Malawi’s DPP will always be ‘Undemocrcatic and Unprogressive’

The DNA of the ruling DPP will never change, irrespective of which name of Mutharika is at its helm.DPP

They are a party whose biological make up is that of being anti-freedom and anti-social under the disguise of same old excuse of maintaining public order and national security.

And so the party will do anything to push the agenda started by the first Mutharika brand of curtailing individual freedoms through a whole slew of bad legislation and the Electronic Transactions Bill which seeks to regulate Malawians’ interaction online to maintain public order and security as well as “facilitate technical restriction to conditional access to online communication” falls into the scheme.

If you asked Information Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa what was the meaning of all this, chances are high that he would deliberately fumble and talk about morality and such stuff but in the end we will get nothing.

But the truth is your government, through this proposed law, wants to start shutting down websites they do not like and leave only those that sing its empty praises.

As to how they would technically do it, it is simple. They will head to the East, China, if they haven’t already done so, where they are tech-savvy and have already perfected the art of clamping down on the cyberspace.

Those who have been to China know that you cannot get Facebook or Twitter there as the communist regime tightly controls the flow of information using lyrics of the same song that the Malawi government is singing: controlling public order and security as well as morality.

Instead the Chinese have their own Weibo as an answer to Facebook or Twitter.

This is what the DPP is trying to import here through this bill that they have rushed to Parliament at super high speed.

It wants to have a say in what we read and write online. It wants to bar and decide for us what we must see and read as if we are its children hence the rush to bring this bad law to Parliament.

Now contrast this speed to the snail-like slow pace the same DPP government has adopted when it comes to a bill that would empower Malawians to demand accountability and transparency in public life through access to information.

The Access to Information Bill is taking ages—11 damn good years– to enter Parliament for the same reason that this DPP government is afraid of arming the people with a weapon to demand more transparency because it is anti-freedom.

Why is it that it is only the Access to Information Bill that has to shunt from Ministry of Information to Justice and then back to Information via Justice before Cabinet?

Forget Parliament because the bill has never set its foot there and the DPP government has made sure of that.

It is all crazy but that is the stark truth and it is what Nankhumwa keeps on saying wherever he has been asked about the Access to Information Bill.

His audiences clap hands for him and life goes on.

But this should not be allowed. The opposition in Parliament has a duty to stop this DPP madness.

We can take solace in the fact that unlike 2009 to 2012 when the DPP was in majority in Parliament, and it virtually pushed everything they fancied, this time it is not.

It beats me to imagine, where in the name of all that is holy, the DPP is getting the audacity to think that such a nonsensical bill that seeks to limit our freedoms will get the support from.

Where will the Jesse Kabwilas of this world be, to let this DPP’s madness get through the sieve of Parliament?

DPP will always be DPP but it has forgotten that times have changed.

  • This article appeared in Malawi News  of June 13, 2015 under ‘Hitting the Nail’ column. It was originally titled ‘DPP will always be DPP’

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6 years ago

Sweet Boy, you damn right. I will start respecting George Kasakula the moment he will OPENLY declare that he is MCP. What he has been doing in his essays is championing the MCP agenda but hiding behind the journalist banner. In fact he has no shame in doing so. With this hyena-in-sheep-skin attitude of his, that is why he failed to convinced his fellow newsmen to vote him to the position of MISA – Malawi President for the simple reason that his bias is so naked.

6 years ago

I have been part of the team that recommended the e-Transactions Bill to be like it is now. I wished if the writer saw what the bill says and not the nonsense he portrays in his article. Kodi n’chifukwa chiyani mukudana nafe Alhomwe? Tinakuputani chiyani? Chimo lathu ndi liti? Ife sitinafune kuti tikhale mboma. God wanted DPP under APM and SCC to be in government. Atamwalira Bingu, Kasambara, JB, Sichali and all northerners gathered at LL Golf Club to celebrate the death of the former head of state. Not only that. APM, Akweni, Mussa, Nankhumwa, Msaka, Dausi, Jean (Paja Ada… Read more »

Peter Mathanyula.
6 years ago

DPP will never change because of brainless people like sweet boy.Kasakula has raised very important points that if read seriously can make Malawians of good will think twice in 2019. We do not want a political party that thinks it is bigger than Malawi.

6 years ago

Sweet boy mind you a column is there raise your personal opinion and idea regardless of your proffessional identity. So if you say this is negative Journalism your are wrong because this article was picked froma Malawi News column not a report.

6 years ago

Which political party in government has not been oppressive in Malawi? The problem is that the politicians just change parties but they remain the same old politicians. (A chameleon can change its colour but remains a chameleon) During the MCP time we were told that the youth are the leaders of tomorrow but up to now the same old people are still ruling.

6 years ago

When are we going to wake up ?
You are busy judging others but one thing you should know is that ,even your favorites are in government you will never stop saying something bad , I think some how your personal view are good enough to say but they must be constructive not just you hate the party and you are busy publishing useless articles just to please your masters ,live everything in the hands of God and for your information its God who choose the leader

6 years ago

No. 12 (Sweet Boy) you have no argument. The point is that DPP is championing restrictions and not freedom of access to information. Bring facts that prove Kasakula wrong. Period.

Hardwick Mwenda
6 years ago

A point of correction on Sweetboy comment; i know this person (sweetboy) is either Nankhumwa himself or his sweet appeasers. What logical reference is there that because access to information bill was there during PP era then anyone who raises a point today was in a deep slumber? And who vomits garbage between Namkhumwa and Jessie Kabwira? Let you know that DPP rules with a Mafia style fully with black cats embedded in a satanic world. We’re back in a cashgate through jubious projects, creation of nasty bills as refered above etc. Let you know there is alot of trash… Read more »

Sweet Boy
Sweet Boy
6 years ago

I personally find this article flat and lacking in content and context. The originator is and has all along been emotional and subjective in his delivery of personal opinion. I dont intend to dissect his essay but I would wish to just point out one anomaly. He has the audacity to preach to the world that it has taken almost 11 years for one particular statute to be taken to parliament for discussion, all that delay and unwillingness is DPP’s fault – what a fallacy. Where was he and not able to say the same when PP under Joyce Banda… Read more »

6 years ago

Good one GK.

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