Policing illegal mining

When people from Lumwira and Dzondi in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mazengera in Lilongwe District saw an Indian searching for gold in their area, they wasted no time but to join in the rush. “We didn’t know that all along we were sitting on gold. It was that Indian who woke us up from our slumber…

If anyone needed any further evidence that our leaders can occasion and thrive on pettiness—when occasion demands sobriety and levelheadedness—well, the burial of the late Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe on Tuesday was the last straw. Here was an opportunity for our leaders, both from governing and opposition parties; church and traditional chieftainships; to rise above narrow…

One of the results of the recent survey into voter preferences ahead of the 2019 elections by the Institute for Public Opinion and Research (Ipor) is that political parties have finally start contemplating electoral alliances. Looking at the survey—where the incumbent President Peter Mutharika is “statistically tied” with nemesis and Leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera…

Women intensify pressure on APM

  President Peter Mutharika faces growing pressure from women’s groups to increase the number of females in his Cabinet and parastatal boards after the President reduced women representation in his 21-member team from four to three last week. Women Lawyers Association has become the latest grouping to appeal to the President to reconsider his decision…

Prerogative…

For the first time since Kamuzu Banda’s one-party regime, a Cabinet has been officially announced without a Vice-President. Not by mistake, but design, Kamuzu Banda ruled this country for 31 years without a deputy. He was a paranoid dictator; his fearing a ready replacement was understandable, for lack of a better phrase. His loathing for…

Let’s say something about Mahatma Ghandi, the Great Soul. His place in history is beyond doubt. His ideas of non-violent protests for Indian independence have long inspired generations of liberation and activists and movements all over the world. People of every creed and race—from Dr Martin Luther King Jnr to Nelson Mandela. For that, Ghandi…

Phoney war

Ardent students of history would recall a period between September 1939 and the spring of 1940, during the bloodiest conflict in human history. Suddenly during World War I, the fighting stopped, even without any ceasefire. So little were the skirmishes that history reports that many of the children who had been evacuated at the start…

Minister Chiumia, five MPs face axe

…several PSs, Directors, DCs in trouble too   Six lawmakers including Civic Education Minister Grace Chiumia could lose parliamentary seats after the assets office wrote Speaker of the National Assembly to declare their seats vacant.   Public Declarations of Assets and Liabilities director Christopher Tukula confirmed in an interview that the office has also written…

Is a new Malawi possible? There is never been a better time to revisit this question than now. Travelling across the country, it’s easy to see why some people answer that question with cynicism. It’s understandable and lamentable that many, too, are giving up on the democratic experiment altogether—even grappling on whether they should vote…

This is democracy

Democracy, with all its flaws, is the best thing—in terms of governance—that has ever happened to humanity. Just think about the atrocities of the 31-year one-party rule, and you quickly get the point. Power, entrusted just in a few hands, can be a very dangerous concoction. True, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Kamuzu Banda’s life presidency…

Cabinet goes rogue on assets

Updated asset declarations for President Peter Mutharika and his Cabinet are so murky that assets tsar Christopher Tukula and legal scholar Danwood Chirwa say they border on law-breaking. A Nation Online review of Cabinet members’ latest declared assets and liabilities shows that most of them have not disclosed money in their bank accounts, sources of their…

APM scoffs at demos

  President Peter Mutharika returned home from the United States of America (USA) yesterday and poked fun at civil society organisations (CSOs) over their September 21 anti-government protests which he described as a flop. The President, who was in a visibly confrontational mood, claimed in his brief address to journalists at Kamuzu International Airport that…

Remembering Gamaliel

Scripture tells us a riveting story about one Jewish political and religious leader during the early days of Christianity. Back then, prosecuting the apostles and the rest of the early Christian community was fashionable. But no amount of persecution, apparently, seemed to halt the rising tide. One day, during the trial of some Christians, this…

AG ‘compromised’ in Mulli K3bn pay

Attorney General Charles Mhango authorised payment of K3 billion compensation to Leston Mulli-owned firms when his own chambers was challenging the claims in the Supreme Court of Appeal, Weekend Nation can reveal. The hurried decision to effect payment came even as government is failing to collect K4.9 billion in loans that Mulli-owned companies obtained from…

In praise of mediocrity

I would not waste my money betting against anyone figuring out what is the major similarity between the President of this country, and his Football Association of Malawi (FAM) counterpart. Well, there are many differences between the two men—a former lawyer and a footballer respectively and perhaps, still, a few more similarities between Peter Mutharika…

Mutharika at war

You must understand the confusion that compounded this writer this past week for a split second. It was 8 pm and the sight of heavy duty construction vehicles, buzzing around the under construction highway connecting Area 49 to City Centre, in the capital, amid heavy floodlight, proved too much a shock. Just what on earth…

Withering appetite

The recent voter registration figures have sparked fears that next year’s polls might be hit by voter apathy in some parts of the country. While Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Justice Jane Ansah and her team have work cut out for them to convince some folks that we should participate in this election, it is…

Njobvuyalema floored in MCP primaries

Incumbent Lilongwe Mapuyu South legislator Joseph Njobvuyalema has become the first big casualty of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) primary elections underway to identify candidates to represent the party in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. Njobvuyalema, who has a been a member of Parliament for the constituency since 1999, lost the primary election…

K145m court fight rages

FIA traces transferred funds, Pioneer’s Karim cries foul The legal battle between the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) and businessperson Zameer Karim of Pioneer Investments (PI) over the controversial K145 million donation to the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is refusing to die. Barely days after FIA—a State anti-money laundering and suspicious financial transactions watchdog—tracked down…