The announcement this week by the Malawi Police Service (MPS) that had obtained a warrant of arrest for former president Dr Joyce Banda for her alleged role in the 2013 ‘Cashgate’ clearly shows the DPP-led government is suffering from selective amnesia. For starters, that the DPP-led government wants JB locked away on any possible opportunity…

That Malawi lost the fight against corruption is an understatement. The truth is that the country abets corruption. The political leadership nourishes corruption by selectively applying the law against graft. In saying this, I am first and foremost pointing an accusing finger at the political leadership—and the Executive to be precise. Examples abound about how…

Malawi needs to be proactive and not just reactive on the Lake Malawi boundary wrangle with its north-eastern neighbour, Tanzania. But while I am on this, let me warn that resorting to wresting the part of the lake Tanzania claims is its territory will only worsen the matter. To be brutally frank, and without underrating…

As the country celebrated its 53rd Independence Anniversary three days ago, and as we still reflect on the occasion, the most asked question was and is: what has independence meant for the majority of the people in the country? Put simply, how has independence changed the lives of the people? If one were to go…

Some charged delegates to the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) 5+1 All Inclusive Stakeholders meeting two weeks ago, may have touched a raw nerve when they suggested regime change as a solution for the teething problems dogging the country. This—regime change—in my understanding, included and was not limited to the removal of President Peter Mutharika from…

There is no doubt that the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) is championing a good cause for all Malawians. Take, for example, the theme for the 6th All-Inclusive Stakeholders Conference which was held from June 7 to 8—under the theme: ‘The State of Governance and Public Trust: Reclaiming Our Destiny’. This theme was timely and properly…

There are is too many unexplained issues about the Mera/Admarc K2.9 billion maize issue. The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) through its Board chairman Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe said in a press statement two months ago it will recover the whole amount of K2.9 billion from the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) Mera used to…

Not long ago—two months ago, to be precise—Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters blocked the Victoria Avenue and all other central business district (CBD) streets, during the peak hour just after 5pm when President Peter Mutharika was passing through the city to Sanjika. Aim—to prove wrong what some researchers had published about the alleged waning popularity…

This week we learned from the media that the board of State produce trader, the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) has fired chief executive officer (CEO) Foster Mulumbe and director of operations Feckson Kantonga for their alleged role in the Zambia maize saga. The newspaper quoted unnamed, but corroborated, sources that the board made…

One of the most laughable things I have heard this week is the statement from the Minister of Education, Science and Technology Dr Emmanuel Fabiano that resolving the dispute over the closure of Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, is the responsibility of the Ministry of Labour and not Education. Fabiano…

The dark smoke billowing from the political flames at recent funerals and other functions could be a tell-tale sign of a ticking time bomb that could plunge the country into bloodshed as Malawi inches closer to the next tripartite elections. The violence of the past two weeks at funerals of veteran politician Robson Watayachanga Chirwa,…

It has been a sad Easter. Losing five people in a boat accident on Lake Malawi, (with 11 more people missing as of Thursday) closely followed by the demise of one of the country’s most respected politicians under the former president Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s regime, Mr. Robson Watayachanga Chirwa. It is actually a shame that…

Steve, Thanks to you for initiating the dialogue on the project with your article “Tread carefully on the SA-LL Project” which got my attention and I decided to release the 10 Questions I had written earlier and my students were using in class. Malawians are winners in all this. Of course, we had to endure…

As the country edges closer to the next Tripartite Elections in 2019, stakeholders have, among other things, proposed amendment of the system of electing the President from the current First-Past-the-Post to the 50-plus-one system. The 50-plus-one system means that a winning candidate should amass more than 50 percent of the votes to be crowned president.…