Dzuka Malawi: Benefits of killing Chilima, President’s health status

There is the world, I mean the real world and then there is Malawi. A small, very very poor country which seems to live in fantasy world. The dynamics of the changing world are far from us, we can’t do anything competently and we fail to even press for accountability from individual self to those who we elect or use our resources.Dzuka Malawi

Last week I dwelled on individual creativity. This was based on the Presidents health. The whole country was told and the most mediocre believed that the DPP and Government were up to no good that the President had died and they were hiding. For the first time I agree with Dr. Kamuzu Banda- education alone is not enough, people should do some travelling.

I mean the President was in the United States of America, centre of democracy and access to information not in China or some East Asian countries where dictators can hide enjoying the elements of non-existent press in those country’s. I was shocked among the sharing and debating in whatsapp, facebook and other forums- were the country’s most educated, I mean up to PhD level that they believed the media and the Government of USA would be complicit to hiding a death within their boundaries. Really our standards and thinking should not be applied to other countries- it makes all of us look backward in a digitised world.

Those that propagated the Presidents death, quickly moved to another rumour machine, a plot had been hatched to kill Vice President. My God! My foot! This was barely hours after it was announced the President was not dead at all, but he will be returning on the 16th.

There were pictures all over of alleged military presence and anybody questioning the status quo, was labelled pro-Dpp and the debate was sure one sided. I went to Kamuzu International Airport for myself to see what would happen.

The President came down, with one arm, but he managed to walk and inspect guard of honour, managed to walk and recognised people that welcomed him. But not, there was something bigger he was hiding, suddenly I was bombarded with pictures with circles of a jacket turning, a swollen arm and theory that he was medically unfit. The rest as we know is part of our daily obsessesion and creation.

Looking at the energy and time and even cost of airtime spent to propagate rumours upon rumours, refine pictures and really wish the President dead or Vice President killed or even a former Law Society President suggesting that someone walking, recognising and talking to people is incapacitated, made me shed a tear.

I feel sorry for Malawi and the wasted generation we have become. We cry, eat and even get aroused I am sure talking politics. I have very little kind words for the State communications machinery for failing to handle a very simple matter, but I am angrier again at the wasted creativity Malawi always shows.

If it is about sharing rumours, homosexuals, pornography and politics, we are so agitated that we can even threaten to commit suicide if we don’t get answers. When its about demanding fair education systems, quality health and even accountability at Local Councils, Schools and ourselves making a contribution we pretend we cant see the suffering of the poor.

Our obsession with politics has elevated politicians to be demi-gods that we believe whatever crap comes out of their mouths. Look at poor Malawians that were made to sing insults by DPP officials just to challenge the rumour mongers. Imagine if those people were mobilised once as a party to grow some winter crops and feed themselves or bring down the cost of maize.

Malawi has been poor for the past 52 years because of politics and politicisation of everything. Then we have added tribalism and now corruption and insistent gossip and rumour mongering. The ethos of our country are gone, we are as Bingu prophesised “headless chickens.”

There is no personal responsibility, we drink, use airtime, support extramarital affairs, pay for prostitutes, spend whole day on whatsapp and special media talking politics or sharing naked photos. We have not adjusted our cosy facebook life styles that makes us go shopping everyday, post food from all hotels or resturants and indeed borrow our friends money or items without repaying.

Many of us are in debt. Many of us blame someone other than ourselves for failing. Many of us live beyond our means. A Bank clerk first loan will be a car not fees to complete his education, then cry the whole time Government says MWK55,000 is not enough to keep a student in University. We go to court get injunction.

Our zeal and energy is surprising always wrongly placed. The Chinese and Asians are operating restaurants cooking nsima we all go an eat. Nigerians are selling second hand radios, fridges and spare parts we all rush and buy. Be Forward is selling 11 year old cars, we buy and cry about forex shortages. We have no personal responsibility.

With our own hands, the only thing we are good at is gossip, rumour mongering and I am sorry to say sex and pornography. Very few are creative enough to survive in Malawi, we resort to politics, corruption and thieving as our easiest way out to pay for our expensive lifestyles.

If our relations trust us with money to assist them, we abuse the money. If we borrow money or take any item on credit, be assured that’s the last of it you will hear of it.

We wake up believing the DPP, MCP or someone else is the problem to our solution. We spend all nights on social media posting unrealistic photos of ourselves or sharing pornography. We have become a dreaming nation, dead asleep while our neighbours are progressing.

In Zambia they had an election, after it everyone went to make money on their own and develop their families, in Tanzania before that and Mozambique before that. You hear more about Magufuli and Uhuru Kenyatta than you hear from the citizens of their nations. I am sure we now are experts on Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. The only thing we are obsessed is politics and gossip.

Dzuka Malawi my nation. Take a bit of responsibility for yourself. Stop worshiping politicians, they are the reason we are poor. If we trimmed Parliament to 50 constituencies, cut off perks of Principal Secretarys and other Government officials, have the President pay tax and buy his own food, reduce cabinet to 10, reduce motorcades and type of vehicles, I am sure we can save half of our budget.

But nobody in opposition nor in Government wants to make such a commitment. Dr. Banda invented poverty and fear, Muluzi invented dependence on cash handouts, Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika tried one term to rejuvenate the nations thinking before he lasped, Joyce Banda entrenched handouts from goats to chickens, the Professor has invented silence, nobody can be fired for anything, and anybody critiquing Government is an enemy. As a Law Scholar I wish he did what he was trained, evaluate two arguments and judge.

Dzuka Malawi, for 52 years we have gone nowhere, still the poorest peaceful and most lazy nation. Killing the President on social media, inventing assassination attempts for Vice President and worshipping politicians will not move your household an inch. The sad part, majority are between 20 and 50- who are supposed to be productive age group. I cry for my beloved country!

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16 thoughts on “Dzuka Malawi: Benefits of killing Chilima, President’s health status”

  1. Bob says:

    I agree with u bravo we people we spend time on politics and gossiping. I’m staying with my friend in my room and i manage to find him a job BT I’m telling u he spend the whole nyt on the phone and come day its worse

  2. bulutu says:

    This is good comment. I for one thinks only if we route out corruption and smile to no corrupt person regardless of his position then the rest can be done properly. The coming of ODPP makes companies and individuals inflate the figures in contracts for example. Big shots ask for their take in order to process tenders and I can assure you 75% of tenders have something behind for someone or some people within the circle. Only when corruption is arrested, tried and jailed for life, we can develop Malawi. Those of you who do not travel may not understand and know what Magufuli is doing just next door, he does not smile to corruption and everyone now in Tanzania is now afraid of corruption beginning with the Police who could opening say: Yours first, for Govt later. .

  3. Bevulo says:

    Mmmmmh.. spot on…only if we put all our energies towards 1 goal, there then wi ll develop individually and so on..

  4. thulisile says:

    Okay so politicians are useless in our lives and why bother electing them I guess there’s no need for democracy

  5. patriot says:

    Rudo i do follow almost all of your articles. You articulate well. Here you have written a good piece but i do not agree on the issue of President’s feath rumour. Much as Malawians do not wish others well but on this one government is to blame for not telling the nation the truth and in time. Malawians still remember have this DPP government did in 2012. Hence this rumours connecting the 2012 saga and the lack of communication. On the issue of Laziness let me tell you that not all Malawians are lazy but they get frustrated by the system itself. Corruption has started from above. For instance tobacco farmers despite there hardworking majority of tobacco farmers are yet to sale a single bale yet they toiled. Authorities demanding money from the poor farmers before they sale their tobacco. The hide the truth saying its overproduction yet the truth is that they introduced IPS contract system policy for companies to Milk farmers. Come to business its not easy for ordinary Malawian to get business Licence from government.This makes it difficult for Many to take part in meaningful business. So unless change start by doing away with current system we ramain poor and force any well meaning Malawian to give up. One thing too much peace is also not good. Tinapusa kwambiri we dont aprise and demand what we want

  6. Fisi Nicholas Chaponda says:

    Switching newspapers straight away. Can’t be wasting my important time reading this nonsense. Nyasa Times carry on featuring Rudo and cadet articles, and watch your newspaper rating dive.

  7. ahmed msiya says:

    Nice one………

  8. Mndambala Boy says:

    So what?

  9. Dr Tambala says:

    At least someone is thinking. Our poverty in Malawi is self made. We don’t take responsibility and we love playing the victim card and the blame game! If you fail to feed your household blame the government, if you sleeping in a leaking house blame the government, if you fail to educate your children blame the government, if you fail to pay a prostitute blame the government etc

  10. Mjomba says:

    Kamulepo Kaluwa, Sembeleka, Kazako, Trapency, Mtambo brain banda ofunika adziwe tanthauzo la incapacitate, ndikudwala nyamakazi kwa munthu, achita manyazi. Malawi tiyeni tidzipanga zinthu zotukula dziko lino osati osati zakudwala kwa munthu, kuli vuto la magetsi, madzi, njala anthu akufa ndi njala, anthu akufa pomwe akuwapanga operation mchipatala chifukwa cha magetsi, ndiye inu ma activist bwanji osamenya nkhondo yothana ndi mavuto amenewa bwanji. ine chichokere cha munthalika sindinamvepo kuti munthu wafa chifukwa chakuti munthalika ali kunja. BE SERIOUS GUYS osapusitsa anthu akumudzife kamba ka dyera lanu. inu zoti mumagwa chifufu munauzako ndani???

  11. NJIRA YA MTANDA says:

    Kodi iwe ukufuna kuti unene chani apa, siudawerenge malemba mu baibulo kuti anzeru salemera ndipo odziwa liwiro sapambana, what you are trying to emphasise only happens in dreams or movies, the great charles Darwin already nailed it all, it is not the most intelligent or the smartest that survives but the most adaptable to the change, the weak will always make the strong stronger, it is a dog-eat-dog world no one will change that, just accept and move on, ine ndiye nkhawa ndidapachika, i just focus on my business, if you expect things to change globally lt alone Malawi then it would be in another life not this one

  12. Malawi says:

    Rudo well articulated article and well summarised. No one has expressed it well than you have. We have become a nation of misfortune seekers. We do not wish each other and our country well. A country so polarised on mediocrity. A country where we elect the president and vice president the next thing we gonna wish them bad luck everyday till the next election. Worse if they are elected on a party ticket we do not support. Well said than i thought. In Zambia they had elections but now they are back to work. In Tanzania they had elections but now they are all back to work. Our education system is collapsing we cant divert out attention there. The health system needs reforms, we cant suggest what needs to be done. The economy is probably the worst with high inflation and interest rates. We cant spend our energy there. Frequent and persistent blackouts. We cant spend our solutions there. Clever nationalities are making money in our own country. The only thing we know best is to complain, criticise, cook stories and we are becoming experts. Cry the beloved country indeed.

  13. Tahunga says:

    yawwwwwwwwnnnn!
    Wake me up when this guy is done talking. I used to like this column, but nowadays, it’s MORE preachy than informative, MORE with an accusatory tone than constructive. Reading it, you imagine someone standing on an ant hill, akungolalata and people just passing by ignoring him completely.

    1. Voyeur says:

      Only because u love articles that bash the persident and glorify the opposition and and so cheap talk from the CSOs

  14. Inu says:

    Plain truth Rudo. I could not say it better. Responsibility indeed starts with us. Are we responsible for our lives, spouses, children? Malawians indeed are a sorry site, helpless and continuously producing a useless population. We seem to blame others but ourselves for our problems. Let us own our failures for once. Again in addition to all the truthful things that Rudo has written about, Malawians have mastered the art of blaming satanism for everything that is not right. We have accidents on our roads and it is satanism that is a cause. You mean the devil is only interested in Malawi? are we following traffic rules? Are our cars roadworthy? are drivers qualified? Is out attitude on the road positive that is to say feeling the responsibility of looking after the welfare of other road users?

  15. Mika Kumbire says:

    For the first time I applaud Nyasa Times for being professional in the way they handled the President’s “sickness or death”. Nyasa you did not get carried away. Now where are the people who swore that they had evidence that the President was dead. Who can believe them now and what would have become of Nyasa Times had you taken sides in these baseless rumours. There are several such people like Thom Likambale who nearly threw Nyasa Times into garbage. And these days it seems most people in diaspora are also idle. Unfortunately, they have nothing neither outside or inside.

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