In a couple of days, the United States presidential elections will be done and over with. Who wins or not will be what the States (not people) of the United States choose as their president for the period from January 2013 to 2016. In 2008, I watched and paid extreme attention to the elections then when John McCain tussled against Barak Obama.
One thing has stuck to my mind. Well before the election results were announced, and the counting was still on, someone on television proposed that whoever won Miami-Dade, that person would be the next president of the United States.
Miami-Dade is a county or district in the State of Florida in the United States. Sometimes just referred to as Miami, Miami-Dade, Dade County, Dade, Metro-Dade or Greater Miami, it is the most populous county in Florida and Floridaâ€™s third largest county in terms of land area, with 1 946 square miles. The county has about half on Miamiâ€™s metropolitan areasâ€™ population. I do not know whether this yearâ€™s election will also be decided based on who wins Miami Dade.
Let me recognise the work that Amayi is doing with traditional leaders to ensure that harmful traditional practices and discarded and women deliver at health facilities and girls are not married while too young. For once, there is top-level clarity as to what needs to be done. Whether this approach will result in the reduction of maternal deaths or not is a different question altogether. However, the Presidentâ€™s efforts are laudable.
I was in Chipinila Village, in Chitedze, Lilongwe, the third week of October 2012. When I asked the people where they normally get their water for daily household use, they said that they get the water from a well but also from a borehole “which was given us by the Ethel Mutharika Foundation.” Such information motivated me to assess what the spouse of the current President is doing in terms of charity.
I know that the First Gentlemen is a constant feature on the Presidentâ€™s entourage. I know that the First Gentleman has also been a guest of honour at several football matches. But I am asking myself several questions: why is it that the First Gentleman is almost always travelling with the President? Is he unsure about the President that he has to be there all the time? Does he champion some or any charity work? Is this normal to have a spouse travel with you all the time?
I am realising that my observation about the state of the sentry houses at Sanjika Palace has not been heeded. What I had said before was that the sentry houses were in extreme bad shape that they needed extensive repairs. Let me now say that my guardâ€™s sentry room is in much better shape than those I am referring to and this is a shame. I implore the State House people to spare some money for the much needed repairs.
Finally, now that we have arrested people who are alleged to have contributed to the death of Robert Chasowa, when are we arresting those that are alleged to have contributed to the death of Linda Gasa?