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…

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…

  Members of the Malawi Police Service (MPS) should not allow themselves to be used to promote undemocratic tendencies in the country. Admitted, the MPS falls under the Executive headed by a Cabinet minister, but we expect our reformed police officers to be professional and not to be abused to promote activities that will continue…

  The other day I questioned the job of the Office of the Director of Public Procurements (ODPP). That time it was about ODPP’s involvement in alleged dubious payments that the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) was pressuring one of its senior finance managers Bettie Mahuka to authorise payment. Long short, the good lady…

  The law commands everyone in the country to reject and report corruption. Failing to do so is a crime. It, therefore, makes little sense for anyone, especially a Cashgate convict to look angelic by trying to report corruption long after being convicted. Why did you not say so before? You cannot say I was…

  Well, 2016 is behind us. I reckon we must move on regardless of the baggage we may have crossed over into the New Year with from last year that may or will surely be pulling us behind. What is important, I think, is that we get focused and develop a thick skin and a…

2016 comes to a close today and will be remembered as a bad year. It has been a bad year in many ways. Economically, Malawians are feeling the pinch as the cost of living is soaring with no hope that things will turn the corner. Not even authorities can hide this fact. The economy has…