I am appalled that in this time and era, our reformed Malawi Police Service (MPS) could still be wasting its meagre resources on covert surveillance of WhapsApp messages. What happened to the right to privacy as guaranteed by the Constitution? Actually, I am annoyed that some government agencies should feel justified to be wasting millions…

  I endured reading the press statement Minister of Information and government spokesman Jappie Mhango issued this week where he was ng to trash a recent print media story that the bloated number of presidential advisors at 16 is a drain of the public coffers and cancel out the envisaged savings from the lean cabinet…

This week, the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) released results of a survey it commissioned the National Statistical Office (NSO) to conduct which showed that the tax-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Television and Radio One are the most watched and listened to outlets, respectively. The survey was done between November 2014 and January 2015 on…

Up until now we blame the current hunger in the country on floods and drought that occurred in January 2015. But government imported 30 000 metric tonnes of maize to bridge the deficit. My question is: Where is this maize? People are spending many days at Admarc depots to buy only 20 or less kilograms…

Kudos to Member of Parliament for Balaka West, Patricia Shanil Dzimbiri, for sourcing 500 000 pound sterling worth of assistive devices which she donated to Sue Ryder Foundation in Malawi (SRFIM) this week to assist many poor Malawians with disabilities. Shanil said she sourced the material after being touched by the fact that not much…

It is very common for the Executive arm of government to act as if there are no laws on the land. Quite often the Minister of Finance will ask Parliament to regularise spending that was not authorised by Parliament. The argument by the minister is that the laws of the land allow him to make…

The fact that you are reading this article means you have made it into the New Year. Welcome aboard the brand new year ship. I can only hope and pray 2016 will be a better year for everyone and in many ways. I should admit 2015 had many challenges. As a country we started the…

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day yesterday. I wish you all a prosperous New Year. And as we look forward to the New Year, let us look at the concerns from the Treasury Secretary as expressed in the memo he sent to the Inspector General Police in November. Does it ring a…

The Executive arm of government should not be too excited about the one-stop investment agency as if it is the magic wand that will make prospective investors come running to Malawi. Granted, the facility is a good thing to have. But if truth be told, it should have been here yesterday. The agency is just…

In this age and era throwing racist remarks at someone in whatever form is unacceptable. It is for this reason that I wish to add my voice to the many Malawians who have condemned the racist slurs by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislators on Lilongwe City Central David Bisnowaty. Even in the face of serious…

    I get really worried when President Peter Mutharika tells the nation he is clueless why the economy is not picking up. With the whole government machinery at his disposal and an army of advisors at his doorsteps, the President should be the last person to plead or feign ignorance about what is wrong…

No one can blame the opposition leaders for the catcalls they have been making on President Peter Mutharika to resign, following his empty speech during the opening of the 46th Session of Parliament. The speech was short in all aspects: depth, scope, substance and utility value. It fell short of tackling pertinent issues the country…

I guess I don’t need to waste your time by giving you a chapter and a verse about my second homecoming from my rather extended ‘sabbatical’. I am back. Without necessarily condoning extravagance on the part of the Legislature against the economic crisis the country is in, I can’t help laughing at the politicking the…