This morning I used public transport and one of the passengers asked me what I thought of the on going ban against my newspaper- The Nation. I said he should be asking me what I think about democracy. I told this good gentleman who says is a regular visitor to this blog that I believe strongly that democracy truimphs over anything else.
I told him I pray for a stronger democracy and leave to worry about short term decisions to wither themselves. The best examples are Bakili Muluzi era when young democrats pounced on journalists and newpapers got bans left and right.
Within five to ten years, with the end of Bakili Muluzi all the excited persons who wanted to destroy press freedom had nothing to show for it. The newspaper survived because as much as the current politicians would want me believe they dont know, Malawians voted for democracy on June 14, 1993.
Had Malawians chose a different way, none of them could be sure to be in office today.
Democracy the bad news about those that believe they have lasting power, favours the majority and free and thriving press is an intergral part of it. I strongly believe that our democracy, our newspapers will outlast some of these decisions. After four years, we will talk of this as history.
Thats the story of democracy, it outlasts tyrants!When I wrote something about Professor Peter Mutharika being the president of the republic, I had emails asking me what I thought of other "candidates". My answer is simple am compiling three books and they might be out by May 1, 2010, so just take note and you will find my good analysis on the country's democracy.
I will write about Joyce Banda, her strengths as a potential president and just on the sideline, this is a strong woman and you can underestimate her at your own risk.