March 4 2021
There have been times when some members of Parliament have been known to behave like kindergarten kids. They have been known for competing to be saying something, yet all they have forever is make unnecessary noise.
We have seen the honourable members trying to get recognition from the Speaker only to give us unnecessary bunter. Madam First Deputy Speaker sir, our salaries are too young. Sorry, our salaries are too few.
Mr Speaker sir, our cars capsize on the roads….
It is with that in mind that Victor Musowa, Mulanje Bale parliamentarian, could be bundled into that group. He could be repudiated for another noise maker in the house trying to get some attention.
In the first instance that he was to be taken seriously, Musowa told his party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to come to terms with the sad reality that they were no longer in power. That was after a fresh presidential election result upset the tables, to pit the party President Peter Mutharika as an ordinary citizen after he led a regime that was marred with theft, fraud, corruption and petty pilferage.
When Musowa talked, then, one would think he was just an attention seeker, trying to win space in the government benches.
This week, Musowa talked on the striking teachers. He talked how his constituents’ children are not getting education as teachers strike for Covid risk allowances. He did talk about how sad it was that as parliamentarians were reviewing the budget, he saw children on the street all over, because their teachers were on strike.
Well, Musowa even went far to say most of the parliamentarians had their children at KA or South Africa and Europe.
This is the vox populi, the voice of the people. Indeed, Musowa gave us a bit of the Vox Dei, the voice of God, when he reminded us that Government may try to divide and rule the Teachers’ Union of Malawi hierarchy.
But who wins? We can’t tell if it is the teachers or government. Certainly, the losers are the learners.
Elephants are fighting. The learners are the grass. Should they suffer like this? Should allowances or political clout make our children’s right to education be trampled on this way?
Big up Musowa, MP. Relent not. Your voice, the speech therapist you are, makes us realise there are still some sane voices. Investigations on financial matters come to those who are on the side of the people.