Ntata – the height of sour grapes or Saul of Tarsus incarnate?

“If you have no critics, you likely have no success.” – Malcom X

The second coming of Ntata: Z  Allan Ntata’s brand of fiery activism has taken just about everyone by surprise. Ntata, everyone agrees, is a man on a mission. Whatever his mission is; he is focussed, motivated and probably due to his profession – he does pick his words carefully – for maximum effect.



Hats off to Ntata, this cannot be said of many of our over-rated and self-acclaimed turn-coat ‘activists’.

The fact that he rubbed shoulders with powers that were, is in full evidence.

This partially explains why he has, on his fingertips, an inexhaustible arsenal of inside-out knowledge of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP); its perking order; who does whom; its dirty linen and what sort of detergent could disinfect the filthy stinking linen.

His arguments and of late, theories, are supported by precedents in Malawi’s political history. One is able to relate to the issue raised, think about it, and resolve to agree or to disagree.

Having said all this, I want to agree with his critics, the esteemed Muckraker included, that Z Allan Ntata has, this far, not told us anything new.

This far, Ntata has been talking mostly sense that should be common to his intended audience, but sadly for Malawi, this seems not to be the case.

Save for the redundancy of the issues at hand, I am yet to find fault with the content, thrust and delivery of Ntata’s revelations, theories, lines of thought and free advice for his late boss’s kid brother and to Malawians at large.

Now, having (myself) just reiterated the obvious, what is the point of this write-up? And how does Easter begin to feature in this chronicle of worldly goings-on?

Ladies and gentlemen, bear with me. This is where I am now getting to.

The feedback, rebuttals, disguised and blatant neo-slanders that follow Z Allan Ntata’s bombardments, are what I have and am still, finding very fascinating.

Contrary to the aims of Ntata’s detractors, who should at any rate be busy running government (a very serious business); their insults are turning Z Allan Ntata into a celebrity of sorts; and believe you me, Malawians love celebrities.

Ntata is – thanks to those who would bring him down – evolving from a mere social media operator to a present day ‘Robin Hood’; loved and loathed with equal intensity, depending on the side of the fence one is standing.

Once can safely say: the best of Ntata is yet to come and in the shoes of his cynics, I would be worried.


Because, if there are any skeletons in a cupboard somewhere, I can bet Ntata has keys to that cupboard.

If the keys are locked away in a vault, I can hazard a bet that Ntata will figure out the combination to unlock that vault, will get the keys and he will spill the beans for public consumption. The question is: in this scenario, who will have the last laugh?

A scary thought this is, for anyone, big or small, old or young, that Ntata may decide to dry-clean.

Triangle of perspectives on Ntata:

For every action, there is a reaction. In keeping with this tenet, Ntata’s controversial viewpoints on this graffiti-drawing government have not gone unnoticed.

After all, if mangoes beget mangoes, and goats beget goats; controversy should beget more controversy. As a result, Ntata’s second coming is dividing opinion inside and outside his beloved DPP.

He has given birth to at least three schools of thought, hence the flurry of counter-articles to mitigate the damage that Ntata is causing.

There is, in one school, his former buddies; most of them his own recruits, who he used to fondly refer to as to “DPP cadets”.

This lot throws anything, as long as it stinks, at him. The more hard-hitting his salvo is, the more vindictive the name-calling he gets.

Sons and daughters of tit-for-tat politics have now come of age, and woe unto Ntata who recruited and mentored them! Reminds one of the tale of what goes around…..

Opposite and divergent to this lot, are liberals. Rather than shoot the messenger, liberals concentrate on Ntata’s volleys: the depth, veracity and logic therein or lack thereof.

The fact that State House and State dis-information machinery has yet to give factual and logical rebuttals to the substance of Z Allan Ntata’s barrages, vindicates both Ntata, free-thinkers and today’s sceptical youths.

For liberal thinking Malawians, as long as Ntata serves the truth and common sense, nothing else matters and anything said against him is deemed as denial. And this lends weight to the gospel according to “Sir” Ntata, where the “D” in DPP stands for Denial.

Straddling the fence, still undecided, is the third group, comprising those who agree that Z Allan Ntata Esq. is saying the truth, but they are asking:

“Why now?”

Ladies and gentlemen, go grab your cup of coffee; we will tackle this question in the next session after the break.

Sour grapes – Ntata’s main course?

In an old fable by Aesop, a hungry fox saw a bunch of juicy grapes hanging from a vine.

After spending the better part of the day jumping and using all tricks in the book to try and reach the grapes, the moment of truth dawned on the fox. He realised, with much sorrow, that there was no way it would reach, let alone consume, the juicy grapes.

The fox, still under the vine, dedicated a moment of silence to this truth and accepted that the grapes were inaccessible.

He did not however, just walk away.

He gave the grapes one last longing gaze, scribbled: “I, the fox, was here” and with immense effort, tore his eyes away from the salacious grapes and started off.

As he was walking away, the fox dedicated his energy and effort to convincing himself that he did not, in fact, want grapes because:

They are probably sour.

My question for Mr Fox is:

Why then did you sweat, prance and jump for the ‘sour’ grapes? And just when did you realize that they are sour?

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the case that the State has made against Z Allan Ntata.

The State, Sour Grapes vs. Z Allan Ntata:

In the least, I was expecting that the government’s response to Ntata’s political assaults to include, first, information and proof that Ntata – contrary to his claims – is unemployed and desperate for a job, and a post is APM’s government. I am not convinced that Ntata is just dying to be a hand-clapper again.

In the absence of proof that Ntata is a desperado out to seek attention and an opportunity to lick ass; the court of public opinion cannot find Ntata guilty of sour grapes.  No ways ladies and gentlemen.

The burden of proof lies with the State, and not Z Allan Ntata who was, if anything, a mere pawn in the anecdote of May 20, 2014 just he like he was on “Mid night 6″. With respect to “frustration”, Ntata says he is indeed frustrated BUT not on a personal level.

His frustration is the frustration shared by all open-minded Malawians that Malawi, instead of moving forward, is retreating towards Noah’s Arch. And hence Ntata has decided that he will rise above politics, and be a lone voice crying out wilderness; theorizing and predicting what he sees as the battle of Armagedeon currently in play in the corridors of power in Malawi where, according to him, a whole president has now been reduced to a puppet.

Can a leopard change its spots?

A story is told of Saul of Tarsus. Saul hated Christians and Christianity so much that he dedicated his life, ingenuity and energy in capturing and bringing Christians to public trial and execution.

Tradition (and even the Bible) has it, that Saul was present when the first Christian martyr (named Stephen) was killed by an angry mob.

Reportedly, after Stephen was martyred, Saul went door to door in Jerusalem finding people who believed that Jesus is the Messiah, with the intention of despatching them to their Maker.

Saul was, to put it mildly, the early Christians’ worst nightmare.

Now, when he had cleansed Jerusalem and locked up the Christians he could find, he got information that there were other Christians in Damascus.

Mind you, Saul sincerely believed that he was serving God by finding Christians, throwing them into prison, and even executing them.

And behold, with this conviction, he set forth, destination Damascus. Mission: to seek Christians and nip Christianity in the bud.

This was one mission Saul of Tarsus never accomplished, and you all know the story. Charles Sinetre (or some other Balaka musician) captured the whole story very well, in a song.

The long and short of it is that Saul changed and became a thorn on the flesh of Pharisees. If Saul can be equated to a leopard, then Saul can be said to be a leopard that successfully changed its spots.

It has happened again with Ntata, and it will happen again.  Coming back Ntata – whether he is serious – as an advocate for good governance, or whether he is just trying to increase his bidding price, only time will tell.

I cannot speak for him. You cannot predict his next move. But one thing is for sure, Ntata seems prepared fort he long haul, and so should we.

If he needs a hero to emulate, he has, in Saul of Tarsus aka St Paul, a shining example. He can be the voice of the voiceless, the voice of the unbanked, the voice of the hungry, the voice of the over-taxed, the voice of those who believe they were robbed of genuine leadership; by using his talents for the benefit of the greater poor majority and not the greedy, stinking, and thieving minority.

Presidential Easter Reflection:

When everything has been said and done; history, and history alone will decide whether Z Allan Ntata’s activism, or for want of a better word, “Ntataism”; is an act of sour grapes, or whether he is a turn-coat of the mould of Judas Iscariot – as DPP zealots would want the world to believe – or indeed if he has, like Saul of Tarsus later called Paul, seen the light and repented.

Before I rest my case, I want to wish you all, your friends and families; a Happy Easter 2015.  My message to you is: Easter, perhaps more than Christmas, demands that we reconsider our lives in all spheres.

Easter entails ‘resurrecting’ from our infirmities (spiritual, moral, political, professional and what have you) and rising with the risen Christ to start viewing every seemingly unsurmountable challenge, as an opportunity granted to us to change ourselves, Malawi and the world for the better.

My word of advice to APM vis-à-vis this controversial and unsought for “advice” from Z Allan Ntata; is short and to the point:

IF Bingu thought Allan a worthy advisor and a good person to have around despite you APM (his brother) being a lawyer and around, you might want to ponder his free advice. The beauty of it all is that it is advice flowing free of charge.

Or let me put it this way: is it possible for Bingu to be right, and you also to be right on the same Allan Ntata? One of you has got to be wrong.

I will close my case with a Senegalese proverb: an intelligent enemy is much better than a stupid friend. Love or loathe Ntata, his advice (given freely) is worth more than the chorus emanating from mercenaries whose minds you cannot read.

Happy Easter to you all.

Wise One rests.

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55 thoughts on “Ntata – the height of sour grapes or Saul of Tarsus incarnate?”

  1. Billy says:

    wait and see this man is very dangerous.

  2. suzzi manondo says:


  3. wellie says:

    Mtata is wasting his and Malawians’ time. There is nothing new in his quackings and i dont see how he can be said to be a lone voice for the voiceless Malawi needs action men not cowards we have the John Kapitos of this world men who when they speak everyone knows they are not speaking out of mere greed or attention seeking reasons. Those are the kind of people I personally would call voices for the voiceless not someone who has a score to settle like Zondwayo Mtata. The D.D Phiris have written good economic planning essays since time in memorial tell me which government in Malawi tried to follow such advice and here is this dude who thinks is wiser because he was able to escape before being arrested dont fool us you are all one uliwina focus on your career. if you apply the logic this article says you have then it might help you greatly eventually the attention you seek will follow. Stupid mbimbi

  4. Kamkhwezule Kakang'ono says:

    Wise one from East improve your writing. Convoluted writing with too much useless jargons is boring.

  5. Kokotowa says:

    Sour grapes! Let Peter rule in peace!

  6. Ashraf Kumar says:

    The problem with Malawi is its intellectual deficiency. I like this article because arguments are clear…Unfortunately,most comments are just out of context..enanu mukagwira mfundo, simufunanso kumva za munthu…ndiye you either insist on arguments that hold no water or you start patronising the author. ..kayaaaa…

  7. Gabs says:

    Ben Chiza is going to mess you up brotha don’t get excited with his tactics he has always been a looser.

  8. Civil Servant says:

    Mpakana kugultsana u Chief Secretary zabvutadi pa Malawi. The country has indeed gone to the dogs

  9. Charles says:

    The idiot that’s says Alan is looking a Job he is definitely smoking the best stuff that Malawi has to offer , Alan is a revolutionary and waiting for this President to go to rest , we need young leaders who will change the country , not old fools that think Malawi is the piggy bank and that this fool thinks he will live for ever , I’m for Alan I’m sure you guessed this !!!!!!

  10. bonya says:

    the fact that dpp or state house is failing to respond is a clear sign that what ntata is saying is true.one state house insider told me that the so called prime minister even boast that if he is fired,APM will not last 2 months as president.the prime minister is not in good books with first lady because same issues ntata has raised.the president needs to sort this mess as quick as possible coz initially people didnot take ntata serious but now he is gaining momentum.people may dispute what been written about the prime minister but as someone close to DPP,It is not a secret that the president is running the country from the back instead of front.i have never heard of any DPP member talking good about the prime minister.almost everybody complains about the behaviour of prime minister.

  11. Sapitwa kakulanye says:

    I Like the article but no wise person can waste his or her energy on Ntata. There is no need for government or DPP to counteract what he says. Freedom to write whatever he wants is at his fingertips. Those who want to be serious on what he says go ahead. Good article once again

  12. BigMan says:

    What a load of rubbish!

  13. Truth says:

    People have been wondering what Z stands for it is Zopusa Allan Ntata or Zombi Allan Ntata

  14. Mugonapamhanya says:

    The reason behind the slow development or no development at all in Malawi is not the President or politicians. It’s just that Malawi has too many greedy and lazy educated people who have too much time between their fingers. Some of them are the author of this nonsensical article and Allan Ntata. He is wasting all this precious time writing nonsense just to make Peter Mutharika fire Ben Phiri and then hire him and be earning easy money and glory. If he is a lawyer worth the salt, why can’t he go into private practice be earning a decent living? All these efforts will yield nothing, they are indeed tantrums coming a man who is not only frustrated but also jealousy.and greedy and lazy. Mukadasutabe chamba chija timasutila limodzi kusukulu? Anzanu tinakula tinasiya we are making money thru sweat osati kulirira misonkho ya anthu ayi.

  15. Professor Hakainde Hichilema says:

    Ntata’s key is closing in on the cupboard of skeletons. The question is is how he is going to be stopped. Is it by the carrot? Is it by the sledgehammer?? It remains to be seen.

  16. Mkulu uyu adathawa malemu Bingu atangomwalira amawopa kumangidya ndi Joyce Banda chifukwa chotenga mbali pa knhani ya mid-night 6.

    This guy is a coward, in deed a coward and he failed to attend the funeral of his brother Piuson Ntata, a late renowned Psychologist at the University of Malawi Chancellor College chifukwa chowopa kubwelera ku Malawi kuti amangidwa ndi Joyce Banda government.

    The guy is really a coward. He always wants to reap where he does not saw.

  17. Madududu says:

    Great and objective writing. …..

  18. Kenkkk says:

    You stupid, ignorant, bootlicking dpp die-hards are not giving us any meaningful argument to counter Ntata. Some of you are saying this govt is doing business unusual, what unusual business? The same corruption with your well wisher aSian friends? Others are saying Ntata should be concentrating on the development of this country rather than retarding it but it is actually the opposite. His message is the one that is conducive to development. The continuing corruption and thieving behaviour of this govt is actually what retards development. We know now that the cashgates of both dpp and pp significantly retarded the development of this country to shamefully become the poorest in the world.

    Good governance is what will eventually bring development and Ntata wants good governance because he knows being an insider last time that bad governance Is what prevents malawi from any meaningful development. He has repented and changed like Saul for the better of malawi development. Yes he was part of the corruption of bingu dpp but he has now changed after realising that malawi won’t develop if corruption and bad governance continues. It doesn’t mater whether he is bitter or frustrated, what matters is the message he is delivering. It is just like a corrupt womanizing preacher who delivers very good religious messages in a church. His behavior may be disgusting but his preaching message to the masses is faultless and true.

    His message can be summed up as he wants this time good governance rather than bad governance which he was previously part of that retarded the development of this country.

    Ntata is also worried that Peter vowed to continue where his brother left or his brothers scheme of things. And as we know that is what had contributed significantly to the development retardation of the country through massive corruptions. Ntata wants good governance instead of repeating the same corrupt practices that he was previously part of.

    1. dungulinya says:

      Wopusa ndiwe. Wekha wekha ndi kompyuta kulalata…… kupenga ndithu…..Izingo bwerani ku Malawi

  19. nyasaboss says:

    You are deluded ….attention seeking dude

  20. John says:

    “If he needs a hero to emulate, he has, in Saul of Tarsus aka St Paul, a shining example. He can be the voice of the voiceless, the voice of the unbanked, the voice of the hungry, the voice of the over-taxed, the voice of those who believe they were robbed of genuine leadership; by using his talents for the benefit of the greater poor majority and not the GREEDY, STINKING, and THIEVING MINORITY…”
    Love the article, and especially the quote above! Bravo!!

    1. dungulinya says:

      Ha ha ha! Voice of the voiceless, unbanked etc….. leaders in the democratic dispensation are voted in….. whose asked for his leadership?

  21. Kapenandiye says:

    I dont understand this Ntata. do u think ur life end in five years time? Isen’t there any chance For U beyond 2019? I want to differ with ur thinking. If dpp goes out of govt or wins in 2019 u will not be considered by any party that will be in power by then because u have shown the kind of a person u r. U can not hold ur anger and u have shown that u cannot be a bonafide member of any party. Parties mark this man. U were with Bingu. That does not warrant u to be with his brother, never. By the way what u did after Bingus death is worse than what u Think Dpp has done to u. Did u applogige. I question ur integrity. If you are educated enough why not switched position and move on. By clinging to where u are not wanted shows ur narrow mindedness. We know pipo who have suffered for a party but have not enjoyed its fruits. These pipo have not climed mountains to shout their grievances. Allan u had ur good days and u must not expect that all all days must be good always. Dpp dont mind this fool mind ur business.

  22. thiodora fanrosam says:

    there!s total indication percentage that you ntata is totally longing for recognition and consideration from this Genuine DPP lead Govt.Unyela uwona.YOU showed all your colours by running away when late Bingu was by then not burried.You are Judas iscariot.I repeat,you shall never be regarded as a good material till your soon coming death.

  23. Atcheya says:

    Inunso munali kuti nthawi yonseyi musatinyatsepo apa

  24. Penyengu says:

    Brilliant article…top excellence

  25. Mafikizolo says:

    To those brainless DPP fanatics who are blindly lashing out at Ntata, please know this : 75% of the DPP cabinet ministers are secretly agreeing with Ntata’s “rantings” ( as you may call them) . Most of the ministers feel dejected, disillusioned and disappointed with APM because of the conduct of the so-called “Prime Minister”. If you don’t believe me, ask Dausi to do his work more thoroughly and you will be shocked with what the ministers are saying in private .

  26. kapilikoni says:

    Welcome back Wiseman from the East, where were u? My view is that Ntata will be eliminated bcoz the Prime Minister will not allow his Empire to crumble down bcoz of Ntata!

  27. emwazi says:

    If you’re able to finish reading this thumbs up! When you are writing something long like this make sure it is appetizing enough….

  28. Madziakaphwa says:

    Obviously bingu was wrong about you mr wiseless crap writer. This clearly shows you have too much time for nothing/chamba smoking

  29. Greencardless Malawian says:

    Very fair anylisis. zitsili zikunyozazi ndi aza chipani chakupha, chosankhana mitundu ndi chakubachi. Amenewa akuthamanga ndi ma gadget amene anapatsidwa kuti aziyankha zopusazi kwa wina aliyense amene akulemba zotsutsa boma lawo lotembeleledwali. Akatele ndekuti tikiti ikuyenda.

  30. Truth says:

    Akuti ka Cheque kali ready mukatenge after easter.

  31. Tsotsi says:

    Ntata yomweyo kuti wawawa!

  32. Myfriend says:

    After Ralphael Tenthani Ntata has managed to recrut another cheer fan and the band is growing by the day. Even if we can have vocal supporters they can not change the game. Government will be foolish to reply to the stupity of Ntata.. There were the Kabwiras’ ngoma,kwataine,Semberekas but now they are mute and run out of sense as now people know they are just idiots seeking for attention which they can not get from this government of business unusual.

  33. makito says:

    I like the article. Not cap you DPP cadets.

  34. Achikachinja says:

    let mortal combat begin

  35. Innocent says:


  36. Tango says:

    This is some bullshit. Give us something good.

  37. Gobede says:

    Excellent piece only the intellectually challenged can criticise this. A country where you can buy a position as loft as Chief Secretary is indeed populated by fools. We have gathered 10 memos that will reveal to the extent of the rot in this govt.

    1. dungulinya says:

      “Populated by fools” inu ochenjera? Behind pseudos yes. So you want to preach your 10 issues to fools? We are waiting

  38. Malawi our State says:

    In as far as we now look at Ntata’s writings as mere cheap writings motivated by selfish desires, reading between lines can make someone wake up.

    This someone can be every citizen including the President himself. Sometimes, taking note of advices from opponents helps that from friends who pretend to love you yet they want to kill you.

    He might be seen as an enemy but I beg that those commenting should first read the article and comprehend what it says.

    Sound comments are made input of understanding and knowledge.

    Ntata… keep on helping us, both government and the citizen. The appoach used night be bad but ‘re message is strong. Since May be you had no option like contact and dialogue then we have no choice that knowing more through reading your articles.

    Bravo Malawi.

  39. chipapwiche says:

    I like the article, please write again

  40. Wina says:

    Let me tell you ALL and Allan Ntata what the new DPP theory is all about: All those who abndoned the DPP ship after the death of Bingu especially those who ran away even before the body was lowered at Ndata must forget any forgiveness, and Ntata as you know made a quick one by pretending he was a no body in a public bus from Nyasaland to Zambia, from there he boarded the airbus to safety in the Queensland looking very clever as a barrister, he thought, forgetting that things go round and now DPP is back but he cant go in, he has tried all means, hook or crook but the new DPP lead by those you know is so hard that they only recognise those who suffered with them. Those who left them becoz of being cowards eg Ntata, Catherine Gotani who rushed to Zodiak and opened her mouth big time to buy favours from the new admin of Mama Joe, people like Mai Chiponda, Zikhale who go by the wind following where there is bread are not welcome, can forget of sharing any sweet grapes with DPP, it has made its mind. Ntata can forget any favours especially now that he is making it worse, he should have suffered in silence, maybe later he would have been picked, maybe.
    But the DPP should not be too arrogant, in politics you dont make permanent foes as DPP is doing. Politics is a bad game, smooth today, bumpy, actually too bumpy tomorrow, ask Mama Joe. The way she enjoyed support once she came in was unbelievable that within a 12 months everyone would be bored with her.

  41. Gaga M'diwa says:

    Ndakumva Allan

  42. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Senseless story

  43. matako m'mwamba says:

    Mmmm Dr, sanasowe chochita kungoti inuyo chingerezi chimakuvutani koma chikhokhola.

  44. frascis sakala says:

    Z ntata thana nayo DPP tikuthandiza. Later on lets uprise

  45. Milward says:

    Indeed, the quality of the writing isn’t that bad but the content is shamelessly hollow. What a wasted effort!

  46. Geoma says:

    Chizungucho ayi ndithu mwachitha bwino, but i doubt if the issue has substance at all…….

  47. Dr says:

    jst a load of crap written in good English. kusowa chochitatu uku

  48. Wagona nkhule waliwa says:

    Comment: chikhala nthawi ya kamuzu akadamupha ndi petrol bomb ngati momwe adaphela mkwapatira mhango pa zambia. Chikhala ali Bakiri akadamuonesa zamwe anaona Chimwemwe mputahelo

  49. boney m says:

    a load of crap writing about a load of crap ! JEEEEEZ! WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS BULLSHIT ABOUT A BULLSHIT GUT WRITING ABOUT BULLSHIT!! Thats why there is no development in Malawi! many people have alot of rree time!!!

    1. Bullshit says:

      Can you write something better than this article? Your views here are exactly from people who are making it impossible for Malawi to develop. You the one who is crap and full of bullshit.

    2. Think Tank says:

      Read the article carefully and you will find the writer has already catogalised your type. Just like with Ntata’s articles, ponder on each point. Forget for a while of your loyalty to dpp and take each point and a think!

  50. chejali says:

    Ontata basi limbani mtima nanga mutani poti kwatelela

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