Thursday, December 9, 2010

Former presidents deserve respect

It is sad that former President, Bakili Muluzi, is being made to run and run- yet he has a back problem that has to be treated.

It does not make sense for government to deny the former Head of State and Government funding. After all, Malawians are obliged to pay for Muluzi's medical, and otherwise, costs because he served us for ten years. That is what the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi says.
Denying him funding is thus an act of ill-will, sabotage to his health and lack of respect for people who once served us well (no matter their short-comings) and are now enjoying their retirement.
Muluzi, like all citizens of Malawi, deserves respect and honour.
After all, time will also come for those in public positions to call it quits (eitherbecause the Constitution says so, or because they know they can't do otherwise but go.
It will be bad for up-coming leaders to treat present 'heroes and heroins' with disdain and contempt.
Let us preserve our reputation as a peace loving and ever-smiling people by respecting our past leaders.
Of course, Muluzi himself treated others badly. We are talking of the likes of Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda.
Banda, according to former personal body guard and current Deputy Minister in the Office of the President and Cabinet Sir. Nicholas Dausi, suffered greatly at the hands of United Democratic Front (UDF) zealots.
Dausi does not hide the fact that UDF diehards gave Kamuzu a tough time, searching the left side of his bed at Mudi House as the flamboyant leader slept on the right side- "only to tell him to push to the left again, so that the UDF people could search to the right".
Most of these rude 'boys' are dead though- so, they won't see the humiliation of Muluzi.
The UDF then neglected Kamuzu's grave. It is the incumbent President Professor Ngwazi Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika who restored Kamuzu's honour by constructing that great piece of archtechture at the City Centre in Lilongwe.
Thanks Angwazi 11.
Isn't it hypocritical to ill-treat Muluzi, therefore -after all the respect accorded to Kamuzu?
Not that Muluzi should not pay for the pain inflicted on Kamuzu. Let him pay abeat, and feel the pain. But he should also enjoy the honours of his office as former Head of State and Government.
Zachimalawi feels like Muluzi has paid for his past sins, has felt the pain, and should now enjoy the spoils.

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