How about naming the facility ‘National Stadium’ that personalising development projects

In 1994 under the hot debate between the National Consultative Council (NCC ) with representatives from opposition groups and NEC with representatives from the government of MCP, it was agreed that national monuments and all projects and symbols that depicts the country must refrain from having names of individuals. This was concluded taking in mind the twisted mindset that citizens had planted in their hearts that can also be recognized on the songs that youth and women of Malawi sung, the song ” ZONSE ZIMENE NDI ZA KAMUZU BANDA” impacted so much in the making of a dictator in Malawi.

Bingu Stadium in Lilongwe

Enlightened men and women in the NCC/NEC agreed that no name shall be used on national symbols and projects inorder to avoid past repetition. It was then agreed that so many projects names be renamed to remove the minset from citizens who suffer much from politicalmalytis. Kamuzu stadium was changed to Chichiri. Kamuzi international airport was renamed Lilongwe informational airport and it was agreed never again will the living hero be put on national currency, hence the introduction of John Chilembwe as a symbol of nationalism on Malawi currency.

When Muluzi  bid for an extension term was rejected he bypassed his fellow comrades in the likes of Aleke Banda, Justine Malewezi, Brown Mpinganjira, Cassim Chilumpha,  Harry Thomson and others who were well versed with the gospel of our democracy and it’s roots to choose an outsider Bingu Wa Mutharika to takeover from him.

By thinking Bingu would be his “Yes Boy” Muluzi missed the bird. Bingu became his own man and trying to convince the central region as well as northern region Bingu infected himself with the deadly virus of politicalmalytis. He went on to change the foundation document and started renaming national projects baptizing himself with politics of appeasement inorder to coerce die hard supporters of Kamuzu Banda from the centre to come closer to him and his party.

The disease of politicalmalytis is impacting badly on our quest for renewal and transition from national trust to individual dependence.

Today after the Chinese donated conditionally a state of the art stadium instead of giving it national name politicalmalytis is dictating that it be called Bingu Stadium.

Many citizens in Malawi do not understand how governance works. Just as we thought Kamuzu Banda owned the country this belief is still there in the hearts of many that Bingu and his brother owns Malawi and everything in it.

Some of the things that  politicalmalytis has caused into our society needs civic education but enlightening environment need to be provided to make our people know that national projects such as roads, stadiums, enhanced agriculture, irrigation development are universal. International organizations are pushing for uniform development among regions and areas .

This is why similar facilities of the type of a stadium are built in Zambia, Gabon, Mozambique and elsewhere. It is not because of Bingu Wa Mutharika, Joyce Banda or Peter Mutharika. These are developments that must come. Even if the country was in the hands of unknown citizen still these developments could have come. Let us therefore stop giving national projects individual names of people particularly politicians.

Any national development must have a national name not people’s names. State house in Lilongwe was not supposed to bear the name of Kamuzu Palace if there was no politicalmalytis, that house the Ngwazi initiated its construction because we needed a national house, therefore to name it after Kamuzu was wrong. The house must be called Malawi House or National State Palace.

This is one way ignorance will dry in the minds of many by recognizing that developments of a country do not come because of a president or individual person. The tax that we pay is what brings development in other words it is us the people that develops our own country.

In addition to all these the money we get from outside in terms of letters of credits, loans, grants and other sources of international funding come into our country not because of a president or political party but because it is a country where citizens pay tax and it is from our tax money that loans and credits are paid from.

Decorating presidents and leaders show how politicalmalytis has plagued Malawi after 53 years of Independence. These leaders are stealing our tax monies and stash outside the country if they were good people deserving to be given national projects names they could not be stealing from the very country they want to be decorated.

Malawi must wake up and smell the coffee, do not decorate thieves, do not decorate servants otherwise with our decoration we are giving them passports to steal more and leave us empty hands. Case in point the cash gate issue whose money was stolen? It is our tax money that we pay in tax why should we thank a person who is paid to do the job?

Malawians must know that Peter Mutharika, George Chaponda and the entire team of DPP are not doing our country or we citizens a favour. If anything it is us who is doing them a favour because we employed them to render service to our nation, the worst part they are stealing from us but we are quite this is a favour we are doing them otherwise we were supposed to chase them and remove them.

 Time has come for us to stop accepting and tolerating childish things in our nation.

I still insist Bingu Stadium must be renamed National Stadium of Malawi in short Nastam.

  • Saunders Jumah the Utopian
    SAVE MALAWI FOUNDATION  [SAMAFO] we can destroy Malawi with our hands but with our very hands we can rebuild Malawi.
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10 thoughts on “How about naming the facility ‘National Stadium’ that personalising development projects”

  1. Munthu Wamba says:

    The best option would be to sell the naming rights to a company. This will generate money to help maintain the stadium instead of naming it Bingu which will generate no money. I am sure that banks or phone companies would jump on this e.g TNM National Stadium

  2. Harawara says:

    Fellow Citizens. Don’t just dismiss his account as sheer nonsense. Look at the sense he made. It is the act of that undue glorification that turns us into hell worshipers. Donations and loans are given to Malawians and not presidents. Tax to replay the loans is by Malawians. Presidents don’t pay taxes. Donors and partners don’t give us money not because we have APM. Even if APM leaves office today donors will continue giving us donations and loans. They might even be giving us more than what they give us now. Giving national structures national names instills a sense of national ownership and pride. With an individual’s name one doesn’t feel that Stadium belongs to him/her. It belongs to “Bingu”. You cant say that structure belongs to Malawians when it bears an individual’s name. Names of individuals are possessive and they create a feeling of “his property ” that is why taking care of national properties is challenge. Give ownership to Malawians and they will take responsibility to look after national properties. individualising national property is robbing people contributions . How can I can be responsible for taking care of Bingu’s property? It was our loans and our donations so give it our name – Malawi/national. What our rusty politicians do is equated to a midwife who claims to name child she has helped to deliver. That process of assisting delivery isn’t a right for claims for naming a baby. Leave that to the husband and wife who “made” the child – in this case Malawians.

  3. Zoona says:

    That stadium was supposed to be called KALONGA because malo yamangidwa anja ndi akolonga mazizi…mufunse aliyese amene wakulira kumenekunja … even now area 49 Gulliver imatchedwa kalonga …Even in the days yomwe world bank inkapereka ma plot aku Gulliver …or before that time so dont politicise zinthu … it should be called neutral name

  4. The Partriot says:

    This nonsense must stop!There is no reason to name such monuments the name of a man who came tothe Presidency mon the back of someone…kupanda a Chair bwenzi mkulu amene uja atalawa u President??
    For sure once this Mulhako regime gets out…the stadium and the Chitipa- Karonga road will be renamed to better names.

  5. Majiga S says:

    Kkkkkkk, koma abalee, National Stadium Of Malawi!!!!
    And you call yourself a very smart dude by this redundant English of yours!!
    Man, besides your hearted towards the people behind the names, you seem to be the most illiterate of all Malawians. I would advise you to just post your articles in Chichewa, otherwise, NATINAL STADIUM OF MALAWI is a total goof…
    Paja chizunguchi mwachiziwila ku Jubek eti.? Ayi pepani wankulu

  6. ruth malikebu says:

    recognition is very important everywhere

  7. yes says:

    “National Stadium of Malawi” this was the name even on paper when we proposed for a loan which we are going to repay over the next 20yrs. Its note a donation…

  8. BINGU Z says:

    Umange yako uipatse dzina la ambuye ako stupid IDIOT what about mokaba stadium U liar, desperate soul stinking with lies.PETER MUNTHU WANKULU… Very soon Zulus will chase u out Che JUMA apikene

  9. Chiguduli says:

    I thing you know very well that Bingu stadium is not the only facility in the world to be named after someone’s name. We have Chipembere Highway, Queen Elizabeth hospital, Paul Kagame road, Kamuzu Acadamey and other facilities all over the world named after individuals like Nelson Mandera and others. Kodi akulu mwangodana ndi a Muntharikawo kapena ndale zakusongonezani bongo?

  10. Guantanamo Bay says:

    Karonga – Chitipa road was named Bingu. Then there is Bingu confernce centre in LL I hear a certain street road in Bt will b named Getrude Mtharika. U see, if u hv nothing to point at, u name everything the president’s name

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