As the striking force of the civil servants is gaining momentum, some disgruntled individuals have taken this opportunity to call for the resignation or impeachment of the president. I consider such calls unrealistic, (un)democratic, costly and highly misplaced. Of course, I know that most of my friends will now question my stand (and rightly or wrongly so). They will think I have been given chibanzi. I have no control over your perspective regarding my stand. I only have control over my opinion.
If Joyce Banda, (honourary DR) goes, are we sure that our MPs, Ministers, or the Judiciary are sober enough to come up with a government (of national unity) which will put the needs of Malawians at the centre of their leadership? My answer is a very big NOOOOOOOO! Most of them are opportunists, driven by insatiable hunger of selfishness. For example, if at all our MPs were concerned with the plight of Malawians, they could have resigned the first time they crossed the floor to UDF, DPP, then PP. They have, for years, been running like ole’ days Concords; leaving us, the Malawians, the electorates in shambles and tatters because of poverty.
The only alternative is a police/military state. But do we need to walk this path which we avoided on the aftermath of that fateful morning of the 6th March, 2012? Without JB, a state of emergency may be declared #Fact. This is something most of us calling for the head of JB are hardly aware of. May be we are also not aware of the fact that we already on our pathway towards the 2014 general elections, in about 12 months time.
My understanding is that JB has now lost her plot and control over Parliament. Thus, some power hungry MPs think they can forward an impeachment proposal targeted towards the President. To a larger extent, this motion will be forged by their own agenda not the plight of my fellow Malawians. I don’t think we need to trust MPs who want to umbrella themselves with exorbitant allowances at a
time when hospitals are in deficit of resources. Whose reality are these MPs counting on for their motion to impeach the president?
This is the question we need to find answer to.
I should also say here that my fellow Malawians need to be very afraid of the likes of John Kapito, a man who thinks he can stand in the current striking ‘civil slaves’ and present himself as a messiah. Spare me this one please. I still remember that Kapito is one of the guys who proposed for the devaluation of the currency. And like most of our politicians, he ironically changed the stance when his brainchild, the Kwacha’s devaluation, started to haunt Malawians. Initially, he welcomed the devaluation (this is ably on record in media). He is so cunning like Cassius, in need of JB’s head because of his own frustrations; either because he was never given Chibanzi like the silenced Undule Mwakasungulas. My fellow Malawians, be very afraid of such characters. They will dump you oncee again after using you like that plastic.
When JB resigns or is successfully impeached, most of these MPs will dump their current parties and join the trivalent [sic] or whosoever will be at the helm of governance. We have seen this happening since the colonial era, when Malawians sold each other to the colonialists; during the cabinet crisis of 1964 or the 1971 declaration, during the Muluzi era, or the Mutharika regime. And memories of recent underpinnings are so fresh in some of us.
I remember how MPs like Yunus Mussa, the right handman of Bingu wa Mutharika who, despite offering a sacrifice for Mutharika’s survival, dumped Mutharika just after Mutharika had breathed his last. Changing party colors like a desert chameleon. Malawians don’t need a gecko-like character which nods its head for its own survival.
If we are serious about having the president resign or have her impeached, I think we should start by calling for the impeachment of all the MPs. All of them, save for one, Lifred Nawena. Other MPs, including Baba Zenus are all self-centred. If we cannot have our own MPs impeached, then let us continue with dialogue and leave JB to continue with her presidency.
Our selfish calls for the impeachment of the president will take us many centuries behind. We will be where we started in 1964, 1971, 1995/6, 2001; 2005/06 and 2012 (or even worse!!). I hope you know what happened during these years.
To sum up my nonsense, as arguments raised here would appear in some of your eyes, our politicians do not have ideologies to take the needs of Malawians ahead. They are just there to forge their personal vendetta. Our needs dont even come last in the heads. Our needs are inexistence in their minds.
What can drive us away from this mess is sobriety. If JB puts on the jacket she wore when she initially left the oppressive DPP, we can move forward and address the grievances which have forced civil slaves (for their working conditions define them as such) to shut down Capital Hill, forcing JB to be in BT (so I am made aware of).
Having met JB at her once Mudi residence, I am optimistic she can open up her ears and brains which were shut after she allowed those who made the sleeping lion within Bingu wa Mutharika’s skin come to life.
And I know most of us are joining in the strike, not because we need the increment, but because we have hidden agenda. We want to
paint a picture that JB has miserably failed. Indeed, she may have failed, but we are the people who clapped hands at the ‘achievements’ of Bingu wa Mutharika when others were wailing night and day, saying that Bingu, the autocrat was failing Malawi; that Bingu was taking the country into oblivion where it could be impossible to save. Now JB is having problems in taking the country from the hades of destructions. We, who are calling for the head of JB, are to a larger extent to blame for this mess.
I know most of us vocal for the President’s head are largely influenced by the colors of our political parties rotting in opposition benches. Thus, we are geared towards one thing: TO make JB feel the pinch of kufinya chipani chathu and those thugs funding our political parties (need I mention names?) We have also received chisikono, fortunately or unfortunately so, from the opposition to make JB feel the chiperoni winds. We were quite when Bingu was making the same mistakes, bombing our houses and offices. No two mistakes make it right, but why this sudden change.
And as I said, why can’t we wait for May 2014 so that, through the ballot, we can demonstrate that we have lost trust in JB’s style of governance. In the meantime, As a matter of my personal conclusion, let JB continue womanning the driver’s seat. If I may ask, will impeaching JB address these problems in a snap of the finger? Practically, theoretically or realistically nooooo. If you need her head, cut it during the 2014 elections. If you can’t wait, it’s mainly because, in my personal opinion, the basis of your calls for JB’s impeachment or resignation has no integrity whatsoever. You should not have waited during Mutharika’s messing with the country.
Of course, JB needs to unpluck some of her feathers because she flew at a hypersonic speed, leaving us, her people, behind. This, in my opinion, is a result of the people she has surrounded herself, people who made Bakili seek the third term, people who forced Muluzi to handpick Bingu wa Mutharika, the same people who urged Muluzi to stand in 2009; the same people who made Mutharika change the flag, bring the injunction bill and these are to blame for blinding the JB some of us ‘know’. Thus spare me this crap, and spare me Dr. Joyce Banda’s head. Let Amai continue with chiwongolero.