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An educationist from Chitipa District, formally known as Fort Hill, has authored a book that digs deep into the history of legislators who have represented the district since 1960.

It is the first book of its kind in Malawi.

Titled ‘Chitipa-Wenya Chronology of Legislators Since 1960’, the book has 181 pages, 75 of which are illustrated for a very insightful reading about Chitipa-Wenya.

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Victor Wedson Sibale, who has authored the book, was born in Mzimba District in 1969.

Like most districts, Chitipa has a rich history but much of that history is undocumented.

And Sibale understands the problem well. “For instance, the current generation in Malawi has no idea about who were their legislators in 1960 and what legacies they left. Therefore, this book comes as the first of its kind, setting the pace for similar work in all the 193 constituencies of the country. I think Malawians deserve better, in terms of record keeping, than now.

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‘This is a special history book in the sense that it is not as prescriptive as others. It appeals to all readers whether in primary, secondary or higher learning institutions. Most of all, it is a book that attaches itself very closely to the readers— the people,” Sibale said.

Sibale, who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Chancellor College , has served in the Ministry of Education.

Some of his books include ‘A Handbook for Special Assistants to Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers’. It is used by personal aides to ministers and other leaders in public institutions.

His second book is ‘The Speakers in Malawi –The Office and its Holders Since 1958’. It is a detailed chronology of the 13 Speakers and 29 Deputy Speakers who have served in Malawi. It explains how they assumed office, the challenges they encountered and their milestones in while in office.

It also has biographies.

His other book is ‘The Life of the Malawi Parliament, Fifty Years On’. The book is in three parts and describes the developmental path or life cycles of the Parliament of Malawi in the last fifty years and lists everyone that has sat in the Malawi Parliament.

The soft-spoken author says he started writing while pursuing secondary education but it was at Chancellor College where his creative writing skilled were sharpened by the Writers Workshop. This is a forum where literary works are critiqued to sharpen students’ skills in literary appreciation and delivery.

‘When I became Editor of the Chirunga Newsletter [for Chancellor College], it sparked the literary side in me,” Sibale said.

Sibale gets inspired by the writings of Legson Kayira and Jack Mapanje locally while being awed by Chinua Achebe, Okotp’Bitek and ElechiAmadi internationally

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