Charles Simango ‘thinking aloud’: Malawi lockdown almost everyone is ‘an exception’

Just received a copy of the law that the minister can invoke in order to regulate public movements and gatherings during COVID-19 crisis.

No social distancing in the ‘hood’

Among the few exceptions under which people may be allowed to ‘break’ lockdown there is one that says we can do it ‘obtain essential goods or services’. So let’s just take a look at what those may be:

a) For folks in villages/rural areas we are looking at – going ku Chigayo,
kukathyola ndiwo kumunda (daily),
kukatunga madzi (several times a day)
– the list goes on and on…

b) For people in ma location a mtauni we are looking at:
kukagula ndiwo ku msika (daily),
kukagulitsa ndiwo and other essentials ku msika or pa njinga (daily)
kukagwira ganyu ya daily pay for chakudya cha lero (brick layers, call boys, osenza katundu, the list goes on and on (daily)
kukatchova kabaza (daily).

So by the end of the day, is there anyone left on lockdown? I don’t think so.

From the look of things, it looks like the phrase ‘except for obtaining essential goods or services’ means one thing in developed countries and quite another in poor countries.

In the former, as well as in the suburbs of poor countries, you can easily manage to obtain those essential goods and services once in a while as you are able to stock up which is normally done anyway when it comes to groceries and other essentials.

But out there in the villages and townships, the concept of stocking up just does not exist. Additionally, in townships a livelihood is earned – and spent – on a daily basis.

By the end of the day a lockdown that provides for the exception of ‘obtaining essential goods or services’ is only a lockdown elsewhere. In Malawi, it is no lockdown at all because everyone in the villages and townships, more than 90% of the populations, is an exception.

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chigezero pure
chigezero pure
5 months ago

A Simango muchalipo takusowanitu life…..Anthu olemba bwino ndithu ….mukundikumbusa malemu HARDY NYIRENDA and CHINYEKE TEMBO. Please write again

Junior
Junior
5 months ago

Those who have enough food in their fridge for 21days can start the lockdown , will join you soon. And the blow is am very poor to stay indoors for this long period without food I will die of hunger . On top of this am busy harvesting maize groundnuts everything is in the field sorry . At the moment we’re wearing man-made masks on nose and mouth while washing hands with soap now and then.

Dr. Mvuma
Dr. Mvuma
5 months ago

The Author is correct. Spot on. This is the true prevailing situation. Hence we should not just copy and paste. We should try to find unique and innovative way of helping our poor grassroots majority to avert contacts. Then the solution could have looked into provision of water and food parcels by fewer individuals from house to house. I know this would pose a big challenge but it would have been worthy trying such options.

nyopani
nyopani
5 months ago

very true.

Y R U sostupid!
5 months ago

Makosana, be careful. Matenda a covid-19 ndio oopsya kwambiri. Ine ndina dwalapo mchaka cha 1999. Ndikuwadziwa.

Noxy
5 months ago

No justification for not locking down this is a crisis and the corona virus has to be stopped from spreading.Injuction can not stop corona from spreading the whole world is sick Malawi is not sacred from this.We must tread carefully.APM will wash his hands on this and the blame will go to the judges and hrdc for the virus to spread.

Junior
Junior
5 months ago
Reply to  Noxy

Then go on hiding you will save your own life

chaiwone wawo
5 months ago
Reply to  Noxy

so you would rather people die of hunger?

Malawi belong to the citizens

Well written article, Lockdown is for those countries who are able to provide food and money to their citizens.Government should distribute food or Money to the citizens.If that can not happen then atleast distribute masks to everyone who goes to work or to do business or to buy, like in China most people are using masks.South Africa government has asked it’s citizens to use masks in public places.Malawi can do the same.If you don’t have enough masks or you don’t have at all, buy now or ask Malawians who knows to make them,they should make more masks, people shouldn’t charge… Read more »

Kalulu Wadwala
5 months ago

Baba Charles mulipo? Malawi’s finest writer. We miss your intelligent analysis of events. Glad to read one from you. Moni moni.

Naruto
5 months ago

Like I said government should leave this issue alone, when bodies start piling up, people will understand. They will find ways and means.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
5 months ago
Reply to  Naruto

God forbid bodies will not pile up. As long as God lives people will not die as the prophets of doom wish. Why should bodies pile up? God will save us from this calamity. People are poor just like what Simango said it’s not like people dont want to adhere to the rules put in placd BUT have no choice they have to fend for themselves to be able to eat.

Not in my name
Not in my name
5 months ago
Reply to  Naruto

just shut up you idiot. You think you and your family are invincible.

Zawela
Zawela
5 months ago
Reply to  Naruto

Piling up why? You want to people to die? Are you a witch? No one will die in Jesus Name.

Zawela
Zawela
5 months ago
Reply to  Naruto

Piling up where? You want Malawians to die, are you a witch? No one will die.

Truth
Truth
5 months ago
Reply to  Naruto

I absolutely agree. Govt must leave Malawians alone. Moreover what contribution do we make to the world. A bunch of illiterate people will die basi

Ikbal osman
Ikbal osman
5 months ago
Reply to  Naruto

If there was a lockdown there would be bodies of people dying of hunger

vindele
5 months ago
Reply to  Naruto

Which bodies are going to pile up? Deaths from corona virus could have happened way back when the govt left our borders and international Airports porous fool.

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