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…

The man I want to be President from May next year will not be President. He will not be on the ballot. Neither will he campaign for the office. I reckon, he doesn’t even know that he needs to be President. But he is still out there answering a different call of duty. And for…

Thugs terrorise human rights defender

Thugs on Thursday evening twice terrorised the office of Centre for Human Rights Rehabilitation (CHRR) in Lilongwe, severely beat up a security guard before attempting, in vain, to petrol-bomb the premises. Central Region police spokesperson Norriet Chihana yesterday confirmed receiving a report on the incident, but said police detectives were still investigating the matter. “We…

DPP apologises to Catholic Church

  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has apologised to the Catholic Church and distanced itself from remarks by one of its officials who on Sunday dragged head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, into local politics. DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi, himself a Catholic faithful who also attended the party’s rally in Blantyre’s Bangwe Township on Sunday…

Twist as court clears K145m

  In a new twist to the controversial K145 million donation to governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the High Court last week put aside a freeze order, effectively granting businessperson Zameer Karim of Pioneer Investment access to his bank account. Before State agencies—the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA)—could be notified about…

A good friend asked a pertinent question on Twitter this week that had me thinking. “Each of the opposition parties agree that the ruling party has to go for mismanaging the country,” he stated, “then why not combine forces to have a united front based on a shared belief?” The shared belief he referred to was…

Who seeks equity…

“He who seeks equity,” goes an old maxim, “must come with clean hands.” Reminding President Peter Mutharika and his ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of this old wisdom, is both necessary and timely. Look, folks, the CEO of Malawi Inc. has been flip-flopping a lot on what should constitute acceptable politicking ahead of 2019 elections.…

The evil men do…

“I joined the revolutionary ranks at 18, and all I wanted was to make the revolution succeed,” once said Deng Xiapong, the man widely accredited as architect of modern China. Today, China is challenging the US as the world’s biggest economy. “Yet”, to quote Dambisa Moyo’s widely-acclaimed book, Dead Aid, “it is worth remembering that…

Govt removes Janet Banda as Solicitor General

Government has appointed under-fire Law Commissioner Gertrude Hiwa as new Solicitor General and Secretary to Justice, replacing Janet Banda. The move comes a few days after civil society organisations (CSOs) raised concerns over the continued employment of Hiwa after her contract as Law Commissioner expired. Banda, who has served as Solicitor General since 2012, confirmed…

“Politics,” once said late former speaker of Parliament and United Democratic Front (UDF) founding member, Sam Mpasu, “is not about coronation”. Mpasu, in vain, attempted to fight back against the ‘personalisation’ of UDF by the Muluzi family. Coronation, by the way, is not a democratic process. It’s monarchial or dictatorial way of passing the leadership…

Saulos Chilima finally launched his United Transformation Movement (UTM), and by extension, presidential bid. Last Sunday at Masintha Ground, one day say, he did so with a bang. He pulled no punches, outlined his vision clearly and left in doubt he is going to be a big factor in this election, one way or another.…