mercredi 26 octobre 2011

Malawi / Burkina Faso: The ghosts of African dictators.


The ghost of Ngwazi.

         The first president of Malawi, Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda (1904-1997) decided to build a palace of 300 rooms on 555 acres of land around Lilongwe. The work lasts 20 years and cost a mere 83 million taxpayers Malawian poor living on $ 1 a day.
         The dictator is staying there for three months before being forced to leave power in 1994 and to die in South Africa three years later.
The palace later became the offices of the Parliament before the Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika decides to expel him and settle in March 2005.
         But now, every night, he heard strange noises, footsteps behind him. He felt sometimes rodents him run all over the body but when lit the light, he saw nothing. Catholic, he asked the clergy to pray and to exorcise the place. "No strategy will have hell to take on the president because we asked for divine intervention against the blood of Christ to every evil done,"
he told the Associated Press, the Reverend Malani Mtonga, religious affairs adviser.
         Superstitious, the president ended up moving to another residence Mtunthama, 100 km from Lilongwe.

The fetish of "Maurice" in Ouagadougou


         In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the former Presidential Palace is deserted since the coup that overthrew Aboubacar Sangoulé Lamizana Maurice Yameogo January 3, 1966.
         None of his successors, not even the revolutionary Thomas Sankara has dared to live there, preferring the modest houses of the Council of the agreement. Popular belief says that Maurice would Yaméogo hidden in the walls of the palace, fetishes formidable.
         He himself has never denied this rumor during his exile in Ivory Coast.

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