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…

It was honourable that government directed that one of its fallen sons—Sam Mpasu—who passed on last week be accorded a State funeral. I reckon this was in recognition of his service to the nation. Mpasu served as a diplomat, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ntcheu Central, Cabinet minister and Speaker of the National Assembly. He…

  Hopefully African leaders will a pluck a leaf or two from what has happened to Jacob Zuma who was forced to resign as South African President this week and before him Robert Mugabe, former Zimbabwean president. This is that political parties are bigger than the presidents which lead them. And when the base (political…

That the commissioning of the 55 megwatts (MW) generators on January 31 2018 would increase power tariff by 24.67 percent was known a long time ago. The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) already approved the increase as requested by the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) on condition that the generators were operational. President Peter…

There is ample reason for Malawians to fear for the worst. Hunger due to a prolonged dry spell and fall army worms are expected to reduce maize harvests this year. This is only January and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has warned that the long dry spell and fall armyworms have already…

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…

Once again we are at that time of the year when we usually take stock of the year gone by and make plans for the coming year. Looking back at this time in 2016, I lined up many things. I remember I aimed to get more focused, and develop a thick skin that would give…