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John Chilembwe features on most Malawian bank notes

THERE ARE many things – as a nation – that should, in normal circumstances, make us angry and be able to voice that anger until substantive and positive action is taken. But nothing ever appears sufficiently wrong for us to rise up and demand that those responsible for systematic oppression and deliberate under-development be taken to task.

Yes, there have occurrences in Malawi where people’s actions have led to change – political, social and economic. However, as a nation that is always in a state of continual becoming, we must always resist the temptation of feeding off past ‘glories’. At any point in our lives, there is a generation that must either fulfil its mandate, or betray it altogether, to paraphrase the revolutionary theorist, Frantz Fanon. Read More

SPARE A THOUGHT for the people who live under Traditional Authority Phambala, in Ntcheu. In December last year, hyenas in this area killed a woman. As if this was not enough, four children survived attacks, sustaining injuries and were scarred for life in the process. Livestock has not been spared as well. All this in a day’s work. spotted-hyena-kenya

Ntcheu has a reputation for hyena attacks. It would seem, however, that every single year, authorities appear unprepared to deal with such and inspire confidence by saving lives. That hyenas keep outsmarting humans for many years would be laughable (sic) were it not so tragic. Yes, there is only so much that can be done and casualties will always be likely but is enough being done to ensure that minimum standards of safety and security are met in such areas as T/A Phambala’s?

It would appear as if nothing is being done at all! Reports say the rangers who were deployed to deal with hyenas only lasted three days and went away. Apparently there was no money to keep the rangers in the area for longer. So, being the thinking and imaginative Malawians we are, what was the best solution? Remove the rangers and leave the people in the area exposed and vulnerable to attacks. What is one life lost, anyway?  Read More

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The Malawi flag at Independence

SO, we find ourselves in the midst of yet another scandal. Surprise! Surprise!

Malawians who still think scandal is an exception – not the rule – of our approach to governance need to wake up from their slumber. Since 1964, this country has been run primarily via scandal, and never in the best interests of the broad citizenry. How else should we account for the massive under-development that we have been subjected to by the series of governments we have survived since independence day?

We have been repeatedly subjected to governments bereft of imagination, sincerity and love. Instead, we have elected liars and nincompoop political upstarts, who are guided not by the demands of the flag but by their own avarice. As a result, the catalogue of failures this country has experienced are not as natural as we have been made to so easily believe.

In fact, one of the most blatant lies ever sold to Malawians by every government we have survived is that they have all governed – or are governing – with Malawians at heart. Sadly, this has been believed by many citizens and in doing so, we have internalised fear and poverty to a level where we cannot see or imagine a different state of affairs. Read More