Decision time

  Today, May 21, about 6.8 million registered voters are expected to exercise their constitutional right to hire a President, 193 legislators and 462 ward councillors in the country’s second tripartite elections. There are seven presidential candidates, including incumbent President Peter Mutharika who is facing competition from his Vice-President Saulos Chilima contesting on the ticket…

  How time flies! Tuesday, May 21 2019, is Election Day here in Malawi. It offers the moment of truth when the 6.8 million registered voters will exercise their constitutional rights to elect a President, 193 members of Parliament (MPs) and 462 ward councillors. Elections are a universally accepted means of putting in office legitimate…

Pension is one of the most overused terms in our society regardless of whether one is in formal employment or self-employed. Even some of our illiterate folks know about pension. They knew about pensions from time immemorial. To many, pension refers to a sum of money an employer pays an employee for life after an…

It is over a decade ago when I read the personal finance management best-seller, Rich Dad Poor Dad, co-authored by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter. Many who have read this book will agree that it is a simple, but inspiring book on how one can attain financial independence. The book is widely touted to have…

PAC gears for polls, to roll out app to report violence

With the 60-day official campaign for the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections rolled out yesterday, Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has pushed up a gear by designating a stand-by six-member mediation team and pre-testing a mobile phone violence-reporting app. PAC executive director Robert Phiri told a consultative meeting in Blantyre on Monday that the quasi-religious body,…

Tomorrow, March 15, is World Consumer Rights Day. The day traces its origins to March 15 1962 when President John F. Kennedy of the United States of America addressed the US Congress and formally raised the issue of consumer rights. Consumers International has, over the years, led commemorations for the World Consumer Rights Day while…

For a long time, Malawi has had a negative trade balance in international trade. Malawi continues to have negative trade balance with China, the European Union (EU), Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) dominated by South Africa, India and the United States of America (USA). Negative trade balance means hat as a country, Malawi is exporting…

Having expressed reservations with appalling customer service levels from an array of service providers in the country in previous articles, my attention was drawn to a post on Facebook by a chief executive officer of an international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) based in Lilongwe. In her post, which attracted comments from several people who equally shared…

MEC chair sets elections tone, deplores violence

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah set the tone for the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections on Monday by challenging aspirants to practice modern politics by engaging in issue-based campaign. The MEC chairperson made the appeal at Chichiri International Conference Centre in Blantyre, widely known as Comesa Hall, when she received nomination papers from…

We are on the third day of the New Year 2019. In this first entry of Business Unpacked this year, I rerun, with some modifications, an article I did in early 2017 and four days into the just ended 2018. To many people, the New Year comes with resolutions and goals to improve their situation…

Malawi launched the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy  (MGDS) III as a tool to spur economic growth and reduce poverty levels. The launch of MGDS III came against a background of revelations towards the end of 2016 in a series of news stories The Nation carried on poverty, mainly focusing on the expiry of MGDS…

December, the 12th and last month of the calendar year, is here again. The month stirs excitement as billions of Christians and non-believers alike celebrate Christmas Day on December 25—the day designated as the birthday of Jesus Christ. The festive mood extends to New Year’s Day on January 1, six days later. The festive mood…

December, the 12th and last month of the calendar year, is here again. The month stirs excitement as billions of Christians and non-believers alike celebrate Christmas Day on December 25—the day designated as the birthday of Jesus Christ. The festive mood extends to New Year’s Day on January 1, six days later. The festive mood…

  December, the 12th and last month of the calendar year, is here again. The month stirs excitement as billions of Christians and non-believers alike celebrate Christmas Day on December 25—the day designated as the birthday of Jesus Christ. The festive mood extends to New Year’s Day on January 1, six days later. The festive…

APM, Chilima set to meet

    President Peter Mutharika and his estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima, political allies-turned-foes, are set to meet face-to-face at the funeral service of Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe at Bolero in Rumphi today. This will be the first time the two will make a public appearance at the same function together since June this year when Chilima…

Explanations from the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) to justify the November 22 rise in fuel pump prices have reminded me of a situation in economics that “prices are sticky going downwards”. What the statement means is that when costs of goods or services go up, prices consumers pay rapidly rise and in some cases…