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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mill
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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

Philosopher
Guest

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!

Liberal democrats
Guest

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

Qabaniso
Guest

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?

Sindi
Guest

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.

Gas Machine Head
Guest

chaff or Chufff??

Ganda
Guest

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…

Thongo Issah
Guest

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!

Mabattery a mlakho
Guest

Hahahahaha!wadya banzi!Tikuona!

Alex Likoswe
Guest

Ugly turn coat

bob
Guest

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

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