I prefer to call those that exercise the legal and political authority of the State the governing–proxy. When we refer to public officers as leaders—whether they are technical public officers or political public officers—it creates a delusional sense of superiority that oozes a capture and monopoly to intelligence; know-how. The rest of us do not know…

On September 1 2017, the Supreme Court of Kenya handed down a judgment that rendered the presidential poll in that country null and void. Under Kenyan electoral law, the electorate goes back to the poll in 60 days’ time—on October 17 2017—to, yet again, elect a State President. The decision of the Supreme Court of…

Last week, Thoko from Bangwe shared with us his views about the ongoing national identity (ID) registration exercise. He highlights the benefits of a national ID scheme; at the top of the benefits being the possibility of an efficient public service delivery system. By and large, Thoko also highlights the challenges that a national ID…

Lawyers have a manner of speaking. They are counsel. They are learned friends. And they are in a noble profession. On 27 May, 2017, the Malawi Law Society (MLS) published in the media the disciplinary matters that came before its disciplinary committee and the recommendations the committee has made in those matters. For the longest…

One of the new land laws enacted by Parliament last year is the Customary Land Act, 2016. Among other things, the Act states that there shall be a traditional land management area under each traditional authority in this country. Under each traditional land management area, there shall be a customary land committee which shall oversee…

The making of the Constitution of 1994 was preceded by the drama of citizenship. Between 1991 and 1993, Malawi was awash with citizen action through street protests, demonstrations and dissident religious sermons and texts. This display of active citizenship led to the referendum of 14 June, 1993 which ushered in a new multiparty constitutional order…