The media’s keen interest in intra-party democracy is predicated on the premise that parties that are undemocratic cannot be expected to champion and promote democratic forms or processes of governance when they are in charge of the government machinery. Blessings Chinsinga and Gerald Chigona (2010) underscore the gospel truth in this statement in their Executive…

On June 21 2012, the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors voted to lift suspension of the Malawi Compact during its quarterly meeting. The lifting of the suspension was made after MCC had placed a hold on compact assistance to Malawi in July 2011 and formally suspended the compact in March 2012…

It is great to have stepped into 2018. For the majority of Malawians that are politically aware, 2018 is a year when so much attention will be paid to the buildup of the 2019 Presidential and Parliamentary Tripartite Elections (PPTE). Although a little far off—17 months away to be exact—the shenanigans of 2017 already make…

That this government is taking Malawians for granted is well-known. It does not seem to have the slightest clue about how to handle sensitive issues that are hurting the people. For example, the country is reeling from the pangs of power outages. Many businesses, both big and small have been negatively affected. We are talking…

The events that have unfolded in Zimbabwe in the past two weeks should have taught selfish Malawian politicians some telling lessons—to never take people for granted. Although Zimbabwe is a couple of thousands of kilometres away from Malawi, Malawians follow Zimbabwean politics with gusto. What with over six million people who trace their origins to…

Recently Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu assured Malawians that government will table the 50+1 Bill alongside other proposed electoral reforms in November. The proposed electoral reforms will immensely benefit the country. But having come this far on the reforms, Cabinet now has no choice. Key among the benefits of the reforms as…

Before the bloodsuckers’ saga, which is taking people’s lives and creating fear among the people, there was the issue of people, especially women, being attacked and having their breasts and private parts removed. The carnage was most rampant in Chiradzulu. Then, as this died down, came the merciless killings of albinos. Though spread across most…

This coming Tuesday on October 17, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is holding elections in Lilongwe Msozi North Constituency, Lilongwe City South East Constituency, Nsanje Lalanje Constituency, Mayani North Ward in Dedza North Constituency, Mtsiliza Ward in Lilongwe City West Constituency and Ndirande-Makata Ward in Blantyre Malabada Constituency. In all but one-Lilongwe City South East-the…

As expected, Malawi is not making any progress on the ease of doing business with corruption, access to financing and tax rates being the country’s biggest dents. This is according to a new World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report. While the country needs to improve on these and many other issues such as inadequate…

There are issues political party officials can defend, but not daylight thievery and abuse of government property and resources. It is even worse when such unbridled abuse of public property is done at great disadvantage of the rightful owners of the resources. Mama Greselder Jeffery, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary general, is one person…

That we cut an image of a country that is unable to govern itself is a foregone conclusion. Whether in the Executive, the Legislature or the Judiciary, we seem to have no clue about what we should do to forge ahead. Specifically to take the majority of Malawians wallowing in excruciating poverty out of their…