Talking Blues: DPP’s reign was as bad as colonialism, lock them up!

The trajectory of an average Malawian family’s rise from poverty to affluence used to be predictable.

Mutharika with hie blue-eyed boy Ben Phiri
A family invariably started humbly. Then it tried this and that business before specializing in one. What followed was hard work and gradually, things happened.
First came a bicycle for the ‘daddy’. Then a motorcycle, followed by a fairly used second-hand car and a house, or a house and a car.
These were the key milestones.
The house and automobile were the capstones that announced that the family had “arrived”.
There were neither ‘miracle money’ nor ‘overnight millionaires’ in Malawi and elsewhere Blues’ Orators, this is still the norm.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg started off from a student residence. Apple’s Steve Jobs and Microsoft’s Bill Gates, likewise, started from humble beginnings.
Sports stars like the Williams sisters, stinking rich boxers like Floyd “Money” Mayweather; all started at the bottom and slowly worked their butts off to the top. As such, their wealth can be explained, cent by cent.
Now check this: in the prosperous economies; you don’t see someone joining the civil or public service, then boom, hitting miracle money and overnight becoming a millionaire.
This does not happen; yet compared to us, theirs are prosperous economies. Where are these overnight millionaires coming from? Can they explain their wealth or the taxes they paid in their lucrative line of business?
What’s wrong with us?
The old model of explainable progression from poverty to affluence ended when Bakili Muluzi’s reign set us off on the road to economic perdition.
The thing is, that model had never worked for many who surrounded Muluzi.  When they were in MCP, party membership cards were their ‘gold mine’.
The more they dipped their fingers into the kitty, the more they had to harass Malawians to compensate for their theft. As a result, no-nonsense Kamuzu “accepted” you-know-who’s resignation.
Back in those days, no one carried food when visiting the village; just groceries like salt, sugar and maybe soap but not maize, rice or relish, no.
We were fed by village relatives.
It was, in fact, an insult to refuse this hospitality. It was during such a visit that my parents were given a rooster I will talk about later.
“Where,” you ask, “is this nostalgia coming from Mapwiya Muulupale?”
This nostalgia is due to the unending revelations of theft, fraud, forgery and corruption that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)’s Peter Mutharika was blissfully presiding over.
Now back to the cockerel I referred to above, he came highly recommended. The cock was apparently highly fertile, hyperactive and hence ideal for breeding.
On return to town, we put the rooster in the pen alongside our black austroip (Mikolongwe) chickens. He immediately ‘got busy’.
Never, it seemed, had he seen so many ‘willing’ hens.
Further, the traditional and mandatory courtship chase that heralds mating was needless.
The choice? Assorted. His bonus? At night, the pen was lit up, and he could do what he did best, nonstop. The highly touted cock went about its business.
Was it on the second day?
Or on the third day?
I can’t recall.
We found the cock on the floor, immobile.
The poor thing had collapsed due to “fatigue”. He had, as they say, overestimated his prowess and overreached. The only sign of life he exhibited was a twitching leg.
We gave him lots of water, quarantined him, and he recovered.
Upon return to the pen, due to the harrowing and humbling experience, he learnt to ‘pace himself’.
Thinking about this cock, Reyneck Matemba the Anti-Corruption (ACB) Director-General comes to my mind.
With suspects and cases galore, like our local hero amongst Mikolongwe hens, Reyneck is Livin’ la Vida Loca.
Thieves. Of all ranks. From all faiths, creeds and colour.
Some from the statehouse, and others from banks, government ministries and institutions; ALL waiting to be arrested, tried and convicted in an environment where he – Reyneck – is facing zero intimidation and zero political interference.
The icing on the cake? With travel restrictions necessitated by Covid-19, the thieves have nowhere to run!
What more can Reyneck want?
However, due to the ex-village rooster’s escapade, I worry for Reyneck.
When does he intend to hire veterans like Kamudoni Nyasulu, Gustav Kaliwo etc. to help him sort out the lowlifes?
What is he waiting for?
You see, if there is something Reyneck is lacking – rich as he is in criminals – is public patience.
Malawians lost patience with the ACB because it has been decades since it sent a ranking politician or privileged criminal to jail.
At best, trials involving big fish drag on and on. At worst, as happened with maize-gate, the ACB loses.
Hence people asking: now that DPP, UDF’s roommate, is out; why isn’t ACB finishing off the MK1.7 billion thirteen-year-old case?
ACB needs to close that chapter, turn the page and then zero in on the DPP’s definition-defying unprecedented obliteration of our wealth.
The many revelations of grand theft and corruption in high and low places and the snippets of what will constitute evidence should be handled with the urgency they deserve so that all the lowlives are jailed and the keys thrown away.
If Mr Matemba needs reminding, the rot is so dire that corruption fails to sufficiently capture the damage caused by the DPP’s thievery.
Look here, when political leaders steal from their nation’s coffers, it is called kleptocracy. Literally, “kleptocracy” means “rule by thieves”.
Theft, corruption, kleptocracy – call it what you will – would ordinarily be confined to a few top thieves.
However, in our sad case, anyone who subscribed to DPP’s ‘kleptology’ was licenced to steal.
Hence my positing that what Malawians suffered from 2014 to date is beyond corruption. It’s far worse than kleptocracy.
Let’s call a spade by its name: the DPP`s reign of theft brought Malawi to the brink of civil war as Malawians were willing to fight to reclaim their heritage.
DPP’s was a reign that resulted in the loss of land to corrupt locals and non-Malawians.
It aggravated economic injustice due to punitive “thangata-like” ESCOM tariffs and taxes levied to feed greed, and it has exacerbated Covid-19 impact because no one trusted DPP.
Economic dependency has never been worse, and we’ve lost economic sovereignty because DPP was borrowing without a care, to whet an insatiable thieving appetite.
You know what else was this bad?
Colonial masters, be they the Belgians in Congo, the French in Mali and many West African countries and the British here in the former Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland; did not give a milligram of fuck for indigenous people.
Their goal was was to extract resources to make their home countries prosperous.
They didn’t care about the colonies wellbeing.
Ironically, although the DPP thieves are indigenous Malawians, their mindsets were of this Malawi-can-go-bankrupt-we-care-less type.
How they managed to sleep peacefully at night, knowing as they did that their deeds were as evil as economic genocide, it is a mystery.
Now that Malawians have liberated themselves from DPP’s stinking brand of “indigenous colonialism”, the ACB must act resolutely now, now, now!
Lock them up!

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1 year ago

The writer is just working for MCP and bring hate among people of Malawi.Chakwera has been a leader of opposition,aulos Chilima have been the VP.Why did they not oppose the wrong doings of DPP??They waited for this time around??It makes no sense at all after a lot has been looted then!!!!IF MCP/UTM government is wise enough then thay should have started with Joyce banda ,Patricia kaliati,Ralph Kasambara,Noel Masangwi,Louis Ngalande,Malunga and even Roy kachale.You want to know why these names???Ask Chilima has record at his chest kkkkk.Moto umapita kwasala tchire kkk

Malawi belong to the citizens

Lock them up indeed mbava zachabe chabe.

Pension Nenereko
Pension Nenereko
1 year ago

Economic genocide indeed

1 year ago

You’ve made my day, Mapwiya Muulupale! 👌👍👏

However,osadanda. The ACB, Fiscal police, Financial Intelligence Agency, etc, are working together in investigations. Once enough evidence has been collected, it will be presented to the Director of Public Prosecution ( Mary Kachale – wife to MEC chair, Justice Dr Kachale) for prosecution. As the DoPP did with the other cashgate cases ,she’ll engage private practice lawyers for assistance if the workload is deemed to be overwhelming.

1 year ago

Mapuya Muulupale ameneyo. Mr. Reneck Matemba…please listen real good. LOCK THEM UP NOW NOW. Good luck does not knock twice.

Kasuzga milonga
Kasuzga milonga
1 year ago

This article is gibberish. If you are really convinced that what you have written is true and makes sense the why are you hiding behind a pseudo name. These are coward writing from outside Malawi possibly UK thinking you understand Malawi. Don’t fuel hatred in this country. The Tonse Alliance is under control here and do not need your hatred.
You have got an issue with DPP and keep it to yourself.

1 year ago

A beautiful and patriotic piece!!! I for one want them hanged!!! Plunder on this scale constitutes existential fiscal threat to our Motherland Malawi!!!

1 year ago
Reply to  mchisala

I hear you! Let’s crucify the whole lot, beginning with the bum now hiding in Mangochi.

True Patriot
True Patriot
1 year ago
Reply to  mchisala

Mbava zoipa mitima like these have never been seen ever since this nation became a Republic!! The truth is this bunch of hooligans mascurading as politicians have taken this country back many decades. They must all rot in hell beginning with their octagenerian good for nothing President. The article is a true reflection of what has happened to Malawi under the foolish, wicked, nepotistic and kleptocratic misrule of of DPP under that old fool!!

1 year ago

Matemba ndi ogonera awa mbuzi ya munthu

Emmanuel means God is With Us.

Udf and dpp just turned Malawi into hell on earth. It’s as simple as that. Fine we did not have political prisoners locked up but udf and dpp made us prisoners and we suffered psychologically from their acts. They were brutes and very selfish idiots to ever rule Malawi. Anyone who thinks that MCP would go back to the old days is just a saddist. People still wanted MCP back in power but Bakili Muluzi rigged elections in 1999 and 2004. APM did the same in 2014 and 2019 but God was with us. Salvation came through Chakwera and Chilima… Read more »

1 year ago

Mr. Emmanuel, I remember when my late father told me in 1993, that Malawians, they want Bakili to b president of this country, wait and see, he will fuck up big time, Muluzi is the criminal and brute . Now it’s 28 years since my father departed for the other world, and I can see hw Malawians hve suffered under this notorious criminal Bakili Muluzi, that’s why he wanted to gve Malawians his son to rule them again,shame the gods could not allow that .

1 year ago

Ooooh yes! Very true, in every single word. We urgently need this to happen!

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