Dear judge Mbadwa,
My Lord, now that the Constitutional Court of Nyasaland has been adjourned until December 19, I wanted to draw your attention that regardless of what happens after that we remain a Sienta and Kabanza economy.
As I said my lord, you might have noticed that Sientas are in fashion and so, too, the Kabanzas and doesn’t that explain our country’s way of conducting business my lord?
It is not by sheer chance, My Lord, that we are slowly becoming a Sienta nation. Minibuses are gradually being replaced by Sientas and you might call it progression but in a country where the authorities, from both civil society and government, manage by impulse, it is characteristic of the politics we run and the economy we manage.
I plan to apply to your court that you should officially declare that this country is running a Sienta economy and practising Kabanza politics for political expedience.
Maybe your tribunal would give guidance how we can move forward as a country otherwise our thinking has been puerile for ages now.
Not that the Sientas and Kabanzas are bad news in themselves but when every Jim and Jack starts thinking Sienta and Kabanza, the result is chaos in a country where everything goes as long as it is supported by the establishment.
Sienta economics tells you it makes sense to increase the paye free tax band by K10 000 only regardless of the inflationary factors while at the same time raising the minimum wage to at least K35 000.
Kabanza economics tells you it makes sense to impose carbon tax on motorists when the reason behind such a move is merely to widen the tax base and not to mitigate effects of climate change.
Sienta economics is not futuristic as manifested by the chaotic manner most drivers maneuver on the roads to beat targets. Sienta and Kabanza motorists don’t care about following traffic regulations and road signs in the same manner our budget is formulated without specifically answering to the Nyasaland Growth and Development Strategy.
It is an economy that answers to the demands of the mob not the population.
My lord, if throwing billions year-in and year-out on internship programmes is an answer to job creation that Nyasaland can be celebrating about, then we have no reason to claim that we are shifting from social consumption to sustainable economic growth.
I hope you are not in Kabanza business yourself,
With Emmanuel Luciano
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