‘JB Awards’ and Nankhumwa’s thoughtless gobbledygook

Last week, Minister of Information Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa, was in the news again. This time, he was complaining and accusing former President, Joyce Banda, of not taking leave of President Peter Mutharika, and not informing government when receiving International awards.

s must take leave of current Presidents every time they want to make a trip abroad

s must take leave of current Presidents every time they want to make a trip abroad

He said, as former President, Joyce Banda must follow a protocol (spelled out somewhere on some document known to Nankhumwa), which says former Presidents must take leave of current Presidents every time they want to make a trip abroad, and that they must appraise the current President with full itinerary of their engagements where they are travelling.

This, according to the Minister, would assist government to make proper budgetary allocations to offices of former Presidents, and, in the case like that of former President, Joyce Banda and also send representatives to witness some of the events that the former President attends. Mr. Nankhumwa, really?

The quickest and free advice to Minister Nankhumwa is to come off his obsession with Joyce Banda. It is seriously corroding what is left of his small integrity as a person, and embarrassing a Ministry, which is supposed to be peopled with professional communicators.

For starters, where is it stipulated that former Presidents must always take leave of the current President when travelling abroad, or receiving an award? Can the Minister please tell us which books of rules he is reading? What if a former President does not want to take leave of the current President for reasons that border on the personal? Would that mean they wouldn’t qualify for the award, or whatever they want to do? What if they are using their own personal resources like in the case of Joyce Banda?

It appears Minister Nankhumwa simply spews out what comes out of his head, especially when the issue has something to do with former President Joyce Banda. Remember the ‘we-have-handed-over-the Lutepo-footage-to-ACB’ issue? The Minister blatantly and brazenly lied to the whole nation that his Ministry had handed over to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) footage of meetings between Chief cashgate suspect Oswald Lutepo and former President Joyce Banda, when actually there was no such a thing.

It had to take the whole ACB Director, Lucas Kondowe, to diplomatically deny possession of any footage on the same, suggesting that maybe it is ‘stuck’ somewhere on its way to his office. Up until now, Nankhumwa has not said anything on the footage issue.

Joyce Banda boasts a comprehensive international profile earned as a result of her work with disadvantaged women and children, and other marginalized communities. She has been recognized with numerous International awards before for fighting hunger and malnutrition even before she became President of this country.

She has also been invited a numerous times to grace and speak at international forums, not just for the love of it, but because of what she has achieved as a person. Why is Nankhumwa getting agitated now? Is it becoming too much for him?

Minister Nankhumwa is behaving like a lone wolf who has dangerously veered from the rest of the pack. One wonders whether he is not pursuing a personal vendetta against the former President, because his latest accusation sounds very petty and way out of line and only borne out of malice and ill will.

The Ministry of information has a momentous task of ensuring that Malawians are on the same page with their government as it implements its policies to move this country out of the fangs of poverty and despondency. It calls for well-crafted out messages across multiple platforms and touch points to ensure buy-out of government policies by the general public and cooperating partners.

This ought to be what the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture should be doing, under the leadership of its Minister. It is no time for pathetic partisan political propaganda that doesn’t mean anything.

There are information officers in almost all the districts in the country attached to the Ministry of Information who gather information about what Malawians are generally thinking, and are aware of the real issues that are currently at the heart of ordinary people.

One is pretty sure that the issue of Joyce Banda’s taking leave of President Mutharika to receive international awards is not one of them. The former President is currently abroad and Nankhumwa would do better to concentrate on local issues such as why does he think Malawi, with the lowest GDP and per capita income in the world, is still not the poorest country in the world.

These are the issues government is supposed to craft messages around and properly communicate if it desires to move with the pulse of the public. Malawians are aware that Nankhumwa’s agenda is to deflect attention from the real issues that currently jinx President Mutharika and his DPP government. Otherwise, the Information Minister’s thoughtless gobbledygook only makes him sound like a troublesome distant cousin…

  • Hastings Kandoje is a political, social and economic commentator. He writes for Nyasa Times in his personal capacity
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63 thoughts on “‘JB Awards’ and Nankhumwa’s thoughtless gobbledygook”

  1. namachekecha says:

    All this said, what is the former president doing in her ceaseless errands outside Malawi. Why should a former president stay outside her country for ten months? Why should she seek international recognition when she is failing make amends with her own people after the miserable and humiliating loss during the May 20 elections?

    Namkhumwa could be thoughtless but a thoughtless man talking about a thoughtless woman in the name of a former president is no big deal to me.

    Akuyesa azungu nid anthu eti? They will use her but then what matters to a politician is the impression to his/her people. We don’t get that impression by reading about assignments given by the greedy white man.

    Tabwerani mudzayankhe mafunso awiri atatu pamanong’onong’o akumvekawa. For how long do you keep running around. Home is home you will come to roost one of these days ndipo ngati nzoona tidzakukwidzingani ndthu. Come home because you are still answerable to Malawians. Osamatinamiza apa. If she fail seek it would be the Malawi Government looking after her, so what is this nonsense that she is not using our tax. And she still gets her dues as former president so stop fooling Malawians that she is using her own resources.

  2. ine joyce says:


  3. NAC says:

    Nakhumwa is a retard!…he has far too many teeth!…an abnormality

  4. That is the power of failiers

  5. Massive says:

    Kodi Nakhumwa sukulu yake ndiyambiri bwanji? Komanso kodi boma ili linasankha ali pambali pa Nakhumwa chifukwa chani? Mbuzi.

  6. Mdzukuru says:

    I feel sorry for Mr Nakhumwa and his clueless administration. Just steer this country to the next level and stop this nonsense. You are a disgrace to the administration as you dont know where to start from, for how long are you going to attack JB? She is a free citizen and can do whatever she wants as she is not using tax payers money. Mwagwa nayo

  7. patricia says:

    The APM administration has run out of ideas. Their effort to divert attentions goes beyond desperado. They have even gone further and created a force name on social media under Magede who has been puking nonsense about JB and Chakwera. Malawians are not stupid as much as this administration thinks. They may fool us some time but the truth is they can not fool us all the time. Why is he not addressing the asset declaration issue? Why is he not addressing the reasons why this administration is not cooperating with the investigations for the MK92 billion that went missing during Bingu era? Why is his office not addressing the issue of APM buying houses in Lilongwe below market value? This country is in a dire situation and the best this liar can say is JB needs to give government her itinerary really Mr Nankhumwa? How sad is that?

  8. Chief says:

    Ndimati ndikanyele abwana, ndimati ndikanyenge abwana, ndili ku ndende chani.
    The problem with nankhumwa is that he want to be Joseph Goobles of Malawi.You can’t be.

  9. Kenkkk says:

    JB is outside the country doing Her own business, so there is absolutely no need for her to inform APM about her personal business and awards. Furthermore she is using her personal money for all her travels.

    If she was in Malawi, perhaps she would follow some form of protocol as regards notifying APM but again it depends purely on the subject matter. If it is personal business the there is no need for her to inform APM of her whereabouts.

    JB’s perception of her security is very different from DPP perception of her security. For JB it is dangerous for APM or any of DPP guys to know her whereabouts or her diary of her movements. There is no trust between the two camps, are DPP guys frustrated because they can’t catch this elusive woman or because they can’t implement any evil plans they had for her? Can she trust security provided by DPP govt?

    So while there is some truth in what the govt is saying about protocol, that seems only relevant if she is in the country and using govt resources and doing politics. Like what Bakili is doing. The personal awards she is getting have absolutely nothing to do with the govt unless where the award requires the endorsement of the govt of the day before it is dished out.

    So please leave her alone and concentrate on your ministerial job but I don’t entirely blame the minister. APM and his advisors are also to blame for this blunder, don’t tell me that they didn’t know what the minister was talking about or planning to talk about!!’

  10. Mmalawi says:

    When JB was vice, you arranged an accident on her life, can she trust you devils??? JB is an icon that all of you cannot match, she has done a lot than teaching some negros somewhere!!! Peter is no match to Joice, and he will never be!!! JB is sponsoring countless students, underpriviledged people when you and Peter are looking for money to steal from poor malawians, my foot!

    1. Jang`ala says:

      Yeah Peter Muthalika won’t mulch with JB backs of the following reasons: 1.Peter is a pad holder while JB hasnt2. Peter has chosen by pipe 2 b a president whilst inherited the presidency 3.During JB time pipo were stealing government funds without fear of anyone

      1. Chief says:

        Pita was not chosen, he stole the vote.

  11. gule wamkulu says:

    Nakhumwa. Ku DPP ko mudakali busy chasing JB. Are you not ashamed ? You have many things to do. Look, Chaka chikutha since you rigged through and you have completely done nothing worth pointing at. Why stalking JB. Mavuto anu nchiani ?

  12. collins says:

    the minister’s entergrity is questionable,sad.

  13. Nkhondo ku Bedi says:

    Banja iloooooooooooooooo
    Tonse ku Tourim ndi ku Information timadziwa kuti awa ndi Mai Nankhumwa ndipo sungauze zochita!!!!!!!!!

  14. namanyozela says:

    izi nso nde nsete zeni zeni. when he was in opposition amapita kukatsanzika kwa Jb?

  15. Chibwe says:

    All former presidents and vice presidents are the responsibility of Malawi government, whose head is the state president, until their death according to our constitution. Anything happening to their security/safety as well as health and part livelihood, government is answerable. That is the very reason government takes care of their security detail, accommodation, health and general upkeep. Therefore, does the writer expect government to pay a blind eye on the whereabouts and welfare of JB? Ndiinu nomwe mudzayambe kuloza dzala boma should something bad happen to JB. Think again.

    1. kanchenga. says:

      And this is a case Government need to take with JB herself not crying to the citizens like a baby. What do you think a man at Mtopwa should do about it. DPP hates JB so much that they so much lined up to embarrass her. It pains them to realize they can’t reach. It also pains them to notice that she has become more popular than the president himself. Apparently the world out there know that it’s the DPP government under Bingu that cash gated more than her government.

  16. Chule mkulu says:

    Ministers with plastic brains,it dosnt need certificates but natural intelligents,these are type of people who even fail to govern their own families,bullsheet,only jelous in this fool dandruf head let Jb alone she have done great things,kagwere uko maboza basi mxiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii,hlakeeeeeeeeee

  17. Pocoka pakhomo timatsazika abwenzi athu osati adani iai.

  18. apao says:

    Is she hders u to deriva? How? Ukamwa kachaau wati jb this, jb that, she was there to look at complains not complainers as ur doing, she is free, to be recgniesd ww,

  19. Zebron h banda says:

    The guy is drunk(wamwa kachasu)tell Malawians real issues pertaining to their lives.

  20. James says:

    Osangomuimbira 4n JB’yo bwanji? Spare us from jibberrish talk…arrk!

  21. Rudolf Phiri says:

    Honourable Minister,
    You are coming out as obsessed with Mrs Joyce Banda. The lady is from Malawi and she will come back one day. I know all that talk about notifying the President when she is getting awards or leaving the country is not for the reasons you are giving. Mrs Joyce Banda knows that the government intends to arrest her, that was expected because we have unfortunately made it a tradition with successive Presidents.
    This is my free advice, stop obsessing about Joyce Banda because all this is making her more special that she actually is. Like Bingu and his K92bn before her, she presided over the plundering of national resources (K23bn), nothing to be proud of. Regardless of what awards she gets, deep down her heart she knows how much damage she caused and what part she played in all this theft of money belonging to poor people while on the other side of her mouth pretending to fight for the poor. No number of awards will change that truth, and that is between her and her God and she will have to answer for that. Nakhumwa should let it rest because eventually Joyce Banda will have to come home and they will have the revenge arrest they are itching for , for the nights Peter Mutharika spent at that cell in Lumbadzi, because that is what this is all about. Then she will get her bail 3-5 days after being in custody or she doesn’t get house arrest, and like the thieving Muluzi and Peter Mutharika before her, , the case will die there without completing the prosecution.

  22. Jose' says:

    Chonde ndithandizeni. Ntchembereyi iberere kumudzi. Mwinatu wapenga ndi Mayiyu osati Nakhumwa. Ndipemphereni, inu amene muli ndi mwayi woyankhula ndi amayi, “Kuno tawasowa!” Abwere, tiwamange

  23. ndadabwa says:

    she doesnt need Govt assistance, she is rich enough and well covered. musalimbane naye limbanani ndi chitsiru chili pamenechopo chi chimwemwe banda. amla

    1. Jang`ala says:

      She is rich kuli kugwilitsa ntchito ndalama zathu zimene chinatibera kukazidyera ku Amereka. Fotseki amene mukusapota big mbavayi. That’s why we won’t develop dis country with that mentality.

  24. Mkango says:

    Inuyo muja munkapita ku greencard kuja mumatsanzika ndani

  25. gerald kavalo says:

    Inuyo muja munkapita ku GREEN CARD mumatsanzika ndani?????????

  26. Chikopa says:

    Honourable Nakhumwa is right. What would happen if JB is sick out there? Wouldn’t she require government’s assistance? What if God will love her more than Malawi? Would she be laid to rest out there? Pochoka pakhomo kumatsanzika. Eeeeeeetuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu! eeeeeeee

  27. weaklicks says:

    This minister is a misfit. But somehow I agree with him on the former president taking leave of the president. Though it seems simple but one day things will backfire

  28. Murray says:

    Kaya zanu izo…….

  29. Okay says:

    Some news are not newsworthy. What is it that is said here? Do not just write for the sake of justifying your existence!

    1. C Sekeani says:

      Themu-Themu my nick-name.
      …Munayambana ciani…. Settling scores I think.


  31. The Patriot says:

    Mr Nankhumwa should stop behaving as if he and DPP will be in power forever! Leadership should not be used as a tool to abuse or oppress political opponents but as a means to free Malawians from the shackles of grinding poverty!

  32. ma hope a chimwemwe says:

    Tsopano chimwemwe wangayo zikumukhudz bwanji? Mummufuna eti? wina ndimubaya ndimuve akuti chimwemwe mwkutimwkuti. Chims I luv u beb

  33. ujeni says:

    Nankhumwa is just like other Lhomwes who are involved in rape, armed robbery and other deliquencies. Lhomwes are haters for starters, look at ka Ben Phiri.

  34. Bwampini wa Munthanyura says:

    In the words of one Khumbo: JB azisanzinka “amapita mmakomo mwa a Manu u”?

  35. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Ndizimezo, Bwana Nakhumwa , mwamva ?

  36. Manzy says:

    kandoje, diso lako limangowona zoipa zonkho why?

  37. Omex70 says:

    Nankhumwa is just an empty headed guy who was given a ministerial position because is comes from Mulakho belt.

  38. Nachipanti says:

    This is what I call obsession. The Minister of Information is just obsessed with JB. Simunati

  39. Clement says:

    Ndiwe wa pp zosachita kufunsa,infact sitikulamulidwa ndiakunja like JB or pp.

  40. preckad says:

    Big , Fat head has got nothing to do but waste time and govt resources complaining or refuting this and that…..Minister of Information…..haa….Cry my beloved country!

  41. joza says:

    chindere chakufikapo chi nankhumwa knowS not what he is doing. let him go to hell and Kiss the devil if he is bored with the respects our beloved JB IS GETTING INTERNATIONALLY CONGRATULATIONS MAMA AND KEEP

  42. mwiithotho says:

    I can many a time disagree with the reasoning that underlies this column, but to find fault with the presentation of the outlayed language would be a tormentous task

  43. Kanyimbi says:

    Please we are tired with news of JB the one who has made or lives to be in hot soup. Please inform us of developmental issues.

  44. Chibalechatha says:

    Another pig headed fellow is Billy Banda who is never tired of wanting Joyce Banda back for whatever reasons. I heard him on Galaxy Radio and he talks all the nonsense as he is given all the coverage and airtime. I used to respect the fellow before as someone who was sound in judgement but now his rhetoric is like a computer attacked by viruses. I would advice him, young as he is, to maintain being rational and talk sense otherwise, he is a spent force.

  45. Nyekhulani Molimbika says:

    nankhumwa is a bonafide fool. just a matter of time he will vindicate to us his stupidity

  46. MCP GVT says:

    Nankhumwa, why? Will u make even the fallen presidents to rise so they can come & report 2u on how they are interracting with their ancestors?

  47. Antcheu says:

    You got a point here. Why and how on earth APM picked Nankhumwa for the slipperly job is a wonder. But maybe what else would we expect? Nankhumwa must be getting tips from Kaliati, am sure! You have done a good job Kaliati to “train” Nankhumwa on how best to make himself very stupid and idiotic!

  48. Patriot says:

    Not surprised at all.
    That is Kondwani “CCTV” Nankhumwa.
    Akangoseka maso, amangolota JB.
    Kenako tizamva kuti akutola makoko a nthochi mu nsewu, mutu utazungulira kaamba kokamba zopanda nzeru.

  49. bikoko says:

    Kandoje mutu Wako wasokonekela palibe ukuziwa pa zomwe ukulemba apazi. Ndiwe fisi wachabe chabe, JB ngati Ali dolo abwele azioanga zachifundizo kwao kuno

  50. chefourpence says:


  51. Myawo says:

    Whether we want it or not, it courteous to be above partisan politics, especially, if one is a former head of state. This is just logical. However, it seems Dr. Joyce Banda, Ph.D., (Honoris causa), seems to lack that. Humanly speaking, there are a number of reasons around that. Firstly, the way she was booted out of D.P.P by the D.P.P gurus, and the way politics was being played at that time. She believes, these people never loved her, and that there degree of friendship, and kindness is not genuine. They say, who did not love you in your troubles, should never love you, in your happiness. Secondly, we saw a higher degree of unfriendliness towards Joyce Banda, Ph.D.(Honoris causa), in the way she was booted out of Kamuzu Palace after loosing the elections. The ridicule she suffered from these same people who are in government. Philosophically, speaking, never ever trust any one by word of mouth. There is what is called BINARY OF SPEECH. Mr. Nankhumwa (so called M.P and Honorable), might not be meaning what he is saying here. As a government agent, he knows the best way to get in touch with Joyce Banda, Ph.D. (Honoris causa). That is being formal, any way. We do not want to hear his advice to Joyce in the press. If this is so, Nankhumwa is unprofessional human being and does not deserve to be a Minister, and his credetials are questionable. Summarily, Nankhumwa and my D.P.P government, have room to contact Joyce Banda, its not late and try to iron out issues of misunderstanding. Next time, do not do this Mr. Nankhumwa, it shows how stupid, ignorant and unprofessional, you are

  52. Aidgate says:

    Mathanyula administration is masking its incompetence by attacking JB. Musiyeni munthu wa mayi. She is a free citizen and does ot need any clearance from any small people. Don’t you owe her an apology for lying about CCTV cameras Mr Honorable Minister?

  53. NZIKA says:

    I STILL REMMEMBER the young Moses Kunkuyu who at his age and as a novice in Cabinet, heading the Government information machinery, I must say he impressed me and I didn’t expect those coming after him to be too proud to the point of ignoring some simple silent lessons the boy may have taught. Hon Minister, you are the face of Government for Seriousness’ sake and we expect way more than what you have delivered thus far..We still give you benefit of the doubt and wish you well. Just as I would advise Ben Phiri, tone down abit so that we can pardon the other lies you have told in your short stint..we wish you well

  54. Nachithidzi says:

    Ndipo ma minister aku Malawi… Mmmmmm!!! Failing to differentiate politics and professionalism….. Pali ponse palowe ndale basi.
    The wholeminister… Ndi nkhani imeneyo??? Shame, shame on you!!!!

  55. Weniweni Balakasa says:

    Muwuze amvetsetse wa kamwa yapambali uyo. Adziwe kuti boma ndi losiyilana ili. Mwansambo ali kuti? Ayeneranso kudziwa kuti there will be cabinet reshuff very very soon, am told so.

  56. make Labison says:

    this article is as useless as what you think is useless. pointless. tsono mayiyu mufuna sxingozungulila ife osadziwa of her whereabouts? anaba ndalama ayenels kukhala ndi register kumene. Nankhumwa is right. Hastings go find something better to do. or better yet start a research on health n hygiene or why adolescent girls drop out of xul and then produce a veeeeery long article like this one. because this my friend is nonsensical rubbish. mxi

  57. Hello! says:

    Mr. Nakhumwa, I think it is time for you to start appreciating and rejoicing with her on the awards that JB is receiving. We all need to be proud of her as a daughter of Malawi who is putting the nation on the map. Let us put politics aside on such things. On the issue of her telling the government that she is going to receive an award so that the government sends representatives, sending representatives from Malawi to witness the awards would be a waste of the hard -earned tax payers and donor money. At the same time we who are asking for her to be telling us her awards ceremony arrangements so that we send representatives would start saying that she is too demanding because it appears she is not done yet with receiving these awards.

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