Shooting off the hip: The case of one spin doc in Malawi

A spin doctor is defined as a political press agent or publicist employed to promote a favourable interpretation of events to journalists. So traditionally party or government spokespersons have donned the title of spin doctors. Others have been more successful at it, making an almost lifelong career out of it. But today we have a special spin doctor to discuss, one Kondwani Nankhumwa, spokesperson of the Malawi Government by virtue of being the Minister of Information.

Nankhumwa brandishing his own newspaper publication called  Eye Witness

Nankhumwa brandishing his own newspaper publication called Eye Witness

On 9th May, 2015, President Peter Mutharika (APM) led a memorial service of his brother Bingu, who died in office (in rather controversial circumstances) in April 2012.

Traditionally before the President takes to the podium, a few mkupamames must speak and say various things to the gathering, as well as to the President. So in a bout of excitement, Kondwani pulls out a tabloid called The Eye Witnesswith the headlines “Bingu to die before 2014 Veep”.

Now veep is a well-known short form for the vice, in this case vice president. The Vice President just before Bingu’s death was Joyce Banda, popularly known as JB. Now Kondwani did not stop there but claimed to be in possession of a document entitled “JB Project”.

Now you do not need rocket science to draw the direct inference that Kondwani was making here. The fact that JB was not mentioned by name is non consequential. The inference in the minds of all right-thinking people is that it was JB who was behind the death of Bingu. And yes, for it to be murder there would have to be a motive. The implication here being that JB would have a good motive to take over as president!

Now I hope Kondwani understands the law of defamation properly. Innuendo is as much defamation as calling a person by their name. So by referring to an alleged statement made by a “Veep” and in the same sentences throwing in the JB acronym, the damage is done.

Now if Kondwani must know, he is not the only one that had questions about the death of our former President. I also have mine. I am sure so do many others. I have questions about the role of a certain prophet in all this. I recall Nicholas Dausi also raised these questions. But does that mean Bingu was murdered? No it doesnot. It may raise questions about his death and makes it controversial.

But that is not the same as murder. Does Kondwani know the full implication of his call to ‘investigate the matter?’ It would require exhuming the body of Bingu and carrying out tests to see if they was any foul play. Does he really want to subject Bingu to this? Does Bingu deserve this?

Let Bingu rest. He deserves at least that in his death.

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el
Guest

this one has to be raped and castrated

stuart
Guest

hey wena nankhumwa go to gym and shed those kilos instead of telling us this rubbish

Mnyasaland
Guest

Nankhumwa is really old fashioned in the sense that he still thinks modern Malawians will take serious his bunch of lies and make him a popular spokesperson. Shame on you Nankhumwa because you are still in colonial erras. Kang’oma kolira sikachedwa kung’ambika, iweyo watsala madzi amodzi ndipo udzaonekela ng’amba.

vin mongu
Guest

agree with jack. an enquiry was done already if it does not answer your questions then you are saying the truth we cannot reopen the graves just for that after all APM was there at KCH to witness his brothers death. he was flown to RSA where postmortem was done — just ask for it from RSA or KCH they will tell. we are tired of these Nakhumwas who still think its voting time!!

LORENI
Guest

THE MOST STUPID GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON IN MALAWI. ZITHYUPITI ZAKO

Nyamata wakwa Mayaka
Guest

Kunja kuno kunali anthu opotsa ka Nankhumwako

s .g. Makuwira
Guest

KODI NANKHUMWAYO WACHENJERA LITI ? KUTI ADZITISOKONEZA MU DZIKO LATHU LA MTENDERERI?

ADE
Guest

AKAMUFUKULE AZATIUZE CHOMWE CHINAMUPHA IYE.

ADE
Guest

MATEWE ABAKHA!!!! YOU HAVE GOT MATEWE EVEN IN YOUR BRAIN. DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT BINGU WAS MURDERED? BINGU WAS A SICK MAN. TOO MUCH KACHASU. MWINA MUMAMUONELA PATALI. HIS LIVER WAS NOT IN GOOD CONDITION. HE HAD PROSTRATE CANCER. HAD TOO MUCH STRESS ETC. AND IT IS RUMOURED THAT HE HAD SEX WITH A WOMAN WHO HAD COME TO SEE HIM.

Blunt Truth
Guest

Nankhumwa cannot be fired because he was saying things that he was told to say by APM. Just wait and see

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