Don’t Sell Our Country Madame President

I left Malawi soon after our newly sworn in lady president had just made a power point presentation press conference. We are indeed in cyber leadership but what caught my attention more were issues that she presented to deal with the urgency of the need to re-establish diplomatic ties with the UK and restoring negotiations with our so called development partners.

Her exellency’s presentation was very captivating and I was also impressed when a prayer at that meeting was offered by Reverend Sembereka.

In the recent past, civil society activism has been a well-paying activity with people even surrendering their priestly gowns to join activism. Now with the economic meltdown in donor countries, activist are now fighting for space on the political arena. I feel it was strategic for Sembereka to recall his priestly gown for this special occasion and the more reason was for him to be visible and make a statement to the new president that he was available for an imminent vacancy that might arise in the presidential advisory office on religious matters and civil society.

People like Black Moses have also been celebrating that they might land big Jobs and Ken Nsonda has already told people in Machinjri that he will be presenting letters of credential as ambassador to one of the SADC countries and I hear some corrupt Indians are coming with various monetary gifts to congratulate the new administration.These are mannas from heaven and who can not celebrate.

Our lady president passionately said that she had pleaded with those people who manage the millennium challenge account to treat the Malawi issue as a special case. I can understand her anxiety because Malawi needs to fix its energy sector and this USD 350m sweepstake will do miracles to the energy sector.

She also expressed that it was a matter of urgency that diplomats need to be exchanged between Britain and Malawi following the deportation of the British ambassador by our late Ngwazi. The British also responded in kind by expelling our innocent ambassador, Flossy Chidyaonga in an act of revenge. Malawians blamed Bingu for the expulsion but saw no fault with Cameron expelling innocent lady, Flossy. Hypocrites. The British could not stand the embarrassment of being expelled by a black man who has lived on their benevolence all these years and with this expulsion came the cutting of all aid by our Big Brother.

I was in Zimbabwe just few days after madame Banda had made her press conference and a story was in the press where one business magnet Philip Chiyangwa had made a business deal worth USD 300m and we have people like Strive Masayiwa of ECONET who are on record to have been involved in business deals running into twelve digits. Yet coming back home a deal of USD 350m is negotiated at presidential level and will set the whole government machinery into motion with exchange of highly powered delegation exchanging visits between Washington and Lilongwe not forgetting the lengthy telephone conversations between the two capitals.

If you take into account all these expenses, you will find out that the deal is not worth our efforts. It seems Malawians are so obsessed with donors.This money would have been given to us over a period of five years and given the population of Malawi which stands at 15 million, that means each person would get USD 25 divided into 5years means 5 USD per year.But since this is project money, it would have indeed helped all of us if it was to be given to us as a lamp sum. Let Mulli Brother negotiate for these peanuts.

Since I have been away, there were two things that were supposed to happen on Friday – one, the swearing-in of the youthful VP and according to her power point press conference , she would meet with donor representatives. I did not get what transpired because these days, news bulletins at MBC are now brief as everybody at MBC is struggling not to be misquoted lest they meet the fate of Bright Malopa. The coming in of the new adminstration has made people mum at MBC and their pens have frozen. With this silence on what transpired, my fear is that what transpired at these discussions was too sensitive to be brought to the public. Most of us know that these donors have stupid ideas attached to their aid like issues to do with minority rights whose right term is homosexuality and also dear to their heart is that the Malawi Kwacha should be a useless paper.They say we should repeal bad laws because such laws were not made and approved by them. I hope we have not fallen into a trap of neo- colonialism where our economy and our laws will be controlled and made by imperialists.

Now madame president, since your new press officer wants to restrict journalist from asking more and more questions, can you give us a brief of what happened? We know you believe in freedom of the press and would not like to see Govati gag reporters as she has done in all press conferences that you have held.That has been a very bad start for her. We know you are about to repeal bad laws and please advise Govati to let reporters ask whatever question they want without being told to restrict to the president’s speech.You have a team of young Turks like Moses Kunkuyu and the over recycles Benson Tembo who should give us proper information about what you have achieved so far and give us follow up updates. We want to see you do things differently and transparently. By the way was the IG appointment vetted by Parliament. This reminds me of the Nangwale issue where I saw you madame trying to plead with the opposition or have things changed on such appointments.

There are indeed some stupid Malawians who scrambled for radio space to offer condolence and yet the manner and the tone betrayed them because it was coated in celebration mood. Bingu is gone. The man who stood in their way of progress of trying to mortgage our sovereign state to the white man where he will make laws for us and tell us what policies are workable for our economy.Extreme Suffering of the African People and yet they call their policies Economic Structural Adjustment Programmes.

It is indeed a tragedy that we live in Malawi where our political,social and economic destiny will be controlled in europe yet we claim to be sovereign state and the current regime sees the death of Bingu as an opportunity to bring back donor dependency. The nurses association , Health Equity Network and of course the all wise Livingstonia Synod were quoted in the media expressing hope that the aid taps will be restored. It seems our conscience is in the intensive care unit and we seem to have forgotten why our forefathers had to shed blood for our land. The spirit of pan africanism as advanced by people like Kwame Nkruma, Julius Nyerere is gradually being eroded since we are so desperate.

Our destiny, our culture and our economy will be controlled by the white man and we are soon going to be made surbodinates in exchange for a few pieces of silver. They will control our politics, laws and emotions. Only a few years ago, these white imperialist were singing all praises of Bingu and they said our economy was the fastest growing economy coming after Qatar and we fell for that flattery and suddenly the same imperialist after sitting in their air-conditioned boardrooms have decided to call us a failed state going in the same direction like Zimbabwe without the rule of law and with economic mismanagement.They have enlisted the services of the so called civil society as cohorts to tell people that Bingu was a bad man. These cohorts will have to stop the african dream as advanced by Bingu and his demise seems to be a blessing in disguise to them. Bingu wanted to extricate us from the syndrome of dependency and with that comes suffering and Malawians were not ready to suffer and the imperialist cohorts were set in motion calling for his resignation and some even attempted civil disobedience.The providence of God has answered them by taking Bingu to go and rest and let others run the show.

Some of us understood Bingu and the vision that he had in his African Dream. He was bold enough to have to tell our big brother UK that enough was enough and that their ambassador had outlived his welcome because he behaved in a way the contravened the 1961 Viena convention of diplomatic relations. I have no regrets for that and offer no apology to anyone. This diplomat was supposed to perform within his codified protocol but he chose to behave otherwise and therefore it was just right to expel him.It was Bingu who received his credentials and it is Bingu who expelled him for being undeplomatic. Now Bingu took difficult but right decisions to withdraw Malawi from donor dependency that has made Malawi to be enslaved to the white imperialist. The zero deficit budget was one of his ambitious plans in the right direction that would have demonstrated to the big brother that we are a sovereign state and are capable of running our affairs. Bingu wanted to do away with white domination and we are not ready to reverse such gains.

The first week of her excellency has been the busiest.She has to listen to all the gossip about who was bad in the DPP and she has to attend to a long list of who are supposed to be dismissed and appointed. It is quite demanding for her and she surely needs the VP to attend to other duties and Khumbo with his youth still in him is more fitting for this office. She conceded to the fact that she had too many appointments with donors and foreign government representatives , some of them have already pledged to support her bring back the tattered economy. I am beginning to be suspicious with this kind of benevolence. I hope her excellence will make negotiations in good faith. History will be there to judge her. Bingu tried to emancipate us from the jaws of these economic manipulators. Bingu understood them because he had worked with them and he was going to them with a background of knowledge on how they work.Bingu strategy was first come up with a home grown policy, then see what we were capable of doing on our own and let them complement where we could not do. He did not allow them to make policies in their boardrooms and bring them here and this is what made him unpopular with them because he was playing the wiser to the white man.

Her excellency must not be donor maniac and try to sell our destiny to white domination. She does not need to mortgage our country to the imperialist domination for a few pieces of silver. Malawi has been independent for 48 years and yet all those years we have received all kinds of donations,aid ,loans etc and yet we still remain the poorest country in the world living on less than one dollar per day. We need to decolonise our mental slavery where we think all white is superior and that as Malawian, we are a helpless lot always wanting to be assisted.


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50 Responses to "Don’t Sell Our Country Madame President"

  1. John Mlemu  April 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I think the general air of the somewhat xenophobic writer is that Malawi’s long term solutions for reaching social and economic goals cannot lay in the hands of donors. The unwritten rule of Aid is its giving assumes some empathy and solidarity with the others goals which are vaguely based on shared hopes and values. Universal health, education etc. The flaws reveal themselves where issues like homosexuality etc influence the giving and imho disproportionately to the much larger goals intended by that very aid. I do understand the western position as Homosexuality and the issues surrounding it are in many ways at the kernel of what it means to be a just, progressive and equal society. Under this one issue a society; no matter how developed, cannot be said to be just if a harmless disposition (crime according to many African laws) can be punished and divinely sanctioned to have all possible rights stripped of them. I agree that no matter what wrong is levelled upon an individual he/she must be able to fall back on some institution for protection. Previously the Church served this role but the African church is willing to allow such undue punishment to persons who; lets face it, have committed no real harm. The Aid , development question is something that will cause much debate but the answer lay in fostering a wealth building model that is distributive at heart. Citizens in Malawi must feel that whatever their ambitions, avenues to help manifest those ideas need to be developed. We need donors but more importantly invest heavily into Universities and Malawians. If Her Excellency can do that while keeping the ‘Long-Tern’ interests of Malawians at heart that is all we can ask of her.

  2. Mmalawi weniweni  April 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    stupid malawians, standing for nothing and falling for anything…your forefathers must surely be turning in their graves….dont forget, those that want to control and use you will count on the suffering and backlash of the people in order to install elements that can easily be manipulated…Your dependency puts you at the mercy of others…REMEBER ALL THE LEADERS WE EVER HAD LIED AND STOLE FROM US!!! from the so called ngwazi, who not only enriched himself massively but colluded with the same people in oppressing africans down south…then comes bakili..another bufoon who stole millions and now acts all righteous…then comes the second ngwazi, self enrichment running the country like he was the only economist in malawi…then comes this woman with her brand of “get on our knees and suck the donors cock” politics!!! ALL PAWNS IN A GAME THEY ARE NEVER MEANT TO WIN!!…atleast they, as the elit, get the chance to enrich themselves…but it is the poor man in the street, the ordinary citizen who then feels the full brunt of such breed of inherently stupid leaders…(no reservations)

  3. Mphongo  April 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Please as you accept stupid donation homosexuality, canibalism, beastilty and abortin MUST NOT BE PART OF THE DEAL:

  4. David  April 18, 2012 at 6:35 am

    This is sophistry of the worst order and it has nothing to do with colour or race. During the cold war, diplomats were kicked out of the West or the Soviet Union in equal measure on a tit for tat basis. The world does not owe Malawi a living. Ask yourself if Malawi today would have been any different if it had not been colonised. I am white and English but I love Malawi and stay with friends when I go. I have 2 beautiful little girls in Lilongwe who have adopted me and call me ‘agogo a chizungu.’NothingI would not do, to help them.
    I managed 6 companies on 4 continents when I retired & Malawian friends asked why not build a factory in Malawi? Simple answer: I can never trust your electricity. So make your peace and get that $350m from the USA.

  5. Mr Pseudonymn  April 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    The ideas in African Dream are not theory, South Korea and Brazil were built on the very ideas expressed by the book by the late Mutharika, READ THE BOOK BEFORE YOU SANCTIMONIOUSLY TRASH THE IDEAS IN IT!!! The man was incredibly flawed and it was his ego that’s impoverished us but his ideas were not. Even when donors were here Malawians were living in poverty so stop making stupid arguments that reveal the poverty in your thinking which as I see it is what we have in abundance here. Peter Muthatika contradicted his brother agreeing with everything everyone here has said, that Malawi cannot survive without donors but until we start taking the steps towards relieving ourselves of them, that poverty you so extol will continue to be a requirement for donors to persist in Malawi PLEASE THINK ABOUT IT! A rich Malawi is not such a good thing for donors now is it. The problem with Africans is that we fight over who should be the richest, so much so we are happy giving 80% of our economy to expatriot and asian originating Malawians who work together to stay rich.
    That Bingu was from Thyolo a district that has been tailored on England – lets face it, shows why he would be so against them. Thyolo has served British interests more than it served Malawian ones and happens to be the most fertile land in the whole of the country……I think what the writer is saying is that Malawi benefits everyone accept Malawi because we are soooo convinced donors are the answer…EVEN UK academics will tell you that Aid is NOT the solution to Africa’s problems INVESTMENT is…ala-China. ‘Inu’ points to the horrible truth about Africa, so weak is our fibre that all leaders and their doped up supporters eventually give in to the pointless pursuit of wealth which statistically only lasts 2 to 3 generations before returning to the mass average. If I remember correctly all who did were incredibly devout and staunch Christians and Muslims, deciding to spend all that stolen wealth, where? that’s right in the countries of those same donors…Its early days, all this talk of poverty might look you in the eye, slap you and walk away laughing post 2014. What happens when we see that Malawians are still poor after the recovery?

  6. Observer  April 17, 2012 at 9:28 am

    If bingu had stripped himself of all his wealth, and lived a life reflecting a poor country like president JB’s husband did by refusing to take a convoy, then we would have thought your nonsensical letter had some sense. but Bingu lived like the queen of England and he wanted us to believe in the ‘African dream’! nonsense!
    we are suffering here in Malawi and we need immediate relief: Like Kamuzu once said of RSA ‘if necessary i will trade with the devil’. Don’t talk theoretical nonsense that doesn’t work!

  7. phill  April 17, 2012 at 2:30 am

    u are one useless excuse of a writer. please take your nonsense article and shove it down where the sun dont shine!!! i have said this in the nicest way possible

  8. wisdom  April 16, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    total nonsense

  9. Inu  April 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I would have understood that the policies of the DPP government were to free us from economic dependency if those in the high positions were also suffering like the rest of the Malawians. but alas, they were busy making money for themselves and amassing so much wealth for themselves that could have made a big diffrence for many Malawians. Why want to have it all when we take nothing with us when we die?

  10. Inu  April 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Surely this article is a waist of time for both the writer and us as readers. Dont know what more to say

  11. Josphat Thondoya  April 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Looking at this note, this person called “My friend” lives outside Malawi and know nothing about the poverty Malawi is facing. Mr or Mrs or Miss My Friend where ever you are, Can you just shut up. Momwe tavutikira a Malawi with that so called africanism, you would have not written this note. After the withdrawal of aid, Malawians are living in poverty with basic necessity lacking. Can you came here and see for yourself how we are strungling with life because of that africanism you are talking about

  12. Josphat Thondoya  April 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Looking at this note, this person called “My friend” lives outside Malawi and know nothing about the poverty Malawi is facing. Mr or Mrs or Miss My Friend where ever you are, Can you just shut up. Momwe tavutikira a Malawi with that so called africanism, you would have not written this note. After the withdrawal of aid, Malawians are living in poverty with basic necessity lacking. Can you came here and see for yourself how we are strungling with life because of that africanism you are mentioning?

  13. PricklyPilgrim  April 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Bingu did *not* quarrel with the donors in a bid for ‘independence’: he quarrelled with them because Wiki Leaks leaked the UK High Commissioner describing him as ‘increasingly autocratic….

  14. Sober minded!  April 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Same cheap propaganda staff from Myfriend, BigMan and Ndirande Love. What makes u guys we are too dumb to take your sh*t???

  15. Malawian  April 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    This is one piece of writing I’ve read after the demise of Bingu. Looking at the current expectations, are going back to colonialism.

  16. Get out!  April 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Ret JB to do her job. remember Malawi will never do good without donor,so think twos….osamangobwebweta zazii,if we don’t get help do you think malawi will be a better place to live?? I don’t think so,look at the end what did Bingu do without donors? In only 2 years Bingu hi did stupid thinks,hi destroy every conner and now mukungoyankhula zopanda pake muli ”fweeeeee agulitsa dziko” What do u mean when you say ”Agulitsa dziko”? Ganizanibwino anthu opanda chisoni ndidzikolanu lomwe!! Scence this country called ”Malawi” we have donors scence then ntill now and remember ”without donor” Malawi will never ever do good!!! Have my word,indigo sitilola ndimaganizo anu opusawo musatikwanepo apa mapeto ake tikumangani very soon…

    • mary  April 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Be wise and man up! You sound like a lazy person and scared, your father was born in slavery so did you born in it, suffering ndio mau achisoni your afraid of fuel shortage now you want to polish a whiteman’s shoes for a piece of bread worthy for his dog.When will Malawians stop begging and acting like desperate dogs, pple like disgust me! Get a life and start living in a real world.If JB continues entertaining this donors our pride will be sold at a cheaper price.What’s best having it all from donors and allow fathers to sleep and marry their daughters,calling it freedom or let your brother to be hitted backwards by a white man in Uk for a doch? Think twice.

  17. Zimandiwawa  April 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Big up broda 4 di article nough malawians need 2 wise up,white shud neva slave us again walkout di mental captivity bingu seh if dem nuh like respkt wi let dem go to hail wid dem dollars.mama uuzeni moveka kunu mathanyula toto soldom anaona moto

  18. gwadani Jhb RSA  April 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I will nt hastate 2 issue a red card when things turn red just would most malawians do. Bingu might b a bad leader bt his achievements are so numerous 2 mention. He died fighting 4 economic indipendence even though the timing was bad. True 2 say he was a visionary leader. 2 Her excellency madam Banda,welcome aboard. Malawians hve high expectations on u. What they need is action nt just words. In doing so. Malawi is not 4 sale. Don’t bow down 2 the propagation of same sex marrieges. Think wisely b4 u agree 2 further devaluation of the kwacha and its consquencies. Don’t tke us backwards. Prove it 2 the world that a female president is much better off than these men In trousers. I wish u all the bst madam president.

  19. zenco wa zex  April 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    We understand ur point, Bingu expel the donors by trying to make malawi to be independent, the question is; did he success? The money that Bingu has wasted on his second term was enough to run the country without donors, {they found billions in his house, he got billions in other countries, he got shares in ZIM bank, he borrowed Zimbabwe government $30 million while malawians are suffering’ etc, zimbabwe has resources than malawi, how can malawi support zim instead of zim supporting malawi? B4 bingu’s death’ peter said that malawi can not survive without donors, so how do u think he would hv settle this? Now all opposition parties they promise to help the ruling, so why don’t u pple meet & discus this issue as one nation without checking the name of the party? Of course we all hate gay rights & devaluation, but its difficult to run our country without donors too! Come up with a solution that u would hv done if u were head of state, TEAM {Together, Everyone, Archive
    , More} mutu umodzi siuseza denga, ikani maganizo anu.

    • miriam  April 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      why do you hate homosexuales so much..they are human beeings like you as makes me really sad to read that you are for the dependence from the structural imperialism – means fighting against discrimination and repression – but treating other people like abnormal or even animals. this is on a human rights level very similar!
      i hope the new president will lead the country in the name of the people of malawi and all the surpressed in the world as well!

      • witness  April 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        iwe even dogs,the most disguised pet don’t do that,&wat of pipo r u sane by the way?1 wonders ur IQ

  20. BigMan  April 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    This so called President is empty and no wonder she never won an election. She’s happy to be a beggar and as usual, some Malawians are jumping for joy! Shame! Lets see what PP can offer, they already have started very poorly, gagging the press, illegally and autocratically firing and hiring people, selling the country to the colonialists and their institutions. Stop clapping already you Malawians!

    Bingu presided over an average of 7% economic growth during his time as president, he never said he doesnt want devaluation, all he said is devaluation is not a panacea to our problems and demanded deliberate interventions to assist the poor from the impact of devaluation. Koma as usual Amalawi kusaganiza amangochemelela chilichonse cholembedwa mu newspaper ya Nation by journalists paid to push a western line.

    Tikuoneni tsopano, even today after Bingus demise enawa ngati achina Ndugu akungobwebwetabe za zii like broken record.

  21. Mafia  April 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    What type of stupids Malawians r u? Why criying for shit donors? Up to when shall u b depending these broodfool pipo? Untill Jesus come? Eeee?! Their hands r full of blood of innocent pipo they kill bt they claim themselves to b good helpers, what r fuckers!! If they wanj to help they should help without changing our beliefs on the soil of BLACKS.

  22. kaliya  April 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    koma mpakana suggesting that govt should deal with Mulli on energy programme – my foot. That man we need ku Maula for all cases you can think of.

  23. Nankalizi Thyolo Thava  April 16, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Who is My Freind why hiding your real name? Then you are fake cant you copy from Garry Chirwa, he wrote manythings about the late Bingu but he will never change his name. My FFFFFFFF 4 WHAT .

  24. Manong'a  April 16, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Thats the real truth brother! Alas! Only few of us can see this. God will help our country regardless of the ideas of naive minds.

  25. Hard Talk  April 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

    This is great staff. You author are very bright and focused. She has to be careful as Bingu opened our eyes on what these so-called donors want from us. Its all about manipulating us. Why dont they take their IMF principles to countries like Brazil, Russia, India, China, Korea Republic and South Korea (popularly known as BRICKS?. They know they cant be accepted but poor countries like Malawi are at stake. I’m sorry for Malawi.

  26. Ndugu Ackim  April 16, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Its so amazing how you have portayed the late Bingu wa Mutharika as one of a saintly figure who had all the intellectual and moral virtues to have made Malawi a beacon of hope for Africa and the developing countries at large…..and yet the factual and real picture on the ground shows how corrupt and visionless his 8 years has been.
    Am sorry, most Malawians will not buy this crap!

  27. Amina  April 16, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Madam, we have over 100 billion malawi kwacha which should go back to Malawians if transparency is followed. Pliz dont sell our country to the gay preachers. It’s nice for all of us to be poor than for one person to be rich at the expense of others. Lets make sure this money comes back to malawians. Mulli should be investigated soon. Remember what he did to that woman who was looking after orphans. He was never thinking of that his partner in busienss will kiss the ground in this manner. No leniency on him head on should be accountable period. I don’t have any respect for the Mulli brothers company.

  28. puyol  April 16, 2012 at 11:15 am

    we need the donors,she’ll nt sell our country bt do what’s best 4 our nation.bingu was arrogant.

  29. Kalibu Mzee  April 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I know two persons who could appreciate your writing, BigMan and Ndirande love, for obvious reasons. Whatever vision late Kahuna had were suicidal and brought our economy on its knees. Pepani mulira mutopa- JB will do what is good for majority of Malawian. We too felt very uncomfortable with Bingus policies, it is your turn to be in our shoes. I did not like it and am 100% sure you too will not like it. Such is life.

  30. GumbiGumbi  April 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

    The president appoints first then parliament comfirms it after vetting him/her. Its not other way round.
    To claim that this is about a white man in London or African American in Washngton is just plain stupid.
    My verdict is that this is an article writen by somebody who was milking Mw and saw that vanished in a flash. Thats how God works my friend. If you had a welfare of Mw at heart you could have writen something on Kayerekeya. We need to know how much Mw has benefited from that. Where did the money go. They should not be allowed to export anymore precious stones until such assessment is done. Thats what we want to know not hallucinating on imaginery collonialism. Wina alira.

  31. okonda malawi  April 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

    pliz dont sell our country

  32. MG 1  April 16, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Palibepo cha mzeru apa.Tiyeni timuwone mzimayi kuti ali ndi malingaliro otani.

  33. Wa ku Thyolo  April 16, 2012 at 10:54 am


  34. Mwemo  April 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

    The bad laws on injunctions, gagging the media, police bills are not bad because the white man says so. They are bad because most Malawians say so. Obviously, most Malawians are uncomfortable with the minority rights stuff. There is a way of dealing with the issue without attracting unnecessary attention to ourselves. Late President Bingu fell into the trap set up by homosexual campaigners because he surrounded himself with handclappers.

    The idea of economic independence as advocated by Late President Bingu is a brilliant one. We all yearn for that. However, the timing and the context was flawed. He resorted to the zero-deficit budget after donors abandoned us due to human rights concerns. He should have done it gradually. Where do you get the tax from to fund the budget when companies cannot produce in absence of forex? Even his popular Farm Input Subsidy Programme is heavily dependent on donors. By the way, most Malawians will always remember President Bingu for bringing back their dignity through food security at national level. Most Malawians will forever be grateful for that.

    It was Malawians, and not donors, who were angry when Bingu went around bombing people, radio stations and arresting opponents. Thus, apart from the homosexual stuff, all laws alluded to are hated by Malawians and not necessarily the white man. Also, Malawians would like economic independence but not through the route that late Bingu had chosen. Therefore, moving swiftly to bring back the donors is a practical and pragmatic thing to do by President Banda. My only hope is that she will surround herself with real people, not handclappers with nothing to offer apart from praise and worship.

  35. ankhoma  April 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

    a lot of my worries with our current situation are addressed here

  36. nashvill  April 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

    am not buying it

  37. GumbiGumbi  April 16, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I diddnt know that in Mw we have stuuupiid people who would think that MBC was more open during Bingu era than it is today. Malopa deserved the chop and he is not being missed in the village.

  38. GumbiGumbi  April 16, 2012 at 10:41 am

    You have just said that expulsion of flossy was an act of revenge by Uk. Umanena chatsitsa dzaye nchiyani kuti flossy abwerere ku Mw.

  39. Veronica  April 16, 2012 at 10:41 am

    True, this is a very powerful article…. and I, too am getting angry! It is full of lies and racist slurs – and is an example of very bad journalism.

  40. GumbiGumbi  April 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Its the donors who didnt want to support Bingu not other way round. ZDB was a result of frozen aid not government being comfortable with the resources Malawi had/has. Stop acting like little brainwashed zombies.

  41. GumbiGumbi  April 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

    You should have writen this when somebody genuinely sold malawi to the likes of Pakistan. It doesnt make any sense writing it now.

  42. GumbiGumbi  April 16, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Cry your wolf ndixlove but the writing on the wall is very simple and clear for you: orbituary.

  43. bofomo  April 16, 2012 at 10:29 am

    My Friend, its understable that you seem to have lived outside malawi for too long, or you are deliberately ignoring the obvious situation that prevailed during the last few years in Malawi under President Bingu wa Mutharika (RIP)

    There is always going to be somewhere where a new leader has to start from, Bingu had to start from somewhere for us to see his vision of the country, so too the current President has to start somewhere. Stop being too pesitimistic My Friend!!!

  44. Ndirande Love  April 16, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Powerful, this made me cry! I am serious, I am now getting angry. This is true and it is sad!

    • wakukaya  April 16, 2012 at 11:54 am

      Why are you sad Ndirande love that you are no longer at the helm of MBC,Give the president a chance then let Malawians judge her in 2014.You can write as much as you want either here or Nyasatimes the truth of the matter is she is my and your president and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.For your own information other bigger economies like Argentina,Greece,Spain and France still need aid to support their national budgets,its people like yourself wholied to the president that Malawi can do without aid we still have another 30 years to get there.You people close to bingu should have advised him that boss expelling the british ambossador was going to put us on a collision course with majour donor baring in mind that America,Britain and most EU countries operate together.For us to restore our economy we need urgent aid if we dont ask for aid please answer me how will Compabies power their machines with erratic power supply,how will they transport finished goods without fuel or buying black market fuelwhich then cost is passed on to consumers,how will companies import raw materials to produce goods if you can find immediates answers to these which are heavly burdening our economy without going back to the donors then will support you cause but for the time being we need donors tobail us out.We all would love to see Malawi be independent of donor support but not the way you and bingu hed planned.How does a country become independent with the private sector shrinking as was the case you think MBC and Mulli alone would have employed a lot of Malawians who were being offloaded by companies like PTC which were sinking due to bad tax laws(Turnover tax).Give JB a chance and lets judge her after 2 yearsif she will have to be given mandate to govern for the next 8 years.

    • Rabbit  April 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Ndirande Love, just keep quiet, we have had enough of u…And u so called my friend, in the first place why hiding ur true identity? Secondly u are most racist person I have ever met…Why all that hate? Don’t play tha wise one…Go and rot in hell…

    • Malawi Love  April 17, 2012 at 9:41 am

      in the first place I don’t enjoy commenting but go through peoples comments to see how people think, and just like the faces, we have diverse minds. mr malopa I can see you and this friend of yours obisa dzina uyu have lots to regret and that it is proving difficult for you to come to terms with reality, and that all you want now is the government to arrest you so that you rest with your kahuna, please know that when you are marching say on a single file thirty of you and if the word comes to say “about turn” the number 30 will be number 1, this is the fact of life you were one the forefront in bingus government and it is only naive to wish you were also on the forefront with JB government. Ukakhala pa nsana pa njovu osamati kulibe mame udzakumana nawo ukatsika, mamuna amane umamunyoza amakakwatila amako nde umasowa chochita chifukwa mamasanduka atate ako!!!!! I rest my case


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