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It’s all about thuggery

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Mdzukulu, there was a time a creative mind came up with a skit about Africa.

But this satire surely was an accurate image of African leaders, Malawi inclusive, in mind.

The rumour that circulated in several African websites and was difficult to verify claimed that United States of America Republican Donald Trump made a host of racist remarks at an unspecified event in Indianapolis during his campaign for the presidency.

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Numerous African websites, mdzukulu, alleged Trump described black people as ‘lazy and only good at sex and stealing’.

The first version that lacks a date, context and the name or type of event at which Trump purportedly spoke further ‘quotes’ Trump as, among other remarks, saying: “From the government to opposition, they [Africans] only qualify to be used as a case study whenever bad examples are required. … I hear they abuse me in their blogs, but I don’t care because even the Internet they are using is ours and we can decide to switch it off from this side.

“These are people who import everything including matchsticks.

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“In my opinion, most of these African countries ought to be recolonised again for another 100 years because they know nothing about leadership and self-governance.”

Mdzukulu, such self-seeking politicians and their cronies referred to in the satire, ironically, in Malawi have amassed millions and billions in wealth while the poor sink deeper into poverty, living on less than a dollar a day.

It is not surprising that the type of leadership that has emerged in the country since the dawn of the new democratic dispensation has been committed to democracy in rhetoric only.

In practice, mdzukulu, it has baffled the masses by being unpredictable, unprincipled and obsessed with personal gain, even more than that of the previous autocratic era.

How the country’s leadership perceive elective office and public service has everything to do with our sorry state of affairs.

Mdzukulu, Malawi is fast and irreversibly becoming a society believing anything is acceptable as long as there is no explicit law against it.

It seems Malawians, especially politicians, would happily eat their own offspring if there were no laws explicitly forbidding killing even if the cannibalism does not serve the country’s collective good.

Mdzukulu, is the county’s leadership’s – Executive, Legislature and Judiciary – scornful indifference to the suffering of Malawians and the myriad of problems buffeting the country not the same as eating own offspring?

It is a very frightening development that the government blew over K420 million on three top-of-the-range vehicles – Toyota Prado VX, for three Cabinet ministers said to have had no vehicles.

Mdzukulu, on the local market, a top-of-the-range Toyota Prado VX is selling at K140 million each with duty paid.

The purchase could be in line with the four’s conditions of service, but it was ill-timed as Malawians are going through hell due to tough economic climate.

Some of the money whose purchases only the four against about 15 million Malawians are enjoying could be used for improved delivery service in such areas as education, health and road infrastructure or alleviate hunger for some individuals in their constituencies.

Mdzukulu, the problem is the country’s presidents, vice-presidents, Cabinet ministers, Member s of Parliament and top government officials take it as a matter of right to live a very expensive lifestyle.

And Trump-satire creator could be right that all the country’s leaders know perhaps is about eating and thievery.

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