Malawi’s legendary Musician Lucius Banda has labelled Malawian Youths as a “Pathetic Generation” accusing them of being inactive and failling to rise up and fight for their freedom and human rights in critical issues.
Banda said this last weekend when he performed at the Mzuzu Stadium.
The self-proclaimed ‘Soldier for the poor’ told the patrons at the show that he is tired of fighting for the freedom of people who are inactive.
“I am tired of singing because you are just sitting down. You are a pathetic generation” Banda is quoted by The Nation newspaper as saying.
“It’s up to you; you are the young people. I am not a young man anymore. In the next three or four years I will be 50 yeard old,” said Banda.
He further said there is a big difference between the youths of today and the past.
Banda blamed todays youths for being too loyal to their political affiliations even knowing from deep down their hearts that things are not moving.
“In the past, the youth would act without looking at one’s party affiliation. And that is why we had multiparty.
“But people (today) are loyal to their party even if they know that their leaders are wrong. It’s difficult to speak for such people,” said Banda.
Sometime back, Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) Executive Director John Kapito shared the same sentiments in blaming Malawians for relying on few individuals to speak on their grievances.
Just recently, Human Rights Activist Billy Mayaya organised march protest against poor service delivery by the Electricity Supply Corperation of Malawi (ESCOM) and Water Board but only few people turned up for the demonstrations.
He ended up being arrested by the Police a move many believe it was politically motivated.
Lucius Banda has been a critic to almost all the governments in Malawi since the one party rule of late Malawi first President Ngwazi Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda.
He started singing critical songs against poor leadership in 1993 when he was 23 years old.
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