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On Shoprite closure and possible ownership by Malawians:

On Shoprite closure and possible ownership by Malawians:

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Pelekani Mankhwala! Sana and Chipiku are the biggest chain stores in Malawi now. How many Chipiku or Sana vehicles do you see in town? Despite you not seeing their vehicles (they don’t have many) they are able to distribute to their shops across the country and operate at a profit.How many of the Chipiku and Sana bosses drive 4x4s from Toyota, Nissan etc. How many Sana and Chipiku managers have their kids fees paid by employers at KA, St Andrew’s and other expensive schools.Now go back to PTC and recollect the beautiful 4x4s the managers were driving. Go to other Malawian public companies and check the big cars top and middle managers drive. Even managers that don’t work in the hard to reach areas are given those big cars. Have you wondered why Airtel makes more profits than our own TN...
An honest advice to Chizuma: don’t over rely and trust Social Media

An honest advice to Chizuma: don’t over rely and trust Social Media

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By Pato Phoya Maybe People Change but honestly it needs sober minds to analyse the 'apparent fight' between the DPP and the ACB Director…. I have known Steve Kayuni as a cool person. He is selfless and does not allow emotions to guide his actions. He does not think with his blood. Does not seek the limelight. Always fighting from the back. He is a kind of person that attributes success to teamwork and takes responsibility for the failure of the entire team. I knew Steve after I had finished my O level and my brief interaction with him at St Mathias Parish in Lilongwe left an indelible mark in me about the College that God loved the most.. Of course none could tell that he was a Law Student then. Very humble. Even when I joined and paraded in the blessed corridors of Chilunga, ...
Propaganda Won’t Work On Sattar Case

Propaganda Won’t Work On Sattar Case

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Concerned Citizen opinion Any paraded lies against Sattar won't yield anything, Some so called facebook influencers think by peddling lies it is enough to bring down a London based business man Zuneth Sattar. The influencers have consistently pushed the narrative that is very far from reality. For instance, there has been news making rounds on social media that British authorities have seized Sattar's properties. Much as this could be true, but it is something that happened some two months ago. Yet the influencers, who are working hand in hand with ACB in advancing the narrative of its embattled Director General Martha Chizuma are peddling the news as if it has just happened. The level of hypocrisy the Sattar case has exposed is second to none. Enough of the propa...
Bashing Sattar Is Wasting Time, Sattar Is Just A Scapegoat

Bashing Sattar Is Wasting Time, Sattar Is Just A Scapegoat

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BY APAWO KWAYELA WHY BASHING SATTAR IS JUST CURING SYMPOTOMS Evil Plans Against Sattar Won't Succeed Social media activists—mostly Idriss Ali Nassah, Onjezani Kenani, Joshua Mbere and Kondwani Munthali—have, recently, been on apparent organised campaign to, at all cost, demonize businessperson Zuneth Sattar as a symbol corruption in the country. In their daily, well-coordinated social media posts bashing Sattar, these guys have gone so deep and wide in their propaganda to the worse, as we saw with Kondwani Munthali recently, of posting outright lies such as alleging that Sattar has several passports and that, despite on bail in UK, he has managed to flew in the country. Mr Nassah and Kenani, on several occasions, even refers to Sattar as SATAN. These guys can do better ...
Sattar Is Victim Of His Own Generosity

Sattar Is Victim Of His Own Generosity

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I have been following up the issue of one Zuneth Sattar with keen interest since its unfolding few months ago. What is of interest is the list of people both in public and private sectors he has been assisting. Topping the list of those benefiting from his generosity are politicians in both the ruling and opposition parties. What stirred the honet's nest, is the investigation which British government instituted against its own citizen after observing a spate of spending spree on properties and cars. The investigation unravelled alleged serious payouts to Malawian citizens in positions influence. Before anyone starts throwing a stone at Sattar, let's first look at behaviour of Malawians when they see a person with money. We flock to that person just to beg even if we have no...
Why Bingu Wa Mutharika Administration Expelled Cochrane Dyte UK Envoy? History Repeat Itself

Why Bingu Wa Mutharika Administration Expelled Cochrane Dyte UK Envoy? History Repeat Itself

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Malawi expels UK envoy over criticism of leadership By Trim Chasweka Opinion Malawi expelled the British envoy to the southern African country after he criticised its leadership as autocratic in a leaked diplomatic cable, a government spokesman said on Wednesday. Cochrane Dyte Wanted To Bring Tension To Malawi The move defied warnings from London and will strain ties between Malawi and its former colonial ruler, a major aid donor to the poor country, which faces a freeze in foreign assistance over its hostility to homosexuals and a media crackdown. British High Commissioner Fergus Cochrane-Dyet was given a formal letter of expulsion on Tuesday night, government spokesman Vuwa Kaunda told Reuters. Truth pains, Put your house inorder before you point fingers to others...
Malawi Lawyer Jivason Kadzipatike questions British NCA’s court document legality circulating on social media

Malawi Lawyer Jivason Kadzipatike questions British NCA’s court document legality circulating on social media

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By Lawyer George Jivason Kadzipatike I have seen extracts of a document purported to have been filed by British National Crimes Agency (NCA) in a court in London. Most of us in Malawi seem to be excited about the revelations made in the document.I’m, however, doubtful if the document in question, without more, would be beneficial to us in Malawi.Kondwani Munthali, Onjezani Kenani, Idriss operating as public prosecuting agencies for Malawi; the ones behind circulation of the questionable NCA court document It is doubtful because from the extracts I have seen, it would appear that the document places reliance on “recordings” done undercover, without the knowledge of the person who was being recorded. The one who was recording the purported Sattar is not mentioned, but the docume...
Sattar Case, Names Mentioned Are Mistaken, Hearsay And Scapegoat

Sattar Case, Names Mentioned Are Mistaken, Hearsay And Scapegoat

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By Nzondi Lungu Opinion Alot has been said, we are even scared to comment because you will say either we receive money from MCP , UTM , Sattar or we are praise singer somewhere depending on how you digest our view. Yes there is anger out there! But growing up in a village have you ever seen an incident where you are chasing a thief, the dogs are helping you and they have taken the lead chasing, running fast but suddenly the dogs stop somewhere just barking louder and louder! You look where they have stopped, it's a standing tree, mistaken for a human being to your disappointment? Meanwhile the thief is gone! This is how it reads to me at the moment, the focus is gone and instead we have turned into.each other to the extent of wanting to burry someone alive reason ? His or her na...
NCA Report Against Sattar Is A Hearsay No Proof Of Evidence, Sattar’s Lawyers Ready To Challenge In Court

NCA Report Against Sattar Is A Hearsay No Proof Of Evidence, Sattar’s Lawyers Ready To Challenge In Court

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By Jivason Kazipatike I have seen extracts of a document purported to have been filed by National Crimes Agency in a court in London. Most of us in Malawi seem to be excited about the revelations made in the document. I'm, however, doubtful if the document in question, without more, would be beneficial to us in Malawi. It is doubtful because from the extracts I have seen, it would appear that the document places reliance on "recordings" done undercover, without the knowledge of the person who was being recorded. The one who was recording the purported Sattar is not mentioned, but the document mentions names of people in Malawi that the purported Sattar allegedly talked to or about. This document is a mere piece of evidence that is in the custody of the State in the United Kingd...
Is jealousy, personal vendetta driving Malawi social media influencers hatred against businessman Sattar?

Is jealousy, personal vendetta driving Malawi social media influencers hatred against businessman Sattar?

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If you read what people such as Onjezani Kenani, Kondwani Munthali, Idris Ali Nassah and Joshua Mbele posts on social media about businessperson Zuneth Sattar, you would be easily forced to conclude that Sattar is a bad man, with bad intentions for Malawi. They try so hard to dust off anything negative about Sattar and amplify it with carefully selected adjectives to make sure anyone reading them, condemns Sattar as evil. The entire thing looks like a well coordinated agenda to recruit more Malawians in their scheme of demonising and destroying Sattar. But what wrong, if one may ask, has Sattar done to Malawians deserving the relentless backlash from these social media carpers? Sattar is a Malawian, born and raised here and grew under the tutelage of his father who has been in...