Are Africans too choosy about what they eat? That’s the question on many people’s minds after Malawian President Peter Mutharika recently said that he doesn’t understand why millions of his starving citizens don’t just eat mice and grasshoppers. Does Mutharika have a point or are people right to be angry about what he said?

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Mice on a stick: Cooked, salted or dried, field mice strung on sticks are sold as a popular delicacy in #Malawi markets & roadsides. (Photo: Malawi Facts via

MalawianPresident Peter Mutharika was recently quoted in the local press telling millions of his starving citizens to try eating “mice and grasshoppers” to stave off hunger.

“But why should Malawian die with hunger when we have different of things to eat? Muzidya mbewa, zitete, komanso chinangwa!” he suggested.

The Internet reacted with a collective: “what he did just say?”




Foreign ears

While it might sound offensive to foreign ears for President Mutharika to casually suggest that his countrymen eat field mice and grasshoppers, locally his comments hardly elicited any shock. This is because Malawians have been making a meal out of both for years – in times of plenty and famine.





This is because Malawians have been making a meal out of both for years – drought or no drought

Practice what you preach

Though, that is not to say that there are not those in Malawi calling on the president and other government officials to lead by example and serve mice and grasshoppers at their meetings.


Source: This is Africa