Yes, there was voter apathy in all the by-elections held on Tuesday to elect a parliamentarian for Mchinji West Constituency and ward councilors in Bunda in Kasungu, Kaliyeka in Lilongwe, Bembeke in Dedza and Sadzi in Zomba. And many people and organisations have expressed concern over this. But was anyone expecting anything better than this?…

This week the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has proudly been announcing that the Amendment Bill to the Value Added Tax (VAT) Act became law on August 19 2016. VAT is a tax on consumption expenditure that is levied on the “value added” that has been created at various stages in the production and distribution chain.…

I hope that by the time you are reading this article, speculation about President Peter Mutharika’s health will have come to an end following a press conference he was scheduled to hold yesterday in Lilongwe. This is against the background of so much speculation about the President’s health these past weeks. But as far as…

I expect my good ole friend Chimwemwe Nyirenda, Multichoice marketing manager and many more friends at Multichoice to be furious with me about what I am about to say here. But don’t lose your cool yet guys until you get to the last dot. And readers may be wondering what the connection is between ODPP and…

What message is the President sending to faithful and capable members of the Progressive Democratic Party (DPP) with good education when he allows some people to hold two public offices as if the party does not have enough capable people to serve in some public offices? I am talking about the three Malawi Electoral Commission…

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…

I was shocked to hear President Arthur Peter Mutharika feeding the nation with a sumptuous diet of lies during the consecration of the new Mzuzu Diocese Bishop last Saturday. Rather than concentrate on preaching peace and unity among Malawians, the president completely lost himself and was busy telling the nation that he survived five assassination…

f it is not about poor tobacco perfomance, drug theft, hunger said to affect more than 6.2 million or 35 percent of the population, water supply problems especially in the cities and power outages which are bringing the manufacturing sector down to its knees, University of Malawi students torching cars over hiked school fees, it…

Fish starts rotting from the head. That is why it was the head of State and her entire leadership especially in the executive which bore the greatest brunt in 2013 following revelations that K24 billion was looted from government coffers. Money was looted on her watch. Little did the nation know the plunder of government…

  The torching on Wednesday night at Lilongwe Golf Club of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Jessie Kabwila’s vehicle shows that Malawi is still kilometers away from warmly embracing intra- and inter-party democracy. Granted, Kabwila has issues with her party politiburo. Just last week she and her fellow Salima legislator Felix Jumbe were chased from…

This week, President Peter Mutharika felt it was OK to spend a jaw-dropping K50 million-plus from the national coffers to charter a plane and fly out to Ethiopia to receive an honorary degree from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. My conservative estimation—from a point of knowledge—is that the taxpayer was fleeced another K30 million for…

  It is a foregone conclusion that Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump would be banging the drums about the FBI’s verdict on his Democrat counterpart’s Hillary Clinton. The FBI on Tuesday laid bare a litany of facts that amounted to a searing rebuke of her judgment, management and stewardship of state secrets. For starters,…

If there is one thing any caring home and government will always ensure it has in abundance to ensure peace, it is food. In the case of Malawi, it is the staple—maize. When food is in short supply in the home, don’t expect peace and harmony. The grain has been very much been in short…

This week some members of Parliament asked Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe to stop providing what they described as useless “subsidies”. Among other things, they said government should start implementing programmes that would truly help Malawians move out of poverty. They singled out the Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme (DAHSP)…

That Malawi needs to import 1 290 000 metric tonnes (MT) of maize to feed its hungry 3 million cannot be disputed. This is because of the back-to-back low maize yields for 2014/15 and 2015/16 due to drought and floods last year, and drought this year. In his State of the Nation Address (Sona) last…