Fixing a country not for the faint-hearted: Idriss Nassah all praises for Malawi Pres. Mutharika

I am sorry you missed it but President Peter Mutharika was on terrific form and did your country proud at the African Union Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, last week.

President Mutharika with Idriss Ali Nassah

President Mutharika with Idriss Ali Nassah

Here was a leader in his enchanting element; chairing crucial sessions, articulating his vision, deconstructing the challenges, provoking thought, challenging responses, proposing solutions and taking in suggestions. My non-Malawians colleagues were spellbound by watching him in action they told me that—if the President stuck to his word and operationalized his grand plans—then there was hope yetfor the future of the country.

Butif the country is going to make any progress on this long road to recovery, it needs to change its national psyche.

Judging by the endless inane bartering from some quarters in Malawi, there are still some people who find the idea of Peter Mutharika as president of this country appalling. They wake each morning snarling with anger, call the president a puppet, fire off a few spiteful comments on social media and go about their miserable lives consumed by envy and hatred. We should probably feel sorry for them, by why bother?

I laughed at the the viciousness and banality of their comments during the commemoration of his incarceration at Lumbadzi Police Station and Maula Prison in March this year.That it wasn’t so much about painting the walls blue or writing on them, but the symbolism of it, was conveniently missed.

The truth is that his arrest on treason charges changed the President’s life completely. Not only had he to fight for his rights, he also vowed never to arrest anyone for political expediency. What it did was to transform his entire attitude as a leader and as a man. By writing on that wall, President Mutharika was signing a deal with Malawi that he wold not endanger anyone’s freedoms simply because they were his political opponent.

Many of you will be puzzled at this point. Isn’t this the same Idriss Ali Nassah who once wrote that Peter Mutharika hadn’t shown any leadership during his long tenure as minister? Yes it is. And in my defence I will say I am no donkey with a fatalistic fixation on a singular definitive narrative. People change, situations evolve, circumstances differ and smart people recognize that.

The problem we have, sometimes, is that most people are inelastic and are not prepared to reconcile their minds to changing facts; they are terrified of confronting the fact that there is a reality outside of them.

I have to admit that with adroit management, Peter Mutharika is turning out to be quite a stable hand at the presidency. This is an opportunity to transform Malawi and run the country on sound business principles, once again. The best thing that Mutharika said last week was that he was in the job knowing fully well that it was public service and not a huge party at taxpayer’s expense.

That a country as skint as ours allowed a few select loonies to raid the national coffers at will tells you that we were sitting with rotting fish and that things were going to go really badly and steadily worse. The financial woes caused by Cashgate should send shivers down the spine of anyone who has the slightest understanding of the wider ramifications. Tax money that should have improved the lives of millions of people was either frittered away or it disappeared into the bank accounts of the party faithful. That sort of thing should only be allowed to happen in banana republics.

Apart from the criminality of it, there is also the collateral damage to consider. Since there was no money to buy drugs, for example, it’s a fair assumption that people died in hospitals as a result. I don’t know about you but that is not the sort of society I want to live in.

The most vivid contrast between then and now is that President Mutharika has done well to put a stop to delusions that there is more money in Malawi than there really is. Malawians now need to understand that the money to buy those goats and bags of maize and bicycles and whatever else they were given for free each day during those two years of plenty didn’t come out of thin air.

Unfortunately, as with all good parties, there is always the morning-after hangover and Peter Mutharika has to deal with that now.

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65 thoughts on “Fixing a country not for the faint-hearted: Idriss Nassah all praises for Malawi Pres. Mutharika”

  1. mill says:

    you say he was in fine form but couldn’t give examples of what APM really did in SA that will help Malawians. You are also using the assumption that this govt is not stealing from public coffers, really? where did they get the money to bribe journos?

    peter may not be faint-hearted but is he fixing the economy? if he really is fixing the economy you would have praised him other than praising his misguided decision of writing graffiti on cell walls

  2. Philosopher says:

    I wish i d id not read this trash. by the way do we still need to be taught what kind of a person mutharika is? we were there, we are there observing things on our own!

  3. Yooo umangodziwiratu ….hope Nyasa got paid for publishing this advert

  4. Qabaniso says:

    OMG! Is this the same Idriss we used to know? I agree with him that situations evolve because a wonderful analyst evolves once he exchanges his soul for money. #what_a_mediocre! Even glorifying trash?

  5. Sindi says:

    Guy is a prolific writer, the likes of ” Cut The Chuff”. I hardly missed his articles. Koma apa nde i’ m disappointed big time. Could not expect him to write such “chuff”. Come on Idrissa, this is not your kind of writing. Give us your best as usual or keep quiet.

    1. Gas Machine Head says:

      chaff or Chufff??

  6. Ganda says:

    used to respect this dude…but when you want a diplomatic post I guess you can do anything to appease the master….good luck bambo…

  7. Thongo Issah says:

    For those that don’t know Idriss! He is a good writer not doubt! One thing though you should know is that blood is thicker than water! He is Muluzi’s direct nephew and now has to be on the side of his uncle since UDF has become part of DPP!

  8. Hahahahaha!wadya banzi!Tikuona!

  9. bob says:

    This is a glaring example of mediocre writing. Ironically it is such mediocrity that is worshipped in Malawi. People are often rewarded for bootlicking

  10. makito says:

    I have never seen such a stupid piece of writing, purely nonsensical and illogical. He has become the Chimangos and late Matembo Mzunda even while still outside the government.

  11. kamwankhuku says:

    Honestly, I used to like Idriss because of his humourous write-ups but am begining to think that maybe just maybe he is heading towards the blue side which is one of the worst places to be as a journalist let alone as a person who cares for one’s integrity.
    Idriss, please know this that i used to compare your writings with those of late chinyeke tembo and you were among the best really.

    1. Samarakunjuta says:

      He is heading to the dogs there is nothing that is emortal in this world.
      He is done finish!!!

  12. Joseph says:

    Phew. Malawians, don’t we have editors to be looking at our articles before they go to print? Embarrassing to be consistently looking at articles full of spelling mistakes and grammer errors!!!! Oh, there is a thing called ” auto-correct” on your computer, if you are wondering.
    Secondly, what a load of crap! What has he “fixed?”. Teachers aint paid, hospitals still do not have medication, state house salaries are still on the increment despite the economy going sideways( np gvt minister wants to send their kids to their own gvt schools, why? which he does not agree or understand),,,,, please educate me here! The only change I see is you, so don’t force us to swallow your shallow opinions here.

  13. Totolitotoli says:

    Chizungu mukuphapalitsa chabwino koma fundo mulibe amwene

  14. Gas Machine Head says:

    I used to be a big fan of this Chanco and Oklahoma alumnus. I made sure I had to buy the Sunday Times just for his column. But hey, he moved on to the AU, great for him. It never crossed my mind that this guy would turn into a sycophant. I had so much respect for him. He has such a wonderful job that many young news media personnel would envy. It makes me wonder what he is up to. We will soon learn but I hope he does not destroy himself. He is young and has a full-life ahead of him. What this young man has articulated reminds me of one well-respected Zimbabwean academic and diplomat in the name of Professor Jonathan Moyo. He later turned into a Mugabe “yes-man”. What now everyone remembers about Prof Moyo is him being Mugabe’s dirty propagandist. I am not so suprised though, the picture with “Professor” Peter Mutharika (Professor in the American sense not in the British way like Malawi), tells the whole story.

    Idriss Nasser, while you are in Addis Ababa, always remember this: There were other journalistic praise-singers before you: Eunice Chipangula, George Ngaunje, Chikumbutso Mtumodzi, Steve Nhlane and others. What happened to their reputations? Think about the US dollars’ salary at the AU, your family and your international career. If you want to come back home through such “garbage” as above, you will end up a DPP “door-mat”. Insha-Allah. Allahu Akbar, Alhamudullilah, Innallaha ma’as sabireen.

    Ramadan Mubarak.

  15. Machine Gun says:


  16. 5555 says:

    What is your point Idrissi!! munthu wadyera iwe!! You were we Kasambara now ukuti Chiani?? Ulibe nfundu!! shupiti

  17. tumbuka of nyika says:

    Ife atumbuka timachita nsanje ndi atsogoleri achilomwe chifukwa alomwe ndi anzeru kutiposa.

    1. Samarakunjuta says:

      Ntchebe iwe yambula nyoko! Atumbuka wake njuni uyo walinamwe na nsanje anganya imwe?
      Ntchivichi icho batumbuka Bakudokera kwaimwe timalanenge.As long as who ever rules the country because u people manufacture children like toys from china this will never become right believe u me me.Northerners holds the key to success of this country.
      It’s time to rise and federalism viva!!!!!!

  18. Yahudah says:

    Hypocrites these are the devils that aredestroying and leading our people astray for their own selselfish desires.

  19. Nivindele says:

    Mixing u r a waste of space. Malopa wamugula uyu

  20. kabotolokamo says:

    Talking big does not mean leadership , Leaders are born not made in school!

  21. Lutundu Wa Lutundu says:

    So anyone olemba, zabwino za boma basi ndiwoipa. Malawians let us be serious. Kodi mukudziwa kuti kuipa kwa Kamuzu ena amapeza bwino mpaka kuphunzira eg Kabwila, Lunguzi etc. Then pa Muluzi, ena analemera, pa Bingu ena anawomberedwa.

  22. zookieper says:

    A senile dog’s death begin by making it blind and deaf. You better watch yourself mr idriss, it may show that you may be turning to be one. Check yourself idol praiser.

  23. john says:

    Sold out this cheap writer

  24. It will not help Mr Idris it is too late

  25. omex says:

    Kungojambulitsa ndi a president mwayambiratu kubwebweta zokomera iwowo?

  26. mulli says:

    Timva kuti mwayamba ku State house wakulembani ntchito chief employer Ben Phiri. The picture itself can tell that u can’t write anything bad about this Goliati guy. But u were such an adorable writer years ago when u had a column in the Sunday Times. Get me right,when I say good writer,it doesn’t mean u were writing bad about government,no but you were objective,analysing things the way they are supposed to be. Koma zii yu zikuoneka kuti mulibe chochita ndiye a presidenti anakutengani kuti mutawalemberako zabwino at least not from the MBC podium. Idriss,stick to journalistic ethics

  27. Chemwali chimwene says:

    Idriss, do you know about the 92billion kwacha? I think you are lost and looking for a soft pillow when you come home. Shame on you. We are inside Malawi and you are fantasising outside the republic. Don’t delude yourself by thinkingthat you are smart.

  28. Alufeyo says:

    Only fools can take this bufoon serious. Peter Mutharika cannot even be a mortuary attendant he has no brain he doesnt know what he should be doing as president. As for Idriss just fuck yourself you have nothing to tell us.

  29. myao says:

    madrassah imeneyi ili kuti?

  30. Mbanangwa says:

    Useless writing indeed, you will not write straight the crooked mind of the president. Ask Americans, a gooke is a gooke! The president will neve rise to stardom!

  31. Namukachapa says:

    Summary: Mutharika impressed Idriss by the way he spoke at a committee meeting. Therefore he is an excellent president. Come on Mr Idriss! When it comes to talking, chairing meetings etc there are countless Malawians who would beat Mr Mutharika hands down any day. Malawians are judging this clueless leader not according to his cheap rhetoric but according his actions or lack thereof.

  32. Nseuwaboma says:

    APM please give Idriss a job already! For how long should Idriss prostitute himself before he is noticed? Achite kugubuduka m’matope?

    The same guy freely admits writing APM off as ministerial material. APM as president continues to be the same uninspiring person he was as minister, and hey, presto he becomes terrific? Does Idriss believe his own drivel? More importantly, does APM think this praise is sincere?

    Perhaps the most mind boggling claim by Idriss is the one that JB was a thief, but APM is a paragon of propriety and is actually cleaning JB’s mess. If anything, APM is a bigger thief than JB and it is only a matter of time before details of his plunder of the public purse becomes public knowledge…

  33. Bright Dzonzi says:

    Idriss ! Idriss! Idriss! I have so much respect for you right from your High School Days at Mt Pleasant High School in Harare! You are a journalist of substance revered by many! Your diction, intellect and wisdom is a marvel to watch! You remind me.of how Professor Jonathan Moyo who was a fierce critic of Mugabe and then he later became a turn coat! R u emulating him by sinking thos low to become a praise singer of Mutharika? Please jelously guard your profession despite what could have gone into your pocket!

  34. Kadakwiza says:

    Malawians please don’t take this Idris guy serious because it seems like he is not a Malawian. Just ignore him. He is useless. If not mistaken this Idris Nassah is from Chad. Malawians now are trying to find the people who stole K92 Billion. And trying to stop these thugs who want to steal our Malawi Savings Bank. Now this Chadian, Idris Nassah is talking will not help us as a nation. Malawians want jobs not painting a corner of a prison cell. So this Chadian called Idris Nassah should just shut his mouth.

  35. basa says:

    kumene umajambulitsako munapangana chani.Do you want to convice 16 million malawians ndi kachizunguko, after all anthu ambiri sawerenga zimenezi and yet boma lanu likufunanso kuika msonkho pa internet kuti a malawi ambiri asamve bodza lanulo.TIKUKUONANI

  36. Samarakunjuta says:

    Malawians in central and south have eyes have eyes but they don’t see and have brains but they don’t use.They are too brutal to see and think how to different iate between good and bad thus why they still voted for Peter wamutharika u think this is ufumu eti??even utakhala ufumuwo apa pachigumula pompa apa Mutharikas yemweyo wathesa maufumu onse koma u brutal wu abaleeeeee!!!!!!

  37. bob mzunga says:

    For sure the writer of this articles is not in Malawi. If poverty ended by speeches and chairing forums on the international scene then Malawi would have been a better place. Unfortanely, Mr. Idriss you doing creative writing on a president is either untruthful or very absent to his duties of running this country. I don’t think this government has any clue to run the government.

  38. gerald says:

    On point,Nassa

  39. Big brain says:

    Peter wooooyyeew

  40. Polofesa says:

    Correct, 2 pts!

  41. mgwantha says:

    Kkkkkk is this what we call democracy? I dont think so this so called unitary systym is like cheiftainship,there is no way one person,region,clan,party and so on should be responsible for the financial resources of the country. Its high time the Tumbukas you talk about should be independent they should run their Nyika republic,no interfering with the centre or south i think it will fine and ok. That regionalism thing hasbnot started today its long time ago. So the only answer to clear that sentiment is federalism. Northerners are also tired of marginalising them let them build their region.

  42. dolo says:

    I started reading this article but couldnt get myself to finish reading it. Ngati akulipira, wadya zaulele. This is a piece of trash. Nyasatimes, why do you even allow such bad articles to appear on your page? Its like reading “chimangilizo” written by a form 2 student… zakhazokha tikunenazo kuti Petulo sali serious-zo, hiring anthu ngati awa to write for him. So what was the symbolism in paiting the walls blue or kumenya ma graffiti? you say he had alot of suggestions and ideas ku AU, kuno samayankhula zomveka bwanji? the content of his speeches nde iiiiiiih… the quality nde ndi zija akayankhula ngati akutafuna mteza…

  43. Malawiana says:

    Idriss the hypocrite. An article well polished with glamorous language as usual but full of bullshit the kind of which even the writer is at pains to believe.

  44. ujeni says:

    Za zii

  45. Bwampini wa Muthanyura says:

    Wadya chibanzi iwe ee .Even the face can tell. By the was was this article and the others you will write, a condition for posing for a photo with the clueless President.

  46. Mnunkhaludzu says:

    Useless and dull journalist with no point of information to offer readers!

  47. Love your neighbour as yourself!! says:

    He is terrific in conferences, and workshops but not on the ground nyani iwe!!

    If you want a “post”, he will give it to you!! However, that will not take you anywhere for it wont last long!! Mbava sizingatenge nthawi zisanadziwike pu dziko lolenga yekha Mulungu!! Ana a mfiti inu, chuma chimene mukufunacho muchisiya muona!! Vanity to vanity…………….!

  48. Nyirenda says:

    Bwana Idrissa Malawi economy will never improve as long as we allow the northerners to call shorts from behind. Northerners have been indirectly ruling this country since 1964 and they are dull people that’s why Malawi is very economically pathetic @50. Since 1964 northerners have been dominating high and crucial decision-making positions in Malawi and they are still doing it. For example, among the three arms of government (Judiciary=Nyirenda, Legislature=Msowoya), only one arm is led by a none northerner ( Executive – Mutharika). Even key ministries and institutions are headed by tumbukas e.g. The Anti-corruption Bureau = Kondowe, ministry of Finance = Goodall Gondwe, just to mention afew. Yet if you have been in class together with these northerners you will agree with me that they are relatively dull.

    It is now time to try the Chewas, Senas, Ngonis, Yawos, and all other tribes. Tumbukas have failed this country big time. They have been occupying all white-collar jobs that are to do with policy formulation and decision making since 1964. The more we allow tumbukas calling shorts from behind, the more poorer Malawi becomes. Go to capital hill today, you will hardly see a none northerner there. What does that mean?

  49. The Truthful One from the West says:

    Peter Mutharika’s arrested was not political. He and his cohorts attempted to subvert the constitutional order. I can assure you that Peter Mutharika does not have a new vision, policy and strategy to transform Malawi. What about the K92billion cashgate by a government Peter Mutharika served?

  50. MAFIMU says:

    Boot lickers boot lickers

    How can we prosper like this backing a thief and s liar ??

    Mama Lunguzi and mama kabwira please help the prople of malawi

  51. Vincent kammanya says:

    Lets do away with text book governance and start with on the ground scenarior based governance.

  52. chaiwone wawo says:

    Is the cashgate list not full of northerners? ma northerner ake ati mukuti samaba ndalama za boma? stupid

  53. Samarakunjuta says:

    Any president that is associated with idris ali nassah will never go far judging from the fact he writes his inappropriate facts backing the way Malawi is govern.Am so ashamed to be a Malawian.Achimwene! Ha ha ha u are a joke idris ali nassah

  54. Samarakunjuta says:

    Only if Malawi will be ruled by a northerner things will be as good as honey other wise let us get used to our bushes and keep on catching flies as usual

  55. Bongozo says:

    Where is K25 billion? Stupid man. He is a thief.

  56. Samarakunjuta says:

    Malawi will never be fixed if northerners are being sidelined believe u me.The centrals and southerners are just there to steal every fund that Malawi get continuing on cripling this already frigile country of malawi.where is all the dollars that was found in Mutharikas state House? Can tell me idris ali nassah? And u say its time to fix the nation.foesek man!!!

  57. Bololo says:

    What a confused man you are. Just trying to earn a living. If what we see is APM’s best at his best thinking capacity then we are doomed. Its time for APM to know that if you want change, you have to create a turning point where you have to do things differently onwards. So far he is business as usual.

  58. Wanaloli says:

    Inutu ayenera akufuna akupaseni udindo……search me????

  59. kk says:

    Malawians need to start working now. There is no free money around. Over the years we have become so lazy and largely depend on handouts.

    If the country is to develop, we all have to work hard and achievers must be fairly rewarded and corrupt ones punished without favour.

  60. JB says:

    Terriffic form my ass he needs to be in terriffic when he is in Malawi in front of people who voted for him

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