DANISO: Now that PP has danced and celebrated on Bingu's grave, what next?
BENJA: It's a shame really. A very mean thing to do.
DANISO: Uncouth. Crass. Cheap. It's like a son who instead of
commemorating his father's death, chooses to celebrate the wealth he was
willed as result of the death.
BENJA: I sometimes wonder whether JB has advisers.
DANISO: I doubt it, at least not ones who mean her well. If she had, do
you think she would've been abusing government machinery to be harassing
BENJA: You mean Madonna? I agree. How can she be so mean spirited, a practicing Christian? DANISO: Whatever happened to 'Love thy neighbour'? Especially a neighbour who's helping you in her own little way?
BENJA: Well, it's been a funny few days. First off the block was DPP lauding Bingu as the best president Malawi has ever had. DANISO: I think it's in our genes to sanitise the characters of the
dead, to gloss over their flaws no matter how tarred. No wonder we call a
dead body a chief even if it's that of a village idiot. BENJA: True. Employees fall over themselves praising departed colleagues
"who the employer will've great problems replacing, if at all." You've
to wonder. DANISO: So too Bingu. In the year since, we've
already forgotten his long list of flaws. The most nepotistic president ever, one who barely tolerated people from certain tribes
and even took great pleasure in publicly insulting some of them. BENJA: We've forgotten that the economic mess Malawi is going through
today started during his second term when the Kwacha was being
artificially propped up. We've totally forgotten that were he still
alive today, Malawi would be in a far worse position than it is in now. DANISO: We can't even remember the arson attacks against critics, the
arrests, even a murder, his unexplained wealth when not long before he
was rescued by his predecessor, he used to be both a driver and a
conductor for his own minibus, a man who, according to a man who used to be his cook, would budget for and buy only two chickens a month. BENJA: I suppose his
people have all the right to love him, after all many of them were
uplifted along with him. But to foist the second term Bingu on all of us
as Malawi's best president, is an insult. An insult to the SMEs whose
businesses had to shutdown in the face of an all conquering business
juggernaut from his tribe that has diversified into everything, even supplying food and firewood to prisons. DANISO: Do you remember the poor
orphans whose land was grabbed? Malawi's best president? My foot! Let me
have a Green. I'm boiling inside just at the memory of him.