Don’t blame it on ‘Amwenye’: It’s Malawi public servants and politicians, stupid!

Public opinion is, with each passing day, pitching Malawians of Asian origin as a great danger to this great Republic.

Asians have also been at the receiving end of demonstrations and looting: Counting the cost of looting damage

Just look around.

In Parliament, some legislators have been visibly red-eyed against some Asians for, we are told, buying off the best part of land in our urban areas.

On social media, Asians are being slewed from all directions. Their crime? They are always having a larger cut in all key government tenders and businesses in the country.

Not only that.

All the key businesses in the country, I mean visible ones not mandasi selling, is in the hands of our Asian brothers—property, transportation, construction, and all that.

Unarguably, we have an Asian monopoly problem in the country; it’s real, it’s being felt and, if you look around, a feeling of ‘enough is enough’ is crippling in the minds of indigenous Malawian and, if left unchecked, it will blow up to something nastier and regrettable.

But before we blow up, as a nation, we need to ask ourselves some really tough and, of course, nasty questions that we must confront.

How did Asians monopolize our economy, what have we done to stop that and why, till date, do we still have this challenge?

It’s only if we confront such questions and, in the process, find hard answers then we can, frankly and honestly, point the right people to blame in this ‘Amwenye’ bashing game.

Historically, Asians have been in Malawi from the first and second decade of this 21st Century doing several retail and transport businesses.

However, their economic prominence emerged between 1960 and 1965 when white people, who owned much of the property and land in the country, were leaving the country because they didn’t want to be led by a black president.

Most white people, hurriedly, sold off their property and land to Asians because by then, it’s mostly Indians who had the power of purchase. Most indigenous Malawians were still very poor.

What didn’t happen in the 31 years that Ngwazi Hastings Kamuzu Banda ruled Malawi was a deliberate policy to empower Malawians to own property and land—with a goal to ensure that Asians don’t capitalize the advantage of purchase their enjoyed in the 60s.

Unfortunately, with indirect and direct protection from the State, Asians were left to expand—inviting their sisters, brothers, cousins, aunties, all that—and, through their connection, each was buying up land, properties and opening businesses, you name it.

Bakili Muluzi and his ten years, Bingu Wa Mutharika and his 7 years, Joyce Banda’s 2 years, Peter Mutharika’s 6 years—all these years have done nothing to curb the rising Asians monopoly apart from partnering  some of them in the grand theft of public resources.

What we are experiencing today, this t we call an Asian, is a problem that stems for years of neglect by authorities to put in place measures that should curb the ever-rising monopoly of Asians in the country economy.

These Asians are smart capitalists and as any capitalist they buy their way to profit using whatever means.

Instead of containing the Asians, our governments chose to collaborate with  some of them in looting this great nation.

So, should we still be accusing Asians and painting their community with one brush? No, it’s personalities in parliament who makes laws to blame; its personalities in public service to blame; its personalities at State House to blame. These Asians are only taking advantage of our weak and thieving governments.

The Asian community have proved that they can contribute effectively to the economic growth of the country as law abiding citizens. They pay tax, they create employment, they are involved in charity activities and yet we also have our own so-called indigenous Malawi entrepreneurs who are corrupt, treat workers inhumanly and all sorts of bad things.

Time to change the course and look at issues in right perspectives.

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Fyaupi
Fyaupi
1 month ago

What a sober analysis…. Ku Malawi kunoko timagulusana tokhatokha. The foreigners just take advantage of our weakened brotherhood system; where we don’t care of our future generations. Timangofuna pompopompo. The same applies ndi ma estate a ku Thyolo and Mulanje; azungu sanalande tinaapasa tokha only to start crying after some 200 years. Apanso tizalira mtsogolomu kuti amwenye used force kutilanda malo mu Area 9, 10,43 and 44 while tikuwapasa tokha

Nyoloka
Nyoloka
1 month ago

Anyone blaming amwenye should first look at maina anapeleka kwa ana ake, whether Christian, Muslim, or what ever Religion… or whther mwana wanu munampasa zina la chi zungu kapena ch arabic coz you are not even proud of yourself. If you ever see anthu ena akulimbikira ma business ang’onoang’ono nkutukuka kumapangabe business uku zao zikuenda nkumati ndiokhwima and yet inu mukudikira boma likupaseni capital, ndinu openga ndithu. Pagulipa amene akuona ngati boma la India lipasa anthu ake ma capital pitani mukakhale nzika mubwera ndi capital yopasidwa ndi boma. Pali anthu akuda amene ali ndi malo ambiri chifukwa anachita bwino nanu… Read more »

Pico B.
Pico B.
1 month ago

Don’t complain. There is something called ‘CAPITALISM’. Asians are investing their hard-earned money in this country, for the benefit of everyone, and that is why they are rich. All that Malawians know is how to steal and eat, and then complain about foreigners. You Malawians with a backward, African mentality.. Get real.. By the way I am a Malawian raised and lived in USA my whole life.

Mali
Mali
1 month ago
Reply to  Pico B.

You have lived in the USA and have no idea about how crooked the panels here are. It’s about to change

Mdala
Mdala
1 month ago

This is a very honest and and good analysed article, congratulations to you Mr Mike Fiko! To point a finger to others like foreigner is always an easy task, but to look at ourselfs and especially our decision making leadership and there shortfalls should be the topic of the day, because each Nation on Earth is only as good or bad as their own human resource!

Phaloni
Phaloni
1 month ago

Amwenye ndiakuba kwambiri but the blame should equally be placed on the shoulders of our police officers, MRA, politicians and all people in position of authority. I really hope degenerate into something nastier because they are raping us day in day out. To hell with Amwenye mbava za anthu.

Justice for all
Justice for all
1 month ago

It’s really true Indians must be second to blame but first of all our politicians are fueling the problems

Mwenye driver
Mwenye driver
1 month ago

You forgot to write that asaians are screwing our women and wives left and center because they have the money.

Timveziti
Timveziti
1 month ago
Reply to  Mwenye driver

Come on. It’s because they accept and want to be screwed. Remember it takes 2 to screw

Anaconda Mfune
Anaconda Mfune
1 month ago

To do business you need capital and capital is not picked on the road side. A caring government will assist the nationals to becoming entrepreneurs by empowering them financially as well as provision of business knowledge/acumen base. The few Malawians who are coined as rich people, have disgusting choices of businesses they own and run. Most of them have businesses that will never assist government and the local people, if anything, the few people they employ will be paid peanuts. Minimum wage in Malawi is a joke, very despicable. Unfortunately, our custodian (government) has its arms folded and continues to… Read more »

Nyoloka
Nyoloka
1 month ago
Reply to  Anaconda Mfune

You blame the government for not supporting individuals with capital, you must be head dead for thinking like that, are we telling ourselves that Indians are given capital by their government? If the Amwenye left the buldings and all that, and Malawians are failing to capitalise on that, is it Govt’s problem? Have you not seen people who were not left with anything either by their parets and their Govt and still did better financially in businesses? If you can always find someone or something to blame, consider yourself retarded in thinking. Minimum wage is not an issue, the issue… Read more »

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Libra
Libra
1 month ago

Truth…

Nyoloka
Nyoloka
1 month ago
Reply to  Libra

What truth…. u must be one lazy dude too

Piper
Piper
1 month ago

The biggest problem is that indigenous Malawians are way too envious and jealousy of each other especially if one is doing well. They would rather buy items from foreigner shops rather than from fellow Malawian shops. Inferior complex. And then, bad governance that is full of corrupt public servants that only gives business to one of their tribesmen. The government’s luck of seriously empowering and supporting Malawians with real provisions and not fooling them to start zitumbuwa business.

Nyoloka
Nyoloka
1 month ago
Reply to  Piper

Why is everyone not blaming themselves but the Govt?… riddle me that, coz ena anayamba ndi mtedza wa mbale and pano ali patali, inu busy kulimbana ndi the next door neighbour

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