Timau: To Professor Chikaonda with love

“Anybody can become angry- that is easy but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right way-that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy”—Aristotle-philosopher, 4th century .

BC Aristotle might have been thinking about people like Mathews Chikaonda when he wrote the above.

We have got an advice and it is for Mathews Chikaonda. Our piece of advice is a mixture of finger food and proteins, and these can be nutritiously mixed together.

Our dear reader, we, the Timau Crew, do not have any animosity against Chikaonda but every time he tries to make his points he just get us on the wrong side. He is very sarcastic when he attacks others and this is the one thing we want to discuss today.

Just days after labelling the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) as a political condom, Chikaonda was at it again, lashing out at the institution saying it has no legal authority to implement the infamous ‘spy machine.’ And this is just again, when he told President Joyce Banda in her face that she is not immortal. Nothing wrong really, but coming from Mathews Chikaonda is what is making us gnash our teeth and our bodies itchy.

In case you don’t know Mathews Chikaonda, here you are.


Mathews Chikaonda is the Group Chief Executive of Press Corporation. He was the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning.  Chikaonda holds a BA (Hons), Diploma in Business, MBA, and a Ph.D.The brief background you have just read about Chikaonda is not the reality of the man you hear talking or working.

He failed miserably as Minister of Finance in the Bakili Muluzi administration; he again failed miserably as Governor of Reserve bank. Up till now, we do not comprehend how he is surviving as Group Chief Executive of Press Corporation. With all these despondent failures, he is the first one to attack others of either mismanagement, or being useless or being political condoms. His language when attacking others is very colossal and this is what gets on our nerves.

What Chikaonda should be doing is to thank God for keeping him at Press Corporation where he could have been fired long time ago.

Not long ago, he was at it again, firing Northerners at Press Corporation and calling them all sorts of names. We advise Chikaonda not to continue damaging his already tinted reputation. We say to him please; hold on to your passions; endeavour to have patience. Every moment in history is created by years and even decades of work.

We hope that, when Chikaonda goes into his enclosed sanctum, the room is not empty. He has got people he can consult. In short, we want people of Chikaonda’s calibre to be authentic people of integrity and character, even though we know that sometimes there is the creation of manufactured personas. We assume that we, at least, are capable of distinguishing the real from the false; that is why we ask Chikaonda to watch his outbursts, describing other people’s offices as “an institution with small and unsecure offices at Ginnery corner”,   is not only impudent but very derogatory.

Through this type of language, we at least can determine which people really share our values. We can determine which top officials are like us but at the same time somewhat better than us. Educated as he is, Chikaonda’s flare-ups make him look just like us.

And for many Malawians, Chikaonda’s odd mixture of character produces fears that he is not who he says he is – that he is not a complex, educated character, instead they fear that he is, at the very least, a deceptive elitist intellectual, or, at worst, he is  just one of those people surviving in offices because of their sparkle rhetoric.

We did say in the beginning that our advice is a mixture of finger food and proteins and we hope that Mathews Chikaonda himself will nutritiously mix them to give him the food value he wants. It is good that Chikaonda is not in main stream politics, he can wreck the country.

“The fundamental cause of trouble in the world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt”, Bertrand Russell (1887-1970)

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