Thursday, May 07, 2009

Resilient Bingu

Last night a titanic struggle ensued between Chelsea of England and Spanish club, Barcelona in the semi-finals of football's European champions league. A lot has been said about officiation and the post-match chaos after the home-side were knocked out with a goal by Barca deep into added time.What fascinated me though was the way the visiting team adjusted to adversity to win the tie. Barcelona were missing three key players and played a third of the match with a man less, following the sending-off of a defender. Still the Spanish side kept going and scored the vital goal.

This resolve reminded me of Malawi's president, Bingu wa Mutharika. The man may have his weaknesses, but what I have admired in him during his tenure in the past five years is his tenacity and fighting-spirit. He has had a tough time in the national assembly with the opposition trying to impeach him, attempting to shoot down the national budget and to kick out his MPs for having 'crossed the floor'. Worse still the president lost his wife two years ago to cancer.
But Bingu has survived all these adversities and will be standing for re-election in two weeks time. Wow! What resilience!
On a sombre note, it's two years now since my good friend, Lucy Mtembezeka passed away. I miss Lucy on the anniversary of her going to be with the Lord.


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