Shake hands, let's move on

Esteemed Raw Stuffers, in keeping with our cardinal pledge, that when pipo do good things we must praise them and that when they have messed up the porridge we should condemn them on the spot or possibly shoot them pompopompo—Ndata style, today, let us begin by praising Acheemwa JB for the good marks this country continues to earn on safe motherhood.

Tinkhalamba tingapo (a few old veterans from the Global Leaders Council on Reproductive Health) were in town this week and, upon entry at Kamuzu International Airport, immediately admitted and praised our safe motherhood initiatives and urged us to do more on family planning.

This, esteemed Raw Stuffers, is very encouraging news to hear when the country has so many challenges, especially on the economic front, where bonya continues to reign supreme and crowding all the economics in town and the experts at the Reserve Bank of Malawi, Economic Planning and Development as well as Treasury are failing to tame this tiny fish.

It is encouraging to hear such compliments at a time when what Malawi is synonymous with these days is mediocrity: chasing of diplomats, rape, stealing of newborns, rising burglary and resultant low investor confidence as well as lack of inspirational leadership, etc.

We also praise Acheemwa JB for admitting publicly that bonya is biting hard and that things are not adding up in our households (main and ‘small’ houses) following the current government moves to realign the economy.

Esteemed Raw Stuffers, this is what leadership is also all about: saying so when things are not working. In fact, in the Raw Stuffing community, we go further to give credit to our critics when they raise issues that make sense. Which is why the next picture we expect in the media is that of Acheemwa shaking hands with Moya John Kapito (JK), January 17 or not.

You see, countrymen and women, the ‘biting’ is what Moya Kapito is talking about, not taking over government or seeking the presidency in 2014 or relief aid for his relatives in Mulanje. No. The man has been talking about the impact of reforms that we are all experiencing.

All along, Acheemwa JB, her advisers and the donors knew that devaluation or floatation is not Christmas. It is sterner stuff and can overturn communities.

It did not have to take the visit by some azigogo (retired folks) from Ireland, South Africa or Latvia as well as IMF and World Bank for the President to go public on this hardship. We are all feeling it. Said earlier, JB’s remarks would surely have seen Moya Kapito doing something else with his Cama outfit, not organising demonstrations in our streets. (Of course, we, Raw Stuffers, will talk to him. He is our own. He is a listening NGO leader. Only that sipamafunika kusemphanisa sokosi, ndi kukhwefula ndikumati tikukamuona Moya Kapito. Hamafuna usilu. He spits fire on people that are unprepared and have no principles in life).

Anyway, the issue is: Acheemwa and JK are saying the same thing; it is just a matter of getting together and holding hands to fight the effects of the devaluation, the floatation and the rest of the austerity measures from Capital Hill.

In fact, the sooner the two shake hands the better, so that some efulefu asowe chochita (some political and economic opportunists who have capitalised on this unnecessary rift) should find something else better to do.

But one or two words: Next time we come this far, Acheemwa JB should not be busy blaming the late Professor Moya’s government. Six months down the lane at Capital Hill is enough time for one to develop administrative bones and do one’s own thing.

There is no point blaming the current impact on DPP data or what that party left in office. DPP is administratively dead and buried along with our Moya at Ndata. It is no longer running the affairs of this country.

If it left any critical data in the files and one wants to use it, it must be reviewed. That is how strategic decisions are made—the professionals in Capital Hill all know that. Reviews and updates are always necessary before any new strategic directions are made.

Otherwise, the technocrats ‘mid-wiving’ the current reforms must be fired. They either knew that devaluation and floatation have side effects; that it eats up people and livelihoods or they chose not to tell Maiguru the truth. Kamuzu would have dispensed with such fellows on the spot.

A good football coach would also ask such players out, using very nice language, saying ‘they are good, but excess to requirements’.

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