Mr President, nili na pulobulemu: Malawi situation

I have a problem. And it is that President Peter Mutharika has no problem.

President Peter Mutharika

President Peter Mutharika

Something happened in the presidency last week and it wasn’t just Mutharika I had a problem with. Vice-President Saulos Chilima is famed for being reticent, measured and cultured in his speech, but last Friday, he cast that facade aside and embraced his more cryptic persona of ‘snakes’ and ‘idiots’.

Just as he did a few months ago when he warned Mutharika against poisonous snakes around him, on Friday he shushed off ‘idiots’ from commenting on legal, economic and social issues on which they have little to zero knowledge about.

I can understand his exasperation. Times are tough and almost everyone in Malawi has turned pundit on one subject or the other over which they have little to zero knowledge. That, however, hardly makes them idiots, Mr Vice President. If someone is running off their mouths without making any sense, you turn off your attention without silencing them.

They may be making uninformed commentary on a matter they have no expertise, but if they are personally affected by legal, economic and social issues, especially where the government is concerned, no-one—not even Chilima—has the right to gag them.

A businessperson at Nsipe does not need to be an economist to realise that the economy is comatose; he feels everyday with the rising costs of goods. A person at Ntaja does not need to have a law degree to know that some of these needless arrests are the mark of desperation rather than a point of law. The people who coined the adage ‘wamisala anawona nkhondo’ were no fools; they knew even idiots may teach you a lesson or two if you listen attentively to their mindless chatter.

This is the type of intolerance of criticism that brought down the first guise of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and it would be a colossal shame for this reincarnation to follow the same route of political destruction.

If Chilima’s admonition was bizarre, nothing came close to Mutharika’s clowning when he opened a small section of the Masauko Chipembere Highway on Saturday.

One shudders to think what Chilima and Mutharika scheme when they meet up. A vice-president who brooks no dissent and a president who has no problem is such a toxic combination that it is unprecedented in spite of all the bad presidents and vice- presidents Malawi has had.

Mutharika gave official approval to popular Zambia song, Nilibe Pulobulemu by Magigi featuring Dalisoul, when he told his gathering that ‘Nilibe pulobulemu’. Joseph Nkasa and police officers would wish Mutharika had similarly endorsed Phungu’s song, Anenere, about the plight of law enforcers.

But, give it to him, Mutharika was right, although his ill-advised attempt at humour was out of touch, insensitive, an arrogant display of indifference and degrading for a man of his stature. On the scale of awkwardness, it ranks on the same level as the late Bingu wa Mutharika’s ‘Si ine wa poliyo’.

Indeed, Mutharika has no problem. He doesn’t queue for maize, he has thousands of bodyguards for security, he doesn’t know the price of petrol, he doesn’t buy his own food and clothes, he doesn’t pay school fees, he doesn’t pay rent, he attends foreign hospitals, he doesn’t pay bills, he doesn’t owe katapila. How could such a person have problems?

It is the people, Mr President, who have problems struggling to finance the lifestyle of a man who has no problems, whose problem was supposed to be their problems.

  • The article first appeared in Weekend Nation
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30 thoughts on “Mr President, nili na pulobulemu: Malawi situation”

  1. mcp?? musamazivute simungazalamulire dzikoli……… a DPP ma pulobulemu tilibe so what??? iyaaaaa munya apumbwa DPP mpaka twenty sate chani uko wooooooh

  2. Ahdolloh says:

    APM got the timing for his ‘joke’ all wrong.

  3. Apao. says:

    Those who knows everything was not asked all questions.

  4. mzungumbuli says:

    I used to respect Saulosi Chilima but now I have noted that he is just another lizard on the rock. I remember in our village we had a cowboy by the name Saulosi. I think Saulosi you are a cowboy other than a VP.

  5. Uyu ndi wachamba guys

  6. Tan'gatan'ga says:

    Chilima lost me the day he called ma an idiot. I am sure he has lost many other others.

    In fact he has called my poor, starving mother an idiot for complaining about the hunger and other problems in Malawi affecting her. I cannot have any respect at all for anyone calling my mother an idiot.

  7. kasumbadedza says:

    tinkanena ife sankhani mcp, anthu awa alibe napuloblemu,ife amalawi ndiye tili ndi maproblem, uyu mavuto athu siake.

  8. GP says:

    l love Mr President. love him he will do his best.Malawian we have problems we nid answer the same time we ask learn to be patients

    1. Kaya_man says:

      Ndinu ochita bwino eti, what kind of patience do u want, let me tel u this mavuto sazoloweleka

  9. manteigah says:

    palibe amafuna mavuto,sakuyankhula bwino ngati atsogoleri.

  10. Nathan says:

    Saulos Chilima, iyi si Airtel, ndi Boma. Ngati nzika za Malawi, tili ndi ufulu woyankhulapo pa zonse zochitika mMalawi. Zowona iwe unaphunzira za Economy. Koma udziwe kuti kuphunzira za economy sikudziwa economy. Siapa Pitala ndi iwe mwalephera kuyendetsa Boma! Boma mwaphwisa nalotu, mwanya nalo!

  11. wisper says:

    sure mr prezdent u gat no polobulem no need to worry

  12. john phiri says:

    I really have a problem with people who understand things but they can not fix them. If the dpp understands the economy then why is the country grounded? I think Uladi Mussa is right that this is a clueless government

  13. mphembedzutsokombwe says:

    Shame! Shame! Shame! A country led by selfish leaders.

  14. 2016 welcome says:

    I used to be against the idea of federalism but not I understand why it is the way to go. You see, it’s painfully agonizing to be ruled by inept, greedy and corrupt dolts.

  15. Born says:

    Munthu onunkha chiphwisi mkamwayu amatonditengamo kwabwasi!Tilowanso mtauni tikudikila nyengo wamva iwe ophwafuka mkamwa iwe!Shupiti zako,tombolombo iwe,khwakwananda,gologolo,vwivwivwi,sakhwi,kaligondo…Iiiiii iwe,bp yashuta ndipume kaye.

  16. Lets ake our country back says:

    This president lives in a bubble that will soon burst. He and Saulosi are the biggest idiots.

  17. Jahan says:

    I should say,,, of all DPP gurus, Chilima was the one I really thought to be rational. Until last week. How stupid I felt to realize that he is as a snake and intolerant of criticism and pig headed as the people he was warning APM about. So stupid of me….!
    Lovely article! Well done.

  18. Che Spindle ku Nkaya says:

    How can he have polobulemu if he doest pay any tax? The salary he gets, its tax free. When he is broke he will just go and lay a foundation stone for the trade fair road to Manica and earn his million Kwachas. How can he have problems when he is the centre of corruption and cashgate? Its the people who have the problems becoz they voted for him. Kuyankhula kwa ndithe ndithe Nanthambwe anazite ngera. Its just unfortunate that that its the so called head of state who is producing such words

  19. levelheaded critic says:

    I don’t think you know the meaning of “levelheaded”
    I think you have to be schooled about public offices. The officebearers are answerable to us because they use our taxes and are supposed to use them prudently to bring about positive change to our Nation.
    if they are already well to do and can’t face criticism for public offices they are holding, the best favour they should have done is not to run for office.
    Come to think of it, the President indicated he was already rich when he became President. Between you and me, did we beg him to ran for office? And what does they ( him and his vice) want in office?

    To keep it short, keep your bootlicking crap to yourself. I think the veep was right indeed , we do have idiots in Malawi. Ndaonela iweyo

  20. Backs says:

    Iwe Levelheaded zoyankhula zako zili ngati chipwisi, zikununkha kwabasi. Tandiuza olemera amene ukumunena iwe ndindani? Chilima ndi Pitala, heehedeee! Let me tell you kukhala president sikulemera kapena akakhala lero upresident sikuti mwa osalafe sipazapezekanso president. Chilima ndindani? Muli anthu ochita bwino mmalawi muno osati Chilima kapena Pitala. Malawi ndi dziko lanthu Pitala and Chilima asatitenge ngati ife ndife ndondocha! Who knew kuti Chilima angakhale vice presedent or pitala kuti angalamulire dziko lino? Anthu olemera analipo azakhalapo

  21. Chambe says:

    Those who are calling for his resignation have a problem. He has no so such a pressure and can not feel it to force him to resign, because he has no problem that could force him to do so. You the writer have a problem, the President has no problem to worry about what you have scribbled here. So what will you do after all else you have tried to unseat the man who has no problem?

  22. anonymous says:

    Zoonadi mmene zililimu mutharika akadapanda kukhala president mukuona ngati bwezi ali ndi problem?

  23. Tombolombo says:

    Amangocheza nanu,mpakana pamenepo

  24. Alex dyton says:

    Nyimboyo imapitilila ndikuti ” ali na chilonda ndiye avera kuwawaa” kuta nthauza kuti ali ndi vuto ndi amene amava kupweteka… Awa ndimawu owawa kwambili… APM wationjeza

  25. namarokoro says:

    This article is useless. I have heard enough of this bullshit. Write something constructive and will appreciate. This bullshit changes nothing buddy.

  26. FootSoldier says:

    A very patriotic piece with lots of wisdom for our foolish President and his Vice!

  27. BEN says:

    Kodi wamisala anaona nkhondo uja anali msilikali ,, komatu anaina nkhondo madolo nkumathawa,, law sikupita ku school ayi koma kudziwa malamulo,, chimodzimodz, magetsi akangozima timadziwa economy wina yamuvuta, kweni kweni zikakwera. so who is an idiot? munthu amene amaona kuti iye ndi ozindikira kuposa aliyense he is. anthu akuphunzira timakozi tanuto pa internet,, masatinamize kuti inu ndi ozindikira,, munali ndani ? mukudya ndalama zamisonkho misayiwale, za anthu osauka,, shupit! munthu amene amafuna kukhala ngati ozindikira kuposa aliyense is an IDIOT

  28. You says:

    Peter must Go, and he must go now. He is being controlled like the remote with the likes of former murderer Nicholus Dausi

  29. levelheaded says:

    Koma ndiye kulalatatu. Mumatha bwanji kumawalalatira anthu ochita bwino kale? Mumadziwilatu kuti simudzachita bwino moyo wanu wonse eti?
    Munthu oti ali form one koma akudziwa kuti adzafika form 4 sangamawanyoze omwe Ali kale form 4, chifukwa ndikomwe akupita ndipo akudziwa kuti adzafika.

    Muganiza kuti ngakhale momwe zilirimu ngakhale mutharika adakapanda kukhala president bwenzi Ali ndi pulobulemu?

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