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…

  Hon Folks, hats off to Parliament for being on the side of the short-changed Malawians on Access to Information (ATI) Bill. Now we can only wait with bated breath to see if APM will assent to it. Should that happen, then we can celebrate and declare that the people have won, democracy has won.…

After a successful Abortion Bill demonstration this week, government unsuccessfully tried to put up a PR spin this week by saying there is no Abortion Bill to be tabled in Parliament. In a press statement, signed by government spokesperson and Minister of Information Malison Ndau on Tuesday, government said the truth of matter is that…

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…