Thursday, February 23, 2017

President Peter Mutharika's 'Tortoise' Pace

President Peter Mutharika, victor in Malawi's May 2014 Presidential Election, hits one as an individual not at ease with himself.
Many are the times he has, riding on the wave of anger, makes a statement he reverses the next day.
Take the case of beleaguered former agriculture minister, Dr George Chaponda.
The media wanted his (Chaponda's) head on the chopping board but President Mutharika stood his ground.
Which is understandable because, in all fairness, Chaponda might not have gone to Zambia on his own volition.
There was a Peter Mutharika in the background, pushing him on.
But when the courts granted civil society organisations an injunction stopping Chaponda from serving in his capacity as Cabinet minister, the president's silence, and inactivity, on the issue raised more questions that answers.
It, surely, pointed to a president who was out to trample on the very constitution he vowed to protect. What hypocrisy!
Well, the injunction was listed but, instead of being a source of relief, things have only gotten worse for Chaponda.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau pounced on his offices and house in the Capital City, Lilongwe, and came back with wads of cash amounting to millions.
Now, the wads of cash symbolise Chaponda's burden.
He was failing to take them to the bank because that would have been a physical burden
Today, in his heart, he has another burden: To convince an otherwise suspicious public to believe in him.
What a tall order.
But the President is the real loser.  

RESULTS OF THE FIRST ROUND OF 2016/17 AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION ESTIMATES SURVEY

Government of Malawi

PRESS RELEASE


The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development annually conducts Agricultural Production Estimates Survey. The objective of the survey is to assess the country’s agricultural production to inform planning and policy direction for the nation. The survey includes all agricultural commodities, thus, crops, livestock and fisheries. The survey is conducted in three rounds every year.

The first round is conducted from September of the preceding year to January of the current year. The first round estimates are based on farmers’ intentions on crops to be grown and their related hectarage. The results from the first round may not conclusively inform the ultimate agricultural production as farmers’ intentions can change in the course of implementing respective farm activities; weather conditions and related parameters may also change in the course of the agricultural season. Nevertheless, results of the first round provide early warning signals on national food security so that policy makers in the public, private and non state sectors can make informed decisions regarding impending food situation.
The second round is conducted from February to March and focuses on verification and adjustment of area measurement for crops grown by the sampled agricultural households. Results obtained are used to determine crop area planted for the season. Results of this round are normally released in April every year.
The third round which is normally considered as the final round is undertaken during the harvesting period from April to May. The third round mainly involves weighing of the harvest to obtain actual yield for crops. The third round indicates the national food basket and determines the food deficit or surplus.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has finalized the first round of 2016/17 Agriculture Production Estimates Survey. The results show that national maize production is projected at 3,220,712 metric tons, which is 35.9 percent higher than the 2015/16 final round estimate of 2,369,493 metric tons.
Rice production is expected to go up by 41.5 percent. Production of sweet potatoes is projected to increase by 27.6 percent. Millet and sorghum production will increase by 118.6 and 79.3 percent respectively. However, wheat production is projected to drop by 6.4 percent.

The results also show that productions of groundnuts, beans and pigeon peas are expected to increase by 22.2, 15.0 and 19.7 percent, respectively.

For major cash crops, tobacco production will decrease by 36.6 percent while cotton production is expected to go up by 7.6 percent.

In terms of livestock, the population of cattle has increased from 1,470,895 to 1,508,299 representing 2.5 percent increase as compared to the final round for the 2015/16 agricultural season. The populations of goats and pigs have also increased by 5.0 percent and 14.6 percent.

Fish production for capture fisheries has increased by 8.4 percent and aquaculture fish production has also increased by 46.7 percent. Overall, fish production has increased by 10.0 percent.

For more information, please contact the Secretary for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development.




Erica Maganga (Mrs)
SECRETARY FOR AGRICULTURE, IRRIGATION AND WATER DEVELOPMENT
13th February, 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

DECISIONS BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE COMPETITION AND FAIR TRADING COMMISSION AT THE 47TH MEETING



The Board of Commissioners (hereinafter referred to as ''The Commission") of the Competition and Fair Trading Commission held its 47th Meeting in Lilongwe on 3rd February 2017 to consider and adjudicate over cases relating to unfair trading practices, anti-competitive business conducts and mergers. These cases were brought before the Commission in accordance with Section 8 of the Competition and Fair Trading Act.
In total, the Commission considered and adjudicated over a total of twenty-seven (27) cases. This statement provides a summary of the Commission's determinations of the cases.
For more information, contact Mr Lewis Kulisewa on 0999960235 or email lewis.kulisewa@cftc.mw

CHARLOTTE WEZI MALONDA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


SUMMARY OF THE COMMISSION’S DETERMINATIONS OF THE CASES
ALLEGED SUPPLY OF PRODUCT WHICH IS LIKELY TO CAUSE PHYSICAL HARM TO CONSUMERS BY SPICE EMPORIUM SHOP

The Commission ordered Spice Emporium Shop in Limbe to pay  a fine of five hundred thousand Kwacha (MK500,000-00) for deliberately supplying products likely to cause injury to health and failing to comply with consumer protection statutes.

Investigations carried out by the Commission established that Spice Emporium Shop were deliberately supplying expired products which were likely to cause injury to health or physical harm to consumers. The expired products included non-carbonated soft drinks and spices such as Everest Bar Bhaji Masala, Everest Royal Garam Masala and Everest Pani Puri Masala. This was contrary to Section 43(1)(e) of the Competition and Fair Trading Act which states that:

"Á person shall, not in relation to a consumer, supply products which are likely to cause injury to health or physical harm to consumers, when properly used, or which do not comply with a consumer safety standards which has been prescribed under any written law”

Further, Spice Emporium refused to comply with instructions from the Commission's inspectors to remove the expired products from the shelf, thereby subjecting unsuspecting consumers to increased harm.

By refusing to comply with consumer protection authorities set by Government, Spice Emporium violated Section 6(1)(d) of the Consumer Protection Act which obliges business enterprises to cooperate with Government authorities in the execution of policies relating to consumer protection.



ALLEGED EXCLUDING LIABILITY BY BEFOWARD COMPANY LIMITED
The Commission ordered Be Forward Company Ltd to exchange the non-runner motor vehicle it supplied to Mr Daniel Likugwe with a motor vehicle in good running condition.

Investigations conducted by the Commission showed that, in 2013, Be Forward Company Ltd supplied a non-runner second hand motor vehicle to Mr Daniel Likugwe, contrary to indications at the time of purchase, that it was in perfect running condition. The vehicle, which was purchased at US$3,200 was delivered without an Engine Control Unit (ECU). This was clear-cut misrepresentation which resulted in the consumer suffering substantial consumer harm and a blatant violation of Section 43(1)(b) of the Competition and Fair Trading Act which provides that:

"Á person shall, not in relation to a consumer, engage in conduct that is likely to mislead the public as to the nature, price, availability, characteristics, suitability for a given purpose, quantity or quality of any products or service".

Further, by excluding liability on a defective motor vehicle, the company breached Section 43(1)(b) of the Competition and Fair Trading Act which states that:

"Á person shall, not in relation to a consumer, exclude liability for defective products".

The Commission further ordered Be Forward Company Ltd to refund all the related expenses incurred by the Complainant in trying to fix the problem.





ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT OF THE TAKEOVER OF METROPOLITAN HEALTH LIMITED BY MEDHEALTH LIMITED

The Commission has authorized the proposed takeover of Metropolitan Health Ltd by MedHealth Ltd.
This follows an application for the authorization of the proposed takeover of 100% shareholding in Metropolitan Health Limited by a local company MedHealth Ltd.
Analysis of the information gathered by the Commission shows that the proposed takeover will simply result in change of ownership of the company without changing the market structure or any other competition factors. Further, the proposed transaction will ensure that the business of Metropolitan Health continues to exist in Malawi, hence sustaining and maintaining same levels of competition on the market.
Accordingly, it was unlikely that the transaction will result in substantial lessening of competition in Malawi.

ALLEGED RESTRICTIVE BUSINESS PRACTICE BY TELEKOM NETWORKS MALAWI LIMITED IN THE SPONSORSHIP OF FOOTBALL

The Commission has ordered Telekom Networks Malawi Ltd (TNM) and Super League of Malawi (SULOM)to follow international best practices in its sponsorship arrangement for the Super League football tournament.

Investigations conducted by the Commission showed that the sponsorship agreement between the Super League of Malawi (SULOM) and Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) contained clauses which had the effect of restricting competition in as far as advertising and football sponsorship was concerned.

After a thorough analysis of the information gathered during investigations, the Commission concluded that, while the Sponsorship Agreement foreclosed football sponsorship as an advertisement platform for TNM competitors, its effect would not likely result in substantial lessening of competition in the telecommunication market. However, the sponsorship agreement was found likely to have negative effect on the development of football in Malawi.
Accordingly, in the event that the two parties agree to renew the sponsorship at the end of the current contract, the Commission ordered that the proposed agreement should be submitted to the Competition and Fair Trading Commission for assessment of compliance with the Competition and Fair Trading Act.
Further, the Commission ordered the Sports Council of Malawi to consider developing guidelines for sports sponsorship, particularly, football taking into consideration best practices from other jurisdictions to prevent sponsors from taking advantage of the weak bargaining power of sponsorship recipient.



Charlotte Wezi Malonda

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ministry of Agriculture Offices On Fire in Lilongwe

When an opposition Member of Parliament contested Parliamentary results after the May 20 2014 elections, Malawi Electoral Commission went up in smoke-- destroying all evidence that would be tendered in court.
Today, the issue is about Maize-gate. The scam involves the importation of maize from Zambia, by Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation, at exorbitant prices.
Now, just when the Commission of Inquiry instituted by President Peter Mutharika to investigate the deal on Saturday submitted its findings to the president, Ministry of Agriculture offices in Lilongwe are on fire.
The fire is raging at Capital Hill, raising suspicions that someone is up to something.
With the Democratic Progressive Party on song, Malawians know that this path is all too familiar!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Rihanna in Malawi!

What a lucky week for Malawi.
In a week when US pop star jetted into Malawi, another star, Rihanna, is in Malawi right now.
Madonna was reportedly seeking to adopt two more children from Malawi, namely David Banda and Mercy James.
Judiciary spokesperson, Mlenga Mvula, confirmed the development during the week, saying Madonna had filed an application whose results would be out in two weeks.
But the artist denied this in a statement, saying she was in Malawi to visit some of her projects.
And, just in the nick of time, in pops another US artist, Rihanna.
Rihanna, who is in the Central Region of Malawi, has been playing with school kids during the day.
She seems happy in the company of the children. She is seen sitting on the ground in pictures posted on social media.
It, really, has been a wonderful week for Malawi.
A concoction of Madonna and Rihanna-- influencial women united in fame, and in the double 'n' ending in their first names!
Below are some of the pictures trending on social media. 


Friday, January 13, 2017

Malawi Government Closes Down Times Group

The Malawi Government, through the Malawi Revenue Authority, has closed down Times Group.
Times Group is Malawi's oldest media house, established in 1895.
Officials from the revenue collection body have seized vehicles, closed down Times Radio, Times Television, The Sunday Times, The Daily Times, Malawi News-- media outlets of the company.
Times Group publications have been publishing stories about the maize scandal, in which grain marketer, Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation bought maize from Zambia on exorbitant prices.
Meanwhile, officials from MRA are on the premises, chasing everyone out of the company.
Times Radio is meanwhile playing music, while Times TV is not broadcasting live.
MRA claims Times Group owes them money.
The notice came Thursday evening and, instead of waiting for the company to respond, they have seized company property.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

No More Rogue and Vagabond

Since 1964, Malawi Police Force [now Malawi Police Service] officers have been thieves who have survived on money stolen from the poor.
A stranded man, powered by nothing like money in the pocket and whatever little was kept there, could be cornered by corrupt police officers who would demand some money or take the poor individual to a police cell.
The money involved in the corrupt practices is usually called 'Ya Udzipulumutse Wekha' [Save Yourself Dues].
Meanwhile, the rich and affluent continued to drive posh vehicles in the dark of night; unperturbed by police and whatever sense of justice remains in the corrupt nation called Malawi.
It was the poor who were the targets of systematic theft.
Which is why Tuesday is a momentous day for Malawians as the High Court in Blantyre has ruled that rogue and vagabond is "unconstitutional".
Hail justice!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Those were the days!

Once, when Bakili Muluzi was Malawi's president, the talk around town was that he never missed a funeral, especially those of his friends.
And Muluzi had the look of someone who swam in such talk; for it made him sail directly into public favour.
And public favour, the way it is programmed, can sway an election in a politician's favour.
That reminds me. Muluzi was a politician. He, therefore, had to win votes by hook or crook.
But, then, there was something real-- something so close to the people-- about that man. The look on his face.
During funerals, Muluzi could really be said to be sad.
And the man had a penchant for remembering faces. Once Muluzi set his eye on you, he could not forget you. It was as if your face was written in his mind.
Except, of course, me!
Whatever I am today, it is because of the UDF News, which took me in as a correspondent as I cut my teeth in journalism.
Well, the pay was not good enough, but the training was worth it.
The late Elson Kasinja [may his soul rest in peace] shaped my writing. Joseph Kayira was always encouraging me. Richard Chinansi was a brother-in-arms. In Edith Malamula I found an inspired female journalist. Of course, Harriet Kachingwe was always there to typeset our work.
Then, there was Levison Lifikiro, the UDF News editor. Lifikiro once worked as one of the editors at Malawi's oldest newspaper, The Daily Times, and took me by the arm whenever I goofed.
At one point, I wrote an article in UDF News about what was public information. Former UDF director of research, Humphreys Mvula, has announced his resignation from the UDF [in this case, United Democratic Front, the party] and I put that in the newspaper.
He came to the office the moment the news was out on the streets. He was angry. He shouted. He asked for Richard Chirombo.
Fortunately, he [Mvula] did not know me in person. So, I came out of our newsroom, to the outside where Mvula was shouting and threatening. Lifikiro patted him on the back, from now and then, but Mvula could have none of it. He wanted to see and meet Richard Chirombo.
I was there, and I shook in the knees.
Well, Lifikiro saved my skin.
A week later, I met Mvula at Tambala Food Products Limited and he picked me from Ginnery Corner, where Tambala Food Products is, to Blantyre Central Business District. I even introduced myself. Mvula was in the company of Tusekere Mwanyongo.
Tell you what Mvula was smiling and we have been smiling at each other ever since.
Bygones, in Mvula's world, are bygones.
But, then...the only sad thing that ever happened to me was that Muluzi once shook everyone's hand at a public place and refused to shake mine. I do not know why!
Those were the days!

Peter Mutharika's Government Wasting Our Time

No need for an example. The statement below suffices:

For immediate release
December 16, 2016
Ministry of Information and Communication 
Technology
Private Bag 310
Capital City 
Lilongwe 3
Malawi

RESPONSE TO CHAKWERA’S “INSULT AND PROVOKE” STRATEGY

Government would like to express its disappointment in Leader of Opposition Honourable Reverend Lazarus Chakwera’s so-called “State of the Nation Address”. 

We particularly note that Hon Chakwera’s statement reflected more of his own state of mind, his ulterior motives, his political psychology and the nature of his leadership more than the state of the nation.It is a well-known fact that Chakwera does not have the legal grounds for claiming to make a “State of the Nation Address” when he is not a Head of State. 

We feel sorry that Chakwera is suffering political delusions 
of imagining that he is the one ruling this country. These political delusions are caused by the fact that he is living a myth. Chakwera has never accepted that he lost the 2014 Electionbecause he failed to put in place structures across the country.

We also know he is leading a political party that rejected 
democracy and lost the referendum call for multiparty politics in 2003. Since then, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has never embraced democracy. As a result of their anti-democratic ideology, MCP has always rejected the will of the people and any Election results throughout 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. 

In all these Elections, Chakwera’s party has always found an excuse to deny the outcome of the popular vote. You can safely predict that Chakwera’s party will also claim vote rigging once they lose the 2019 Election. We further understand Chakwera’s political psychology and frustration as a result of an abortive mission. We know that Chakwera conspired and colluded with Joyce Banda to frustrate the 2014 Elections. 

Joyce Banda ordered the Malawi Defence Force (who acted 
professionally and refused) to disrupt the Malawi Electoral 
Commission (MEC) tally centre; ordered the MDF (who again 
refused) to stage a coup to take her own Government; and to nullify results by reading sections of the Constitution that do not exist. Malawians will never forget those trying days.

All these abortive political shenanigans were based on the 
deal that President Arthur Peter Mutharika's election had to be 
frustrated for Chakwera to take over from Joyce Banda. 

The underhand agreement was that Chakwera was supposed to take over to protect Joyce Banda from possible Cashgate arrest as she deeply feared Peter Mutharika’s take over. 

We know that the strategy was that Joyce Banda would call for another Election in 90 days. Joyce Banda betrayed this intention herself when she tried to nullify the Election using laws that do not exist. 

Within those 90 days, MCP and People’s Party (PP) would gang up against Peter Mutharika, with Chakwera assured of the support of state resources to win the repeated vote. All this political conspiracy miserably failed. As a result, Chakwera does not believe that he is not ruling this country. His posturing himself as a head of state in his so-called “State of the Nation Address” is also coming from the same political delusion.

In his political dream, Chakwera believes that he needs to be arrested first for him to become a national President. He believes that one cannot lead Malawi without being arrested. In fact, people from inside Chakwera's camp have told us 
that his current strategy is to keep insulting and provoking the 
President so that he can fulfill his dream to be arrested by Government. 

His political dream to be arrested is a strategy to buy public sympathy and divert attention from his embattled leadership in the divided MCP. 

The writing of his infamous statement is part of 
his "Insult and Provoke Strategy". 
We would like to assure him that we are not going to arrest him simply to fulfill his political strategy. If the church housing and corruption scandals he piled up while he was President of his church should get Chakwera arrested, that will be poetic justice on a different course. 

We are happy to see him continue enjoying his democratic freedom of ranting, raving and parroting empty propaganda so that Malawians should judge his lack of political integrity and dignity. 

We are told that even some of his own MCP colleagues are totally embarrassed with him and we are pleased that Chakwera is publicly destroying himself. We totally appreciate that Chakwera deliberately agreed with his party to keep saying everything that President Mutharika is doing should be labelled "empty and failed". 

We know that in his strategy, Chakwera has chosen to be 
blind to all the efforts being pursued in this country. We are pleased to note that there are many Malawians who see the opposite. 

There are many people who appreciate that we have contained the hunger by flooding the country with maize both for the most vulnerable people and those who can buy from ADMARC; we have stabilised the economy and brought it from the ruins of Cashgate; we are building roads and running this 
Government in the absence of budgetary donor aid. Objective Malawians can distinguish our successful efforts to keep this country going from our challenges. 

But if Honourable Chakwera chooses to see emptiness in 
everything, that is his political strategy. If he cannot see development projects in his own constituency including a bitumen Kasiya road by this Government, little wonder he cannot see development anywhere. All we can say is that Malawians are wise and critical enough to judge for themselves. 

We also know that Reverend Chakwera was handpicked from the pulpit because MCP wanted a candidate with 'a godly appearance' (maonekedwe aumulungu) in order to cleanse its haunted image of 30 years of blood shedding, violence and deception. 

That is why Chakwera sidelined the old guards of the party in a desperate attempt to rebrand the party by exploiting the Malawian youths who did not see its blood-bathed political past. This strategy has failed and divided the MCP because new members are failing to work with the old supporters of the party. 

We know that Chakwera is becoming agitated with desperation as a result. 

While we understand Chakwera's desperation, we urge him to respect the Head of State. We also challenge him to rise above hate and jealous to prove to Malawians that he has any integrity of leadership. 

Respect for our Head of State is respect for our country.

MALISON NDAU MP

GOVERNMENT SPOKERPERSON &
MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS
TECHNOLOGY

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

President Peter Mutharika Moving Away From Bingu's Dream

They were brothers to boot.
In fact, it was one brother, former president Bingu wa Mutharika, who plucked Peter Mutharika, Malawi's incumbent president, from the United States of America where he had been thing as professor.
And, since his introduction in 2008, President Peter Mutharika has moved on to become Malawi's president, having shrugged off Joyce Banda and her People's Party in the 2014 Tripartite Elections.
However, Peter, too willing to distance himself from the Bingu wa Mutharika who plucked him from near oblivion, has started touting things Bingu wa Mutharika took for granted.
For example, while Bingu wa Mutharika openly made fun of boreholes, saying they were not sustainable, president Peter Mutharika was on Monday all over the sky, celebrating that his government has constructed 12 boreholes under Central Region Water Board.
By all standards,  Peter was supposed to be ashamed that a whole water board has reduced itself to a borehole-driller, instead of providing safe, tapped water to people.
Peter's shift is, indeed, ambarrassing.
Bingu wa right and Peter is wrong.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

FOR ZOMBA




There comes a time when, as Richard Washburn Child— former United States of America Ambassador to Italy; yes, he who wrote the foreword in Benito Mussolini’s ‘My Autobiography’— puts it, one reaches fourth to touch reality in himself, and finds that he himself has gone a little forward, isolated, determined, illusive, untouchable, just out of reach— onward!
Well, it must be that time.
One day, three years ago, I made Zomba my second home under the pinch of necessity.
But, then, the movement itself was just soup; the main dish was hope that, once I would stumble in the trenches of tertiary education, I would leave ignorance— ignorance and my own uncertainty— behind.
Well, it has happened. But it has not happened.
Why? Because where I went [Zomba]— which I thought was the future; more less like a forward movement— has only brought me back to what I left behind [in Blantyre]. That is, experience. Life’s experience.
So much so that, as I go back to Blantyre, turning my back on Zomba, I realise that the forward move I made has, through its lessons, only taken me back to ‘The behind’— the world that was supposed to remain behind. That world is not Blantyre; that world is life.
Now, I will let Benito Mussolini speak for me:
"I do not believe in the supposed influence of books. I do not believe in the influence which comes from perusing the books about the lives and characters of men.
For myself, I have had only one great teacher.
The book is life— lived.
The teacher is day-by-day experience.
The reality of experience is far more eloquent than all the theories and philosophies on all the tongues and on all the shelves.
I have never, with closed eyes, accepted the thoughts of others when they were estimating events and realities either in the normal course of things or when the situation appeared exceptional."
Now, I do not know what I am saying.
And, so, let me leave Zomba behind. To Blantyre; where I will know what to think, believe and say.
I do not know what I am saying!

FOR ZOMBA




There comes a time when, as Richard Washburn Child— former United States of America Ambassador to Italy; yes, he who wrote the foreword in Benito Mussolini’s ‘My Autobiography’— puts it, one reaches fourth to touch reality in himself, and finds that he himself has gone a little forward, isolated, determined, illusive, untouchable, just out of reach— onward!
Well, it must be that time.
One day, three years ago, I made Zomba my second home under the pinch of necessity.
But, then, the movement itself was just soup; the main dish was hope that, once I would stumble in the trenches of tertiary education, I would leave ignorance— ignorance and my own uncertainty— behind.
Well, it has happened. But it has not happened.
Why? Because where I went [Zomba]— which I thought was the future; more less like a forward movement— has only brought me back to what I left behind [in Blantyre]. That is, experience. Life’s experience.
So much so that, as I go back to Blantyre, turning my back on Zomba, I realise that the forward move I made has, through its lessons, only taken me back to ‘The behind’— the world that was supposed to remain behind. That world is not Blantyre; that world is life.
Now, I will let Benito Mussolini speak for me:
"I do not believe in the supposed influence of books. I do not believe in the influence which comes from perusing the books about the lives and characters of men.
For myself, I have had only one great teacher.
The book is life— lived.
The teacher is day-by-day experience.
The reality of experience is far more eloquent than all the theories and philosophies on all the tongues and on all the shelves.
I have never, with closed eyes, accepted the thoughts of others when they were estimating events and realities either in the normal course of things or when the situation appeared exceptional."
Now, I do not know what I am saying.
And, so, let me leave Zomba behind. To Blantyre; where I will know what to think, believe and say.
I do not know what I am saying!

FOR ZOMBA




There comes a time when, as Richard Washburn Child— former United States of America Ambassador to Italy; yes, he who wrote the foreword in Benito Mussolini’s ‘My Autobiography’— puts it, one reaches fourth to touch reality in himself, and finds that he himself has gone a little forward, isolated, determined, illusive, untouchable, just out of reach— onward!
Well, it must be that time.
One day, three years ago, I made Zomba my second home under the pinch of necessity.
But, then, the movement itself was just soup; the main dish was hope that, once I would stumble in the trenches of tertiary education, I would leave ignorance— ignorance and my own uncertainty— behind.
Well, it has happened. But it has not happened.
Why? Because where I went [Zomba]— which I thought was the future; more less like a forward movement— has only brought me back to what I left behind [in Blantyre]. That is, experience. Life’s experience.
So much so that, as I go back to Blantyre, turning my back on Zomba, I realise that the forward move I made has, through its lessons, only taken me back to ‘The behind’— the world that was supposed to remain behind. That world is not Blantyre; that world is life.
Now, I will let Benito Mussolini speak for me:
"I do not believe in the supposed influence of books. I do not believe in the influence which comes from perusing the books about the lives and characters of men.
For myself, I have had only one great teacher.
The book is life— lived.
The teacher is day-by-day experience.
The reality of experience is far more eloquent than all the theories and philosophies on all the tongues and on all the shelves.
I have never, with closed eyes, accepted the thoughts of others when they were estimating events and realities either in the normal course of things or when the situation appeared exceptional."
Now, I do not know what I am saying.
And, so, let me leave Zomba behind. To Blantyre; where I will know what to think, believe and say.
I do not know what I am saying!