“In any political system of the world there is a divide between political promises and what is delivered. The problem in Malawi is that the divide is too big. This undermines the confidence people have in the leadership and institutions of the country. In my mind, Malawi has plenty of strategies and policies, but needs…

I am sure congratulations are in order to Nicholas Dausi for landing a Cabinet post as Minister of Information after heading the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB)—that ubiquitous intelligence apparatus mostly known for targeting domestic political foes rather than those threatening our national security, especially external elements. It will be interesting to see how a man…

  Finally, Parliament has passed the Access to Information Bill (ATI) after years of intense lobbying by civil society organisations (CSOs), including the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi Chapter) and the Media Council of Malawi (MCM). It became increasingly clear that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration was reluctant to have a strong and…

When it comes to project management, Malawi may wish to learn from how Egypt managed to construct the New Suez Canal—the latest artificial sea-level waterway that has become the pride of the Pharaoh descendants. “This is Egypt’s gift to the world. We promised and we delivered,” Admiral Mohab Mameesh, the retired commander-in-chief of the Egyptian…

So much has happened this month. Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) Governor Charles Chuka decided to give Malawians his idea of an early Christmas gift: a K2 000 banknote that, while it will help you have a less bulky wallet, proves how, as a country, we have failed to progress with a respectable degree of…

  In an unprecedented political upset, Republican Donald Trump on Tuesday became the 45th President of the United States (US) after beating Democrat Hillary Clinton who most polls showed would handily win the election. It was a result that shocked America’s political world and people across the globe. Yes, it is that Donald Trump who…

Let’s get rid of the noise first. It is ridiculous to be crying over spilt milk. I want to believe that State House is telling the truth in stating that the roughly K100 million vehicle bought for President Peter Mutharika was budgeted for. In other words, they submitted their annual expenditure plan to the Ministry…

When it comes to project management, Malawi may wish to learn from how Egypt managed to construct the New Suez Canal—the latest artificial sea-level waterway that has become the pride of the Pharaoh descendants. “This is Egypt’s gift to the world. We promised and we delivered,” Admiral Mohab Mameesh, the retired commander-in-chief of the Egyptian…

After the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expired last year, Malawi, as part of the global community, has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide its development planning in years to come. But how can Malawi, with lessons from MDGs, domesticate SDGs in its fold? EPHRAIM NYONDO talks to Stephanos International social and development…

When President Peter Mutharika was preparing to go to New York in the United States of America for the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), government arranged a press conference in Lilongwe where Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Francis Kasaila confirmed the President’s trip. Because of last year’s scandal of a bloated entourage…

  When President Peter Mutharika was preparing to go to New York in the United States of America for the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), government arranged a press conference in Lilongwe where Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Francis Kasaila confirmed the President’s trip. Because of last year’s scandal of a bloated…

“In any political system of the world there is a divide between political promises and what is delivered. The problem in Malawi is that the divide is too big. This undermines the confidence people have in the leadership and institutions of the country. In my mind, Malawi has plenty of strategies and policies, but needs…

The earnings season is here, especially for those companies listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE) and some financial houses who may be required by regulation to publish their financial results. The most interesting financial reports are from the hitherto super profits crowd: banks. Most of them have either posted drastically reduced profits or recorded…

The earnings season is here, especially for those companies listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE) and some financial houses who may be required by regulation to publish their financial results. The most interesting financial reports are from the hitherto super profits crowd: banks. Most of them have either posted drastically reduced profits or recorded…

Authorities—specifically the National Economic Management Committee chaired by the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development—had set very ambitious monetary policy targets built around restraining inflation and taming exchange rate volatility. The overall aim being to stabilise prices, which is a noble and excellent cause. And so they targeted that come 2018, the country will…

The depressing news this week is that Malawi’s public and publicly guaranteed (PPG) gross debt is worsening both in absolute terms and as a ratio of gross domestic product (GDP). This year alone, government plans to borrow from bilateral and multilateral partners around $917 million (about K687 billion) in the 2016/17 financial year to finance…

draft Seed Policy: What are the threats?

Malawi’s agriculture is predominantly defined by small-scale farmers. In fact, studies show that 70 percent of smallholder farmers in the country use informal seeds. However, the draft Seed Policy, which government has developed, only focuses on formal seeds. If it gets approved unchanged, writes our news analyst EPHRAIM NYONDO, the impact on Malawi’s agriculture will…