Desperado! Tenthani’s Muckraking on Sunday

Desperate times call for desperate measures” -Obert Skye

 It is no doubt our government is desperate and running scared. In fact  Peter Mutharika is currently rueing the day his big brother plucked him from the quietness of a university don’s life somewhere in Missouri where he would bury himself in books while puffing on his favourite Cuban cigar.

First Couple

First Couple

Look, you have to feel it for Peter; the poor fella was forced into public life, again forced to marry just to be like a ‘normal person’, a thing he had resisted for a good three decades after losing the belle he got from somewhere in the Caribbean.

The world is crumbling around poor old Peter. As William Butler Yeats wrote more than a millennium ago, things are falling apart around Peter, the centre can no longer hold.

If little kids are not putting up boulders on the highway to his hilltop palace, Judiciary staff is seeking a slice of the cake that is not even there.

As if that is not enough for the septuagenarian, university students in Mzuzu, Zomba and Blantyre are up in arms crying for increased book and upkeep allowances. Come January their lecturers, too, are set to join the picket line.

Meanwhile, the main civil service is watching the whole tragi-comedy from the terraces, waiting to pounce…on the same man’s head!

Peter got away with being an ‘absentee’ minister when things halted for a good eight months during that needless academic freedom stand-off that birthed one Jesse Kabwila as a ‘woman to watch’.

And indeed Peter was nowhere to be seen when his eccentric big brother went berserk, needlessly running out of town Her Majesty’s top envoy.

But, while in his other life he had an elder brother’s shadow to hide under, now Peter is on his own, his head exposed for anyone to knock on.

The buck now stops at his doorsteps, unfortunately. He is now, after all, the CEO for Malawi Inc.

And the Cabinet and the village of advisers and aides he painstakingly assembled are not helping him at all.

This is how I mean…

I know it is a tried and tested tactic to deflect attention whenever things are not going right but, by Jove, at least you have to do it cleverly and properly.

Look, how does one spin that government has surrendered to the graft-busting body incriminating footage without warning the bureau? To whom did Kondwani Nankhumwa surrender his famed CCTV grabs at the Anti-Corruption Bureau when both the Director and Deputy Director are not aware of the exchange?

Besides, in what capacity was government getting involved in criminal investigations surrounding ‘cashgate’? I thought the ACB was supposed to be independent of pressure from anybody, be they State House or Capital Hill? Is Nankhumwa trying to confirm Bingu’s rather unfortunate statement to one Gustave Kaliwo that, “How can you be independent from the one who appointed you?”

Now that the ACB has called government its bluff on those fictitious CCTV images, how will we move on from here?

In these administrative snafus, one is tempted to ask: “But where are the administration’s strategists?”

The rate at which this administration is blundering is mocking Peter’s 40 years as a university don in perhaps the freest country in the whole wide world.

Look, you do not have to be an 007 or a Hercules Poirot to realise that if you have to involve another entity to spruce up your image that entity has to be taken on board in the scheme of things right from the conceptualisation to the execution of the plot.

Just how do you drag a sensitive body like the ACB into a plot without at least alerting its leadership?

I am scratching my head as to where these folks deposited their brain before embarking on such a kindergarten plot.

I know governments the world over survive on lies – euphemistically dubbed ‘propaganda’. But if you have to lie please lie cleverly for goodness’ sake!


 Return the loot, ma’am

These are indeed not good times to be Peter Mutharika.

While a man is having a bad day at the office, at least he expects solace in the better half at home. After a harsh memo from the Board of Directors and threats of cancellation of deals by trusted clients, a CEO needs to go back home, get into boxers, put feet up and be lied to by Madame that he is the cleverest technocrat that has ever walked the earth.

But not poor old Peter! While he is getting rapped left, right and centre by angry donors, disgruntled civil servants and excitable students, First Lady Gertrude Mutharika decides to open up another needless battle front for the poor guy.

Angoni Getu’s Beautify Malawi Trust (Beam) is a noble cause. It is indeed high time we stopped littering everywhere, relieving ourselves in bushes or on trees and polluting rivers.

But how could the First Lady ‘steal’ money from her own ‘children’ clinging on to life via funds the National Aids Commission (NAC) get from donors, especially from the Global Fund?

If Angoni from Khwisa did not know, funds from NAC are open for application to any organisation in Malawi if they meet prescribed requirements. The First Lady’s Beam, is – of course – a bona fide Malawian organisation. But its ToRs are nowhere near fighting the pandemic for crying out loud!

As a patriotic citizen, let me school the Mother of the Nation that NAC’s money is for HIV and Aids fight, finito! Nothing to do with getting dirty in any of our wretched neighborhoods!

The K5 million Beam got from NAC was for the launch of a charity whose ToRs are to do with cleaning streets and rivers, nothing to do with HIV/Aids.

How the launch would somehow fight the killer disease escapes me.

If what my friend Collins Magalasi would want everybody to believe that it was actually NAC that invited Beam to come up with a proposal is true, then the President should not hesitate to send the board, management and staff at NAC packing for they do not understand what NAC is there for.

Of course, I know that in recent times there have been leadership challenges at NAC. Some people were sent on forced leave, others were hired on ad hoc terms.

But the Honourable First Lady must rise above these petty office politics at NAC.

She claims to have sent a ‘standard letter of proposal’ to NAC. Angoni Getu should not have sent any letter – standard or otherwise – to NAC in the first place. What happened to those millions she raised for just sweeping a market in Area 36 in Lilongwe and the Mzedi dumpsite in Blantyre?

Mme. First Lady, help your husband spruce up the battered image of his desperate administration – return the NAC money. Launching an organisation that will improve sanitation and environmental management does not come close to fighting HIV/Aids.

After all, you raised several times more just by getting dirty in the streets of Phwetekere and Kachere. Why should you spoil your good-self’s image by clinging on to a measly K5 million your Beam did not even deserve? You can raise a whopping 50 times more just by getting back to Phwetekere to get dirty again.

Peter has enough on his plate. Please reduce my president’s headaches by doing the needful – return the loot, ma’am!

After all, K5 million is nothing when you consider that some gullible business types will pay twice that much just to be flanked by you and your husband at some phoney charity event.

Do the needful, ma’am!

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56 thoughts on “Desperado! Tenthani’s Muckraking on Sunday”

  1. champiti says:

    Let cardiac arrest come forth

  2. Cucumber says:

    That is a total misusing of NAC ACC.

  3. pompo pompo says:

    Malawians are very wonderful ignorant people……………………….how can you fail to link cash gate with what is happening now ….but only to blame current leaders…..shame and yet pretend to be Christians who standbye the truth.

  4. M'Malawi weniweni says:

    I also wonder why Perer Mutharika chose not to attend the funeral of the Police officers who died on his convoy while protecting him but chose to simply send condolences. Amaopa akadetsa suit ku maliroko? We have a mbuzi for a president here as he is so heartless.

  5. M'Malawi weniweni says:

    I meant for things not relevant to HIV/AIDS. Enanu mudzamva nkhwangwa ili mmutu

  6. M'Malawi weniweni says:

    John Mbuzi you are indeed a mbuzi mano kunsi. How would you expect things would change when others point out mistakes and you think otherwise? Anthu enanu mumandimvetsa chisoni ndi manyazi kwambiri. Munthu wanena chilungamo apa and you say it is wrong? I thing you need to undergo a thorough brain scan or else wadya scone ya blue iwe. We are all there to provide checks and balances when things are not right. You are a boot licker for sure. Mwina NACGATE’yo akutapira. You have to differentiate issues that go together and those that do not. Kodi munthu wamkulu salakwa and need advice from his/her juniors? Komatu za NAC zibwerere. Kapena sudziwa how HIV/AIDS is transmitted then I ask you to ask those who know better. Tenthani’s article is indeed long and personalized and it is mentioning those who have gone overboard to misuse NAC money for things relevant to HIV/AIDS. Mwina udzamva kuwawa once you will be infected or affected but that will be too late for you. May God forgive you for your backward thinking. And for one thing, nobody forced you to read the article as you read it at your own discrete. For some of us who have seen people dying due to lack of facilities, this abuse is indeed painful. And come to think of it the so called mother of the nation Gertrude to be so arrogant is a very sad development. She is forgetting where she was yesterday as she was a nobody and now that she is married to the president she thinks she can do as she pleases. We have a God who cares and sees the tears of the suffering and will act according to His will. He raises kings and pulls them down when they are proud and think of themselves above anyone else.

  7. Njokaluzi says:

    Abweze! Abweze! Abweze!

  8. utawasala says:

    The problem Malawi is facing today is because of the mistake of Malawi Electoral Commission. The way the electoral commission did will put Malawi in big problem for along time. The presidential election was supposed to be reran. You can have Phd but can’t manage the country this what we are seeing in Malawi. The second problem in Malawi is voting a person because is from home: this will drug Malawi behind all the time, because we leave people who qualify because are not from your home. APM naturally is not a politician and its difficult for him to handle a political pressure. Malawi is a very rich country in Africa if we can put the right people on the seat.

  9. uyuni says:

    i was disappointed by one Billy Banda. trying to justify for BEAM getting the money. Koma ndalama ndi satana, u chairman akupatsaniwo. Bravo Kapito

  10. Khuni says:

    Raphael Tenthani is my man! This dude can think! Keep it up Ankolo!

  11. Mau Apaseli says:

    Mbava zoyaluka ku Sanjikaa

  12. namanyozela says:

    kkkk aunt Getu. nga ku phwisa kkkkkk

  13. Mngoni says:

    That’s the point any sensible individual would take heed of. Bravo Tenthani.

  14. Agulupu says:

    A Petulo mwaonjeza ndi akazi anuwo. Makutuwo ntchito yake ndikumvela, simukumva bwanji nanga? Samalani mungazatisiyenso ngati achimwene anu chifukwa cha kusamva ndi kusaona zomwe zikuchitika. Kamvaniko zikudandaula anthuzi.

  15. Mazulu says:

    Munkabela mavote mmawona ngati mzabela kuyendetsa boma?

  16. misuku says:


  17. Sekulu says:

    Getu is not from Kwisa but PHWISA correct that Mr Tenthani

  18. The Patriot says:

    Mbuzi indeed! Gontha nkhutu wachabechabe!!

  19. BISM says:

    Thanks Tenthani

  20. Fondling man says:

    Who is that guy behind the first lady? Looks like he was tickling her bottom and she enjoyed it, judging by her facial expression.

  21. Mphembedzutsokonombwe says:

    Koma Tenthani amandilembera mokoma! Ndikamawerenga ma article ake ndimangomva kumzuna! Kapena kunong’omera! Keep on writing brother. Tell it the way it is. Expose them!

  22. chatonda says:

    This is the best article Raphael Tenthani has ever written. I wish all reporters were writing like Tenthani and please all media houses, if you are the forth estate, then this is the way to go. Kasakula, please put more fire and straight forward hear as we knew you. The country relies on you know to change things and not politicians. Raw Stuff, please rescue Malawi from the pangs of silly guys from nowhere. We are proud to have the free media in Malawi and this is our only hope in this era of thieves in the name of politicians. Let them dance to our music and time is now than later. We cannot let this madness continue in our eyes.

  23. JB says:


  24. chingolopiyo says:

    Mr Tenthani, it seems you can make a good leader to run Malawi. Reading from your comments, it shows you have more solutions to the problems the Malawi population is facing. Looking at this vast experience and your skills in problem solving , its a waste that you cannot quit your job and save Malawi from collapsing. I think you can form a political party and sell out your vast ideas to the population so that you can rule the country. What a waste that we have you just pointing out the wrongs on paper , yet you can implement your ideas. Don’t wait until the country is dead, its time for you to join active politics and I for one will vote for you. If you cannot , then join another party team up with Nyondo or PP please. We need new blood, but if the new blood only knows to muckraking, the country will continue to suffer, yet we have potential people to run the government. It’s food for thought, worthy trying.

  25. Good maganizo says:

    A president without direction koma malawi ya.mmawona ngati president nkumangokhala ku Sanjika eti nyani mbava

  26. Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche says:

    You fool, both Tenthani and Chakwera are desparados and idiots whose place is the dustbin of Malawi history.

  27. Mbava zionekela poyela

  28. International Observer says:

    Just a reminder to those whose brains can easily be jogged; once upon a time there was one journalist by the name “CHIMWEMWE MPUTAHELO” – May his soul RIP, he wrote what he wanted and was even many times invited to state house functions during UDF reign and I even remember meeting him at Sanjika – but after all those hallucinations, are we talking about him any longer? Leave Tenthani exhaust his anger and when he gets tired he will also pack-up and silence will exist once again. In any case when one beats a drum the sound reaches different ears and it is up to the recipients to take it or not. Chimodzi modzi ku dance nyimbo ikamalira anthu obvina amabvina zosiyana malinga ndi kasankhidwe, wina amabvina ma drum, wina bass, wina percussions, wina lead, wina mau, ndiye alipo ena amaphatikiza zonse. Kulemba lembani owerenga ngambiri and judgements/understanding differ.

  29. tilayinesi says:

    To speak was wrong and to refuse to return is worst thing that is compromising your ntegrity as born again and first lady. This might put global funding at jeopardy to fund HIV/AIDS and they might withdraw and even ask NAC/MG to refund the money later.

    Learn from Khumbo Kachali who apologised through as spokes person. I hope you listen to TNM programme on mpamba at ZBS the song ‘Zimandikwanira’ She I concluded that it meant you and the comments were targeting you. Be satisfied with what you have and not take the funds meant for poor Malawians by greed.

  30. Khalidwe Madeya says:

    Amai had her own weaknesses, yes, but she did some miracles within a short period while everyone was underrating her. Peter is messing up all what this poor woman did yet people had high expections from this so called Professor. Those close to him are saying the guy sleeps after every meal, after every meeting, after every mating, etc etc kukulatu uku.

  31. Jando says:

    What does stealing mean?

  32. Leo says:

    Yesterday I met two ghost extremely the same as the couple. kikikikikiki. Koam a First lady athu kuchititsa manyazi. Ka mzukwa kenikeni.

  33. Dusty says:

    A pitala bwerani kuno jwa senti tizidza kachasu spa ntchito yavuta.

  34. Dry Cleaner says:

    Government handed over CCTV footage to ACB, where from did the government got the footage ? was it not the responsiblity it the ACB to access the footage on their own, if the government is one in possession of such evidences on its own efforts,does it not mean that government has lost trust in its own ACB, if government loses trust in ACB ,how much trust are we the raw stuff crew are to lose with the ACB,

  35. Freck Malunga says:

    Why not praying to God Almighty to relieve your souls.Don’t trust aman .

  36. malago Malango says:

    Iwe No1. You are indeed mbuzi. If you don’t like Tenthani’s articles, this is your problem and not ours. Thenthani, continue telling the nation the truth. Hit the nail on the head. More fire. By the way, ndani uyo akuoneka ngati ka mphakayo. aaaaah, makwatakwatawa eeeeesh, Any way nanga titani, kikikikkikikiki

  37. AZIMAYI says:




    1. Nyapapi says:

      Iwe Bakha iwe! Amayi ako okubawo anathawa! Usatisanzitse! Mxiiii!



  39. pragmatic boy says:

    101% Correct,this country will become ungovernable soon.Look at the pace at which prices of vital services and goods are escalating,what about the strikes that are unresolved and those about to come.

  40. wafika says:

    Do the needful maam. Bambo Bamusi, I had high respect for your stand and handling of communal issues. You were a perfect guy one would go to. your comment was and is disturbing.

    Mama do not challenge the people that put you there by not returning what is theirs.

  41. ingeles maunde says:

    just do the needful indeed.

  42. makito says:

    Nothing but the truth.

  43. me says:

    nice words and truthfull words,just give the money back.
    this couple is a joke worldwide.
    the representatives of one country should at least give good image and this 2 dont.
    malawi now its a boat in the sea with to much holes people.
    that man shoud resign and face the law.
    i have no idea how to run a country and he will soffer by doing only bad decisions and to his favour only.
    so this women.where she come from?where is her ex-husband?have she got kids?
    what she do before forced apm to married her?it was important to answer this questions for all people to know,please someone can answer?

  44. KUMENEKOOO! AQUA PETER MUTHARIKA.Mwina awonjeze kumwa madzi nzeru zibwera.Nanga. A Maiwo munawapangitsa kale Embam? Nkhopeyo kaya ?

  45. John says:

    Even better! If madame Mutharika wants money the easy way, please leave the AIDS money alone and apply for some cash from JB Foundation. I mean, we know JB is going the world over soliciting funds and you are, well, busy looting the already solicited funds albeit, for wrong reasons. I am sure JB wont mind taking you under her armpits and teaching you a thing or two,like, how to be invited on international events, something our first lady has yet to do. JB is the mother of the nation. You just have to repent of your sins first though. Or, you could just sell that plane, for chrissake we dont need it anyway.

    1. me says:

      you dont have a dought that she is mother of the nation.
      she stiil work for malawi and she is a women that all over the world people invite her to speak.why?because she is an honest women.~
      put her back again in government for that country start rising again because she was doing a nice job and you people dont vote for her.why?
      she was helping more the women,why?
      because too much women die giving birth.
      women provide food for kids and husband,by supporting women she was helping families.
      i know that too much men think that women are like an object for them.
      you need to change your own mindes.
      adults who put you in the world?your father?
      you respect your mothers so why dont you respect all women and JB?
      think like modern countries,germany is ruled by a women nd you see its the most rich country of europe.
      men change the way of thinking and respect all women.
      put your mother again in power to finish unger in malawi and start raising that beautifull country.she is giving a good image of the country to the world but if this government only do shit what can she do alone.

  46. VYOTO says:





    1. Observer says:

      Not when he accepts a pay rise of over 160% and petrol of K 800, 000 a month and calls it justifiable, when teachers are going without pay!! This country needs a different type of leaders! When even MCP supporters don’t see this then the country is really in deep trouble.

  47. johnmbuzi says:

    You just waste ur time Mr. TENTHANI… I have never liked ur articles and they are just destructive other than being constructive and toooo long. Too personalised…eish…whether you like it or not, he is still our leader and we have to support him constructively… God bless our president, God bless Malawi.

    1. Bullshit says:

      Who forces you to read his articles? The guy can write and think hence his articles are long. People with small brains like you hate it cause your brains cannot digest what he writes. He writes in very understandable English and still its too much for your brain, Really? I feel sorry for you. Tenthani spent his time in a classroom and now he is proud to use his skills he was taught by his English teachers. If you dont like his articles, please avoid reading them. Ralph will not suffer to lose you, after all he doesnt count you as one of those who read his articles. He has more VVIP reading his articles and one of them being the young brother to the late Kahuna so get lost.

    2. Davie Gama says:

      Mbuzi indeed by name. ur blind loyalty will take u nowhere man; whether u like it or not Mathanyula z goofing bigtime & history will be written about this clueless boma lodzera mwakuba. Tiyeni tiona mene zithere koma nde kupala..

    3. pa kamba says:

      truth many things going wrong and still backing your president?blind loyalty!

    4. Tombwito says:

      You are such an idiot, the woman stole AIDS money, the husband is failing to pay teachers salary but raises his and that of MPs, no water, no security and you want us to support this buffoon? Ndiwe mbuzi

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    5. Central says:

      Thus hasty generalization and shallow thinking at their best !!

      If the guy got 36% out of a 100%, how does he become a Leader of the 64%??

      You better say, “he is your president not ‘our'” because some of us as Malawians and many for that matter did not vote for him!!

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