Hon. Folks, APM’s New Year address was a bagful of 2018 promises. He pledged to transform the Lower Shire with Greenbelt revolution besides putting additional 27 000 hectares to irrigation at a total cost of about K250 billion! He also pledged a permanent solution to electricity blackouts in 2018, blaming the current long spells of load-shedding…

Hon. Folks, 25-hour electricity load-shedding is a new reality that made 2017 conspicuous. It has never been this bad in Malawi ever since we became an independent sovereign State in1964. Is there hope for respite in 2018? The APM administration says so but these folks have a reputation for flying kites in our faces. They…

Hon Folks, just two days to Christmas and nine days to another brand New  Year, hooray! Let’s  thank God for the abundance of his mercies. By grace, He has given us  life and He alone nurtures and sustains it every day. Let’s also thank Him for allowing that we have Malawi, a country endowed  with…

Hon Folks, there’s only one place for the adulterated 50+1 Bill—the trashcan. MPs know where the trashcan is since it’s not long ago when they threw in it the adulterated Access to Information (ATI) Bill. They also know how to winnow the chaff from the letter and spirit of government Bills. The problem with extending…

Hon. Folks, electoral reforms are not about the Public Affairs Committee (PAC). They are a pledge by the Executive arm of government. It promised Malawian voters to push enabling a bill or bills to the current sitting of Parliament. In light of that promise, the media also checked with the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) if…

Hon. Folks, electoral reforms are not about the Public Affairs Committee (PAC). They are a pledge by the Executive arm of government. It promised Malawian voters to push enabling a bill or bills to the current sitting of Parliament. In light of that promise, the media also checked with the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) if there…

Hon Folks, after losing miserably in the October by-elections, DPP has gone on an offensive to isolate and weaken the victorious MCP by seeking to establish alliances with PP and UDF, which came third and fourth respectively in the 2014 Tripartite Elections. Having both parties on its side would help turbo-charge APM for the 2019…

Hon. Folks, I harbour no illusion that the much-touted 50+1 system is panacea for Executive arrogance. If anything, former president Bingu wa Mutharika, who scooped 66 percent of the votes in 2009 general elections, showed  the system can actually embolden a leader to think he or she has the mandate of the people to be…

Hon. Folks, there’s no denying DPP spectacular loss in the October 17 2017 by elections has sent a chill down APM spine. He no longer can take for granted victory in the forthcoming 2019 presidential race. But for a president who’s known for flip-flopping—he reneged on a campaign promise to reduce presidential powers—the loss  could…

Hon Folks, the good thing that has come out of DPP’s spectacular loss in the October 17 by elections is that it has made APM realise his prospects of vacating the State House in 2019 are real if he does not play man of the people eager to hear their woes and personally do something…

Hon Folks, the bloodsuckers scare has spread like wild fire. It started in Lhomwe belt—Mulanje, Thyolo, Phalombe, Chiradzulu—and Nsanje. Last week it hit Blantyre. From nowhere vigilantes, armed with machetes, sticks, stones, etc., ganged up in hostile formations that conducted illegal patrols in the name of searching for blood-sucking vampires. At Chatha, along the road…

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…