He might not have used a good way to trace his roots but the man has a right to know who his real father is. Jim Jumani Johansson is right in every way to know the truth about his background.
From what we have been reading in the press throughout the week, there is something sinister surrounding the partenity of this man who claims to be Kamuzu's son. To make matters worse, the responses we are getting from the Kamuzu family are not assuring at all. Instead of giving answers they are bringing more questions that needs to be answered.
What Malawians need to know is the truth behind the family of the first President of independent Malawi not what we are being told at present. For a long time some people have controlled what we are to know about Kamuzu. There has been conflicting accounts about his life. Many who were close to him choose to be silent about his life. We expected that men like John Tembo will write books about him. Even Cecelia Kazamira who we are told was his long time confidant is yet to tell the nation what she knows about his life.
It is because of these and many other reasons that will make Malawians to believe what Johansson is claiming that some people were paid to keep qiute on issues regarding Kamuzu's life.
As much as we all know that Kamuzu was very strict in doing things and would not have tolerated what is being said now, people should realise that times have changed. We now have freedom of speech. These people should now speak the truth and let the world hear it.
This is our history. It belongs to all Malawians. We know that some people had been controlling our history for a long time. Remember there was government which changed things bearing the name Kamuzu.They forgot that governments change!
I ask the family of Kamuzu to go for the DNA test and establish the truth surrounding the life of the Kamuzu. These things should be settled once for
all. I find it hard to believe that a man who is was trained as a Psychologist by Stockholm University can just lose his senses and come to a poor African nation and claim to be a son of its former president. Its time people accepted that Kamuzu was only human and could have fathered a child at one time in his life.