Courtesy call to former Malawi presidents: Much ado about just a gracious photo that masks not heals pain

President Lazarus Chakwera isn’t the first Malawi leader to pay courtesy call on a frustrated, angry and irritated immediate former president.

President Chakwera and First Lady visited Mutharika and his wife Getrude
While in power Muluzi paid a courtesy call to former dictator Kamuzu Banda

Bakili Muluzi did that in 1994 when he took off time and visited the ailing and tired Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda at Mudi Residences in Blantyre.

It was a courtesy call that, in all intents and purposes, was well received and, of course, we had hope that his successors will take it up as part of cementing transition processes.

Bingu Wa Mutharika killed it all off when he turned into a worst enemy of his predecessor. Peter Mutharika saw nothing but a chattel in Joyce Banda that he couldn’t even, for a second, think of sending a message of goodwill to her.

In other words, the two Mutharikas could be the ones who destroyed the tradition of courtesy which Muluzi started and history need to record that.

Perhaps it is against such a background that is why there is a hullabaloo on social media—especially among millennials—with regards to a gracious photo of Chakwera paying a courtesy call on Mutharika.

The gesture must be appreciated but to what extent? Very minimal. Very minimal because it’s just a gesture, yes, a gesture, without any fundamental issue to be addressed that are affecting Malawians.

Let’s face it: the political differences between Chakwera and Mutharika are all ideological. They are not personal rifts—in the instance of Bingu and Muluzi—that are jeopardizing the progress of the nation. No.

If there is anything, Chakwera’s political battles are within the Tonse Alliance set up where partners there are jostling for power and control. To me,  Chakwera need to concentrate on managing his Tonse Alliance because it’s health is critical for the country.

Likewise DPP. Mutharika has more enemies in his party than outside the party. He need to manage the Kondwani Nankhumwas and get rid of political riff-raffs.

In other words, our biggest political challenge, as of now, is internal squabbles facing Tonse Alliance and DPP. Not between these two. That is why, the meeting between Mutharika and Chakwera should be seen as just one those courtesy calls with little or no value to issues facing Malawi.

Malawians still want answers from the Mutharika regime as to why it let loose it’s fangs to plunder our resources with such a reckless abandon.

One can only hope that, in their courtesy chat, the two opened up to each and agreed to work together to ensure that every coin lost is returned and anyone involved is not protected.

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Malawi Fumbi Kobo
Malawi Fumbi Kobo
7 months ago

Malawi dziko lotembereredwa kuposa DR Congo. Atlease Dr Congo has billions worth of resources and a river through it to claim such injustices. Malawi has no excuse with fake busa leadership, fake lifetime presidents, fake liberators. Just dust of death in Malawi with no reason. 50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE AND THIS PLACE STILL LOOKS LIKE A REFUGEE CAMP because of poor learsfaki ship . All we do is get fubbered by these apes

mtete
mtete
7 months ago

Some people know nothing else but the opposite of what is good. Most of us applaud Chakwera’s gesture to a man who, up to now, has a chip on his shoulder and still thinks he won the May 2019 election and that the Fresh election was rigged by the opposition.

Jah
Jah
7 months ago

I think nkhwizi izi ndivuto ndithu. The opening chapter nkhaza zokhazokha. This visit could mean alot of things in politics. For example if rumours are true kuti palibe kugwilizana mu tonse then chakwera is sending out feelers for possible future alliances. Remember no permanent enemies in politics

Luckson
Luckson
7 months ago

You say the political differences between the former and current Presidents are ideological? Really? What exactly is their ideology. No African President since Mandela and Neverending had an ideology! The only ideology is left is how to steal public coffers! Blatantly like Mutharika or silently like Chakwera.0

Gar
Gar
7 months ago
Reply to  Luckson

Different political parties are discribed by their differences in the way they conduct business ,pragmatic,socialist ,capitalist ,humanism,the list goes on. Mostly this is revealed in their manifestos. Can someone kindly enlighten me on the ideology of the immediate past and current government of Malawi. What is the classification a government of thieves.

WaWaWaWa
WaWaWaWa
7 months ago

Talk Talk Chakwera should focus on delivering on the promises which he made to Malawians instead of appeasing APM and others like Bakili who have stolen state resources and fatten themselves like pigs on the stolen loot.. Talk Talk Chakwera should stop playing a diplomat to divert attention from the promises he made.
Exactly how does Talk Talk justify meeting APM who looted state resources and who should be sitting in a prison cell instead of living in a palace in great luxury and being visited by the Head of State.

Last edited 7 months ago by WaWaWaWa
Zanga phees
Zanga phees
7 months ago

Stupid writer pointless article
Whats your problem here? Or else you waiting for the invitation card to attend there meeting?
Jealousy politics is what your are trying to influence here.
Fosek!!!!

Donald McLean
7 months ago
Reply to  Zanga phees

I also see not any substance in this article except to ignite flames of jealousy, hatred and disunity. How can a whole writer see no importance of the head of state visiting his immediate past president? He needs some sort of psychological counseling to appreciate the importance of these two Giants’ meeting.

Bauleni
Bauleni
7 months ago

This is a very stupid article

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago

ya muluzi ndi kamuzu compared ndi pitala ndi cakwera ndi zosiyana.
pitala anabera mavoti no wonder zikuvuta kuvomererza just like trump style. agalu okha okha awiliwa.

Phyot Olera Kun Yini
7 months ago

Chakwera is visiting APM just for photo opportunity. If he is doing it out of love, he should unblock APM’s Accounts so that he can start accessing his salary with which to buy food and pay for medical attention. Chakwera is a big devil who wants APM dead due to deprivation. Fotseki.

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
7 months ago

Mindset change is really needed in you……..forget about what previous presidents used to do …….Chakwera has not frozen anybody’s bank account, we now have law and order in this country, get used to it.

If APM is innocent, the law enforcement agencies that froze his accounts in the first place will do the right thing and reopen them……Chakwera has nothing to do with the frozen accounts and has no mandate to tell the law enforcement agencies to unfreeze those accounts without following the due process

The Sniper.
The Sniper.
7 months ago

Mr Fiko, the Party issue should not be a center of democracy in Malawi, let alone Malawians we don’t eat parties, all Malawians want is peace and good Governance, so what you are worried of is just your own thoughts! All internal fights ends internally, we need our Malawi, so don’t mislead Malawians because you have a space to write your own thoughts here by telling them that the meeting of Chakwera and Peter has nothing to do with Malawians,I tell you it has a very big impact on well wishers of all Malawians! We don’t want your Tonse issue… Read more »

ntchona
ntchona
7 months ago
Reply to  The Sniper.

bloody idiot how can you glorify a thief,you think mcp win again never

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