Every political party in Malawi and, probably, in other countries as well, has a manifesto which, among other things, stipulates all the party promises, especially given a chance to rule. Basically, all manifestos speak similar things about improving all sectors of development in a country. They also seem to carry a view that people reading…

As 2019, the year of elections in Malawi draws near, political campaigns are heating up as people realign themselves on positions of their choice.  However, President Peter Mutharika and his government should be reminded that apart from the campaigning, they still have a job to do—running this country.  Therefore, they should not just spend more…

Experience has shown that Malawi has had its fare share of natural disasters, such as floods and drought.  Without doubt, it is such disasters, which forced government to form a department of disaster preparedness.  This comes handy when disasters, which are emergencies, strike.  If there is need to appeal to foreign governments and donors, government…

One of the things that most Malawians expected to come out of a multiparty democracy is successive successful government with ever-growing economy.  Unfortunately, this has not been the case.  Instead, governments after governments have been coming up with their own lame excuses as to why Malawi is not making any progress.  What is deliberately not…

As every Malawian knows, the fight for democracy in 1992/93 was to have freedom, including freedom of choice by having multiparty democracy.  As it were, in a multiparty political system people are free to participate in the affairs of their country and this includes being President of Malawi.  Even the Malawi Constitution allows this and…

It goes without saying that Malawians are facing a lot of problems ranging from poor service delivery to low education standards and above all is the stagnant economy. These situations mentioned here and many more out there are not exaggerated at all. The proof is life of the majority of Malawians who are permanently poor…

As it has already been said somewhere, Malawi was economically at par with Taiwan at Independence in 1964. At the moment Taiwan has become so developed that it cannot be compared to Malawi at all. The economic gains that Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda [the first post-colonial President)] achieved have been systematically quashed by retrogressive leadership…

It is common in Africa to see a newly elected President behave as if he/she is the only person of the people. As it were, maintaining this self-given importance is not cheap because in one way or the other tax payers need to pay in building the President’s personal legacy. When they leave the State…

During his recent budget consultation meeting in Blantyre, the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe was quoted as saying the Malawi economy is recovering. But he blamed the media for negative reporting about the economy and the success of the Peter Mutharika administration. Obviously, what the minister said is wrong perception. It…

When President Peter Mutharika came into power in May 2014, one of his promises was to improve the economy. He was going to do this (among other things) by attracting foreign investors to come and do business in Malawi. Now three years later, it has been shown that what Mutharika promised was easier said than…

Recently, some civil society organisations (CSOs) have been in the news for what can be termed as right reasons. As most Malawians still have fear of the unknown, CSOs will definitely be remembered for their courage. It will be hard to forget what CSOs did by successfully obtaining an injunction from the Mzuzu High Court…

George Orwell, author for the famous book Animal Farm, was once quoted as saying a people that elect corrupt politicians are not victims but accomplices.  This is very true even to Malawians.  The talk in the country now is about corruption.  The revelations after the Malawi – Zambia maizegate has simply added fuel to the…

When things are not working in a country, people look up to the Head of State and the entire leadership for timely solutions.  If the leadership believes in transparency and honesty, it can set up weekly briefings on the state of affairs in the country.  This is not the case in Malawi.  Instead the government…

It is common knowledge that the Malawi–Zambia Maizegate has triggered a lot of public debate in the country.  The debate ranges from lessons learnt to exposure of government weaknesses in the procedures for procuring supplies from outside the country. To start with, it is due to the Maizegate that for the first time in the…

Under normal circumstances, the essence of having a government is that it has to offer direction to the country and people at large so that they can achieve their desired goals.  As it were, the goals of a poverty-stricken country such as Malawi start with achieving the very basic needs.  These are food, clean water,…

If what Malawians are currently going through are not the results of failed leadership and, by extension, a failed government, then what is it?  Indeed, in this country nothing seems to work.  The trust most people had in government and its leadership is eroding fast. It is appreciated that every country has its own problems. …