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…

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…

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…

What kind of country are we living in? What type of people are leading us in these communities? For a traditional leader to take advantage of a poor girl’s suffering to satisfy his sexual appetites is gross—and even that is putting it mildly. Around half of Malawi’s population is starving, according to the Malawi Vulnerability…

  What kind of country are we living in? What type of people are leading us in these communities? For a traditional leader to take advantage of a poor girl’s suffering to satisfy his sexual appetites is gross—and even that is putting it mildly. Around half of Malawi’s population is starving, according to the Malawi…

  Could America’s worst nightmare—projected in the movie the Manchurian Candidate—turn out to be real? In case you haven’t watched this political action drama, the Manchurian Candidate is a 1960s movie about the son of a prominent right wing political family who became an unsuspecting puppet assassin for North Korea after being brainwashed during his…

“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…