By the way, President Joyce Banda’s overly ballistic remarks the other day that the Malawi media was a good-for-nothing lot capable of killing the whole president will not stop to haunt her any time soon.
If truth be told, those remarks took everybody by surprise coming from a leader who remained relevant in her dog days thanks to the very media she is so mad about today.
But the President is only human. One would have readily given her the benefit of the doubt that she might have been having a bad day or she simply might have wakened up from the wrong side of her executive divan.
But, hey, Abiti went ahead to reject to sign the Table Mountain Declaration that seeks to outlaw all insult laws. My! This indicates that it is now open sesame, gloves are off; the President has declared war on the media.
How ill-advised can one be! How can one declare war with the very folks she accuses of killing her predecessor? Is she suicidal? If she knows and appreciates how lethal these folks of the pen (or microphone) can be one would expect the President to be a little too careful how she handles them.
Surely one would want to have such potentially murderous types fighting in one’s corner.
They say nature abhors vacuum. If there is no warmth from Abiti surely the media cannot be blamed if it seeks solace from her opponents. She should know better; the media warmed up to her in her dog days not because she was a saint but because her eccentric boss was too frightful to be associated with.
For every action, they say, there is a reaction.
- The original version of this article appears in the Sunday Times