Friday, April 15, 2011

Malawi Has No Moral Grounds for Severing Ties With Libya

It is sad that Malawi has severed her relations with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's Libya, barely days after Botswana cut her ties with the North African country.
Sad because Malawi's leaders have recently come under a spate of criticism for violating human rights, muzzling intellectual discourse, showing signs of dictatorship-hangover by insinuating (President Bingu wa Mutharika, that is) that demonstrators pay collateral damage fees, among others gaffes.
Now, for the country to follow in the foot-steps of Botswana, a country whose opposition parties ganged up aganist Mutharika when he visited the country less than 18 days ago; that is hypocricy.
Why didn't our leaders listen to the voice of Botswana's reason? Why should it be now, that it is Libya, that the country should 'pretend' to listen?
This is all wrong.
Has it to do with the abandoned Colonel Muammar Gaddafi hospital at Kameza in Blantyre; that Malawi feels it is time to avenge?
Some decisions don't make sense. Malawi has no fuel reserves.
Simply put, neither do we have reserves of morality- if recent steps towards tyranny are anything to go by.

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