Kachaje: The head is for thinking

Some years ago someone shared with me the thought that we need to use the head for thinking and not carrying heavy stuff. To illustrate his point he continued sharing that both the white man and the black man knew long time ago that water is essential for life and they both used “heads”.the head

The white man used his head to think of ways to bring water into his house. He designed and constructed a water pump, a dam, and pipes that brought water directly into his house. With some continuous thinking, he has sustained this water delivery method and his family enjoys fresh clean water at the turn of a tap.

The black man on the other hand decided to use the heads of his wife and daughters to draw the water from the river or well through water buckets. Sadly, he became satisfied with this method which was “effortless” on his part.

The white man stopped drawing water from the river hundreds of years ago and the black man continues to use the heads of his wife and daughter, sometimes, from miles away and he seems to see no problem with his method.

It is unacceptable that we seem to have accepted that water should be sourced like this. I believe as a nation we need to begin to use our heads for thinking so that we can stop abusing the heads of our women as transportation tools for bringing water into our homes.

We need to set a goal as a nation that there will come a time when tap water will be accessible to all.

I believe this is not an impossible dream to be achieved within the next twenty to thirty years. It should not be difficult to achieve this in a country where a third of the land is covered by fresh waters, stretching the entire length of the nation.

I really believe that this is an achievable dream since what we seek to achieve was already attained in the West more than 200 years ago. All it will take is for us to start using our heads for thinking and not abuse them for carrying heavy loads.

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chimimombo
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umuuze profesa womanga anthu popeza sakumva dziko lidaka nika mkulu wako iwe mfana ungalithe ubweleLE ku USA.

Mwethu
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While I agree with Kachaje on most of the topics he writes on but I also tend to see him as just an idealist. Yes this water parable is true but its not exact. Some of us have lived in the western countries and people still carry water from bowsers etc. I think the gist of the matter should be that the government must strive to provide this important utility to its citizenry. Maybe privatisation of the utility companies should be the way to go because others may decide to set up their businesses along the lake or shire river… Read more »
ZZ Junior
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I was always at pains to see the head of state carrying buckets of water on her head. Malawi when are we going to start thinking progressively.

Black empowerment
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Henry should stop condemning black race just for the sake pleasing some oppressor.Blacks did alot of things,but they have never been recognised by a white man.We have been brainwashed for so long that heroes were only white people.I have lived in the Mzunguland and have equally met very dull people and poor people for that matter.The man made of poverty of Malawi should not condemn the whole black race.Just tell your thieving politicians friends to stop stealing from tax payer and start developing Malawi.They can take a leaf from Rwanda at what pace it is developing.This too much talk and… Read more »
kamuzu kamuzu
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Bravo Henry!
Very educative article.
Some responses r already showing that most educated and uneducated Malawians do not use their heads for thinking.
We r lacking in many areas like water and power management coz we don’t want to use our brains to create solutions to our problems

Kenkkk
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We need to be careful here. Is it access to communal tap water Or access to tap water in the house? Or both? If it is access to communal tap water for all, we will still carry it on our heads to the house. And please don’t generalise about whites. Just visit hungary, Bulgaria, even in Russia and many Eastern European countries, South America, and the backwaters of many western countries, people are carrying water on their heads or using other means of transport from communal taps. We all aspire to tap water in our houses but that is a… Read more »
John
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MAY I MAKE A PASSIONATE PLEA?

THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE SHOULD CONSIDER TO FORM A POLITICAL PARTY IN THE RUN-UP TO 2019 ELECTIONS:
KACHAJE,
CHALAMANDA,
JOHN BANDE,
MARTHA KWATAINE
MICHAEL USI (MANGANYA),
SAULOSI CHILIMA,
EDWARD CHILIMA,
WILKINS MIJIGA,
THOMAS MUNTHALI,
DOROTHY NGOMA
AGNESS MALATA AND
FELIX JUMBE

THIS COMBINATION WOULD BE DEADLY IN TERMS OF SPURING ECONOMIC GROWTH MALAWI SO MUCH NEEDS.

IF GOVT WAS RATIONAL, THIS GUY KACHAJE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MINISTER BY NOW. DONT TELL ME HE IS NOT MP BECAUSE GOODALL GONDWE IS NOT MP EITHER!

The real Ujeni
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If the one child policy China passed acted upon a few years ago was being discussed in Malawi with the aim of implementing it, the general public would be commenting that sizingatheke zimenezo. Such is Malawi mentality, so backward thinking.

The real Ujeni
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Henry has hit the nail on the head but look rascals are being defensive, these are the people who are pulling Malawi down. There is nothing wrong to copy a system that will improve the livelihood of Malawians. One person invents something and the world copies it but Malawi refuse to do so, this is the reason we are poorest. Aeroplane was invented by the Wright brothers and the world copied it and improved on it. That’s how people develop. Don’t just argue for the sake of arguing, Malawians still live like in stone age yet everybody around us is… Read more »
aaron Kaluwa
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In Malawi, we speak things that are sensible but act without sense. All what Mr Kachaje said is already known by most Malawians including those in authority. In Capital Hills’ shelves there are a lot pamphlets, books, gazettes, laws, by laws, charters and many other writings that contain sensible strategies, plans and objectives but when it come to acting upon those plans, we all act senselessly and foolishly. I mean we, thus all of us. The problem is that we use our head(brain) and mouth. Let’s turn around our country by using our heads(brains) and hands to produce development.

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