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…

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…

It is nine months to the 2019 PPE. But the mood is already intimidating and there are strong indications the campaign will get dirtier. The coming into the fray of the United Transformation Movement (UTM) led by the Vice-President Saulos Klaus Chilima (SKC), has obviously added sting to a poisoned chalice. UTM’s emergence as a…

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…

So much is being said about the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), the country’s quasi-monopoly power supply utility. Unfortunately, most of the narrative is negative. From posting losses in 2017 to what appears to be organised fraud, abuse of billions of kwacha through misprocurements, fraud, corruption and abuse. Escom, in short stinks. Of course,…

Politics of retribution (wunimanyenge and kuthana) will not take Malawi anywhere. In a circular to all Principal Secretaries and Heads of Departments this week, Chief Secretary to the Government Llyod Muhara reminds the officers that the Vice-President is entitled to privileges and benefits in accordance with the President (Salaries and Benefits) Act Cap 2:02. In…

The 10 traditional leaders in President Peter Mutharika’s entourage to the 20th Common Market for East and Southern Africa (Comesa) summit in Lusaka, Zambia, this week, was in itself not a bad thing. But not for what Information Minister Nicholus Dausi touts—that their inclusion in the entourage was meant to foster regional integration and coexistence.…

This week, member of Parliament for Dowa North East Samuel Kawale moved a motion that the public broadcaster, Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC) be given K1. With 74 votes against 40, the NOs carried the day by rejecting the motion to give MBC the token K1. The opposition’s move came about after it accused the public…

Since Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe presented the 2018/19 financial blue print, newspapers and several other media platforms have described it as a campaign budget. Nothing could contradict this. What was, however, conspicuously missing in the fiscal plan is how government intends to raise the K1.5 trillion. And that in my view, is where the biggest…

Since Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe presented the 2018/19 financial blue print, newspapers and several other media platforms have described it as a campaign budget. Nothing could contradict this. What was, however, conspicuously missing in the fiscal plan is how government intends to raise the K1.5 trillion. And that in my view, is where the biggest…