An apt description of the events of this week came from a man who proudly practices the noblest profession, teaching. In his words, politics is the second oldest profession and borrows a lot from the first oldest profession.
It is not unremarkable the level at which People’s Party (PP) has decided to prostitute itself but it is just so disheartening that after holding steady and drawing the admiration of many, they could stoop so low as to even begin to accept an invitation to discuss any sort of partnership with Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Here is something the PP must realise as they consider this proposal: DPP does not want a permanent bed partner. To describe who they seek in PP in that politically correct term, a sex worker would be too kind.
It is a mere 19 months to May, 2019, a ripe time to make political alliances one would surmise but knowing DPP, this alliance is nothing so noble. DPP is out to use and discard PP like trash.
This invitation to a parliamentary coalition is not about the October 17 by-election in which Malawi Congress Party (MCP) thoroughly thumped the DPP; neither is it about the 2019 elections.
In a roundabout way, DPP does have the 2019 elections, in particular stopping in its tracks the will of the people to elect a president through an electoral system that will ensure the majority rally behind an administration they proudly elected.
The timing of these so-called negotiations, and in particular with PP members of Parliament is about defeating the electoral reform bills that the executive is failing to inform the nation where they are at.
But the myopic PP does not see this. Instead their greedy minds are eyeing ministerial posts and buying immunity for a leader who abandoned the party in its hour of need, Joyce Banda.
To give credit to PP, it has been patient and had a near-perfect working partnership with the rest of the opposition and the few MPs who remembered that they were elected for the independent political view points.
But now greed reigns in PP, backbiting is the order of the day and the once vocal Kamlepo Kalua can no longer speak with a mouth full of a milk scone.
When did Kamlepo suddenly realise that DPP was a good party? At what point did he conveniently forget that DPP is the home of the so-called seven ministers that he desperately wanted arrested but would not name? When did Kamlepo forget that in DPP he will meet his alleged abductors? Or like the details of his abduction, he has developed selective amnesia?
What happened to ambition to put up a presidential candidate and fulfill the wishes of the people who had faith in PP? What happened to PP’s morality?
Of course, these shepherd-less members of PP are not completely to brain for abandoning their ideologies if they ever had any. Joyce Banda is the biggest betrayer and her children’s waywardness should be laid right at her door.
The expectation was too high that her absence would leave any lasting legacy. This was a party leader who left a party, full of ‘novice’ politicians and MPs in Agnes Nyalonje, her son Roy Kachale not forgetting first timers in Parliament but somewhat veterans Kamlepo and Ralph Mhone.
But one day, the chickens will come home to roost. Over the years, the nation has seen what becomes of political prostitutes.
Political prostitutes become a voiceless United Democratic Front (UDF) playing at remaining relevant when they are as good as finished like curtains at the district council offices.
Political prostitutes, history has taught us, become Alliance for Democracy (Aford), a political party with two representatives. A party not even particularly liked by the region of its origin, completely defying the common belief that Malawi votes along regional lines.
This is what PP should look forward to if they feel being feted at the house beyond the lion gates is more important than loyalty to the one million and some voters who cast the ballot for the party in 2014.