Malawians emulate Hanahela, says Bingu

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika on Thursday appealed to all Malawians to work hard and make full use of every opportunity in their lives.

The Malawi leader called upon his people to emulate the thinking of one Hanahela who had a strong belief that he could even turn rubbish (waste) into riches.

Mutharika was speaking in the administrative capital, Lilongwe during this year’s event of the national broadcaster, MBC’s Our People Our Pride. The event, was held within the confines of the President’s New State House residence.

Mutharika: Inspired by Hanahela

Said the President; “As we celebrate Our People Our Pride, let’s pick a leaf from those that have been awarded tonight as their their untold, amazing and successful stories also represent all of us because we are all Malawians.”

Mutharika also hailed South African business magnet Richard John Maponya who was one of the people decorated at the Thursday ceremony.

For being in the honours list, the South African billionaire got from MBC a K100,000 cash reward, a medal and a bicycle.

In his two-minute speech that came soon after mid-night, the President said people need to look at anything in life as an opportunity.

“I remember when I was a young man, there was a book talking about Hanahela. He used to believe that he could make money from anything including rubbish (refuse). So Malawians, let’s all think and believe like Hanahela,” said Mutharika.

Nyasa Times has not yet established the the Hanahela story book that President Mutharika was referring to.


Before President Mutharika came to tell his Hanahela story, mobile company Airtel Malawi Chief Executive Officer Saulos Chilima and MBC Director General Bright Malopa tried to outshine each other over Chichewa proverbs.

Chilima’s proverbs took many into stitches of laughter whilst many others failed to understand the thinking capacity of the MBC boss.

Malopa started his speech at the event before the State President and his wife Callista with a proverb, saying; “Kanthu ndi khama, nkhalamba inaphika galimoto, literally translated, through courage an old man cooked a vehicle.”

It is not known why Malopa offered this proverb at the event or if he was just trying to be sarcastic and laugh at the State President who himself is an old man. At the event,  Malopa was seen to have taken over the protocol role ordering and directing around the State President.

Even when the time for the President came for him to speak, it was Malopa who told him so and this surprised his security detail as some were seen running to the podium making it ready for the State President to use.

The President’s military aide was seen asking Malopa where he was taking the President to as the two sides seemed to have no prior knowledge as to what time the Malawi leader was going to address patrons.

All this drama was happening live on the national broadcaster, MBC television also watched over in over 10 southern African countries.

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