I have patiently been waiting for the country’s major presidential aspirants to outline their policy positions on how to improve the Malawi economy. I have listened to Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Peter Mutharika, Malawi Congress Party’s (MCP) Lazarus Chakwera, People’s Party’s (PP) Joyce Banda and UTM’s Saulos Chilima. From Mutharika, all I have heard is…

This other week, principle secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Kiswell Dakamau chided civil society organisations (CSOs) in Malawi for not aligning their programmes to people’s needs, especially what the good PS said were key priority areas. Dakamau also complained that some CSOs do not involve government (I assume he…

This other week, principle secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Kiswell Dakamau chided civil society organisations (CSOs) in Malawi for not aligning their programmes to people’s needs, especially what the good PS said were key priority areas. Dakamau also complained that some CSOs do not involve government (I assume he…

Every time Vice-President Saulos Chilima goes at a political rally, he raises an issue that ends up dominating public discourse for months—a feat folks in the political communication field must be marvelling at with envy and respect while his opponents, if they comprehend what is really going on here, must fear. Keeping alive a campaign’s…

So, the World Bank has decided to shift goal posts and yank K60 billion from the 2018/19 National Budget that Finance, Economic Planning and Development Minister Goodall Gondwe had banked on and factored it into the fiscal plan. Apparently, Gondwe had trusted the World Bank more than the European Union (EU) because, while he had…

That the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) is one of the most inefficient public institutions in Malawi is a no-brainer. Admarc has this rare and extraordinary gift of making losses in almost every commercial endeavour it indulges itself in or has been pushed by its political masters at Capital Hill to carry out. As…

It must have been a proud moment for former president Bakili Muluzi. His son—Atupele—who is a Cabinet Minister in the Peter Mutharika administration—had just retained his post as president of the United Democratic Front (UDF). This is the party the self-styled political engineer helped to establish and almost single-handedly turned into a governing party for…

For years, donors—especially bilateral development partners—would suspend budgetary support from the Malawi Government based on opinions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) emanating from the country’s performance under its supported economic programmes—from the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility to Extended Credit Facilities. The reasons the fund would give for red lights to general budget support…

Malawi’s economic fundamentals remain stable generally despite a few setbacks and overall image/perception issues that appear to be crowding out fairly positive news on economic stability. Inflation is easing back to comfortable single digit levels after threatening to return to double digits in the first quarter of the year. In May this year, headline inflation…

One of the major reasons Malawians are suffering—terrible social service delivery in areas such as health, education, water and sanitation; poor infrastructure, the widening gap between the rich and the poor, static poverty levels and underdevelopment in general—is because of how the system has allowed those entrusted with the management of public resources to misuse…

This week, the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development released a statement that was published as an advert in major dailies and was picked up by the main-stream media as a major news item. The press release—among other things—announced a K50 billion cut to the proposed 2018/19 National Budget and how such a reduction…

One of the major reasons Malawians are suffering—terrible social service delivery in areas such as health, education, water and sanitation; poor infrastructure, the widening gap between the rich and the poor, static poverty levels and underdevelopment in general—is because of how the system has allowed those entrusted with the management of public resources to misuse…

  Two years to the expiry of Vision 2020, President Peter Mutharika this week launched the third generation Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS III), which is the country’s overarching medium-term development tool designed to lead the country towards attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The first MGDS document was implemented from 2006 to 2011…

Opposition members of Parliament (MPs)—especially those from the Malawi Congress Party (MCP)—this week did a pretty good job of pretending to care about transparency, accountability and adherence to public finance management principles. The MPs took umbrage at how the Executive branch housed at Capital Hill in Lilongwe allocated around K4 billion to 86 constituencies without…