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…

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…

The Public Service Reforms Management Unit (PSRMU) at the helm of the reforms in the public service in the country is itself in dire need of reform. This is clear from the manner the chief director who heads the unit Seodi White treated journalists at the on-going Sectoral Conference on the Implementation of the Public…

I don’t want to open a can of worms, but the decision by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) this week to implement a new vote tallying proposal as proposed in the electoral reforms during the forthcoming October 17 by-elections is a clear yes to the fact that there were irregularities in the 2014 Tripartite Elections.…

This week the University of Malawi (Unima) Council announced that it had endorsed the delinking of the College of Medicine (CoM), Kamuzu College of Nursing and the Malawi Polytechnic from Unima. The move followed a go-ahead President Peter Mutharika, who is Unima Chancellor, gave the council the nod for the Unima unbundling process to begin.…

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…

I would forgive Blantyre residents if they have now come to associate traffic chaos in the city—usually during peak hours—with President Peter Mutharika’s local travel itineraries. Every time the President is coming to Blantyre or passing through the city from other districts, or has a function in the city, there is chaos in the city.…

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…