Malawi at 55: We must be puzzling God!

Malawi must be puzzling God. Much as Jonathan Iwegbu in Achebe’s Civil Peace insists that ‘nothing puzzles God’, there is something about our so-called Warm Heart of Africa and the poorest nation on earth that must be disturbing our Creator.

Former president Bakili Muluzi (L) and Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda  attended the celebrations at Kamuzu Stadium. It was almost a Democratic Progressive Party affair.

It is cogent that whosoever bewitched us as nation must have used very strong roots. The tree must have been be created for this country, and Malawi only; for, it seems there are no more roots of that very same tree for other countries.

We needed brothers—or cousins, at least.

There are cousins, of course. Those war-torn countries are. But wait a minute! We are not war-torn. We have not seen war. In fact, most of us would be utterly clueless if a ‘friendly’ war broke out. We wouldn’t know, surely, where to run to or hide. We have known peace. Peace par excellence if you asked me.

But, in the last 55 years we have been free of colonial rule, we have cavorted with immeasurable mediocrity and stupidity that has failed us to make headway progress. Instead, we continue to nose-dive at a supersonic speed with no life savers in sight.

We are doomed. Malawi is doomed. Tribalism continues to proliferate. Swirls of heavy corruption, executive arrogance and a decaying civil service continue to suffocate us all—with no clue of how to end the nonsense.

And, you wonder that while some of our brothers have suffered the worst, maimed by wars—such as Rwanda and Mozambique—and continue to be twenty-times better than us, we continue to wallow in indescribable hopelessness. At  times, to the extent of begging food, experiencing blackouts and water shortages when we have one of the freshest lakes
in the world.

Our universities that have been in existence since 1964, and have produced engineers, agriculturalists, and many more, have failed to remain relevant. Not even a simple hand machine for our frail women breaking quarry stones. Not even simple treadle pumps for irrigation along Songwe or Rukuru or Shire. Just impunity!

Surely, and seriously, God must be puzzled with us as a nation.

May be the next 55 years should help us to re-think our strategies, which must encapsulate viable and doable initiatives to move our country forward. Are we not tired of puzzling God—with our mediocrity?

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Malawian Genius
Malawian Genius
2 years ago

What about this: we have no brains at all. Not even think.
The paradox is: If the country was inhabited by Whites, would it be in the condition it is hitherto?
Of course not! They would always find a way. But we? waste time in demos, good for nothing!
Pathetic.

Ambuje Kukaya
Ambuje Kukaya
2 years ago

Unfortunately, the word ‘demo’ is English; and besides we have seen the whites, Chinese, Japanese, South Americans including Africans conducting ‘demos’.

malawian
malawian
2 years ago
Reply to  Ambuje Kukaya

Thanks Ambuje Kakaya, in fact I meant ‘demonstrations’. An example: many people were unhappy when Trump won in 2016 and it was dubbed a “stunning upset”. Some people demonstrated to show their disagreement but only for a few days if not 1 or 2 and did not destroy public or private property. They stopped because they new it would not help. FYI: not interested in politics.

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
2 years ago

Malawi poverty is self inflicted. Kamuzu used to tell us that chuma chili nthaka and Malawi has no mineral resources. But by 1970, Malawi Geological Survey had found sediment for oil in the lake. Currently, we have gold , rubby, saphires etc. Who are benefitting ? Politicians and amwenye. Wake up Malawi

Joloza
2 years ago

It is easy to write about the failures of gvts forgetting how we as citizens have failed the gvts. We are good at critising the gvts as though we are holly people. Yet deep down in our hearts if we do an honest reality check we are corrupt like the gvt officials we are critising. To us we think we are better than those who are running the gvt. One who steals K1000 is not different from one who steals K5bn. Both are thieves. The only difference is that the one stealing K1000 does not have the opportunity to steal… Read more »

TaxpayerMW
TaxpayerMW
2 years ago

WHAT INDEPENDENCE ARE YOU PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT?

You all been drinking from the wrong well.

LETS ADMIT DEMOCRACY HAS FAILED. Kamuzu knew it and the west knows it, but in 1994 you thought women in trousers was a great idea. FOH.

China know democracy is the best sold lie.

And here’s the fact- THE CHURCH knows it just as well democracy invokes greed.

Here’s the list-
China, Russia, UAE, Vatican, Monaco, UK, USA,

Paperback
2 years ago

I thank all of you for your comments. Now, let us go and have a coffee at Mugg & Bean.

Bilex sibale
Bilex sibale
2 years ago

There is sense even when a nosense speaks.

Che Wanimiliyoni
Che Wanimiliyoni
2 years ago

Mwana akalilira mtsatsi msemere. God can not be puzzled and in fact he pre-warned us through the British that this country is too poor to stand on its own. They tried to attach us to countries we are envying now but because of a certain greedy party called MCP it said NO! MCP had no development agenda for this country apart from shifting the capital to their home region. Instead of using the R100 million, which today is over R1 billion, to develop mines and agricultural processing industries they used to construct capital hill. There was also another U$100 million… Read more »

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
2 years ago

BEGGERS? That’s Malawians, pathetic. Should have kept the name nyasaland, the most suiting.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
2 years ago

That’s nyasaland, full of thick creatures.

Botolo
Botolo
2 years ago

Is the creator not the one to blame? How could he create such an imperfect world? If he is all powerful and all knowing, he should have known how to deal with sin, evil and imperfection in humanity. Waiting for good life in heaven is the biggest joke spirituality has peddled for years.

Tiyeseni Phiri
Tiyeseni Phiri
2 years ago
Reply to  Botolo

I advise you to study your Bible well. You will know why the world is imperfect! God created perfect systems that have become corrupted by evil.

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