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.…

DPP calls for VP’s resignation

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led government on Friday turned the screws on Vice-President Saulos Chilima calling for his immediate resignation over strong criticism of government and subsequent resignation from the ruling party. In a show of force, the DPP sent five senior ministers; Goodall Gondwe, Nichalous Dausi, Bright Msaka, Samuel Tembenu and Henry Mussa to…

Is a new Malawi possible? There has 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…

‘We still want to return to budget support’

After four years in the country, European Union Ambassador Marchel Gerrmann (MG) is leaving the country at the end of his tour of duty. In this exclusive interview with our staff writer GOLDEN MATONGA, he discusses current affairs and the state of EU-Malawi cooperation. Excerpts: As you leave office, how do you describe the current…

Speaker Msowoya confirms switch to Movement

Speaker of the National Assembly and former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) vice president Richard Msowoya has announced that he has joined the United Transformation Movement (UTM), a day before the political grouping’s official launch at Masintha Ground in Lilongwe. Msowoya announced the switch on Friday afternoon through his official social media platforms, weeks after dumping the major…

EU issues fresh corruption warning

  The European Union (EU) says increasing cases of corruption threaten the grouping’s continued support to Malawi. In an exit interview in Lilongwe yesterday at the end of his four-year tour of duty, outgoing EU Ambassador Marchel Gerrmann mentioned failure to address loopholes in public procurement systems, delayed implementation of the Political Parties law, delayed…

There is an old French politics joke about former French president Jacque Chirac and dishonesty. It was popularised by Valery Giscard d’Estaing, France’s President between 1974 and 1981. “Jacque Chirac could have his mouth full of jam,” d’Estaing once said, “his lips can be dripping with the stuff, his fingers covered in it, the pot…

Chilima hints at  Grand coalition

Vice-President Saulos Chilima has outlined his political future, declaring his intent to be on the presidential ballot paper and that he is in discussion with some political parties to form a grand coalition in the 2019 Tripartite Elections. Chilima, who on June 6 announced he was leaving the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and that…

Prosecute officers in food  rations deal—Parliament’s PAC

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has recommended prosecution of Malawi Police Service (MPS) officers involved in the controversial food rations procurement it has described as fraud. Key findings of the PAC investigation include the Auditor General’s approval of an interest claim on the contract by Pioneer Investments (PI) without verifying any document presented to the…

One parable too many

That Vice-President Saulos Chilima wants to become the country’s next president is the worst kept secret. And it’s not a crime to have such ambition either particularly for a sitting Vice-President. From that office, there is always only one position that one attains without the aura of demotion. Quite a few people, too, genuinely believe…

Minister, 40 MPs disregard assets law

  One Cabinet minister and 40 members of Parliament (MPs) are said to have contravened the assets declaration law by not declaring their assets in the 2016/17 financial year despite several reminders. However, courtesy of an agreement between members of Parliament’s Monitoring Committee and the Office of the Public Officers’ Declarations, the names of the…

KCH, Army, Police taps sealed

State-owned utility company, Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) this week disconnected water from fellow government entities including the Army, Police and the country’s biggest referral hospital amid a row over unpaid bills. The board sealed taps at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), Kamuzu Barracks, Police Headquarters at Area 30 and Maula Prison. However, a war of words…

Watching the political temperature rise so fast and the bubbling tension that gripped the country for weeks was unnerving. One feared it could all explode in an ugly way—owing to what we were seeing and hearing from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in particular. Each day, there were people in DPP making one accusation…