President Peter Mutharika regularly talks about industrialising Malawi. But how does he plan to achieve that without serious investment in the energy sector that is supposed to power the industrial transformation? When you look at the budget allocations to the energy sector you would laugh your lungs out. Government allocation to the energy and mining…

At the rate Malawi’s public debt levels are rising, the country could find itself sliding back into real trouble unless it overhauls its debt management architecture and come up with strategies that make debt contraction more sustainable both fiscally and in terms of balance of payment obligations. Government—through the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and…

“Fellow Malawians, this election is gone. But we have a country to develop. And we have work to do ahead of us! Let us all remember that we have more that unites us than anything that divides us. “Whether you voted at all or not voted, whether you voted for us or not for us.…

The latest Agriculture Sector Performance Report (ASPR), which is the comprehensive annual agriculture sector account of progress made by players in the sector, is depressing. Despite the tens of billions that the Malawi Government has pumped into the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp), Capitol Hill still spends even more billions to buy food for distribution…

Malawians must be proud of the successful holding of the sixth general election after the reintroduction of multiparty democracy in 1993. I am especially proud and I salute my Person of the Year Justice Jane Ansah for pulling off the most successful election so far. Her stakeholder management skills and her detailed grasp of the…

I grew up loathing banking and its bankers. My father had no kind words for banks. Greedy and mean, was the lexicon he regularly deployed to describe the smart men and women who worked for banks. “Show me a man who keeps everything, including the money to himself. That’s a banker. Very mean, and unforgiving,”…

So, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has decided that its presidential pair—top of the ticket President Peter Mutharika and his running mate Everton Chimulirenji—will not take part in the face-to-face televised debates. The reason for the self-exclusion, according to DPP secretary general Grezeldar Jeffrey, is that the party does not have confidence in how the…

I can imagine the handclapping and back patting at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, State House as well as the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) headquarters when the report from the first round of crop estimates announced that this year’s output for maize—the country’s most important crop—is projected to increase by 25 percent.…

It is early days yet and-as some respected commentators have said-United Democratic Front (UDF) leader Atupele Muluzi may not necessarily stand as a candidate for State President on his party’s ticket in the forthcoming Tripartite Elections slated for May 21 this year despite collecting nomination papers from the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC). According to the…

I don’t doubt that the launch of the Malawi Agricultural and Industrial Investment Corporation (Maiic) is a great idea that could help turnaround the country’s economy and put it on a solid path towards sustainably high growth rates, broader human development and create jobs for the millions of young men and women who are either…