I have been compelled to shine a light on this issue because of what Melania Trump said a few days ago regarding women who have come out to say that they were abused by some powerful men, a case in point, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Melania questions why it takes such women ages to report the sexual…

President Peter Mutharika refused to meet civil society organisations (CSOs) leaders and also refused to receive the petition from the CSOs despite a court order. According to his men, the CSOs’ leaders are not yet at the level where they can meet the President and that the CSOs’ leaders were expecting “too much”— in other…

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor for the South, Charles Mchacha, is an overzealous man who is trying badly to impress his master Peter Mutharika and his party. Mchacha, needs lessons in public speaking and choice of words. He has been slut-shaming women, whose only crime is associating with his party’s opponents. In…

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) control of public spaces, the sense of entitlement, the impunity which instead of being rebuked is rewarded, is slowly shrinking the political space. Since the DPP woke up to the realisation that their once blue-eyed ‘boy’ Saulos Chilima is no longer one of them, the party has tried everything in…

Embrace digital marketing—TMMs

There has been a paradigm shift in the way people are accessing information, interacting and doing business transaction in Malawi and the world over. Technological advancement, especially mobile technologies has necessitated ease business transactions hence the need for all progressive companies to embrace digital technologies to promote their brands and engage with target audience, The…

The rise of the Internet has spurred the development of web-based communication platforms. Digital platforms have been growing stronger throughout the last decade, facilitating the exchange of information. Online content has undergone transformation from being a source of raw data to also becoming an interactive tool, enabling the public to collaborate on projects through the…

Freedom of expression does not give one the right to insult those with whom they disagree, but rather to learn to agree to disagree. Events in the past months have been quite perturbing. In the past months, the country has witnessed how politics of insults have taken centre-stage as the young, old, leaders and followers,…

A lot has been said through this column about how leaders have failed Malawians in all fronts. This column has not hidden the fact that bad leadership has the potential to undo strides the country has made in enhancing democracy. On one hand, it is sad that Malawi is endowed with bad leadership almost in…

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid campaigner, activist and politician, who is still being mourned by South Africa, died a day before my birthday. In my quiet celebrations, I usually take stock of what I have achieved and failed to achieve. This year, I spent reflecting on and admiring the life of one of Africa’s…

Land ownership and landlessness is not an issue that should be trivialised no matter how irrelevant it may sound to some. Many countries around the world are grappling with the challenge of landlessness and inequality of land ownership. History tells us that many instabilities in the world have been due to the issue of land…

On Friday July 6 Malawi commemorated the 54th Independence Day.  I would like to take this opportunity to, again, wish fellow Malawians a happy independence. I am hopeful that the commemorations will run for the whole month. To our forefathers and the heroes and heroines who put up a gallant fight and paid for the…

Land ownership and landlessness is not an issue that should be trivialised, no matter how irrelevant it may sound to some. Many countries around the world are grappling with the challenge of landlessness and inequality of land ownership. History tells us that many instabilities in the world have been due to the issue of land…

There is a ‘silent killer’ that has been let loose. This killer preys on vulnerable and sick people who are desperate for healing. The proliferation of people claiming to have discovered herbs that cleanse the body and cure all sorts of diseases is giving people false hopes that have led to many patients developing serious…

I am heartbroken and I am really sorry our beautiful guardian angels—Tisunge Francisco, Jennifer Bonongwe, Gift Manyada and Madalitso Nayuma—for letting you down. I have let you down, the country has let you down. I wish I had heard your screams for help fast enough to save you from the tonne of bricks that mercilessly crushed…

There is a ‘silent killer’ that has been let loose. This killer preys on vulnerable and sick people who are desperate for healing. The proliferation of people claiming to have discovered herbs that cleanse the body and cure all sorts of diseases is giving people false hopes that have led to many patients developing serious…

Former president Bingu wa Mutharika [may his soul rest in peace] instilled in Malawians the need to ‘dream in colour’. This became his catch phrase. In other words, Bingu was advocating for the need for Malawians to set their standards high. I remembered the ‘dreaming in colour’ phrase one day as I was reading the…

There were ugly scenes a week ago in Lilongwe when some overzealous Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth cadets harassed and blocked Patricia Kaliati from entering Parliament where President Peter Mutharika was due to present the State of the Nation Address (Sona). The DPP cadets, known for their daylight panga-wielding, did not stop at harassing a…