So, 2018 comes to a close as it started; quite eventful, especially on the political scene and for the ruling party. The year started on a busy note with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) smarting from an embarrassing loss in six by-elections held on October 17 2017.  The loss in five of the hotly-contested by-elections…

Government in December 2014 launched the Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme (DAHSP) with pomp and spectacle. The programme, more popularly known as the Cement and Malata Subsidy programme, aims at providing decent and affordable housing to poor and vulnerable families in the country. According to the project’s concept note, the programme targets low income…

Will there be anything that this Government is going to get right? From the Biometric Voter Registration (BVRK) scandal, to the botched Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) which has been suspended and now the utter disregard of the Constitution which in Section 92 (1) makes it mandatory that there shall be a Cabinet consisting of…

The call by some government-sponsored civil society groups for Saulos Klaus Chilima (SKC) to resign as State Vice-President because he formed the United Transformation Movement (UTM) which is fighting President Peter Mutharika (APM) for the presidency lacks merits. The two are not related. In addition, the argument is one-sided and the CSOs are themselves double-faced…

Former president Bakili Muluzi once said “Amalawi sachedwa kuyiwala (Malawians forget quickly).” He was referring to the atrocities the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) committed during its 31 years in power under the reign of Kamuzu Banda. And they are not few. Ironically Muluzi was once MCP’s secretary general. In that position he was the party’s…

Hope soared amongst Malawians when the Assets Declarations law was first enacted and excitement was high even among prosecuting agencies like Anti-Corruption Bureau. It was believed that with the Public Declarations law in place, a net had been cast wide to catch the presumably big fish, but this has not been the case as reported…

Former president Bakili Muluzi once said “Amalawi sachedwa kuyiwala (Malawians forget quickly).” He was referring to the atrocities the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) committed during its 31 years in power under the reign of Kamuzu Banda. And they are not few. Ironically Muluzi was once MCP’s secretary general. In that position he was the party’s…

Last week, I travelled to the remotest areas of Malawi. I need to define remote. The term remote does not necessarily denote depraved. Take Emfeni or Hoho, for example, in Mzimba about 150 kilometres (km) and 190 km, respectively, from Lilongwe. They are rural areas—by all standards. They are several kilometres away from what is…

The message is very clear. Let the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), which is by law seeking consumers’ views on raising the tariff in the next four years by 68 percent, must first clean up its act. Agreed, Escom cannot survive without running like a business. But it is messed up by its political…

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations Emmanuel Fabiano addressed a press conference on Tuesday about Malawi’s trip to the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this year. Unfortunately, he did not have the most important information he was supposed to tell the media and nation about the trip. The only thing…

Suddenly there is a flurry of activities. Construction projects to be exact. Bridges and short roads top the list. They are everywhere, especially in the cities. In the rural areas, Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango could be the busiest person. He has been launching one bridge project after another. Each one of…

It is very important that politicians especially those in government tame their tongues. If they don’t they risk paying through the nose. Worse still, they expose the public broadcaster, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), to unnecessary litigation when their defamatory statements are aired on the national broadcaster. The law only protects the State President from being…