By Charles Leyman Kachitsa
There is no knowing what sails in the wind. It could be a whole lot of things. People talk about pollution and when thy say it their assumption for sure is that it is the wind that brings it into the air.
All sweet smells are brought by the wind, yet it is the same wind that may bring the foul smells as well. People since time immemorial have had to deal with apparatus, inventing such that they believe will clean the wind and therefore the air around. Most often these technologies only succeed at transferring the foul wind from one area to the other which may only succeed to bring temporarily relief unless they keep transferring the foul into the unknown areas.
The wind and some may quickly say the air has always been there since creation. Man’s rebellion is what has made it polluted to a large extent. Man’s stubbornness of wanting to create like God did has led to inventing things that have come to foul the wind and air that sustain life. This was not the intention of God, only if we kept obeying would all the wind and our air been clean and clean forever. The good thing is that we have a choice, to keep on rebelling or to realise that we need to come back and reflect that life is sweet, it was intended to be sweet and precious only if we keep obeying. We need to learn from all our past mistakes and not to repeat them.
This weeks quote we look at those from the man that became an icon in politics of Malawi. A lot of people have only come back to their senses recently of his well meaning intentions whilst they kept scolding him with some wishing him dead. He kept pointing us up while the majority kept taking his message as arrogant and they wanted all to instead look down. He said we are on the verge of a break through and we need to be patient, the majority were saying no we need everything now, we can no longer wait. If you look at history there are so many examples of a people not getting it, a people looking for quick fixes, a people who want to clean the wind or air not knowing that such is only transferring the unclean air to be concentrated where it will hurt more. Let’s look at his selected sayings and I am sure we will learn and reflect on one or two lessons from these:
QUOTATION FROM SELECTED SPEECHES by Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika
“The first change that I instituted was to make Malawians believe in ourselves and to realise that the future of the country was in our hands. I also drove the people of Malawi to believe in hard work and that no other nation in the world had any obligation to develop Malawi but ourselves. The second change was to obtain a national consensus that Malawi is not a poor country but that the people are poor. I insisted that God has bestowed the country with fertile land, and abundant natural, mineral and human resources that could be turned into new wealth.” Speaking at the 2009 Drivers of Change Award.
“Africa cannot and must not live in the past. Africa must look to the future. The way forward is for the AU Assembly to recognise that, ‘Africa is not a poor continent; but the people of Africa are poor’. ” Speaking after being elected Chairman of African Union on 31st January 2010.
“All I am saying is that we have put our desires, especially money in front of everything. If we can come and work together, we will be able to make progress in developing this country. Let us put our country ahead of everything like the way John Chilembwe did.” Speaking on John Chilembwe Commemoration – 15 January 2012.
“I have set up a contact and dialogue group yet these people say they don’t want it, what do they want? The group is headed by no less a personage than the retired Archbishop Dr Bernard Malango. He is a real doctorate holder by the way, not an ordinary person. Yet these people maintain that they don’t want. So what do you want? Now, therefore if you don’t want dialogue, tell me any day we can go to war, if that’s what you want.” Speaking in reaction to the 20 July 2011 public demonstrations on 21st July 2011.