As individuals, we think differently. We have different life experiences, we are different ages and we have different genetic compositions. All these make it imperative that we will be thinking differently. Someone says that they don’t like chicken (as food), while the other thinks that (and depending on how much resources they have) they can’t…

Sometime in the last week of December 2016, I met a friend who I had not seen for a long time. I was able to find out where he was at and what he was doing with his life. I was glad I met him and now hope that both of us are alive this…

  I don’t know why, but I believe this year, compared to many other previous years, I have heard fewer new year resolutions. I am not sure why this is so. I could just have been paying less attention to what was going on around me or the people around me have gone more and…

    I am pleased to have learned that the State President appointed Nyakwawa Usiwausiwa as judge of the High Court of Malawi. There are not enough judges at the High Court in this country, thus making access to justice a challenge. The death of recently appointed Judge George Bakuwa did not help matters as…

  Each time the President has made appointments of people to fill government positions, there is the scrutiny that follows such appointments. In a country organised like ours, this scrutiny is necessary. We want our leaders to put in position individuals who will help in realising the corporate national goals. We also want the President…

This article is motivated by the fact that people who were born on or after May 17 1994 are not adults, although some have children now. May 17 1994 is when Malawian voted in Bakili Muluzi’s United Democratic Party (UDF), and the exit of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) as the governing party of this…

In 2001, I wrote a small article on page 57 of the journal called Development Bulletin, published by the Australian National University. The title of the article I am referring to was: Politics and vestiges of the past preventing the introduction of health care user fees in Malawi. At that time Malawi had completed two…

The Honourable Dr George Chaponda, Leader of Government Business in the National Assembly is a soft spot for me. I have a lot of difficulties to write strongly against the Yale-trained lawyer. His wife, Dr Majorie Chaponda and I worked in the same institution for some time. I do not know whether she can remember…

One of the statements that I have heard when I lived elsewhere was that you should not be ‘a water hog’. The term ‘water hog’ comes from two names, water and hog. I don’t need to define what water is, but I can define what a hog is. A hog is a pig. The term…

  Now that the High Court Judge who is hearing the case in which ‘Cashgate buses’ were involved has granted the ‘government’—meaning the Executive arm— permission to dispose of the buses, I can now speak. There was a time I thought I could share my thoughts about these buses but fearing ‘influencing due court processes’,…

When the old Malawi Congress Party (MCP) warned us all that matipate n’chisokoneze (plural politics is confusion), many of us did not care to listen. After all, why should we have listened. We believed that the yoke of authoritarianism was so heavy that anything else was better. The warning still came from Dr Hastings Kamuzu…

Although our country re-embraced plural politics, there seems to be rudiments of dictatorship and totalitarianism. Yes, the opposition political parties are salivating because they may be thinking that I am here to castigate, once again the governing party (not ruling party as if they were kings and vassals). The opposition MCP, PP and other smaller…

  Ladies and gentlemen, I had not been thinking well lately. The group of politicians, civil society proper and politicians pretending to be civil society were getting the better of me. Some of these people have been saying that the President must resign. Some have even given some deadlines within which the President must resign…

Anyone who becomes the President of the Republic of Malawi ought to know that she or he stands a grave risk of getting very bad advice from people around them. That is the main occupational hazard of this job. Obama’s responsibility as POTUS (President of the United States) is nothing compared to being president of…

  If the latest mosquito-borne Zika virus breaks out in Africa the continent would be less prepared than any other to deal with the outbreak. Zika fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease caused by the Zika virus which is suspected of leading to the birth of deformed babies. The virus is transmitted to humans when…

  The inspiration for this article came in the afternoon of January 28 2016. I was coming from my workplace going elsewhere. It was about 3pm and I had a time challenge as I needed to be where I was going by the dot. Well, I ended up not arriving where I was going in…

I had the time and opportunity to watch and listen to MBC TV’s “Talk to the President” programme on Sunday night, January 17 2016. In this programme hosted by Mgeme Kalilani, the President is given the opportunity to respond to questions sent earlier by the “people. For all its weaknesses, which I will present later,…

  Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe says that while the economy will get worse, Malawians should be hopeful and look forward to a brighter May 2016. Now, being a politician, Honourable Goodall Gondwe should by now have gotten used to criticism. If he had said that he does not see light at the end of the…