There are three heartbreaking pictures users of social media in this country couldn’t have missed this week. The first one, Finance, Economic Planning and Development Minister Goodall Gondwe sits in front of dignitaries at a late night event and poignantly stands out. Attending the European Day at the residence of the European Ambassador, Gondwe, his…

Goodall unveils 2018/19 budget

Pegged at K1.504 trillion, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe yesterday presented the fifth and final budget of the government that seeks re-election by pacifying those disgruntled by economic realities of the day. The budget represents 28.2 percent of the country’s gross development product (GDP). In it, Gondwe unpacked projects and subsequent…

Let us face it, the only purpose the so-called rebels from Malawi Congress Party (MCP) are now serving in their pursuit for whatever cause they are advancing is eating a slice of whatever chance the party has of making the next government. Whatever might have motivated their rebellion against party leader Lazarus Chakwera and united…

Parties faulted  ahead of 2019

  Political analysts have cited intolerance and greed as factors fuelling endless infighting in the country’s main political parties ahead of the May 2019 Tripartite Elections. The commentators expressed their sentiments in separate interviews with The Nation amid ongoing leadership squabbles in the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and…

On Friday, I attended one of President Peter Mutharika’s last major speeches. He was at Parliament and already you could sense that this time, a political temperature is rising not only from the combative language Mutharika employed—against his perceived enemies—but also from the actions of those he relies on for a cheer. Well, Mutharika is…

AG orders K164 million payout to Kumbatira

Government is set to pay former postmaster general Andrew Kumbatira K164 million as an out-of-court settlement for illegal termination of contract. According to documents Nation on Sunday has seen, the former postmaster general sued the State at the Industrial Relations Court for illegal termination of contract, arguing that government had fired him without proper grounds…

Opposition pour cold water on APM address

With one eye on a gruelling election 12 months away, President Peter Mutharika on Friday turned his State-of-the Nation-Address (Sona) into a rallying call for purported successes in his four-year administration. But the opposition has quickly dismissed Mutharika’s address as ‘wishful thinking’ and his purported achievements as ‘sweet on paper and bitter in reality’. Business…

‘History will judge me’

After four years in self-imposed exile, former president Joyce Banda (JB) returned home last Saturday. In this interview with our staff writer GOLDEN MATONGA, Joyce Banda discusses her prolonged absence and her political future. Excerpts: Thanks for granting us this interview, how are you? I am in good spirits. I am happy to be back…

Day of national shame

It turned out to be a day of national shame when ugly scenes within and outside Parliament punctuated President Peter Mutharika’s opening of the 2018/19 Budget Meeting in Lilongwe yesterday. The President’s televised State-of-the-Nation Address (Sona) was interrupted twice, as Speaker Richard Msowoya desperately attempted to bring order in the House By then, scuffles had…

JB faults APM on corruption fight

Former president Joyce Banda has accused the administration of her successor and political rival Peter Mutharika of failing the country on fighting corruption. In an exclusive interview at her Domasi house in Zomba on Monday, the former president specifically questioned the Mutharika administration’s failure to arrest any individual in connection with the K236 billion Cashgate.…

This country, until last Friday, had lost the taste for protests, thanks to the deadly demonstrations that killed some 20 people, and injured even more, on July 20 2011. Since then, parents had warned their children to stay away, parents had thoughts of their children before heading to any protest. Staying away was the more…

CHANGE OR GO: CSOs issue 10-point ultimatum

Malawians have spoken. Frustration over alleged bad governance bubbled out in coordinated nationwide protests across the country yesterday as citizens demanded change of direction by the administration of President Peter Mutharika or resignation of his government. Malawians from all walks of life—young and old—rose early and braved sunbathes, threats of violence and ignored the advice…

JB returns home Saturday

Former president Joyce Banda will return home on Saturday to end her self-imposed four-year political exile. According to Banda’s spokesperson Andekuche Chanthunya, the former leader who is also People’s Party president, is expected to hold a mass rally on Sunday in Blantyre. He said Banda will immediately resume her role as head of PP and…

To be fair to governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), or specifically, those in support of the party’s leader and Malawi’s fifth President, Peter Mutharika, it is not easy to let go of power. Think of that primary school teacher or church pastor who got so accustomed to their institutions that when transfer or retirement came;…

All eyes are on Saulos Klaus Chilima now. Whether he planned for this or he has been thrown to the deep end by circumstances beyond his control, namely, an unsolicited manoeuvre by former first lady Callista Mutharika, its now all beside the point. Be in Chilima’s shoes and ponder: How do you negotiate a political…

Folks, the appointment of Rodney Jose as Acting Inspector General of Police has been met with revulsion among right thinking patriotic Malawians. It’s the least anybody who has been around and followed national issues would have expected. Anybody who has followed Jose’s role in the events surrounding the murder of Robert Chasowa, the Polytechnic student…

Next month is April. The month former president Bingu wa Mutharika, literally, died in office, while working—serving his country, his people. In came Joyce Banda, until then, an ostracised deputy on fringes of power; maligned and banished from the ruling party. Against the advice and scheming of Bingu loyalists, she became the country’s first female…

We might as well start with a disclaimer. This article contains optimism for an impoverished nation under siege from a myriad of challenges: poverty, economic stagnation, trade imbalances, inequality, corruption, high infancy mortality, crumbling social and physical infrastructure etcetera. That done, this article, offers no apology for offering hope when clearly, again, there are reasons…

Goodall, CSOs talks end in stalemate

Representatives of society organisations (CSOs) on Friday rejected Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe’s explanation for the K4 billion allocation made to parliamentarians during the Mid-Term Budget Review Meeting. The CSOs have since demanded the immediate resignation of the Finance minister over the allocation which Parliament authorised after revelations that it had initially targeted lawmakers who support…

End president’s Immunity—report

  Sitting presidents risk losing their immunity from prosecution on any criminal charges if Cabinet and later the National Assembly endorse recommendations in a report from the April 2017 National Anti-Corruption Conference. The report also calls for a new and revised legislation to enhance the fight against corruption, including amending the Corrupt Practices Act (CPA)…