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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Is it true that only 2 percent of Malawians have Electricity

















Is the bee in my bonnet there because the boy who harnessed the wind had his own story written by someone from the country where people know everything? Or is it my my need to verify facts that bothers me? Either way, I hereby vow that if any story needs to be written about my own life, I have enough ink to write it on my own, with my own life experiences and be judged on my own condescending habits towards reality if there shall be any. 'A society which is unable to portray itself according to its own self understanding will inevitably suffer misinterpretation by others (Mugambi). I wonder why a blog and a book for my brother so bright, has to be written/taken over by someone else.

Really, is it about the funding? then Nyasa times is right in the title of one of it's news stories, 'Africa politically independent, Economically Colonised'. From this vantage point, indeed, many of us suppose it's wonderful when foreign influences do things on our behalf but it's like the giving someone fish for life story. Remember though, Ayise, ukazapanga zako, chonde uzafulumuke mkhwapa mwa munthu ameneyi and determine your own destiny. We are very proud of you and appreciate your brains, just make sure to remember kuti m'mene umayamba, it was your hard work, let your hard work sustain you. Ena they come and go koma iweyo have a vision for your own life. Your future is bright!

With all humility let us recognise that, 'Africans must think for themselves. Though they do not need to re-invent the wheel (social or industrial), they may yet invent new uses for it, or discover new ways of making it'- (like you have)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Neo-colonialism











The picture above is tiny but represents well the flaws of the WTO. Watch Battle in Seattle for more (eh, i didn't even ask for their permission to quote them, my bad). Reflecting on the Africa/South America Summit held recently; and the addresses given by African leaders at the UN................especially the one given by the Brother Leader of the Jamahiriya, Colonel Muamar Gaddafi (did i get all that right? ehm...),
one can only wonder. How in the world do we translate these statements into a just reality?

pic: Zapiro. sourced from www.peacemaking.com

Thursday, September 17, 2009

When Women let each other Down















It has been declared that prostitutes in my Stan can no longer be referred to as 'sex workers' as that has been deemed to be discriminatory. As from now, according to a statement made by a woman official, (wouldn't you know it?) they are to be referred to as "people who frequent public places". My question now is, when addressing child-prostitution that affects a lot of little girls and forced-prostitution cases; affecting a lot of poor women, shall we begin to say, "Police must investigate adults who are kidnapping children and forcing them into "frequenting public places", and let's rise up against, "child-frequenting-public-places crimes". Will that be taken with the seriousness that is called for?

I am inclined to believe some NGO is underlying this, I wonder, if it IS an NGO/s that came up with this, if they made such suggestions in their own country where they came from or where their funding came from. Let's think things through and investigate thoroughly because the consequences will affect us, long after the NGO/s and so-called activists are gone. Kodi zimenezi taziganizila bwino bwino with both sides of the coin considered?
pic: www.plushsentiments.com