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”…

Hon. Folks,  on 8th March, 1992 Catholic Bishops published a Pastoral Letter titled ‘Living Our Faith’ which, many would probably agree,  turned to be the whip that broke the back-bone of Kamuzu Banda’s one party dictatorship. I am not a Catholic but from deep down my heart, I see what the bishops did in publishing…

Hon Folks, while we are knee-high in the much awaited rainy season, power outages have resumed with vengeance. In Michiru, Blantyre, where I live, power comes at 10pm to around 4am, implying that we have to do without electricity for the 18 hours we are awake and active! Is it any better where you are…

Hon Folks, all along it was Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe demanding an explanation on how Mera used K2.9 billion from the Price Stabilisation Fund (PSF) for the procurement of maize for Admarc. As the gatekeeper of public funds, Gondwe knew such a transaction can only be as irregular as it is illegal. Ignoring it could…

Hon Folks, every five years Malawians go to the polls to elect a new president and their member of Parliament. Guiding that choice is one cherished take-home civic education message: vote for people who are development-conscience. Of course, that’s the ideal. In reality, many Malawians vote along tribal or regional lines. But by and by,…

Hon Folks, APM fired Minister of Agriculture George Chaponda a day after the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) swooped on over K166 million in different currencies during a search and seize at his house in Lilongwe. The dismissal came while ACB was probing Chaponda, Admarc management and a local company Transglobe, for possible corruption in their roles…

Hon. Folks, at last ATI has been assented to, bravo Mr. President! The last time media managers called on APM to plead for the passing of the unadulterated version of ATI, he put his foot down, vowing that should his favoured watered-down version of ATI be tampered with, he would veto the passed Bill. He…

Hon Folks, watching MBC TV on Tuesday evening, it was refreshing seeing my old friend Nicholas Dausi  sounding extremely concerned about  APM flying commercial to an AU summit in Ethiopia. He said on arrival at Bole International Airport, the plane landed far from the airport lounge and they sent a rickety minibus (maphokonyoli) for our…

Hon. Folks, bravo APM for taking a commercial flight to Addis Ababa for the AU summit. Ethiopian Airlines has direct flights between Malawi and Ethiopia and its fares are highly competitive. It’s my sincere belief that those extremely courteous stewardesses ensured my President had a very safe and comfortable flight from Lilongwe to Addis Ababa…