Nsanje Lalanje at Balaka Chibuku Tavern had an emergency meeting yesterday to discuss Coordinators’ Day. This is the day when coordinators across the country recall their activities and achievements of the past year.
Senior members of the constituency came, including leader of the house Mtenje, Kalawa from Mzuzu, Benja (Mwanza), Botomani (Mchinji), Chinyozi (Zomba) and Ngoma (Ntchisi).
As usual, Amayi Chekani was happy because she knew her sales would go up. And after each member had a packet, it was down to business.
“We are here to discuss Coordinators’ Day because it is important. We cannot deny that coordinators have helped us in one way or another, hence they deserve our respect, recognition and love,” said Mtenje.
There was silence for a while, which disturbed the leader of the house. It was later discovered that the silence was because some members were skeptical with behaviours of some coordinators.
“While we are all happy with coordinators, they need to revise their behaviour; otherwise, they will not be getting the respect they deserve. Some coordinators behave like vultures that are ready to strike. House servants have been complaining about abuse, which is inhuman,” said Ngoma.
Chinyozi told the meeting that coordinators need to control their temper because some men misbehave because of them.
“When the man is at home, they talk and make demands all day. Issues that can be easily resolved are blown out of proportion. They do not want to listen to any advice because they feel they know everything,” he said.
At this point, many members raised their hands to speak and Mtenje had problems to control the situation. He suggested that they break for a while but they refused.
“We need to speak our mind because this is important. We should not have any break because after this, we are going to Masambabise,” said Benja, who had been quiet at most meetings. He told the meeting about an incident where a coordinator beat her maid because she had taken more beans from the pot.
“I am talking about beans here and I wonder what could have happened if it were meat, let alone sausages,” said Benja.
Botomani turned into politics and wondered why women do not like one another.
“It is an open secret that there are more coordinators than men in this country. But when a coordinator decides to contest, most women will vote for a man. Why is this so?” He wondered.
When Chikoja was about to speak, leader of the house curtailed the debate. He said there were many members that wanted to contribute but there was no time.
“What we should focus on now is to find the way forward. We need to make suggestions so that coordinators change and behave like real mothers,” said Mtenje.
But Ngoma said there was nothing to say apart from advising them to behave.