Hon Folks, in the October 17 by-elections there were three parliamentary seats and three wards up for grabs.  There’s no denying APM was aware the critical mass would regard the polls as a litmus test for the popularity of his government. As such, he left no stone unturned in ensuring that his DPP win the…

Hon Folks, there’s no denying that campaign for the 2019 presidential race has started, albeit unofficially, and major contenders are the ruling DPP and opposition MCP. DPP President Peter Mutharika and MCP president Lazarus Chakwera have hit the road running, addressing campaign rallies though neither has described their political meeting as such. In addition, APM…

Hon. Folks, what does it take to get positive publicity in the media? Throughout his tenure, APM has grappled with this question to the extent that on return from the United Nations General Assembly in New York, he literally begged for it. It appears the folks in government who claim to be media experts have…

Hon Folks, when Sadc or AU meetings beckon, APM first checks the kitty. If it’s not looking good he stays home. Not so with the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Since assuming office in 2014, APM religiously makes the annual pilgrimage to the UNGA in New York. Almost always he also takes along excess baggage…

Hon Folks, did Judge Esmie Chombo really issue a blanket threat to bar the entire media fraternity from covering the Cashgate cases before her court just because someone publishing on social media misrepresented what transpired in court? What does that threat of collective punishment say about how the Honourable Judge of the High Court thinks…

Hon. Folks, did IMF suggest Malawi should renegotiate with donors? Adhering to this advice could be politically embarrassing to APM who is on record as having said we are managing just fine without direct budgetary support. His populist ant-aid spin is to acknowledge as patriots those who say Malawi should throw away the beggar’s bowl.…

Hon Folks, there’s no denying that campaign for the 2019 presidential race has started, albeit unofficially, and major contenders are the ruling DPP and opposition MCP. DPP President Peter Mutharika and MCP president Lazarus Chakwera have hit the road running, addressing campaign rallies though neither has described their political meeting as such. In addition, APM…

Hon Folks, so far four elderly politicians (born early 1950s and before) have led Malawi after Kamuzu.  If truth be told, only Bingu wa Mutharika impressed in his first term. I guess that’s why he garnered a record number of votes in the 2009 polls. Bingu  lost his political capital earlier in his second term…

Hon Folks, Escom has raised the alarm: generating power from water is a lost battle unless there’s a consistently good downpour in the next five years. Water levels in the Shire River have for a decade been on the decline, resulting in diminished capacity to generate the hydro-power we bank on in Malawi. It started…

Hon Folks, the warrant of arrest for former president Joyce Banda on Cashgate grounds may be a welcome step forward in the fight against corruption and impunity. Testimonies by some of the Cashgate convicts point to its enabler being an intricate network of crooks in government and unscrupulous suppliers in the private sector who, for…

Hon Folks, in media parlance, by arresting George Chaponda on corruption grounds, the Anti-CorruptionzBureau (ACB) has caught a ‘big fish’. His arrest made ‘platinum’ headline news on both conventional and social media. The public had mixed reactions: it was either deafening silence or threats of zikwanje (panga-knives) from the DPP front. But critics of intransigence…

Hon Folks, our people say when two elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers. I have lived long enough to learn from history that when government engages donors in a tug-of-war, it’s us, ordinary Malawians, who suffer the bruises. Which is why when APM raised his voice against donors at a public rally in Lilongwe…

Hon Folks, where is a miniature flag to hang at my house to show the world I am in a celebratory mood. It’s independence, stupid! And on 6th July 2017, we are commemorating 53 years of being an independent sovereign State. That is no mean achievement, is it? Some folks are speculating, especially on social…

Hon. Folks, there is the saying that to kill a snake you hit the head, not the tail. If poverty is a viper where is the head? Government has not told us where to hit to kill poverty, has it? Look at it this way; China is the second largest economy in the world after…

Hon Folks, congratulations to government and its workers for expeditiously settling a labour dispute. The K2 billion dispute settlement price is by far much less than would have been the cost of a nationwide strike the disgruntled civil servants threatened to mount. It’s also heartening to hear that the strike by Chancellor College academic staff,…

Hon Folks, if it were normal for kids to mount violent demonstrations, the world would have been better prepared for that; probably we’d have seen children-size handcuffs. But children are just that, children, our God-given gift to bring up—feed, love, protect, shelter and counsel. By God’s design, all of us grown-ups have the parental duty…

Hon Folks, Hertherwick Ntaba is a medical doctor who’s equally adept at spin-doctoring, a skill that has made him a de facto propaganda surgeon for any failing Head of State since the latter days of Kamuzu Banda’s one-party dictatorship. Joyce Banda was the only exception. She avoided him despite the fact that Ntaba is the…

Hon Folks, the Chief’s Act as enacted in 1967 allowed the President the discretion to appoint paramount chiefs, senior chiefs, chiefs and sub chiefs. In turn, the chiefs had the discretion to appoint group village headmen and village headmen. In the context of the one-party system of government of the time, the President’s power to…

Hon Folks, the K1.3 trillion national budget for 2017/18 could in fact be lower in real terms than last year’s budget of K1.2 trillion.  Inflation has definitely nibbled at the value of the kwacha in the past 12 months yet there are also additional 500 000 passengers in the ship born since the last budget…