As the government continues to drag its feet on the issue of enacting the amply substantiated electoral reforms, it has come up with a constitutional amendment bill and enabling bill which seek to create the so-called National Remuneration Commission under the pretext of providing a fair, coherent and efficient means of determining the remuneration of…

  It has now become fashionable in Malawi for ethnic groups to form tribal associations. Following the first tribal associations – Chewa Heritage Foundation, Mulhakho wa Alhomwe and Mzimba Heritage Association—smaller ethnic groups have also formed their own tribal associations. Examples include the Nkhata Bay Cultural Heritage Association, Karonga-Chitipa Cultural Heritage, Chiwanja cha Ayawo and…

The struggle to eliminate gender-based violence is essentially a revolt against culture and accepted morality. This is what makes the public outrage at one of the placards displayed during a recent solidarity demonstration to express concern at the persistence of violence against women and girls in Malawi unsurprising. The placard undoubtedly trumped underfoot the prevailing…

At a recent State ceremony where two newly-appointed judges of the High Court were sworn in, the President of Malawi made comments that reflected his apparent frustration with court orders, especially injunctions. As Head of State and the Executive, he acted in breach of the separation of powers and the rules of ethics when he…

Brexit gave formal expression to the growing public revolt against globalisation in the West. Not to be outdone, the United States of America (US) voted for Donald Trump who rallied his energised supporters around the isolationist policy of ‘America First’. Although the  Western anti-globalisation movement has suffered crushing defeats in Holland and France, and will…

It is easy to be overly excited with the recent hype about the discovery of oil and gas deposits in Malawi. We have long wondered about how unfortunate the country was for it to be the only one on the continent not to be endowed with any significant mineral resource. With the discovery of uranium…

One of the electoral reforms the Malawi Law Commission has proposed for parliamentary consideration is that the President must be elected by at least 50 percent plus one vote cast in a presidential election. Currently, a presidential winner is declared when a candidate obtains more votes than his or her competitors. It is not necessary…

Agwidwa ‘ukapolo’ ku Ntchisi

  Madzi achita katondo kwa T/A Malenga m’boma la Ntchisi komwe Gulupu Malenga, Peku Wakuda ndi Munkana aletsa anthu a m’mudzi mwa Peku Woyera kukhala nawo pa zochitika zilizonse m’derali kuphatikizapo maliro, ukwati komanso kupita kumsika wawo waukulu potsatira mkangano wa malo. Nkhaniyi ikuti mfumu yaing’ono Peku Woyera idawina mlandu wa malo womwe udaweruzidwa ndi…

The question of the accountability of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has a tendency to polarise opinion. Some people feel strongly that they should be. NGOs demand others to be accountable. They should be accountable too, so the argument goes. Others deny that NGOs should be held accountable at all, especially if that accountability is to the…

To understand why our Constitution protects the tenure of the vice-president, one needs to grasp two forms of democracy: representative and direct democracy. Representative democracy allows for the election of representatives (normally members of parliamentarian [MPs], senators or councillors) who are then empowered to make decisions on behalf of their constituents for a specified term.…

The vice-presidency in Malawi is a high constitutional office that has been robbed of its significance largely by myopic political machinations. Before elections, the position promises power and an opportunity to its aspirants to serve the country in a distinguished manner; after elections, it brings about marginalisation, sometimes ridicule, and invariably misery to the incumbent.…

The question of the accountability of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has a tendency to polarise opinion. NGOs demand others to be accountable. They should be accountable too, so the argument goes. Others deny that NGOs should be held accountable at all, especially if that accountability is to the State. To say that NGOs must be accountable…

If Parliament during the one-party state became the theatre for the hero-worshiping of the personage of Dr Kamuzu Banda, Parliament in the democratic era has been reduced to a lapdog of the executive. This accounts a great deal for the lack of progress on Malawi’s democratization project. The abysmal performance of Parliament during the Banda…