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.…

There are too many unexplained issues about the Mera/Admarc K2.9 billion maize issue. The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) through its chairman Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe said in a press statement a month ago it will recover the whole amount of K2.9billion from the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) Mera used to buy 10 000…

Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) Board chairperson Bishop Dr Joseph Bvumbwe last week announced in a press statement that Mera has asked the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) to pay back K2.9 billion the former spent to buy maize for Admarc to sell in its markets. The announcement came after the print media revealed…

George Thapatulha Chaponda—the erstwhile Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development and Leader of the House—is peremptorily the man in the news. Of course, for all the wrong reasons! All media outlets traditional and social—are inundated with tongs and things about Chaponda. While social media—as usual—is ahead of the traditional media, doing what it is…

It is good that President Peter Mutharika has finally assented to the long-awaited Access to Information Bill (ATI) but this should not be cause for boasting for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration that APM is fulfilling his campaign promises. Far from it. Great we now have the ATI law. And you always celebrate when…

There is more to the maize saga than what the nation has been made to believe. With particular reference to the Zambian maize imports, the bone of contention seems to be the price at which the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) was supposed to procure the maize—$345 per metric tonne—which is considered way too…