The Peter Mutharika administration has gone out of its way to tell anyone willing to listen that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regime is committed to improving public finance management across the public sector in Malawi. Treasury—through Finance, Economic Planning and Development Minister Goodall Gondwe and his secretaries to the Treasury—has consistently claimed that it…

The Anti-Corruption Bureau’s (ACB) arrest on Wednesday of George Chaponda—the former Agriculture Minister and some say still powerful vice-president (Southern Region) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)—must have sent the party of President Peter Mutharika into disarray. Even the President’s agenda—whatever it is or what is left of it—is being distracted by the drama…

The World Bank Group—under Kim Yong Kim—is reshaping itself. Based on a speech he made at the prestigious London School of Economics back in April this year, Kim clearly thinks that there is too much money—in trillions actually—that is just lying around because private investors are too afraid to risk it in what could be…

Not long ago, an audit into the construction of school blocks in Lilongwe City under the Local Development Fund (LDF) found that Lilongwe City Council (LCC) lost about K41 million through fraud under the basket funding arrangement for local development. Since then and before this incident, several councils found themselves in the news for all…

I have looked at the legal and regulatory requirements governing large-scale infrastructure projects in Malawi and elsewhere. I have also tried to get a rudimentary understanding of international best practices, international treaties and conventions to which we as a country are signatories. I have scanned through the Environmental Management Act of 1996—the mother of the…

That Malawi needs more women representation in decision-making positions is a no-brainer. Women constitute the majority of the country’s population yet men dominate most of the influential positions be it in traditional authority leadership, public service, private sector and political institutions, including parties and Parliament itself. For years, there have been efforts to support increased…

You might think that Malawi’s dualistic agriculture sector—made up of two sub-sectors; namely smallholder and estates—is all about maize. You could be forgiven. Studies show that Malawi’s per capita maize consumption stands at 133kg. The staple grain accounts for 54 percent of the caloric consumption by Malawian households. In a distant third position is cassava,…

That Malawi needs more women representation in decision-making positions is a no-brainer. Women constitute the majority of the country’s population yet men dominate most of the influential positions be it in traditional authority leadership, public service, private sector and political institutions, including parties and Parliament itself. For years, there have been efforts to support increased…

It was an open secret. As Governor of the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM), Charles Chuka was not a ‘cultural fit’ in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration’s idea of an economic policy mix. And that is not just because he was a Joyce Banda appointee. Chuka was too much to the right of the…

A few weeks ago, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission that came to assess Malawi’s economic programme signalled that the country’s economic situation is in a much better shape than in several years. Indeed, there are a lot of indications showing that something positive is happening in the economy—and must be acknowledged. The barometer of…

I was wondering how long government would continue managing the national budget without a national development strategy? The last development blue-print, the second generation Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS II)—whose implementation period started from July 2011—expired in June 2016. This means that the current budget (2016/17) was built and implemented without a living strategic…

It’s just a few weeks ago when Transparency International (TI) firmly pushed Malawi into the hall of shame when it lumped the country into a bunch of nations who are perceived to be the most corrupt globally. One would have thought that this would be an opportunity for a broad and in-depth review of our…

Why is government punishing and suffocating the very goose that lays the eggs, which feed the more than 16 million inhabitants of this country? From the look of things, Capital Hill is hell bent at ensuring that the engine that drives the economy—the private sector—ceases to function. First, Capital Hill continues to cling to up…

It’s just a few weeks ago when Transparency International (TI) firmly pushed Malawi into the hall of shame when it lumped the country into a bunch of nations who are perceived to be the most corrupt globally. One would have thought that this would be an opportunity for a broad and in-depth review of our…

Why is government punishing and suffocating the very goose that lays the eggs, which feed the more than 16 million inhabitants of this country? From the look of things, Capital Hill is hell bent at ensuring that the engine that drives the economy—the private sector—ceases to function. First, Capital Hill continues to cling to up…