Malawi is practically a neighbouring country, but I had no idea that the new President, Joyce Banda was making such radical changes there. It’s embarrassing; not the changes being made, but my ignorance.
In my defense, I was not expecting anything different from Banda, after Bingu wa Mutharika, Malawi’s former President ensured the Continent’s trend of setting up despots, thieves and madmen in power, until his timely death. Women are as susceptible as men to be corrupt, despotic, thieving and mad.
But not this woman it seems. No, Joyce Banda has within months of becoming the new President, made radical changes such as:
- Getting rid of the Presidential jet which the poor country can ill afford
- Ditching the cavalcade of expensive limousines that Mutharika used to ride around in like a pompous ass
- Announced the repeal of laws banning homosexuality, imposed by the bigoted Mutharika
- Sacked the corrupt police chief favoured by her equally corrupt predecessor
- Appointed a new cabinet (hopefully one that the country can be proud of)
- Re-stablished developmental and diplomatic relations with Britain
- Working with the Bank of En value of Malawi’s currency
- Refusing to allow Sudanese despot Omar al-Bashir into the country for an AU Summit in July
Joyce Banda provides hope that Africa may yet change radically, and rid itself of the penchant for self-destruction through the selection of dictators and madmen like Mugabe. And the fact that it took a woman to start this change is even more cause for celebration.
One can only hope that South Africa follows suite and ejects these greedy, corrupt, inept, power-hungry lunatics in the ANC from power. One would be even more hopeful that a woman or women accomplish that rescuing act.