Of talking, talking and talking
Esteemed Raw Stuffers, there is a word that sends Lhomwe belt folks giggling each time it is uttered. The word, kudwadwalika, has no exact translation in English, French or other major languages of the world.
But, in spirit and phonetic impression, it comes close to ChiTumbuka’s kubhwebhwetuka.
Kudwadwalika or kubhwebhwetuka describes a fellow who always talks, talks and talks; complains, complains and complains about almost everything. And the things the fellow talks about most times don’t make sense to most people.
That person is said to be wodwadwalika. The origins of this terminology may have come from madwadwa: underdeveloped fresh, watery groundnuts, that we normally throw away after harvest or leave to children to ‘waste their time with’, in the way we leave them to struggle with bones while we adults eat the meat!
Esteemed Raw Stuffers, did we not hear some kudwadwalika in Zomba and Mangochi last week? Somebody there sounded like a member of the kudwadwalika voices we used to endure from a Mulanje constituency during the Professor Moya’s regime.
To be raw, pipo are saying Chemwaali JB is talking too much. In case her esteemed team has not told her yet, we, Raw Stuffers, are offering her this free information, which is widely circulating in minibuses, churches and mosques, mandasi markets, offices and homes, just to mention a few.
Whether this is true or not, that is subject for another day.
Whether atifinya nazo or not, that, again, is another subject.
But in this over-talking, it seems Chemwaali is carving a name for herself as a tsar who wants to comment on anything said about her or to remind us about every little nothing that happened to her in the past.
In the maze of all this, it seems folks are getting impatient. What one hears more often is that the new Citizen Number One has not come out clear yet to define who really she is and how she intends to lead.
Yes, she has done an excellent job in repairing the damage occasioned by the late Moya and his cohorts. She has played a sterling role in having the country’s donor aid, forex and fuel taps reopened. She has mended diplomatic fences with Lusaka, Maputo, London, Washington, Bonn and many other world capitals.
Chemwaali has done us proud in knocking off some laws that were not only archaic but also out of sync with the country’s democratic dispensation.
She has been our star in bringing normalcy to parastatals, notably MBC, where the only voices heard since the MCP single-party days have been those of the ruling ‘dogs’.
But, esteemed Raw Stuffers, all that are repair works which, honestly, do not require a President. An average political or public sector servant must be able to achieve the same. But for a leader, as she described herself the other day in the US, Chemwaali needs to come up with a vision and strategic direction this country must follow.
She needs to brand herself as a leader not a talkative technician who finds herself embarrassed with the top job.
In other words, she must come up with depth and get out of the spiral of partisan politics.
The late Professor Moya tried that bit with his ill-fated economic independence ideology. He did not quite tick, possibly due to lack of statesmanship, poor communication and PR skills as well as his trademark genetic arrogance. Otherwise, he had the knowledge and knew what he was talking about.
Esteemed Raw Stuffers, by the time this entry comes out, a lot of water would have flowed under the ‘Section 65 Bridge’. But Thursday’s decision by the Honourable Speaker, to seek evidence from the DPP on the legislative journeymen and women deemed to have crossed the floor, sounded questionable.
It reminded some of us of what we read from the classic Things Fall Apart by celebrated African and author Chinua Achebe who, in one of his chapters, asked a very interesting question; something to the effect that which man would smile at a person who enters the man’s house and starts defeacating? Would you not take a stick and break the man’s skull, asked Achebe, through the central character, Okonkwo?
The point is: What evidence is the Speaker seeking—when MPs have said it loudly in and outside the House; when some have actually left their original seats and sat with government?