As the country’s first multiparty president from 1994 to 2004, Bakili Muluzi is widely credited with consolidating Malawi’s democracy and the rule of law. During his tenure he tolerated dissenting views, while press and religious freedoms flourished unlike under Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda. Muluzi will go down in history as the ‘people’s president’ or as…

Justice Jane Ansah will not resign. At least that is what we on the streets got from her televised interview on Monday. Ansah has put her foot down that she won’t quit now when the Constitutional Court has not heard from her as a witness and made a ruling in the on-going consolidated election case.…

Historically, football has always been associated with aggression and violence. Since its emergence in the 14th century, the game “on the pitch” has been gentrified. The FIFA World Cup epitomises this evolution, bringing together some of the world’s best athletes who, representing their country of origin, are pitched together in intense competition. In many countries…

Researchers secure K5.8bn for agriculture transformation

Michigan State University researchers received a $7.8 million (about K5.8billion) grant from the Agricultural Transformation Initiative to build an independent policy research institute in Malawi dedicated to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and transforming the country’s agricultural sector. According to a statement released by the Michigan State University (MSU), the policy research institute project…

Diaspora remittances up K3.7bn in 2018

Diaspora remittances in 2018 rose to the equivalent of over 0.6 percent of Malawi’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to a new report from the World Bank. The 2019 Migration and Development report says remittances have risen from $41 million (about K30 billion) in 2017 to $45 million (K33.7 billion) last year, an increase of…

Governments urged to embrace digital transformation

The 52nd session of the Economic Commission for Africa Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (COM2019) ended in Morocco on Tuesday with governments being urged to move with speed to embrace digital transformation to spur economic growth on the continent. The Ministers, including a delegation of economists from Malawi said if…

An approved list of Parliamentary candidates released by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) shows that we will have 1 333 aspiring candidates in this year’s parliamentary polls. The campaign period will kick off in earnest this month. It is a period the whole country will be in over drive as these aspirants will go out…

An approved list of Parliamentary candidates released by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) shows that we will have 1 333 aspiring candidates in this year’s parliamentary polls. The campaign period will kick in earnest this month. It is a period the whole country will be in over drive as these aspirants will go out to…

AfDB strategy targets private sector growth

The African Development Bank five year country strategy will support the foundations for private sector-led growth by investing in public infrastructure to unlock private investment, promote diversification and build economic resilience, the bank said. In its Country Strategy Paper for 2018 to 2022 published on Monday, the AfDB said to reduce Malawi’s fragility and strengthen…

K1.1bn kitty for solar projects

The solar sector has received a major boost with the launch of $1.5 million (K1.1 billion) results-based grants for solar home system companies. The United States Agency for International Development (USaid), announced Wednesday that in support of the United States-led Power Africa initiative, it has launched the Solar Home System Kick-Starter Programme in the country…

On August 12 2013, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) elected Lazarus Chakwera as its new party leader and presidential candidate in the 2014 election. No one would have imagined the force he would be as the party leader today. To fully understand the impact he has had on MCP, you have to look at the…

We on the streets are devastated with the looting taking place in government. Sadly, those tasked to stop the loot are the ones at the heart of it all. The public purse is free-for-all. If you think we, on the streets are exaggerating, read the 2018 Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) which once…