As it were, from February 4 to 8 2019 the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) was receiving nomination papers for all candidates for the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. This included presidential candidates and their running mates. As it is well known, presidential candidates of political parties are elected at the party convention while the choice…

For the past five years, people in Malawi have been engaged in nonstop discussions and debates about corruption which has destroyed the nation and its people. It is true that there has been some corruption in the previous governments, but not at the unprecedented levels being witnessed in the President Peter Mutharika’s, whereby, every sector…

As it were, the leadership of President Peter Mutharika and his government are about to clock five years, hence the elections in May 2019. At the moment political campaign are in full swing. The ruling DPP is busy renovating and reminding people about their so called success stories with which they expect to convince people…

Some years ago, a BBC reporter based in Tanzania was quoted as saying “no one should underrate an African because he might be a nobody today only to be a head of State tomorrow”.  He elaborated his statement by giving an example of his experience in Tanzania where a number of politicians from neighbouring countries…

It is an obvious fact that the strength of a ruling political party is not based on the amount of violence it unleashes against opposition parties and other people in the society.  It is also equally true that political violence is usually started by people who have run out of ideas about how best they…

The more things want to change, the more they remain the same.  A typical example in Malawi is the presidency.  It is very clear that despite the provision of a Vice-President in the Constitution, most Presidents have shown that they prefer not to be deputised and go it alone just like Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda.…

Some 54 years ago Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda took over the leadership of Malawi from the colonialists. Being the first African President, he wanted to prove to the colonialists that he was capable. Therefore, he first of all made sure that the standards, especially of doing work, were maintained. At every opportunity, he could appeal…

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…