Musician Francis Kalawe who made a name in 2015 with the song Dzuka Malawi, has added his voice to the praise from the academic on South Africa-based Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri over cheap maize sales in Malawi feeding project.
Bushiri is supplying maize that is selling at K5 000 per 50 kilogramme (kg) bag, almost a quarter of the prevailing market price in some districts.
Kalawe praise to Bushiri comes after Dr Sunduzwayo Madise, Dean of Law at Chancellor College of the University of Malawi, publicly commended the charismatic preacher for his initiative, saying it will go a long way to help starving local Malawians.
Madise wrote of Facebook: “Whatever you may think of him; you have to doff your hat off Shepherd Bushiri for providing subsidized maize to Malawians in need.”
The post even attracted a ‘LIKE’ from Professor Edge Kanyongolo, one of Malawi’s leading law scholar, commentator and researcher.
On his part, Kalawe has however bemoaned politicians on how they ignored hunger warning calls that were extended to both government and the opposition to partner in feeding hungry people.
“If you imagine this, it is a very sorry state. It tells alot about the levels of desperation. I am happy for those who managed to buy but what about the ones who did not and had to spend one more day,” Kalawe said in an interview with Nyasa Times.
In October 2019, Major 1 exposed the scheme that held onto the country’s maize for evil purposes.
“A few business tycoons, took advantage of the poor Malawians, bought the maize at as little as K50/KG i.e. K2,500 per 50 KGs bag. They then kept the maize in silos, waiting for a day like today, when the maize would be in very short supply, just so they increase the prices, without care for those who cannot afford and eventually die of hunger,” he observed.
The singer said he has noticed a very selfish side of Malawian politicians.
“When it is campaign they source funding in billions to chase votes. When it is time for demonstrations pushing for political agenda, they source funding in billions to support,” Kalawe added, “When it is a social welfare issue like hunger, they say they do not have money, money to feed the very people who they front, at “owners” risk, during demonstrations and also beg votes from.”
According to Kalawe, as a solution, Bushiri offered to help by supplying the government with maize at a very cheap price so that in turn government sells at a subsidized price.
Kalawe also did another hit song, Major Sanagive, hitting at critics of Prophet Bushiri.
Major Sanagive falls within the popular Bible verse “no prophet is accepted in his hometown”.
The song says Malawians have refused to accept the self-styled prophet by levelling all sorts of accusations against him.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :