Not just for Ansah but a struggle for Malawi’s very soul

The demonstrations that are wrecking havoc in the country are not only about Jane Ansah. She has just become the symbol of a struggle that has been bubbling on like volcanic larva without release. It’s a struggle for a livelihood,  for jobs, for food, for better governance, for justice, for equality, for a sense of identity. It is also a struggle for deleting a system that serves the few at the expense of the many. This is a struggle for Malawi’s  very soul.

People marching the the streets

More than half of those people demonstrating have lived on the edge of society for years and have since tipped into the abyss since multiparty. These are ones that spend their days loitering the streets, sell a packet of matches on the street for a living, those who spend their days wandering around the banks just to watch those who are inside upper society cash their cheques. These are the ones that pick up left overs from the bins outside restaurants. They have no tomorrow to talk of. What they break is useless to them.

You can not tell these people to stop breaking things that mean nothing to them. Those things you think are precious and should not be broken may as well be the dirt you walk on. Irrelevant  and unattainable to them.

These are the people, who won’t get treatment in hospital, who will be locked up for years without trial, and whose kids will be given trees for class rooms . The ferocity of these demos should surprise no one. When government after government takes care of less than 1% of the people and trusts them like royalty, they  ends up brewing an angry 99%.

We have to drastically change how we govern ourselves. The poor have had enough. The recent developments are very disturbing.

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Tariq
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Tariq

The middle class are armchair philosophers and cowards: all of Malawi’s revolutions have been brought by the marginalized and poor, right from rhe struggle for independence to 1993, to the 3rd term bill, through July 20, 2011 to now… If Malawi depended on the middle class who write on this website stupid pontifications, it would be permanently doomed.

Paul Kagame realized this: if we don’t uplift the majority, they will come for our limbs and blood. Tell that to your stupid professor asshole. The hordes are coming.

Kanyimbi
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Kanyimbi

Mwachidule a Malawi atopa ndi mtudzu wa DPP ndiye wina nkumati yapambananso ooooh! Kwaipa ku Malawi moto buuuuu! Replay ya 1993 kuchotsa petrol chotsaaaa!

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

a cynthia phili welengani articleyi kapena ndinu mmodzi mudaachonaso mwazapeza yoomola omola. apatu ndi pitala ndi side kick wake jeni OUT

Achiswe'.'
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Just as you cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs, so you cannot bring about major changes to a government without revolution. The people have had enough of oppression and bad government. They demand change, a change for the better that will include them. Government by the few to the detriment of the many is wrong. The people are demonstrating in an attempt to right this wrong. Power to the People!

Cynthia Phiri
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Cynthia Phiri

This is a biased article, that paints the government in a poor light, surely written by a UTM or MCP supporter.

Tippexed Judges
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Tippexed Judges

Brilliant observation!!!

Graham Zali
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Graham Zali

Fuck u cowards. Zitsilu zofuna kumangodya zokha inu

Aabwino
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Aabwino

Good writing!The poor people will always hit hard on the capitalists please GOVT do something by firing her

Wachiyao
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Wachiyao

Very true. Someone I can not remember once said, “Justice is not normally voluntarily granted by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed”. If you listen to the arguments being advanced by the majority of the people taking part in the demos, you will realize that they have more issues than what the organizers of the demos have in mind, covering a much longer period than you think. Are you surprised with what is happening? Well, I am not.

Wachiyao
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Wachiyao

Very true. Someone I can not remember once said, and I quote: “Justice is not normally voluntarily granted by the oppressor. It must be demanded by the oppressed”. If you listen attentively to the arguments being advanced by the majority of the people who are demonstrating, you will realize that they have more issues than what the organizers of the demonstrations had in mind. Are you surprised with what is happening? I am not.

Zofu
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Zofu

Those who are destroying other peoples property GOD wanna take revenge as the Bible says it is mine to avenge

MR COOL OKONDA MALAWI
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MR COOL OKONDA MALAWI

well said,but these crooks so called leaders are just ignorrant of that.