Last week, Chief Kazingist was relaxing at his Namiyango base when he heard some noise. It was coming from a house a few metres away. Then someone knocked on the gate.
“Can you come out please? There is drama somewhere and this is news. Front page news,” said the man.
With his experience, the chief man of the skirt did not believe there was news worth front page. He asked the person to get the information for him.
A few minutes later, the man came back, panting.
“As I said earlier, you have missed front page material. Anthu akanagula ambiri (many people would have bought your newspaper with the story),” he said.
He started explaining. In the house that is few metres from Kazingist’s, a four-year-old boy told his mother that he had an important story to tell her. But each time he started narrating, a lady, in her 60s would arrive to interrupt him.
This lady could tell the boy’s mother that either she had come to ask for matches, broom or salt. And the boy could shut up.
Then after she had left, the boy told his mother that if the lady kept on coming, he would not tell her the story. At that point, the mother went to ask the lady not to come to her house. She, together with her son, went inside the house.
“The boy told her mother that he sleeps during the day because he travels with the lady from one grave to another and even abroad at night.”
According to the man, the mother was so angry that she went to the lady’s house to confront her. They almost fought, but people separated them.
“Is this not worth a front page story?” He asked.
But before Chief Kazingist could respond, his phone rang. It was from his Zomba-based MG2. It was a surprise because she has not called him for some time.
“I want to tell you that God has always been kind to me, with or without you,” she said.
Chief Kazingist was confused. All along, MG2 has been lucky. After her husband left her in Mzuzu, she struggled but the chief man of the skirt rescued her.
Then she got a better paying job in the same organisation and moved to Zomba.
She has two children, a boy and a girl, who are both in secondary school. That has been her blessing for long and she talked about it.
Chief Kazingist wanted to know if there was something new.
“Yes, I will no longer be at the same position at work. Watch this space,” she said and cut the line.