27 August 2020
From whatever is coming out, a win for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) could have meant a deep marsh that would take centuries to drain. It is very much apparent from revelations going round on social media platforms that the merciless wolves that wanted Peter Mutharika to remain in power were on a no-holds-barred competition to milk the Malawi economy to death are still surrounding him.
Gluttony is their drive. Avarice is their middle name. They go about the streets exuding incurable grabiosis as Edward Chitsulo would have it!
Well, these are the wolves that hood-winked Mutharika into choosing little-known and a seeming puppet in Everton Chimulirenji as running mate at the May 21 2019 polls. In their crooked minds, the men and women in blue who have guzzled from national coffers with reckless abandon knew that with Chimulirenji as apparent heir to the throne, they would easily twist his wrist and make him dance to their tune.
And it is very much apparent that a DPP win would have meant one thing: Continued thievery, fraud, corruption, murder and all the rub.
In the courts at the moment is the issue where Matias Bonongwe is asking for a K100 million repayment of a loan from Chimulirenji. A very shady deal indeed, where purchase of maize is concerned. One would wonder where Bonongwe registered the business to lend such obscene amounts! For that matter, occupying a seat in the Cabinet, a vice-President for that matter, how did Chimulirenji arrive at the decision to get that much money from an individual?
Is it any wonder, then, that nearly all parastatals in the Republic are enchained with colossal debts? Isn’t this the kind of living beyond our means that has led into the public institutions looking for bail out year in year out?
That is the kind of leadership we were saved from by the bell.
And then, the hounds are back. They fired secretary general Glizzeder Jeffrey from her position. They can sugar-coat the reasons for their doing so, but it is crystal clear Jeffrey stirred the hornet’s nest when she said the party must go to a convention to replace APM.
You see, the men and women who control Mutharika ‘fired’ Jeffrey shortly before the party’s National Governing Council (NGC) meeting. Never mind, we can talk about their holding a party NGC at Mutharika’s retirement home, but it is clear, they want to do away with opposition from the young Turks who feel Mutharika must retire in peace.
Since they play a game of pulling strings from the backroom, this lot fired Jeffrey, who was duly elected by a convention.
Apparently, Mutharika wants to fall into the same pit that former president Bakili Muluzi found himself in when he wanted to control who should take the party over from him? Instead of a free and fair contest at a convention, he chose to hand-pick an outsider. It was the chosen one, Bingu wa Mutharika who had the last laugh as he ditched Muluzi in the political desert as his UDF ended up as tattered as kitchen curtains.
APM seems not to learn that there are others around him with ulterior motives by engaging these undemocratic gears. They are the very people who convinced him to choose Adzonzi as running mate, repudiating the four vice presidents around him or other equally aficionado in the party.
Having lost in the fresh presidential elections, the best Mutharika should have done was to resign and let his four deputies—Goodall Gondwe, Uladi Mussa, Kondwani Nakhumwa and Bright Msaka—run the affairs of the party until they go to a convention. But, he will not do that, he will buy into the dummy the hounds around him will sell him: Get someone who will lick your boot, not these young and progressive minds eyeing your post!
Sad that the hounds surround APM with their teeth bare, ready to devour anything that gets into their way to control APM. Never mind, APM will tell you: I didn’t know!