Stench of a nation Stench of a nation


President Peter Mutharika’s grand show of flying commercial on his recent junket to Addis Ababa is a PR stunt that can easily wow most people who think in the fashion of Malawians.

The other time, there was this picture of Mutharika queuing at an airport waiting for the usual checks just like any other “ordinary” person. Then, the intention of the picture was to make Malawians to be sympathetic at seeing their topmost guy reduced to just-another-guy on the flight. What the spinners wanted that time was to make impressionable Malawians angry that their senile leader was being tortured to fly like all of us despite his frailty. So, the thought was that we would all ejaculate into a, “Buy Our President a Jet” frenzy.

Hindsight has taught me that the crooks we call leaders have a tendency of creating a false near-death situations for Malawians so that we panic and allow them do whatever they want in the name of saving our souls. I have a particular example here: The maize deal between Malawi and Zambia.


Hearing or reading through the messages that had been choked on us about the hunger situation that was staring at this nation, most of us were filled with trepidation that we were so desperate such that we would become another Somalia or that we would be living in dire times as it were during the much-talked-about famine of 1949 and 2001-2002.

I have a gut feeling that most of the scary projections were false and all they wanted was to find a way of stealing in our name and from us. Look here, the startling revelations coming from Zambia on the maize deal tell you of how rotten we are and how some people can be so devilish in their deeds.

looking at individuals. Read on.


It is clear that we have too many figureheads in our crucial ministries, departments and agencies. I am talking about people whose conscience seceded the moment they were appointed by the big man at Kamuzu Palace and Sanjika Palace. These are people that we look up to yet they are just immaculately dressed and glorified thieves. My colleague, Pilirani Kachinziri refers these people to the classic song “Wakuba Alibe Malemba” that has a line which goes “Ngakhale angavale suti, wakuba alibe malemba” meaning some thieves come to you immaculately dressed in expensive suits yet all they are good at is absolute thievery.

Last week, I opined along the same lines and I am still gripped with an urge to say more on this. What is it really with these people that they should be so inhumane and steal billions in the name of and from the poor people in this country?

We have become a nation so damned such that even our presidents, past and present, are suspected to be at the centre of looting and authors or masterminds of grand plans to steal from this nation. Let me put this into a situation. On his return from the United Nations General Assembly, President Peter Mutharika talked a lot about the maize deal between Malawi and Zambia. For many, it sounded like a president who is well informed and had every detail in his in-tray. Well, there are two things about this. Either, the president had been part of the whole dubious deal or he is too sleepy and out-of sorts such that his trusted officials can be making shady deals while he is somewhere snoring and belching nonchalantly.

As I said earlier, the grand thieves in our midst are not those people who mug us in the veil of the night in Ndirande, Kawale, Chibavi or Chinamwali. The most dangerous are those we bow to and allow them to make decisions for us. I will say it again, our dear president is very much aware of the dirt in his government and he will do anything to protect his accomplices even if means raping the constitution.

Recently, there has been that publicised wrangle between the Director of Public Prosecution and the Anti-Corruption Bureau. The two institutions that, by all means, are supposed to take the same lane in their operations are wasting our time fighting for things only they alone can easily comprehend. How rubbish.

It is sad that some of us are seen as fault-finders, but this nation has so many things to make one angry with. The breakdown in our system is demoralising, our thievery stinks and I can tell a million things that make it such a hard task to be a Malawian.

Last week, Clive Jedidia in The Nation’s “My Turn” gave a very precise allegory of the rottenness. He argued that this nation is in an overdrive reverse gear, and that the mess in our cities is just a microcosm of this nation’s state. I agree. Most of our things are done in reverse that is why so many things about this nation are rotten and currently, especially with this government, we are inhaling the stench of the

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