Monday, May 28, 2012

Malawians Revert to the Old Flag as Fears Surround the Future of DPP which Might De-Register

Mutharika is buried with the flag; Is DPP next?
The Members of Parliament sitting in the August House in the Capital Lilongwe  has “re-repealed” a bill which Bingu wa Mutharika’s unpopular government forced on Malawians.

The flag which has now been declared redundant has a full sun which appears like a blue sun from distance to signify the DPP colours.

With the amendment to the bill it follows that Malawi can now revert to the old flag with a rising sun and Black, Red, and Green strips.
Most Malawians have welcomed the flag with poetic acclamation. Writing on his facebook, Mzondi Lungu welcomes the flag in a poetic eulogy, saying, "Welcome home. You are the reason we are warm heart of Africa . When somebody decided to make you hot, we became hot and madness spread all over, the hotness brought thugs and we petrol bombed each other like mad dogs, some even worsened in their spirits like vindere vyakufikapo. Now that you have arrived, let peace and common sense prevail".

During Mutharika regime, thugs sponsored by the Government bombed activists and during one of the pro-democracy demonstrations resulted into the death of 20 innocent Malawians. One University of Malawi student was allegedly murdered for questioning Mutharika's inhuman tactics through a leaflet flowered with un-questionable evidence of illegal undertakings. 

Ironically, MPs who voted in support of the Protected Flags, Emblems and Names Amendment Bill on Monday previously touted the change of the flag when Mutharika was arrive.

Some Malawians, like the blogger, refused to carry the repealed flag as part of civil disobedience.

It sums up assertions that Mutharika, a close partner Robert Mugabe, was leading Malawi with an iron fist.

But Malawians are also questioning the credibility of Malawian MPs regarding who they truthfully represents, as others are calling for the recall provision which will see electorates calling MPs who lose popularity.

As questioned by one of the youth social activists, Mandela Mwanza, "I'm finding it hard to be impressed by the same idiots who changed the flag changing it back.I've missed that rising sun though. The dawn of hope for Africa like it was meant to be. Almost a proud again Malawian".

However, Facebooker by the name Di Jinke questioned the logic of changing the flag at this time that Malawi is facing so many economic hardships. "Are we sure bringing the old flag is a priority NOW?Just wanna know..." asks Di Jinke about the decision which might appear to be costly.

This blogger joined others who advocated for the change of the flag.

Malawi Going to the old flag
Furthermore, not only the flag and other bills which Mutharika initiated which would die with him as other unpopular bills are also on the queue waiting for their turn to be repealed or amended. We are yet to see how long the Party which he ushered after dumping UDF will strive.
Other analysts have predicted that the family based party now being headed by Peter Mutharika, Bingu's brother, might be disbanded during a convention slated in October where participants will agree to deregister it.

This is particularly that most people who founded the party such as Gwanda Chakuamba, Joyce Banda, Uladi Mussa, Zikhale Ng'oma who was Bingu's right hand man are no longer members. As signatories to the pact which formed the part, such members can challenge continuation of the DPP as a political party which they helped found. This can imply that DPP can be challenged to field a candidate during the 2014 General Elections.

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