Let me begin by declaring my interest. I served as a commissioner on the Special Law Commission on the Review of Electoral Laws. Obviously, I have, as a former commissioner, an interest in ensuring that the proposals of the Special Law Commission are enacted into law. Beyond this, however, like any well-intentioned, and informed Malawian,…

Politics and violence seem to enjoy a rather healthy matrimony in Malawi. Our history, since independence, as a matter of fact, reveals that violence has, with varying levels of intensity and sophistication, always been part of Malawian politics. Think about the First Republic, for starters. As soon as independence was secured, the wisdom of the…

Politics and violence seem to enjoy a rather healthy matrimony in Malawi. Our history, since independence, as a matter of fact, reveals that violence has, with varying levels of intensity and sophistication, always been part of Malawian politics. Think about the First Republic, for starters. As soon as independence was secured, the wisdom of the…

The contributions appearing in this column over the past two weeks have revolved around the question of identity and citizenship. In last week’s contribution, Chikosa Silungwe spoke about pernicious results of ‘othering’, a process whereby a group defines itself and then attempts to juxtapose its identity as oppositional to that of other group(s). Taking my…

Rumour has a solid place in Malawian society. There are just too many things which begin as rumour but eventually turn out to be true. Cashgate, for example. All the rumouring finally came to a head one ugly evening and we, finally, couldn’t pretend that all was well. We’ll talk about rumour in Malawian society…

Corruption has become a very big problem for Malawi. It is not a new problem but perhaps the problem is currently reaching hitherto unknown levels. We have always had various forms of corruption in the country ranging, on the one hand, from the bribe paid to the police officer on the road to escape a…

In one of the books foundational to a religion quite prevalent in this country, a story is told of a king newly enthroned who had a delegation of his subjects visit him. The delegation had come to the new king to ask if he could treat them a little fairer than had the new king’s…

Some may feel hurt but the truth is that Malawi remains a very poor country. We are still in contention as the world’s poorest country. Strikingly, to reach this zenith of poverty we have had to wade off competition from some of the most deplorable, war-torn and dysfunctional countries in the world. It is not…