Honourable folks, when the media reported two weeks ago that the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) called on the President, advising her to order Parliament to disclose the value of her assets and liabilities, JB’s response echoed what Attorney General Anthony Kamanga had said earlier: there’s no law to support public disclosure. Of course, they are…

Honourable Folks, there’s no government in the world whose prime duty is to feed its citizens. That’s the task God gave to the citizens themselves. Mudzadya thukuta lanu [you will have to sweat to make the soil produce anything]. On its part, government collects tax in order to provide public goods and services—roads, markets, schools,…

Honourable Folks, PP deputy publicity secretary Ken Msonda never stops bragging about his party going one step ahead of DPP and UDF by separating party from government affairs. But if you asked businessman Leston Mulli, he’d most likely dismiss the assertion as false. Until April 2012, his business empire—Mulli Brothers Limited—was government’s point of call…

Honourable Folks, while all the four major parties—PP, DPP, MCP and UDF—have elected their presidential candidates democratically, it looks like the electorate will have to wait much longer to know who will represent these parties in the parliamentary and local government elections. Voters are busy registering; the clock is ticking, showing eight months to the…

Honourable Folks, we may not tell who’ll be in the State House next year but it’s more likely to be one of the four—Joyce Banda (PP), Lazarus Chakwera (MCP), Peter Mutharika  (DPP) and Atupele Muluzi (UDF). Of the four, the new  kid on the block is Chakwera and understandably, it didn’t go down well in…

Honourable Folks, it’s only earlier this month when I lamented the fact that Escom—a virtual monopoly in the generation and supply of electricity—and which is 100 percent state-owned and, therefore, a parastatal despite its status of a limited company—has increased tariffs by over 80 percent since JB ascended to power in April 2012. Like a…

Honourable Folks, game changer is what the Rev. Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has become in the eyes of quite a few folks I’ve changed notes with on the recent developments in MCP. Some say the second round of the registration exercise is likely to swell due to the ‘Lazarus fever’. Delegates to the MCP convention deserve…

Honourable Folks, if only Escom were to face good competition as did Air Malawi, we’d have by now erected an epitaph of a badly run, highly incompetent service provider, best known for its efficiency in making load-shedding schedules. But the so-called limited company, and the State that has 100 percent shareholding in it, have taken…

Honourable Folks, in a year of elections, it may be understandable why JB wants to erect tombstones for those butchered during the July 20 2011 demonstrations. It’s a gesture that rubs in the evils of DPP, the major rival to the President’s own PP. Coming hot on the heels of the revelation that the late…

Honourable Folks, Henry Chibwana was speaking at a party function as secretary general of the ruling People’s Party (PP) when he made the unsavoury remarks that Malawi would be better off with a one-party system of government. It’s a calculated remark made from the PP’s vantage point as the party that sits on the government…

Honourable Folks, the notion that loomed large in my mind as we celebrated our National Day on July 6 is sovereignty. Why was the 49th Independence Anniversary such a big deal for Malawi? The issue of sovereignty was particularly confusing. Remember the July 20, 2011 lecture by Prof. Bingu wa Mutharika (deceased), economic engineer and…

Honourable Folks, the news that former president Bingu wa Mutharika amassed over K61 billion within the eight years he was in power should serve as a reminder that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Those who were there between 1999 when Mutharika contested and lost in both the presidential and parliamentary polls and 2004…

Honourable Folks, the news that former president Bingu wa Mutharika amassed over K61 billion within the eight years he was in power should serve as a reminder that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Those who were there between 1999 when Mutharika contested and lost in both the presidential and parliamentary polls and 2004…