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…

What is happening in the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) where senior members have drawn daggers at each other regarding the holding of a convention could also happen in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). MCP has not been able to hold a convention after its embattled secretary general Gustav Kaliwo obtained an injunction for the indaba.…

When there were squabbles in the country’s oldest party, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), many blamed them on its leader—Lazarus Chakwera. They branded him all sorts of names. Some of the issues which put him in a collision course with his party members was the matter about the convention. The party’s secretary general Gustav Kaliwo…

First it was Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango who made a racist slur against Malawi Congress Party (MCP) member Sidik Mia. At a rally he addressed in the North a month ago, Mhango said Malawi did away with colonialists—Bazungu—many years ago and that it would be retrogressive for Malawians to vote for…

  It looks like the question of who should receive the petition from civil society organisations (CSOs) against government’s impunity and Executive arrogance is drawing more attention than the issues the petition wants government to address. This is understandable. But it vindicates CSOs’ fears that government does not take their petitions seriously when they received…

In the democratic Malawi, no part of the country should be considered a no-go zone for a certain group of people or political party. That is what democracy entails. That is what the country’s constitutional order envisages. That a certain political party is stronger in some districts does not mean less popular parties or groups…

There has been much talk about the K4 billion Gondwe-Nakhumwa selected Constituency Development Fund (CDF) projects. The money was initially given to 86 members of Parliament who voted against the Electoral Reform Bills (ERF). When the issue was exposed, the Executive decided that all MPs should share the loot. This initially seemed to be OK…

  There is bad news for the youth of this country. More so for those who are waiting to graduate from tertiary institutions this year but have no idea about how to start own businesses. This week, government announced it would, with immediate effect, put a cap on recruitment and promotion. Freezing promotions because government…

  As long as government maintains the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp), we should forget that farmers will ever take maize farming as a business. This is the message President Peter Mutharika did not tell Malawians this week when he presided over the second congregation of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar)…

The behaviour of the people manning the public purse does not inspire confidence to taxpayers. It is the reason some Malawians will, at every opportunity, try and evade or avoid paying taxes. But as a patriotic Malawian my heart bleeds whenever I see or come across people or institutions evading and avoiding paying taxes. Paying…

The behaviour of the people manning the public purse does not inspire confidence to taxpayers. It is the reason some Malawians will, at every opportunity, try and evade or avoid paying taxes. But as a patriotic Malawian my heart bleeds whenever I see or come across people or institutions evading and avoiding paying taxes. Paying…