Lost opportunity: Muckraking extra on Malawi ex-leaders

Politics of vengeance is what is dragging us behind.

One of the reasons why African leaders cling to power is because they do not have an ‘after life’. Once they leave office – either courtesy of retirement or after losing an election – they are not only forgotten but are derided, oftentimes dragged through courts over funny imaginary charges.

The African Union, the Commonwealth and, indeed, the UN have activities for ex-leaders which Malawi does not take advantage of because we treat our retired leaders as foes.

Zimbabwe President Comrade Robert Mugabe with Malawi ex-president Muluzi

Zimbabwe President Comrade Robert Mugabe with Malawi ex-president Muluzi

Look, there was this embarrassing moment when former president Bakili Muluzi was invited to the AU 50th anniversary events but the Bingu wa Mutharika administration sat on it. Muluzi only learnt that he was supposed to be in Addis Ababa after the former president of Mozambique, Joachim Chissano, casually remarked the two would meet at the continental Golden Jubilee over the phone.

After inquiries Muluzi learnt that there was indeed an invite for him but it was then too late for him to secure proper accommodation in Addis!

Ex-leaders of other countries are daily being used in some useful roles. There is the Committee of the Wise at the AU which is used to intervene in flash point areas on the continent.

There is also the President Mbeki Panel on Illicit Financial Flows and the President Obasanjo Commission on Alternative Financing of the AU.

Our own Bakili Muluzi and Joyce Banda could have had roles at international fora if we learnt to respect our ex-leaders. (It is heartening to note that the Commonwealth has been using Muluzi in Swaziland and Lesotho. But these roles for former presidents should have been championed by government).

After all, in ten years – possibly even less – President Mutharika will be an ex-leader. Do his apologists want him humiliated as well?

By picking needless fights with her, we are just creating sympathy around Joyce Banda and unwittingly creating a halo of importance around her head. It may be easy to conclude that somebody somewhere is spending sleepless nights at the mere mention of her name.

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30 thoughts on “Lost opportunity: Muckraking extra on Malawi ex-leaders”

  1. Anonymous says:

    inu nonwe mukuti Bakili amali ndi APM, inu nomwe mukuti APM sakusangalatsidwa ndi Makiyolo Basi Bakili kumayendayenda a Nyasa times linachuluka ndibodza, kaya bola Chilima akutchena ku BICC

  2. denis tembo says:

    Chili kwa mzako ndiye chipsinye. Koma kwako ndiye chigwire nyanga,aziona amenewo,Kwaaachaaaaaa….Tambala wakuda ali pheeee

  3. Mgonapamuhanya says:

    Zaziiiiiiiii! Another time waster, who cares!

  4. Kanyimbi says:

    Zimafunika kuyamba kulemekeza ena kuti enanso akulemekeze. JB samalemekeza APM. Amati mzako akakuti konzu iwenso umamuti konzu. Diso kulipa diso. Komanso mapulezidenti azitsatila Malamulo a dziko potelo sangakumane ndi unyolo pamapeto a ntchito yawo. Nanga chonchi kumapita ku khothi kukatenga chiletso cha Mndandanda wa lamya? zikungowonetsa kuti akuwopa china chake basi. KALIPO KALIPO KANYIMBI WAMVA FUNGO BASI.

  5. VYOTO says:

    WHEN LOMWES WERE MAKING NOISE DURING THE LAST MAY GENERAL ELECTIONS ABOUT PETER MUTHALIKA BEING A PROFESSOR SOME OF US COULD NOT BE MOVED BECAUSE WE ALREADY KNEW WHAT HE WAS MADE OF JUST LIKE HIS LATE BROTHER BINGU. THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE IS SIMPLY SAYING PETER THE LEARNED PROFESSOR THAT HE IS SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY BUT THE PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER PATRICIA KALIATI WAS SEEN LEADING THE WAY IN THE CASE OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT ACTIVITIES AT THE JUST ENDED UN SUMMIT.PETER MUTHALIKA ADMINISTRATION IS JUST AS UNCIVILIZED DESPITE PETER HIMSELF BEING A LEARNED PROFESSOR.

    SOME OF US HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THESE MUTHALIKAS BECOZ OF THINGS LIKE THESE WHERE THEY BEHAVE AS JUST LIKE THE KALIATIS.I REMEMBER LATE BINGU WAS VERY STRONG FOR HIS ZERO CORRUPTION DRIVE WAY BACK IN 2004/2005 AND DONORS BECAME VERY EXCITED WITH HIM BUT AS TIME PASSED HIS TRUE COLOURS EMERGED, THE DRIVE DIED A NATURAL DEALTH AND HE EVENTUALLY ACCUMULATING PERSONAL WEALTH WORTH MK61 BILLION WITHIN JUST 8 YEARS FROM A MERE MK150MILLION.

    1. chemphopha says:

      The problem with Joyce is that she thinks she is still the president of Malawi. If I remember correctly APM said that lets forget the past and forge ahead. He once said he wanted all the candidates he defeated in the election were welcome to take part in the development of the country. What did she do, she snubbed the offer. Zinazi tikamakamba tidziganiza please. If it were you in this scenario mukanatani. If you understood what Mwapuya Chaponda said, you would have seen that your god mother has a big problem. If she informed Government in advance that she was invited, government would have used her as a government envoy.

  6. Bea man says:

    You know our God is good to all of us. she is just doing what she has been doing globally and it’s not a crime. What is wrong with attending meetings like Goldon Brown girls education event, every child woman high level event etc. She is a free woman and has got the right to travel anywhere in the world and attend meetings.

  7. Mdzachi says:

    Continue with the development work, we salute you. Go go go

  8. Mdzachi says:

    All the best JB ad u continue with the global work and development work. May God continue guiding you.

  9. Nenazako says:

    Whether one likes or not, our former presidents do have a life and JB is invited as an individual and coz of her development works. Why are some are making an issue one wonders. Pls current government, do your best to run this country -, it’s your turn otherwise some will waste time complaining.,

  10. Jose wa ku Lilongwe says:

    Here in Malawi the problem is our leaders not lack of respect to our ex-leaders.When these guys are in govt, they regard it as their lifetime source of income.They either want to be the lead or one person from their party or family to take the mantle of presidency.Therefore, if the above two conditions are not fulfiled, the person leading the govt at that particular time is taken as a robber ( or an enemy) to such an extent that they cant work with him.By the time Bakili Muluzi became ex-president, Bingu was a robber to him, and today Peter is the country’s president but Joyce Banda regard him as robber as well.For these reasons, we cant expect the current president to indulge the former leader on any matters relating to government since what Joyce Banda,being ex-leader, want is to take advantage of the shortfalls of this govt for her own good in 2019 elections.So she cant help implement the DPP agendas for fear of digging her own grave in 2019. This is how these leaders-full of greed and lack of partriotism-let Malawians down.Another problem is the organisers of those international functions since by inviting our former leaders, they assume that the leader will advance the interests of Malawians as their (organisers’) ex-leaders do without knowing that Malawi is a different chapter because former presidents attend international functions for personal gain.We just need to know how we can control our ex-leaders if it is apparent that they cant work with the current govt hence not able to advance the interests of Malawians in their capacity as ex-leaders.Kadziwa mwini mkhuto wa fulu.

  11. Victor Phiri says:

    It was stupid for Bingu to charge his predecessor with corruption case when he was a thief himself. Where did the K92bn go? Leave Bakili Muluzi alone. He never stole money from the Treasury like Bingu and Joyce did. Muluzi was the best after the dictatorship

  12. Choncho says:

    My friend Raphael apa mwalembako zanzeru. Vuto limakhala ndi onse, the outgoing and the incumbent. Pakali pano JB is still in illusions, not understanding that she is not globe trotting as head of state as before. She has led her PP zealots to behave in the same manner!

  13. Mchani says:

    The only problem is. If You are invités inform the siting président and Never asume hr knows. Imagin the président only leans You are at a summit whilst You are There….

    1. kanchenga says:

      If our leaders were open to our former, these invitations would be coming through government. Apparently the world knows us too well so they invite the person direct making the whole question of informing the nation irrelevant. When she was expelled from dpp she remained quite while dpp castigated her from left to right. Now she has lost the election you are still on her while she is basking in international glory. This should show that there is no Pearce of mind in hatred. It is the hater who suffers and not the hated. Madam JB you were a very poor president but a beautiful creation. We Malawians love. Especially now that you are engaged in a noble course. May the love of GOD, grace of our Lord JESUS and the fellowship of the HOLY SPIRIT be with you.

  14. Galu- wa -Agalu Mkwatitsakumbuyo says:

    Galu ndi galu or kumvaka suit ndi galu basi, Nyani kuchoka mphiri ili kupita mphiri ilo ndi nyani basi…

    Mapulezidenti kusakonzeka,kunyoza mapulezidenti wopuma chifukwa cha dyera ndi kudzikonda…

    Namaphoda Patricia Kaliati you cannot go to New York and Conduct Press Conference just to insult JB…If you did it in your own really your Boss Peter Mutharika must fire you because you have embarrassed him and Malawi on the International Podium…

    Patricia Kaliati akayamba kulongolola kukamwa ngati bobochani wopanira mipope alibe manyazi ponyoza— A mere Cabinet Minister taking on ex-presidents? Siapa pokha ayi nthawi ya campaign amatukwana za nthupi kutukwana Joyce Banda,Nthawi ina Bingu akulamulira Patricia Kaliati anachititsa msonkhano wa azimayi ku Lilongwe Town Hall,nkhani yake kutukwana Joyce Banda ali Vice President wa Malawi…Amakusekerera ndi ku Phalombe kwako komweko chifukwa anthu amdera lakolo sadziwa kuti Good Governance ndi Chiyani? Amaganiza kuti Good Governance ndi kumatukwana monga mmene amatukwanira Patricia Kaliatiyu!

  15. Shame Gologolo says:

    Just shut up that stinking mouth, if the allerged charges on Bakili Muluzi were real,Bakili Muluzi would have been behind bars right now or ordered to pay a fine…

    The Question here is Good Governance,if really we treasure Good Governance as an Asset of Malawi Democracy only then there would be respect for Ex-Presidents and Corruption free Malawi…

    The Problem is these Leaders Bakili Muluzi,Bingu and Joyce Banda were surrounded by a band of thieves and liars! Joyce Banda is better off because she did not tolerate any nonsense.Peter Mutharika is back to square 2 of Bingu wa Mutharika,the same people who made Bingu to lose popularity are surrounding Peter Mutharika…The most worst reality is to surrounded by Mulli of Mulli Brothers Limited who thinks Malawi Government is his Asset and he can twist it around to milk out money!

  16. Pido says:

    Zinthu Mboma Sizimasintha Kamba Ka Ma P S Ndi Ma Directors. Check From Today

  17. Chikutumbwe says:

    Joyce Banda z still in active politics. She is still president of PP. I therefore do not see a reason for the current govt to support her as an ex-president.This artical z not balanced.

  18. With joice banda I beg to differ

  19. Issa Kabudu says:

    Walemba nkhaniyu akamba zoona, vuto yomwe ilipo ndi ma ex-leaders athu ndi kusazindikila that ulamulilo umakhala ndi pothela, and their performance on others makes them to either behave as osazindikila kapena osaona. My free advice if you are aleader today, expect that Issa Kabudula will be your next leader in near future, your treatment on me today I must carry it forward when I will be only poweful man on Malawi – we call this tit 4 tat (diso kwa diso) ama 50/50.
    This is what we have in our African politics and in particular Malawi – we take our positions too dear that we dont follow the rules, and we turn to be arrogant and hard cores/untouchables. But we can manage to change and our time is now – Malawi is in good hands of Peter the rest of us we just need to support the man, we might learn from him and benefit all of us, let us be the better Malawians and not the photo coppies.

  20. Nyanyalan says:

    How can we use thieves, they are nothng apo ayi musatinamizepo

  21. Mucracker_2 says:

    There are several things that Joyce Banda neaded to do after loosing elections for her to be considered for anything and these are:
    1. Recognise that Peter Mutharika is a legitimate leader of this country.
    2. Discipline Harry Mkandawire and Ngwira who are members of PP but are busy trying to divide Malawi.
    3. Retire from active politics.
    In absence of the 3 reasons, it is difficult if not impossible to consider her for anything useful other than to recognise her as another opposition leader who is interested to stand as a president in 2019. Why practice no politics of appeasement? If other people outside Malawi thinks she is worth the salt, let them invite her as a private citizen.

    1. kanchenga says:

      She has not asked for recognition. She is already recognised by the international community. The problem is that you dpp guys can’t handle it because of the hate you have for her. Sober up and you will see nothing wrong with what she is doing.

  22. Peter Mathanyula Wakuba, formerly known as Obanda Joyce Ntilen says:

    The problem is that most of our ex leaders were removed after serious corruption and theft of public resources. It would feel like robbing the Malawi people if we elevated these thieves instead of torturing them for some time.

  23. pierra says:

    this is a wrong assertion! a more plausible excuse would be useless policies that neither stand economic nor development mantra. half of these leaders win election by hook or crook; obviously, the only use they can contribute to is advising incumbent younger leaders how to cheat. however, this advice comes at a price, usually surrogacy and immunity from prosecution. Yes, they can offer measured collaborations across borders but lets not forget these despots force their own countrymen into exile in surrounding countries. These make them fearful of any company they attach to in neighbouring countries. Have ruled with no meaningful educated policy all through life; its not surprising that the trail of economic failures wins no audience, anywhere, anyway!

    at times, it really sad seeing some leaders highly educated but turning into dictators worse than drug barons! they leave office bringing shame on any education institution they had passed through! most end up with their bestowed honours rescinded in shame!

  24. John says:

    Lol. Good advise, and funny too. Hitting the nail on the head i would say!!!

  25. john k black says:

    The reason for not using our ex-leaders is that they are useless. Muluzi created the lost decade, and was as corrupt as hell. Who has any use for that man? Joyce Banda was also a bad president: she only traveled, and for the rest it was hand-outs and cashgate. Bingu is dead, and so is Kamuzu. And so far Arthur Peter Mutharika has not given us much hope: he is not acting proactively, and has no direction. What is his focus of policy? Noone knows because he does not have one. Criminals should be brought to justice, whether they are ex presidents or ex beggars, or anything in between.

  26. moto mwikho says:

    It takes two to tangle and not all ex leaders are useful, some can be a liability!

    1. Mtumbuka says:

      We are forced to beleive that all Presidents in Malawi have indivual shortfalls. Some of these are created by overzealous citizens who think that Presidents don’t make errors or mistakes by always trying to defend them even on the most grissome vertues. These Presidents may seem useless to us Malawians but very important to other people outside who in turn use them as they did with JB. Our Political divide should not be extenilized. Let’s support that good effort which puts Malawi on Global map. Nsanje ndi kaduka will only retard the progress our beloved Malawi.

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