A Pig Remains A Pig No Matter Where It Is Placed: The Case Of One Reverend Lazaruz Chakwera

The veteran journalist Dickson Kashoti has made an observation which many Malawians agreed with in a matter of hours. He said Malawi Congress Party will never change.

It reminded some of us what Kamlepo Kalua used to say from the bunkers of his South African exile when we were changing from Malawi Congress Party dictatorship to democracy in the early 1990s. Kamlepo used to say ” Fisi ndi ngakhale achoke tchile ili apite tchile ilo. Ngakhale asinthe manga, fisi ndi fisi basi.” A hyena is a hyena, period!

We must also take Kashoti very seriously because he has seen more politics from dictatorship than most of who populate social media and follow things blindly.

For most of Facebook and WhatsApp generation who have not seen the chilling atrocities MCP committed in this country for 30 years, what Kamlepo meant is that MCP would remain cruel people and dictators even if we go into democracy. Kamlepo is now a Political Prophet.

The recent wave of arson masterminded by Malawi Congress Party speaks volumes of hyenas who never changed.

They first torched Jessie Kabwila’s car for her political sins of opposing Chakwera’s leadership.

Kabwila’s first reaction was to shout “Anyamata a Chakwera simungandithe” while rushing to her burning car. Then she confided in three journalists off record while she was entertaining Zodiak studios that she knew it was fellow MCP people who had burnt car.

But Kabwila had to invent “DPP thugs” as she has always done since her university days.

Then MCP, working together with Joyce Banda behind the scenes, have been sponsoring instability in the University of Malawi to make Mutharika look like a failure who cannot manage the University.

Because they think of nothing but anarchy, they coached the Ayubas of Chancellor College to firebomb their own hostels and start telling Malawians that it was because of teargas.

Malawians refused the lie. It backfired. Now we hear some students are planning to sue Ayuba the Chancellor College students leader for leading illegal demonstrations that led hostels burning and destruction of their property.

The political motive of the masters behind the students was to make it look like Police had done the dirty job.

Now MCP zealots for Chakwera have burnt Chanthika Chidzanja’s house after she stood in public to denounce Chakwera’s poor leadership, greed and immoral record.

Even if Chatinkha had burnt her own house to smear Chakwera, it still reveals a certain kind of thinking and style of politics characteristic of MCP. Zoganiza za upandu basi. (They still of bloodshed, anarchy and cruel politics). Kamlepo Kalua was never wrong in his prediction that dictators will always be dictators even if you take them into democracy.


The Assemblies of God church is now contemplating excommunicating Chakwera for his numerous cases. Obviously, the man has fallen out with his own church. No wonder Chakwera was literally booed when he walked into the church Convention.

The Assemblies of God church thinks of Chakwera’s theft in the church, cruelty to pastors, corruption, suspicion of Reverend Chikanga’s murder and trying to rule the church through the backdoor. It is a common secret in the Church that Chakwera tried field three candidates to compete for the presidency of the Church. They all fell miserably because anthu anayiwerenga patali.

The election of Rev Dr. Edward Chitsonga for the president and Rev Matilda Matabwa for the General Secretary in the church is being celebrated as the end of Chakwera’s backdoor influence in the church.

As we speak, there is serious pondering on excommunicating Chakwera from the church, or make him answerable to serious charges of theft, corruption, murder and cruelty. Some members within his own MCP are agitating to impeach Chakwera at an extraordinary MCP Convention. As if that is not enough, some Members of Parliament are planning to remove Chakwera as Leader of Opposition in Parliament. The last one is the politics of Richard Msowoya, Speaker of Parliament, who is not in good books with Chakwera either.

If Chakwera can do what he has done as a Church President and leader of the Opposition, what should Malawi expect if he was in command of the instruments of State power? What kind of State President would Chakwera make?

Dictatorship was born because MCP wanted to maintain power by force and cruelty. What MCP really thinks today is to grab power creating chaos for Mutharika. Within the party, Chakwera is preoccupied with nothing but how to maintain his power by sending his panga-knife thugs to torch property and intimidate others.

A hyena is a hyena!

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