This September marks three years since the high-level corruption scandal in which $31 million stolen from government coffers began to be uncovered. Since then, over 70 individuals-including high-level civil servants, private contractors and politicians have been charged in connection with what has locally been dubbed Cashgate. Eleven people have so far been convicted and…

Malawi leaders are very good at finding quick fixes to complicated problems, akin to bandaging boils instead of bursting and treating them. They wish problems away instead of dealing with them. The country is always in a state of crisis because its leaders always opt for temporary fixes, short-term political popularity and personal gains over…

    The question of whether social media should be regulated is steadily getting traction on the continent as well as here in Malawi. The issue gained even more attention in recent weeks following the arrest of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) members who were subsequently charged with treason over a WhatsApp group conversation. What is…

  French political thinker, Alexis de Tocqueville, noticed that as much as democratic leadership is determined by people, ideally majority, ‘majority rule cannot be the only expression of supreme power in a democracy’. He added: “If so, … the majority would too easily tyrannise the minority. Thus, while it is clear that democracy must guarantee…

Commodification of state resources is not a way out

It seems like in Malawi we have found a solution to government’s perennial failures in running public services: privatise everything. Selling ‘failing’ public entities is now an easier substitute for our government’s lack of efficiency in running and managing state assets. Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) is sold. Indebank is sold. Now we are mulling over…

Should mining in Malawi Be considered illegal?

In July 2013, Malawi’s then minister responsible for mining, John Bande told The Nation newspaper that Malawi government was engaging experts from University of Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom to help train Malawians in mining law “to prevent further ‘robbery’ of the country’s mineral wealth through poorly negotiated contracts.” Bande could have added that another grey…

In 2007, the Malawi government licensed the Australian and Canadian registered mining company Paladin Africa Limited to open Malawi’s first uranium mine. As the first foreign company to get a mining license in the country, Paladin Africa’s general manager Greg Walker called his company a “path finder”. Eighty per cent of Malawians are involved in…

MALAWI MEDIA AT 50: ACHIEVEMENTS AND CHALLENGES

July 2014 is gone. A month that was littered with reports, essays, comments and analysis reflecting on Malawi’s 50th independence anniversary. Time will tell whether any of it will help change the direction of the country for the better. Conspicuously missing from these reflections is the media, the very vehicle that has carried these messages…