Speaking Blues: Like one Tantalus, we’re tantalised; until when? – Malawi 24


The Curse of the Home of Atreus is understood by all students of Greek mythology. On this fantasy, Zeus cursed one household for six generations.

Though the story bears Atreus’ title, it began earlier than he was born.

The story begins with Pelops, the son of Tantalus, certainly one of Zeus’ many sons.

By treachery and a king’s dying, Pelops married the king’s daughter. His betrayal was aided by one of many king’s servants to whom he had promised an evening with the bride as soon as the duplicity succeeded.

Nonetheless, with the king out of the way in which, Pelops had a change of thoughts. He ditched the promise and ordered the person killed. Dealing with dying, the servant cursed Pelops and his whole line. He even despatched the curse backwards to incorporate Pelops’ father, Tantalus.

As if the curse was not sufficient, Tantalus aggravated issues by questioning the gods’ omniscience.

He determined to “take a look at” the gods by slaying his son – now King Pelops – and feeding him to the gods and duping them that the flesh was from an ox.

In his deluded pondering, if the gods noticed by his trick, they have been certainly all-knowing. When the gods got here, they immediately noticed his duplicity and Tantalus was banished to the underworld, the place he was condemned to face in a pool of water close to a fruit tree. When he tried to choose the fruit, the department rose past his attain, and the pool receded when he tried to drink the water.

And thus was born the English phrase “tantalised” as a result of Tantalus was eternally stricken by the sight of issues unobtainable.

The curse continued, torturing the household line till the ultimate progeny, Orestes, who by no means married and had no dwelling household, died.

What can we make of all this?

Allow us to digress.

As you understand, we have now now chalked 58 years as an impartial nation with nothing to indicate. We now have the sixth post-independence President who, going by his Independence Day speech, badly wants somebody to inform him that: “Mr President, you’re strolling about within the state Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda discovered the folks of Mwanza-Neno in 1958!”

Why do I say this?

As a result of it’s turning into abundantly clear that the President resides an alternate actuality. Within the fictitious Malawi he’s dwelling in, he has remodeled Malawi and shortly and really quickly, we are going to all be prospering collectively, consuming thrice a day, and giddy from over-drinking from the chalice of the Hello-5, which already ‘runneth over’.

Two developments exhibit both the President’s nakedness, i.e. ignorance of actuality OR Pelops-like duplicity. For all I do know, each nakedness and ignorance could possibly be in play.

Musing on duplicities veiled as inconsistencies between the President and his Spokesperson on decreasing presidential powers was Prof Garton Kamchedzera. “Do presidential spokespersons in Malawi communicate the thoughts of the President?” he requested.

This query was triggered by an about-face made by one each day, which rightly reported that at this previous week’s State Home Briefing, Malawians have been instructed in plain phrases that decreasing presidential powers was now not a precedence for President Chakwera.

That each day on Independence Day, 6 July carried a ‘clarification’ about its  5 July frontline headline the place it had, appropriately, in my opinion, summed up the State Home Press Briefing as saying that Chakwera now not had any urge for food to scale back his powers.

The each day appears to have been strong-armed to “make clear” that decreasing presidential powers had “simply” been put “on maintain to prioritise assessment of different legal guidelines.”

Prof Kamchedzera discovered each the message as relayed on the State Home Presser and within the stated each day’s complicated when one remembers President Chakwera’s deal with of 8 August 2020:

“I’ve famous with delight that there’s a lot curiosity in my plans to trim the powers of the President. Due to that curiosity, I’m assured it’ll have your full assist when this challenge is effectively underway.”

He went on, “…I feel you understand by now that I don’t say one thing until I imply to do it. However to get this performed, I would like your assist.”

Professor Kamchedzera notes that this “was in full tandem with certainly one of his Hello-5 Agenda tenets: servant management”.

President Chakwera went deeper:

“I ask you to assist me by demanding that your MPs vote for these modifications. Malawi wants a extra empowered citizenry. The way in which to attain that’s to extend the powers of governance establishments and reduce powers of the President.”

Just for his Spokesperson to trash all that, saying:

“The President is concentrating on making modifications to the laws on legal guidelines that have an effect on Malawians straight. You may have seen the Chakwera administration bringing to Parliament land legal guidelines and really quickly shall be legal guidelines to do with sedition.”

Wonders Prof Kamchedzera: “How can we clarify Chakwera’s unilateral declaration that trimming presidential powers is just not a precedence?”

The incidences mused upon by Professor Kamchedzera aren’t remoted. As if the duplicity, which some would possibly name treachery “mused on,” is just not sufficient, there may be this little matter of amending some provisions of the Corrupt Practices Act (CPA) supposed by the Authorized Affairs Committee (LAC) of Parliament to free the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) from the cruel shackles of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

On the final sitting, the Authorized Affairs Committee (LAC) of Parliament had an modification prepared for debate and was stopped on the final minute by a presidential assurance that the invoice can be tabled as a authorities invoice.

Apparently, the federal government needed to say credit score for the modification and peddle it as fulfilling an MCP marketing campaign promise to actually free the ACB.

This doesn’t appear to be President Chakwera’s bona fide motivation for usurping the invoice. From the shortage of progress, I surmise that the federal government commandeered the invoice to sit down on it for worry that the ACB would go after some sacred cows if freed.

As per the Ministry of Justice spokesperson Pirirani Masanjala:

“Authorities is just not taking this modification to Parliament throughout this assembly. The modification eradicating the requirement for consent from the Felony Practices Act should be debated in Parliament alongside the constitutional modification to Part 100.

“Part 100 of the Structure says the powers vested within the DPP, together with to institute and undertake prosecutions or felony proceedings, are exercisable by the DPP or topic to the DPP’s basic or particular directions, or by an Act of Parliament by individuals in public service performing as his/her subordinates or such different legally certified individuals on directions from the DPP. ACB is one such establishment within the public service.”

Malawi Regulation Society President Patrick Mpaka disagrees and states that the CPA could possibly be independently amended with out relating the Structure.

He argued that the requirement of consent from the DPP takes away with one hand what the identical CPA, Part 4(3), provides to the bureau – freedom to train its powers and features impartial of the course of any particular person or authority.

“Given the distinctive and particular and broader objective of the anti-corruption regulation as outlined in sections 10, 11 and 12 of the Corrupt Practices Act, and given the position which that particular anti-corruption regulation performs in advancing the developmental and financial wants of atypical folks, this proposed modification can be a transfer in the proper course to invigorate the struggle in opposition to corruption and to accord actual independence to the ACB within the nation’s quest to curb corruption at excessive locations.”

I ask once more, what can we make of all this?

Quite than provide a solution, I’ll go away this query to you.

I’ll simply say that, like Tantalus, we stand in a pool of water close to a fruit tree. Once we attempt to choose the fruit, the department rises past our attain, and the pool recedes after we attempt to drink the water.

For a way lengthy

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