Power blackouts have become emotive, causing an inconvenience to society and businesses. We are entitled to complain when things go wrong, but there is a danger that we may over-sensationalise the problem without understanding the fundamental causes. The problem of power blackouts is a reflection of lack of diversification and inadequate investment. Electricity Generation…

  The Nation of July 20 2017 carried a fascinating article in which CNN, the world’s major cable network, had listed Malawi among the 26 most amazing places to visit in Africa. CNN specifically mentioned three places in Malawi, namely Nyika National Park, Mulanje Mountain and Lake Malawi.  On Mount Mulanje, for example, CNN mentioned…

On June 28 2017, government and statutory corporations signed performance agreements for the 2017/18 financial year.  Government was represented by Secretary to the Treasury while statutory corporations were represented by chairpersons of the boards. The agreements contain the obligations of each of the two parties.  The obligations of the statutory corporations include activities that the…

Irrigation in malawi

I was fascinated to read in The Daily Times of January 11 2016 that government was implementing irrigation projects starting with areas along Lake Malawi.  We cannot stress enough the need for irrigation. Because of climate change, prospects for normal rainfall will continue to be opaque. Malawi is endowed with plenty of resources— beautiful mountains,…

The Daily Times of February 24 2015, carried an article in which the residents of Neno were said to have thronged the district commissioner’s offices the previous day to present a petition on the bad state of the Neno road. The article added that the people had given President Peter Mutharika a 14-day ultimatum to…

A few days ago, a friend of mine and I drove to Mzuzu via the Lakeshore Road.  It was heavenly. The road was not as busy as the M1, and had many pleasant scenes of nature. It was nice to see the gorgeous line of hills on the left side that runs all the way from…