The Northern Region vote is for the People’s Party (PP) to lose. But is the governing party’s leadership inspiring and motivating enough to earn the province’s respect and confidence? Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the region’s hearts in 2009, sweeping ballots in record numbers largely thanks to the political grouping’s sound policies on the economy…

Former vice-president Justin Malewezi this week jolted the country into the running mate buzz by tipping  presidential candidates to pick running mates with strengths that are the candidate’s weaknesses. This is a sound criterion among a vast alley. Obviously, the power to choose a running mate remains with the candidate who, in making the pick,…

For a party notorious for its dark, undemocratic past that—among other mafia-like characteristics—murderously silenced dissenting voices during its three-decade long one-party dominance, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has since the return of multiparty politics consistently showed that it is the most democratic party in the country—at least if the process of electing its leaders is…

There are a lot of policy questions on which President Joyce Banda and I have never agreed and I doubt we ever will. But on the issue of the Lake Malawi border dispute with Tanzania, the Head of State has made the right call despite bungling some messages in some instances that Foreign Affairs and…

The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) is one of Malawi’s most important public institutions. Established under the Money Laundering, Proceeds of Serious Crimes and Terrorist Financing Act (2006), the unit—which purports to be an autonomous central national body—became operational in July 2007. The unit says it is responsible for coordinating and strengthening efforts of national and…

Since April when Malawi started harvesting maize—the staple grain that contributes 50.2 percent to national inflation (the rate of increase in prices over a given period of time)—the general rise in prices has been moderating. The moderation was largely because as the grain’s supplies increased, prices started falling from a high of over K200 per…

Apart from electricity being more expensive and that Escom is now more efficient at disconnecting non-paying and clients who have paid through a technology the body introduced but appears to have no competences to manage it, what else has changed? That Escom has miserably failed to meet the country’s energy needs is a no brainer.…

There is good news from Malawi’s money market. Local banks have started trusting each other again. This means that the lending institutions can now start trusting you and me with other people’s money, which is essentially what banks lend to firms and households. You see, when banks don’t trust each other anymore, the interbank rate—the…