As it were, Malawians have their own sovereign State with a meaningful national anthem and a flag.  Therefore, despite being poor, they still deserve to be respected. Meanwhile, it is no news that Malawians continue to suffer with poverty and it is equally true that their poverty status is so demeaning to the extent that…

Recently at a Sherry Party which was a Judiciary function, held in Blantyre, the Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda confessed that corruption in Malawi has not spared the Judiciary.  Obviously, this confession is worrisome to the people of Malawi because corruption is capable of reducing the integrity, effectiveness and trust that people have of the justice…

Going by the definition of democracy, which says it is ‘a government for the people’, it means every Malawian should have an interest in the performance of the government. More importantly, raising concerns when things are not right. This should not only be left to opposition party leaders, civil society organisations (CSOs), or government critics.…

After being conferred with an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Washington on September 30 2018, President Peter Mutharika outlined his great vision in a speech he presented there.  Among other things, the President was quoted as saying Malawi needs five things. These, in short, were that Malawi needs to move from aid to…

During the one-party dictatorship under Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, people lived in perpetual fear of facing reprisals on assumptions of being disrespectful to the leadership. However, the fear aside, Malawians were really united. In fact, unity was one of the four cornerstones that Kamuzu used to run the country. The other three were loyalty, obedience…

Honestly speaking, the hype on Malawi’s political scene can be likened to the excitement that Malawians expressed in 1994 when they wanted a change from one party dictatorship to multiparty democracy. Unfortunately, after 25 years of multiparty democracy, there has been no change worth being proud of. The poor of 1994 are poorer today. The…

As is usually the case, whenever President Peter Mutharika comes back from a State visit he appeals to Malawians to be more patriotic. He did the same on his return from China on  September 7 2018. From his speech about the success of China, the President was impressed and thought that he would appeal to…

As 2019 elections are drawing near, aspiring candidates for various positions are gearing up showing their interests. Uniquely, each and every candidate is showing that he or she is the one that the constituency or the country has been waiting for. Surprisingly enough, even those who are running again for the second time or more,…

The coming of multiparty democracy to Malawi in 1994, brought in a lot of freedoms, one of which was to openly show activism. So far, activists as human rights defenders and government watchdogs have done extremely well in very difficult circumstances. They have also complemented well with other organisations such as the Public Affairs Committee…

Wherever Dr Lazarus Chakwera has been holding his political rallies they have been characterised with excitement and expectations that Malawians will soon achieve their real freedom.  Meanwhile, the coming of Dr Saulos Chilima with his United Transformation Movement (UTM)signifies further that Malawians mean business. It is appreciated that Malawians gained their various freedoms in 1993. …

When contributing to a Senate debate about corruption in Kenya, one senator said corruption in that country has reached a level of being called extraordinary.  Therefore, he advised government to come up with extraordinary measures to solve corruption.  This situation is similar to Malawi.  Indeed, there is extraordinary corruption.  It is generally believed that even…

It does not need a genius to know that Malawians are desperate for change of government.  The main signs of this are the mammoth crowds of people who voluntarily flock to political rallies addressed by Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP), and lately, to rallies by Vice-President Saulos Chilima of the United Transformation Movement…

On his return from the Brics meeting in South Africa, President Peter Mutharika said the meeting was beneficial as Malawi will have the opportunity to tap in $34 billion for infrastructure development.  The President was trying to sell this information to Malawians as it sounds encouraging on the surface.  But it is necessary for Malawians…

Without any doubt, the mammoth crowd at the launch of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) by Vice-President Saulos Chilima in Lilongwe meant that Malawians are looking for a political saviour. The four years suffering under President Peter Mutharika and his DPP-led government was enough for people to look around for someone to rescue them from…

The suffering that Malawians are going through is a catalyst for the enthusiasm that people are showing for the 2019 elections which is expected to bring the desired change. There is a lot of hype as people re-align themselves with political parties of their choice.  Even though the official campaign period is still very far,…

To assume that soon there will be transformation in Malawi under the leadership of President Peter Mutharika and his DPP-led government is a mere wishful thought of the highest order.  Currently, this country has been be-deviled by all manner of corruption which has left Malawi paralysed.  Honestly speaking, it is time the President declared corruption…

When Vice-President Saulos Chilima addressed a press conference on June 6 2018, he introduced his statement with a very important point.  He reminded his audience and all Malawians at large that in both the fights— one against colonialism and the other one against dictatorship—Malawians from all the parts of the country were involved. He mentioned…

There has been a lot of speculation for a long time in Malawi about the sour relationship between President Peter Mutharika and Vice-President Saulos Chilima.  Finally, on June 6 2018, Chilima held a press conference in Lilongwe to make clear his position.  Most Malawians were very anxious to hear what he was to say. In…