There is a ‘toxic’ advert by the toxic bank, Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) of a motor vehicle tender after repossession running in the papers from a fellow citizen who cannot afford to repay a loan in this economy.
While they are declaring toxic the loans given to their political brethren by the same bank, they are quick to squeeze out every juice from the life of an ordinary citizen struggling to make a life where even flies think of migrating.
Their big political debtors go to sleep peacefully because beasts of burden will carry the yoke.
Where is the fairness? I ask because I am a brother’s keeper.
Who said some people are above the law and some below it? Let the edict be for all, equally.
I am a brother’s keeper and I call for equal justice, fairness and least of all nothing but the whole truth to be the guiding principle. We must not allow selective justice. Because I am a brother’s keeper I do not side with anyone. Stand for the truth.
I strongly believe we all do. Seriously, together we can pull the plug off on this.
I do trust you all believe in the pearls of natural justice and let it be known that I am not doing this for myself neither am I an interested party in this fiasco.
It must be known clearly that I don’t have any loans with MSB; I can also say it here without fear or contradiction that I have no family members or close friends who have any loans with MSB.
I am simply doing this because I love my country and all its inhabitants. I am doing this because I am my brother’s, and, well my sister’s keeper.
My humble call is to civil society leaders. Just as we were mobilised to boycott South African stores at the height of xenophobia in South Africa, please call upon Malawians not to buy property repossessed by this toxic bank from ordinary Malawians until after it will have recovered what we lost to its political abusers who want us to shoulder their burden.
This is what my conscious tells me to do and I would be happy to see the Civil Society, activists and all other voices of reason take this direction to show that power is indeed always and I think that we must reclaim the power as citizens and one such civilised way is this one.
Let us stay away from the selective toxic assets from this toxic bank. We must demand all and everything.
Beasts of burden
I, for one, ‘categorically’ refuse to be one. Let’s us not be their beasts burden. We are not. And we must not allow it to happen.
Methinks, by allowing government to proceed on the path they have taken the people will be sending a strong message to government which is that Malawi is for rich, the power are beasts of burden for the rich.
It’s time poor and rich shared the national cake and benefited from policies on national assets equally.
Unto others, do as you wish them do to you. I promise you my fellow citizens, I will not buy a thing on the market from MSB until they clear their toxins. I swear.
Me believe that tomorrow has come.
Let us all be the agents of change that we long for in want. We, are the change and because tomorrow has come, change we will bring.
I am not a beast of burden.
Are you a brother’s keeper?
- John Gift Mwakhwawa is a renowned vocal Malawian legal expert, a social and political commentator and human right activist.*