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, 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, 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…

Hon Folks, last year the original budget was K1.2 trillion but had to be reduced later when it became apparent that government’s narrow revenue base could not yield that amount of money. This year the outlook is promising: good maize harvest and other crops, thanks to the good rains and minimised crop damage by locusts…

Hon Folks, it’s heartening to hear Misa-Malawi elections, postponed last Saturday due to claims of irregularities with the voter roll, will finally be held at an extraordinary annual general meeting in Lilongwe on June 3. Logistics for the meeting are crude and tilt the attendance in favour of Lilongwe-based journalists. But for those from the…

Hon. Folks, what should we expect in the aftermath of the National Anti-Corruption Conference held in Lilongwe last week? Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu said the conference was meant to solicit views of various stakeholders as government seeks to review the Corrupt Practices Act, 1995 and the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, 2008. Which begs the question: does…

Hon Folks, in 1994 Malawi had a peaceful transition from one-party to a multi-party system. At that time, 800 000 lives were lost to genocide in Rwanda.  Fast-forward to 2017: Rwanda is Africa’s rising star, a land of peace and economic prosperity.  Malawi, on the other hand, is a unique case study of how a…

Hon Folks, Inflation in March was down to 15.8 percent.  Same month last year it was in excess of 22 percent! This news must be of great propaganda value to MBC TV which scouts for government cheer-leader rants with the precision of a heat-seeking guided missile. Not that there is any problem attributing such gains—which…

Hon. Folks, it must have been a show of bravado for APM to declare that the Public Affairs Committee (PAC), a grouping of major religious communities which plays a watchdog role in governance and human rights spheres, is a spent force which no longer represents Malawians. Or could it be sign of stress? His diatribe…

Hon Folks, Minister of Local Government Kondwani Nankhumwa has the power to invoke Section 21 of the Local Government Act and suspend the district council of Chiradzulu. He warned councillors to cease harassing district commissioner Memory Kaleso but, like chauvinistic pigs in their pristine, they are hell-bent to make her dance to their tune or…

Hon Folks, I am not surprised the spat between APM and Balaka North MP Lucius Banda has metamorphosed into a rift between the latter and his own party, UDF.  UDF openly bashed the MP in a press statement on Tuesday, describing his stand on the DPP and UDF coalition as “distorted”, meant to bring “disunity”…