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…

As the country continues to implement its national response to the food insecurity situation in the country, it would be wise for government to act with speed. Half of the people in Malawi, or 8.8 million, face food shortage due to the El Nino which has reduced crop harvests this year estimated at 12.4 percent…

This is pathetic, to say the least. It does not have to come this. It just shows people are unhappy with the way government is handling people’s grievances. For a long time, we have all condemned mob justice as a way of punishing suspects. Once arrested suspects ought to be brought to a court of…

We are still moving in circles in as far as public finance management and fighting drug pilferage are concerned. As regards to the former, the problem Malawi is facing largely emanates from government’s failure to timely audit its ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs). The failure to do this has been costly to the Malawi government,…

Forewarned is forearmed. Government cannot claim it was not told about the drought and the impending crop deficit as a result of the same. Not only were tell-tale signs of hunger in the 2015/16 growing season evident from as early as December last year, there was also a media blitz that Malawi would be visited…

I am not surprised that some people don’t believe in themselves, and so can’t believe in what say and do. All they are capable of doing is criticising. What they forget is that people are different. Some are visionary and insightful, and endowed with powers to originate and create while others can only modify or…

Economics Association of Malawi president Henry Kchaje wrote in a certain forum this week that in basic terms, the Extended Credit Facility (ECF)—Supported Programme is like an economic drip that the IMF puts on ‘‘economically sick nations’’ to help them recover. The ECF mainly supports the balance of payments (BOP). It is a form of…

  During the 50th Congregation of the University of Malawi, on Wednesday this week, President Peter Mutharika announced that government will introduce a levy to fund higher education to support learning, research and infrastructure development for tertiary education in the country. We all know that government has various ways of raising revenue. Some of the…

  I can’t believe it that the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) can decide to release a jaw-dropping K3 billion to Admarc to buy maize without the authorisation, let alone, knowledge of the Minister of Finance. More so that Mera wrote the Secretary to the Treasury (ST) informing him and seeking his advice about the…

The first crop estimates—especially for the staple maize—for the 2015/16 growing season is expected to drop by 2 percent from the final estimated figures for 2014/15 growing season owing to the drought which has hit some parts of the country especially the Southern Region. The estimates were conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and…

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…