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ODE DR BINGU WA MUTHARIKA, MY MEMORIES

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Was it today, 6th April? Was it yesterday 5th April? Was it tomorrow 7th April? The period like this, Easter, 2012 was such a period that put Malawian Politicians to the greatest test of Morality.

That was the time when I learnt the real difference between Loyalty, Allegiance and Patriotism. Loyalty is supposed to be faithfulness or devotion to an individual, group or to a cause, while Allegiance and Patriotism, I am meant to believe, are supposed to be owed to the state as an attachment to one’s sovereign homeland.

They say, “there is something wrong with your moral character if opportunities control your loyalty.” The period during Bingu wa Mutharika’s death, (MHSRIP) should teach us what characters we have in Hon Patricia Kaliati, Hon Henry Mussa, Hon Kondwani Nankhumwa, Hon Vuwa Kaunda etc on one hand and Hon Uladi Mussa, Hon Mganda Chiume, Hon Sidik Mia, Catherine Gotani etc on the other.

While the former group can be graded to have scored the best grades on Loyalty, their score on Allegiance and Patriotism can be referred to as very poor and conversely, the latter group ranked poorest on loyalty but, with a benefit of doubt, their Patriotism score ranked average unless proven otherwise. Does present day Malawi need any member of the above category to come out of the political vice we are faced with!

To me, the answer is definitely “no!” I will write about my position later.

Bingu wa Mutharika used to be a darling of the people. Anybody doubting this statement just needs to go back to the 2009 General Elections to prove its authenticity. The Bingu we had between 2004 – 2009, had he become the first Multi-Party President, Malawi would have been at least 5 – 7 times what it is now.

Sadly, we had a different character of a President in Bakili Muluzi. Well, that is also for another day. What went wrong that made Bingu an “enemy of the state” after the 2009 Elections (2010 – 2012)?

Had Callista Chapola Chimombo not come the President’s way, I feel Bingu would have remained the Bingu the Nation loved dearly; had Mulhakho wa Alhomwe behaved as indeed a Cultural Grouping, Bingu would have remained the Father of the nation; had family pride not crept in Bingu’s mind in forcing his Party’s Executive to endorse Peter Mutharika, his younger brother, to be the Party’s heir apparent, Bingu’s name would have been a song on every Malawians lips; had Bingu not promoted illiterate Party supporters to the rank of Cadets endorsing their reign of terror, he would probably have left a legacy that no Malawian President would have matched in the nearest future; had Bingu not picked up a fight with Religious Leaders, he would have learnt a bit of wisdom required for a retiring Statesman.

Dr Bingu wa Mutharika, I mourn your passing on with a few words for your younger brother, Peter Arthur Mutharika whom you so dearly wished he became the next President after you which he indeed is. He should be aware that he is not the darling of the people as the nation loved you in your first term.

As such, he has to learn to reach out as fast, not reaching out for the sake of a few who may help him to ruin and reign but reaching out for the good of the nation. He must keep out of the tribal cocoon and act like a Father of the whole national divide. He must have people around him but only those who can score highly on all aspects of Loyalty, Allegiance and Patriotism, to date, he still has people within who are hell bent to see Malawi fail in governance, both economic/financial and political. He must know that not all those that sing praises in his face mean just that as not all who at times speak against him have any personal hatred for him.

He should “NEVER AGAIN” use terror as a weapon to silence those who do not share the DPP cause. Of late, Cadets have started to threaten Malawi’s Democracy once again. We cannot all be DPP, never!

Some of us will remain PP forever with our Joyce Banda as some will be MCP forever with their Rev Chakwera in the same way some chose to remain DPP forever with him; this, he must know and accept.

REST IN PEACE, 2004 – 2009 FATHER OF THE NATION

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