – the law.

Natural disasters will always befall us; but some disasters are predictable, let us collectively avert them by doing the right things…

…And government should lead from the front in this campaign.

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82 thoughts on “Dancing with disasters in Malawi: Tenthani’s Muckracking”

  1. any says:

    Very resolute Mr Tenthani, only if corruption was not there.

  2. brutsha says:

    Thanks Tenthani, with your article I feel well represented. May the good Lord give you extra wisdom and acumen in your authorship career. The article superbly revolves around true patriotism and nationalism. Wonyoza izi ndi m’dani wa dziko la Malawi.

  3. Jakala says:

    Tenthani is a genius. Some very stupid fellows want to insult him instead of arguing with him constructively. Useless bastards

  4. kabula says:

    This should be voted as article of the year… problem, setting and solution all sufficiently given. This is article of the year…

  5. Mbanangwa says:

    This is just one of those good articles we need! Keep it up.

  6. Chindele says:

    Bwana Tenthani, you have exactly voiced my concerns. Keep it up and I hope the Govt authorities will do something about the issues you’ve raised.MALAWI, where has our national pride gone? Let us learn from other countries how they plan their cities. Thank you Nyasatimes for highlighting such issues.

  7. PATRIOT says:

    no 73 stop attacking personalities but instead counter the issues if they are not making sense or commend the same. iweyo osambawe can you be able to these tangible observations? shupit

  8. justproust says:

    I think the right analogy for this article should have been : if a journalist constantly refuses to bath and to stop drinking chibuku should the journalist worry when the readers run away. The journalist in question has been reminded again and again to start bathing and to stop drinking but he never listens. Next year the vice president will again take an aerial view of the journalist carried in a wheelbarrow and having wetted his pants.

  9. johni says:

    While the planning and estates departments are there at all levels, the problem is poor funding, political interference and corruption. It appears Treasury does not value the work of planners so they are poorly funded and in the end, they do not effectively and efficiently. Politicians like cutting corners, even where designated areas are clear to build what, they will choose where they (or their cronnies) want to build anything. Plots and building plans are endorsed during meetings of stakeholders at council levels but secretariat people connive with other stakeholders to pass illegal buildings. City councils are major culprits of this corruption. The other challenge is that in Malawi, planning areas are declared (gazetted) instead of making the whole country a planning area. Worse still, even in planning areas like Blantyre City, only those who want to build in low to medium desnity areas are allowed to submit plans while the folks in Makata, Ndix, are allowed to build as they please. So in essence, planning is selective, targeting the rich. No wonder, most of these disasters hit the poor or those who build in areas where plans are not enforced.

  10. Charlie Hebdo says:

    All land belong to Government. I was therefore surprised that the government couldn’t find land to build MUST and it had to take the late Bingu to donate part of his farm for the purpose. Was Bingu fooling us? Was it the desire to have the university in his home village the driving force behind the donation?

  11. Observer says:

    Malawians are not fools that require a dictator to forge ahead constructively as others have suggested. Have we asked ourselves why we are here like that today.

    Before Kamuzu Banda came, Malawians were well known hard workers both in their countries and abroad. They had thriving private businesses; the Katsonga and others in Ndirande township. There were thriving cooperatives of coffee, Tung, bananas, rice etc all over.

    Malawians were proud of their home and were heavily repatriating their wealth from Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa to Malawi. Malawians were coming back in large numbers after retirement from foreign countries.

    But what happened? Dr. Kamuzu Banda unleashed what he was, a demagogue and a fierce dictator pouncing on any criticism, made himself the law maker and enforcer, people were being detained and killed openly, people’s property was confiscated just because of their views, visiting Malawians had to report to police every week etc. What about his agricultural policies in settlement schemes – stealing from the sweat of the ignorant poor Malawians. Automatically people stopped thinking ‘wisely’ because the Ngwazi was now thinking for them. And for thirty years the brainwashing and indoctrination crippled and paralyzed the Malawi nation.

    So the dictator who made us stop thinking, directed all our energies to build Press Holdings, his so called company, killed our intellectuals, restricted our personal development, is today …… what? Kaya zanu izo. Bakili, Mutharika, Amai failed Malawians but it does mean Kamuzu is a saint. Actually to be honest he the genesis of the ills we are facing today as a nation.

    1. Zikomankhani says:

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. It is bad enough when ordinary citizens routinely talk about Kamuzu as if he was the best thing that ever happened to Malawi. In fact the opposite is true – objective analysis of many of our deep seated problems would show that Kamuzu’s 30 year dictatorship as the genesis of these problems. Lazy analysis leads columnists to simply say “…things were better under Kamuzu…” and they think that settles the argument. The worst columnist in this regard is Edward Chitsulo – barely a fortnight passes without him waxing lyrical about Kamuzu…

  12. bryan says:

    True, look @ wat u dd in Dawambazi, nkhotkota, and part off nkhataa-bay wen Bingu sold a part of the valley to sugar makers.

  13. Tengupenya says:

    We cannot wish away entrenched cultural beliefs without offering equally powerful alternatives. How about possible re burial of the remains of the granny’s in the areas where the people would relocate? How about guarantees on preservation of the graves to enable the people to relocate visit the graves in dry season? The people want to be with the graves of their ancestors. How do we address this powerful and rigid cultural norm?

  14. Moses says:

    So, is this your contribution to the nation Mr. Tenthani? I wish you were in their shoes, you could have understand them better. How do you expect a local Malawian survive with all these corruption practices of our leaders since multiparty democracy in this country.

  15. Kachu says:

    Musamangoti this article is nice what about helping Tenthani on how to take care of himself? Dressing ndi kuzisamala

    1. Greencardless Malawian says:

      Sizikugwirizana ndi article yi mbuzi iwe! In any case oppl have commented more anout his dressing than the issues raised in his ealier articles. He has a choice to look the way he wants

  16. Namalila says:

    This is good piece of advice and surely the government must adopt some of the free lessons to avert further consequences in future.

  17. Benard Chitekwe says:

    Once again Mr Tenthani; The Dept of Forestly has tried and managed to address the Chikangawa issue and other related places, only that labourers who are laid off by timber companies tend to sabotage the efforts by deliberately setting fires on the forests to keep their jobs. The problem i think z us Malawians, we r not patriotic enough, if the dept of forestly could revert to the old system of raising seedlings n selling them cheaply pple could plant a lot. Other issues; Pliz tell govt thru the mayor of Lilongwe to consider beautify the city using funds from the BEAM TRUST, NYASI ku bus depot zanyanya, nseu wa ku 36 aukonze. Tell govt thru the Min of works akonze nseu wa Lilongwe to Kasungu ngati mmene anakonzera wa BT. Thanks 4 reading this.

  18. Benard Chitekwe says:

    Mr Tenthani, hop u wil read this; U hv provided vry good critique if i may co it that way but short of possible solns. Gud idea on rlocation of our bros n cctaz from the flooded areas, but i think govt is very reluctant coz they want to keep the Dept of disaster and risk mgt going. The dept may corruptly use its resources thru floods down the Lower Shire, n hailstorms in area 49 n Kauma. On poor town planning n construction, I think govt shd make some policies and insist that any construction, public or private be approved and certified by civil engineers and surveyors. On Dzalanyama, govt can’t just force the pple to stop cutting down trees 4 charcoal unless they give them something 4 their survival. In addition, charcoal z used by by some rich town dwellers including those from capital hill coz of the blackouts proudly sponsored by ESCOM and the ultra poor in the rural the urban who can’t afford an Escom bill. to be continued……..

  19. nyengo says:

    for once a brilliant and non-partisan article from me bru Tenthani!! avoid political bias and your contributions to Malawi will be honored by posterity. democracy brought impunity and mind-blowing mass stupidity!! a nations of fools needs a dictatorship -a benign one not brutal like Kamuzu’s! Malawians ,as evrybody knows, are like little children- without a Teacher in the class there is nothing but chaos!! Kamuzu understood that but went too far in his narcissism and paranoid and bloody megalomania. the light at the end of the tunnel is the burning fires of HELL!! amangwetu!!

  20. dumerang mfwetu says:

    Yaaaaaaaaaa this article speaks volumes of how unlawfull we are now. Its so pathetic, disheartening, unbelievable on how we are managing our natural resources. Look at Chikangawa and Dzalanyama. Eeeeeeish we Malawians we are making hell on our own. Demeti za boma or maboma opusa amene apitawa kupatulako boma la nkhanza la MCP.

  21. Maliseni says:

    I wish we had this advise 14 months ago, i could not have lost my brethen in lower shire.

  22. KUKHALA says:

    ONE THE CURRENT POPULAR MALAWI JOURNALIST HAS WRITTEN A GOOD PIECE OF ADVISE THE COUNTRY .

  23. Mute Gama says:

    I hope the president and his cabinet will read this with sober minds.

  24. mona says:

    That’s a nice article Mr tenthani

  25. Dr. Odala says:

    Yes i can buy that

  26. zilipo says:

    Isn’t this the best time to reallocate those in disaster prone areas since they have lost their dwellings? How difficult could that be?

  27. Uchindami says:

    Baghdad-Garden of peace!

  28. Fathi Alshdhaab says:

    well said Ralphel T…this countrg has indeed laws thar r for breaking &chiefs & zeir subjects give excuses inclung zat of ancestirs resting place…let them lie down there kukibe floods njala matenda or maliro ….so kukandikilana oena mpaka jesus cometh soo er !!

  29. Isaac Kazanga says:

    This is a very good contribution from Mr Tenthani. There is need for the Forestry Department to assess the amount of firewood and chacoal that enters our cities. The quantities are quite trightening. Countless bicycle and lorry chacoal/firewood loads are entering our cities 24 hours A DAY. ESCOM should improve on its electricity connections to reduce demand for these forestry products (firewood and charcoal). If this wanton cutting of trees is not checked, Malawi will be desert within the next 5 years

  30. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    Well narrated. But if the government officials are the first ones to get land in non-planned
    areas then the future of Malawi is not there, all laws are nothing but a joke.

    Look at illegal places in the capital – Zedza, Area 25, Area 49 – the majority of the land grabbers are the City and general government bosses. Our boss, the Director of Finance, Lilongwe City grabs even part of the grave yard at Area 45, Sector 5, near Chigoneka Community Day Secondary School. How do we police government laws?

    Department of Forestry officials are upfront buying illegal charcoal and firewood upon their return from workshops and field trips, even from charcoal sellers. Department of Environment officials do not even care as the national environment is getting destroyed. They instead get promotions up to PS grades, having done nothing apart from talking and getting rich out of non-national benefiting funded projects.

    So is the fisheries department – some fishermen catch fish even during the fish breeding closed season. It won’t be long when Lake Malawi will only be a water body without fish. In fact even even the water will not be good to swim in due to pollution
    as a result of cutting down of trees along the in-flowing rivers, cultivation in the river banks (with inorganic fertilizers) and industrial as well as domestic pollutants.

    With geometric increase in population heavily applying pressure on resources, and no one is bold enough to regulate this population rise, Malawi is heading towards self destruction.

  31. Jigidijigidi Jaba says:

    You have said it all Graph. Let those with brain think and those vested with the relevant powers act. Otherwise this shall perpetually remain a valueless nation headed for annihilation.

  32. aphiri says:

    Wat a wise advice. Mr Tenthani i like ur articles. U are a genius. Move them once from flood prone areas. The problem they think that illovo will plant sugar cane in those areas . Of which they can be small holder farmers for the same if they want

  33. Thino says:

    Mr. Tenthani sir, i have loved what you have said here. It is full of sense. I hope it does not fall on deaf ears. You are a true son of Malawi. You have spoken for many in your article. Malawi is undeveloped because we think shallow and we are a people without direction. We have laws but we have a too theoretical mindset. Only trash takes powerful and influential positions in the government offices. The truly patriotic and brilliant and hardworking minds are left to rot. We must wake out of sleep and begin to build our nation. Self must be put aside and our leaders should begin to guide us in the right direction. Failure by government to take some decisive and sacrificial steps for fear they will not be voted into power next time is a curse. This benefits political parties (120 people) and not the nation (16 million people). Such thinking results from minds lucking in stamina. We should not care what the lazy and superficial minds will say about us, they need guidance and should have their eyes opened. Without sacrifice, we shall achieve nothing as a nation. Keep opening our eyes Mr. Tenthani Sir.

  34. In Malawi no need of tree planting day kungosiya kudula mtengo for only two years you have bush

  35. Ntapasha says:

    For once I agree with your writings. The problem in town are the corrupt judges who issue injunctions or some civil society group who, under the guise of human rights, block moves by city assembly when they want to demolish or move people from illegal settlements. The Americans say you can not have your cake and eat it: you want to illegally build on the edge of a river but you want to be compensated when you lose property or life? Government should stop paying attention to the people in Nsanje and Chikwawa when they are hit by floods-they are making a habit out of their stupidity and costing tax payers money.

  36. Chabecheker says:

    I agree houses are built on unplanned areas;government should have a policy that people should build houses on areas designated for residences only;the issue for customary land should be controlled by government through decentralized district assemblies or councils

  37. nthandalanda says:

    Good idea to the president but is it going to work, Ralph? I doubt with this cunning president. Keep on Ralph, I love you!

  38. Bwitoto says:

    Wakumva ndiye wamva. Paja a Nyapaphi simumamva.

  39. Chief says:

    Yaah Man.
    Cut one plant ten, remember that song? That song must come back again.
    Blame this on eleson bakili muluzi, that pig told us we are in demokalase so we can cut down trees any how, bult houses anywhere

  40. kwangu says:

    Nice article, hope it can be translated into sena and send leaflets of it to Lower states

  41. Dickson says:

    Raphael , has for the first time written a very sensible story here but no one is commenting but you will see when he writes stories which insults the president and his government or any bad story about the country in which Raphael himself calls his home, over 1000 comments will come here… Shame to Malawian as we lack patriotism….
    We love bad stories always…

  42. Angozo says:

    This time around Raphael Tenthani has written wise ideas, I concur with you Tenthani and I give you 100% of what you have said. Bravo Tenthani for a wisdom speech.

  43. Kauswe says:

    congratulation!!! Tenthani keep it up! wamakutu wamva

  44. malawiana says:

    What an article! This is masterclass advise not to be ignored

  45. melc says:

    mukakhala akumva mwamva

  46. nachisale says:

    Bravo Ralph!! thats true just look at machinga mountains the beautiful scenery we used to enjoy. pple are busy cutting trees and no one seems to care. whats wrong with us Malawians. As for me i still enjoy planting trees around my house every rainy season be it fruit trees or not and do not allow anyone to cut them down bcoz i learnt from the best Dr H Kamuzu Banda. and i see value in having trees around. let us learn from these floods and wake up from the slumber.

  47. fkr says:

    100% agree

  48. Thumbwefu says:

    a wakeup call

  49. Tmc says:

    In my view exactly what I was looking for, that someone shld advise thez officials wat to do. I agree force them to move out. If arrogant dont assist them, let them see wat they are going to see, thoz who built in illegal areas in Bt here shld not b assisted. Let us attend to real needy pple.

  50. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Mr Tenthani mwalemba. But these people will not act accordingly. In short they’re stupid. Let the face the consequences of their democracy without responsibility and accountability. Keep on dying guys politicians will take care of children.

  51. Gerald says:

    For the first time i have read TENTHANI’S sensible article.
    DEFORESTATION
    INABILITY TO ENFORCE CITY PLANNING BY-LAWS are some of the things which have made the disaster situation to be grave. Lets join hands at this time of need for our Mother Malawi

  52. HEAD BOY says:

    Good write up!!! Ufulu wamamangidwe kwathu kuno wawonjeza. When the authorities interviene, simakani akewo mpaka kuwatulutsila zikwanje. Kuwapempha kuti asamuke ku ma floods prone areas, sikuwilingula kwake. Boma kuti ligwilitse ntchito mphamvu, muwamva amabungwe omwe pali pano ali chete akulowelelapo mudzina loteteza ufulu mpaka mademo. Ine kaya Mulungu angolowelelapo.

  53. Peter says:

    Well written. Substance over form is the issue brother.

  54. sapitwa says:

    Revive the project of kudzigulira malo.buy land for chikwawa people and move them.though most of those people don’t stay where they are allocated the land I think they can go back to the land bought by govt during the rainy season

  55. INU Lalirani says:

    aaaa, muckracking yake nde yosabeba, simunanyoze kaya?

  56. Vehtekhu says:

    Lero lokha a Tenthani kwa zaka zonsezi mwayeselako kulemba za nzerutu…keep it up!

  57. sothini says:

    Easy to point out colleagues mastekes, its like football blame others, being given oppurtunity, keep on running entire 90 minutes no single taste.
    If u were given this seat, can u address these.

  58. Bullshit says:

    Well written article. You the man of the moment Mr Tenthani

  59. Ngwenyama says:

    This is the best thing to do

  60. Taelos says:

    Very true! Me also wonder on how people’s rights end. Is it persuading for votes?? Go to Bunda road block in a simple justification,things are worse with Dzalanyama forest,yet there is arm of government responsible. We will continue face these calamities

  61. ine says:

    Gvt clearly understand all in this article; the challenge is,govt always think about next votes, if strong decision is made and force used, will the affected people vote for that govt. Kamuzu cared nothing about votes, whatever he decided and planned was all excuted. Mavote akuononga Malawi wathu.

  62. Mr. Tenthani, on a point of law. Not all Malawi land is public land. For example most of this land where disasters are taking place could be customary land. Government would have to convert it to public land/ leasehold first e.g. Kameza in the early 2000s.

  63. Tethani's hater says:

    Tethani you havr always been the best of my freedom of speech writers and I intend to be the best of freedom of speech critics. cause without people like me you are nothing and that is Honest to God. Today I believe you hit the nail on the head. it seems like in Malawi somebody has to die for these politicians to realise that there is something wrong with this country, amidst this oversurprised politician is our president. I feel sorry for him cause his first mistake was to surround himself with recycled and untrust worth politicians and advisers.

  64. LAVANTA says:

    MUCKRACKING nw u have talked sensible things thats wat journalism is u should give solutions to wat ever u protest.

  65. aDeaconsss says:

    We r paying for our sins kubera ma vote. Instead of enjoying the governing there will be catastrophe after catastrophe. Already theriz water probs, elec probs, flood probs dont know wat next. We jus need to confess n repent. But how to do it is another problem.

  66. Zansete says:

    Ndietu bola kale,kunali YOUTH WEEK,KUSUNGA MWAMBO,atsogoleliakati malo awa musalime kapena kumanga nyumba zitsatidwa. Vuto ndi tindale tongofuna kusangalatsa anthu lelo osaganiza za mawa,ndipo pali malo ambiri kuphatikiza malo ena tikamachoka kwa Kachere kukwela phiri kukatulukila ku mpingwe, anthu anangoti;tiyeni tonse,ine panga apa,ine apo kugawana malo oti danaenela kumanga nyumba. Chitangotha chisankho chapitachi panali kuti anthuwa asamuke ndie a City atangowagwedeza ena anathamanga ku ofesi ya DPP kukanena kuti ; akutithamangitsa ndipo ndi a PP akufuna mbiri ya Muthalika iyipe. A chipani kunva choncho koma dovu kuti ndiiiiiiiii. Akuti anthu adziwakonda. Ali dzikhalani,koma pangadutse nthawi yaitali bwanji ndi khalidwe limeneli Malawi is going to pay a big price,ndipo zina zidzanwela zoti olo otithandiza sadzakwanitsa koma zonsezi zikuchitika pomwe tiri ndi atsogoleli omwe amati ndi ophunzila bwino m’ma department a boma,ndi nthambi zonse zitatu zaboma.

  67. Kes munthali says:

    For once mwalemba ngati munthu aganiza bambo tenthani, problem is if government was to take a firm hand you would be in the forefront kutukwana boma. Some of the issues you have raise are what Cso should be in the forefront advocating instead of being used like political prostitutes by Joyce Banda , olo advocating zamatanyula.

  68. Aubrey Chembezi says:

    educative piece 🙂

  69. Mucracker_2 says:

    This is a good article from Mucraker1. The problem that came with multiparty era is being disobedient to the law and weak and corrupt systems. Bakili Muluzi and Thengo Maloya were in the forefront of giving out illegal land and enriching themselves with land all over the country.
    That has now gotten over to new governments they care more of politics than looking at established governance systems that would make Malawi a better country. When you look at the New Forestry Act, where the forests are being governed by the communities and do you see them doing it? Certainly No!
    The other problem is the absence of reliable power generation. What we now have is booming charcoal business and this has created a vicious cycle and will only be stopped by strong leadership.
    What is known as an act of God isn’t at all in Malawi because most of our problems are created by man. What has happened was foretold by Mozambique weather forecast that we would have 3 months of little rain (el-ninho) from October to December and 3 months from January to March of heavy rain (la-ninho). But look at our Met guys they were still sleeping. Our Friends new what was coming and us when we know that the rains for Southern region comes from Indian Ocean through Mozambique seem not to have known anything.
    The other thing is that our Met hasn’t explained to Malawians whether this was 50 year flood or 100 year flood or 1,000 year flood. They have remained quiet. The environmentalists and this Met guys should have held a debate by now to enlighten people as to what is happening or going on.

  70. Chiletso says:

    very well said I hope somebody is listening

  71. Mr Ralph Tethani you are writing rubbish again. Is the Government of Malawi responsible for natural disaster’s like Tsunami in Asia, flooding in UK, fires in Australia, erupting volcanoes in Japan, Hurricanes in America?
    The scientific facts are that natural disasters are increasing due to Global Climate change. Poor countries like Malawi have no control over rich countries who use up fossil fuels, so increasing carbon emissions resulting in Global warming.
    Please go on holiday and think about a new career, you are making Malawians sound ignorant, which I know is not true.

  72. Mtunga says:

    How I wish they had ears to hear, both government and the internally displaced people [IDPs]

  73. Andy moses says:

    Kikkkk tell him and his people tentani i like it.

  74. bullzko ndi ineyo says:

    true boss

  75. Fred Amamu says:

    Mr Tenthani,

    You are such an inspiring commentator! If only those who rushed to the High Court in their quest to ensure they lord over us all had the appropriate decency to lend any meaning to the offices they so desperately wanted to occupy!

    Was it not our Machinga pretender who went around telling people that Kamuzu was such a horrible man for denying people wanton cutting of trees from Ndirande mountain? Was is not this very man and his band of incompetents who encouraged people to cut trees all along the Zalewa road on the basis of : “”Dzikoli ndi lanu osati la Kamuzu”
    Raphael, you will scream at these people until you turn blue…they simply are not interested! All they want is access to the coffers so that they too can live it up as their predecessors did!
    Of course any society that has advanced has had to put laws that governed the conduct of ALL its citizens. In Malawi, the President and his stooges can flout the law with impunity and we all see this. Should we be surprised that the local man in the village takes the cue and begins to help himself to whatever seem to have been left over by the looters at Capital Hill and as ably led by their masters at the Palace.

    I can only hope that someone listens to you Ralph…otherwise we are but a lost case. And then we have the pretenders at the opposition who seem to have no clue as to what they should be doing in order that the slumbering leadership can wipe off the smug from their faces. There is hope in Saulos though! I can only hope that he does not begin to snore on the job when his belly gets full!

  76. Elhapo says:

    This is why many people will not lose their sleep over those who decide to commit suicide by placing themslves in harm’s way.

  77. Amfumu says:

    Just a simple word to a wise is sufficient. I wish such an article should be published in all our news papers for wider information

  78. hfty says:

    I didn’t know that you are this callous Mr Tenthani. how can you call for the dispossession of these people’s land. That is the only capital they have in their capitalist world – ufuna anzanko aone bangwe? And how can you encourage state oppression like this?

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