Hon Folks, a polygraph expert is reportedly already in the country to fish out the ACB officer who leaked the report on fraudulent food ration procurement deal in which APM is implicated! That’s pretty fast for ACB, isn’t it? How I wish the graft busting-body was as swift in pursuing high level corruption case of…

Hon Folks, having admitted receiving the so-called K145 million gift from a supplier of food rations, APM, through his spin-doctors, engaged the over-drive in damage control. They told Malawians there was nothing sinister about the donation and portrayed APM as a victim of a smear campaign. Essentially, they tried to make the public see the…

Hon Folks, ACB director Reyneck Matemba was spot on when he said in an interview (The Nation, 25 June, 2018, p7) that foot soldiers in the fight against corruption require the “backing and support” of political leadership. True! Where corruption has been decisively tackled, it’s the Head of State—not the head of the anti-corruption agency—that…

Hon Folks, MPs want Goodall Gondwe to juggle the shoe-string cash budget and set aside a six-month lump-sum funding for the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). Should that happen, and coupled with the borehole and rural development funding, the incumbents will all have a lot to brag about by the time Parliament is dissolved in March…

Hon. Folks, image matters. That’s why at the dawn of the multiparty system of government, the Malawi Police Force changed its name to Malawi Police Service. Those charged with police reforms that time realised the Malawi Police Force lost credibility during the Kamuzu era when, instead of being an agent of State responsible for law…

Hon Folks, I’ve no doubt in my mind that quitting DPP is the best thing Vice-President Saulos Chilima has done. He wasn’t welcome in the first place, having been sidelined even for the many party executive positions that were allocated by appointment. It’s also not surprising that tension and acrimony ensued when calls for Chilima…

Hon Folks, those championing change of leadership in the governing DPP have really stirred mud in the pool for APM. Their justification for a take-over by Veep Saulos Chilima is, in the same breath, an admission that APM’s first term is a flop. Such sentiments from APM’s own base—regardless of whether or not they’ll change…

Hon Folks, did the MCP convention deliver a credible election? The question is important because MCP enjoys the status of government-in-waiting and should it emerge victorious in the 2019 presidential race, it’ll not just be the governing party but will also be expected to be the enabler of free, fair and credible subsequent elections at…

Hon. Folks, my thoughts are still on the Sona (State of the Nation Address) presented in Parliament on Friday last week. It struck me more as APM’s tool for self validation than an honest encapsulation of the state we are in. Probably that’s quite understandable in a year of elections, especially after voters proved in 2014…

Hon Folks, as the nation waits with bated breath for Goodall Gondwe’s 2018/19 pro-youth budget, I can’t help wondering what the projected economic growth rate would be like in the year of elections. The many promises of zitukuko (development projects) in the year of elections presuppose the economy will generate enough wealth from which government…

  Hon Folks, first it was a shakeup in MCP when some executive members, including party secretary general Gustav Kaliwo and party vice-president Richard Msowoya, stood up to party president Lazarus Chakwera who, they claim, has no respect for the party’s constitution. The tussle lingers on in the courts, effectively thwarting a planned MCP convention…

Hon. Folks, while the Constitution allows for a maximum of two consecutive five-year terms for the President, it is apparent that in DPP there are some who do not think APM deserves another term. Ordinarily, political parties would want to take advantage of incumbency by giving a sitting President unhindered opportunity to stand again on…

Hon Folks, for the first time in living memory we’ve heard that the youth are the focal point of the next national budget. Old man Goodall Gondwe, the Minister of Finance, reportedly even used the youth as an excuse for dodging this year’s pre-budget consultations. He said he wanted them to feel free as they…

  Hon Folks, it may look as if the business captains are pushing it by asking for a tax reduction to stimulate business growth, more so when the budget itself has been drastically chopped to K1 trillion. It was at nearly K1.3 trillion in 2017/2018 fiscal year then reduced to K1.1 trillion by midyear when…

Hon Folks, with Malawi Growth and Development Startegy (MGDS III) just launched on Tuesday, I can’t help but muse on the efficacy of such strategies—which obviously are an outcome of a very taxing thought process—on wealth generation and poverty reduction. First thing first; I’m aware that MGDS III, just like the two previous strategies—MGDS I…

Hon Folks, on my mind right now is something you may consider trivial—the clip trending on social media in which an NTV journalist makes an observation that in 2018 Malawi doesn’t have a single movie theatre where folks could watch the movie Black Panther on big screen. In our set of priorities, there could be…

Hon Folks, first, a question on best practices: Which must come first between planning and financing? The plan comes first, right? Not so with folks in government, at least not now when elections are just 14 months away. Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe saw a deficit crater in the 2017/18 national budget and decided a mid-year…

Hon. Folks, the comparison of Reaganomics to “Tchopanomics” and the use of the expression “It’s Tchopanomics, stupid”, a derivative of Mr. Bill Clinton’s campaign strategist James Carville’s phrase: “[It’s] the economy, stupid” in last week’s article offended the sensibilities of some people. I therefore would like to retract those parts of the article and assure…

Hon Folks, ever heard about Reaganomics? Americans coined the term after being bamboozled by economic policies of President Ronald Reagan (1981-89). Now the American English lexicon is one word richer only because Reaganomics led to the tripling of the US national debt in the eight years Reagan was at the White House. Thanks to Reaganomics,…