Hon Folks, commentators have described PP’s decision to pull out of the presidential race and throw its weight behind MCP’s candidate Lazarus Chakwera as a winning strategy. I can’t agree more. PP gives Chakwera a foothold in Joyce Banda’s Eastern Region home-base and the North where she commands a substantial following. The endorsement of Chakwera’s…

Hon Folks, DPP may not like being asked prying questions but boycotting TV debates for presidential candidates and running mates only help to reinforce the arrogant leadership style associated with the governing party. For a party vying for votes in the forthcoming May 21 tripartite elections, shunning debate is a decision sprouting from a flawed…

Hon Folks, as we approach the May 21 tripartite elections, politicians are busy selling anything they can think of —their certificates, campaign pledges, etc. So desperate are they that some have eaten raw bonya just to prove they care about us. Others have pampered chiefs and the youth with money and opportunities—goodies that only come…

Hon. Folks, it’s a fact that persons with albinism aren’t safe in Malawi, the only place God gave them to call home. They are being hunted like game and killed for their body parts. It should therefore be understandable why they are anxious to be rescued from us, their fellow Malawians. It should also be…

Hon Folks, the Malawi Vision 2020, a developmental framework reflecting the long-term aspirations of Malawians mooted some 20 years ago, reads in synopsis: “By the year 2020, Malawi as a God-fearing nation will be secure, democratically mature, environmentally sustainable, self-reliant with equal opportunities for and active participation by all, having social services, vibrant cultural and…

Hon Folks, Presidential candidates tried hard to impress as they went to present their nomination papers to MEC Chairperson Jane Ansah at the Comesa Hall in Blantyre from Monday to Friday. But if you asked me, I’d say from deep down my heart that Ras Chikomeni Chirwa was toast of the town. He appeared humble…

Hon Folks, on two recent occasions APM has sung the same song—Malawi unite! First, it was at the Chiwanja Cha Ayao in Balaka two weeks ago. He made the same call again during the Chilembwe Day celebrations in Chiradzulu. I take it that the President is acknowledging in the same breath that the nation is…

Hon Folks, on two recent occasions APM has sung the same song—Malawi unite! First, it was at the Chiwanja Cha Ayao in Balaka on Sunday last week. He made the same call again during the Chilembwe Day celebrations in Chiradzulu on Tuesday. I take it that the President is acknowledging in the same breath that…

Hon. Folks, hello 2019, the year of reckoning! Between now and the time of tripartite elections in May, candidates aspiring for presidential, parliamentary and local government positions will work very long hours and spend money, most likely a lot of it, to prepare for victory. The pressure will particularly be too much for the major…

Hon. Folks, hello 2019, the year of reckoning! Between now and the time of tripartite elections in May, candidates aspiring for presidential, parliamentary and local government positions will work very long hours and spend money, most likely a lot of it, to prepare for victory. The pressure will particularly be too much for the major…

Hon. Folks, having uninterrupted electricity from days before Christmas feels good. I wonder who do we thank for the respite–Escom? Egenco? APM and Government? Whoever it is, please accept my heartfelt gratitude. Having power all day everyday should have been the norm in this 21st Century but in Malawi, the norm has been to pay…

Hon Folks, so MBC has felt duty bound to honour APM for the Access to Information (ATI) law! Frankly, I’m chaffed. As a media practitioner and strong believer in the adage that information is power, I should’ve been giving MBC moral support for the decision to hail APM for the ATI. But that’d make me…

Hon Folks, I never lived a moment to doubt the need to protect MPs’ operational independence. In fact, many governance watchdogs have for long criticised the prevailing system which enables the Executive to use funding as a means for putting the Legislature on a short leash. Parliamentary committees have at times failed to meet and…

Hon Folks, Themba la Mathemba Chikulamayembe was on Tuesday laid to rest. But the dust stirred by political drama at his funeral continues to choke the Tumbuka and entire Northern Region. There’s good reason for this. The North is an important kingmaker in the 2019 presidential race. DPP’s Peter Mutharika and MCP’s Lazarus Chakwera who…

Hon Folks, as we head towards the 2019 tripartite elections, inter-party battles are raging so much that MEC has already started talking to leaders of major parties to slow them down on spewing vitriol on the campaign trail. The big three—Peter Mutharika, Lazarus Chakwera and Saulos Chilima—are tearing into each other, chiding character and ability…

Hon. Folks, Damson Chimalira is an MP for Ntcheu South, a constituency where Martha Chilabade, 30, comes from. For the past four years Chimalira and councillors for the two wards in his constituency have watched the desolate Namisu Health Centre deteriorate further into a state of disrepair, depriving women from 60 villages in T/A Phambala’s…

Hon Folks, since 1994 a sitting President doesn’t justify Cabinet reshuffles. Hiring and firing of ministers is a presidential prerogative, they say. When the phrase was first used by the government of Bakili Muluzi, I thought it was a mere excuse by a political mentee of Kamuzu to flex muscle over his ministers. There were…

Hon Folks, after the Institute of Public Opinion and Research (Ipor) released its report on the political environment in Malawi in the run-up to the 2019 elections, the reaction was narrowly trained on who could’ve won the presidential race if the polls were held in Q3 of 2018. But the study had the broader scope…

Hon Folks, Secretary to Treasury Ben Botolo asks Eric Chapola to resign as MRA board chair. He does not say why. The latter complies without a fuss. Good riddance, Treasury heaves a sigh of relief. Not so fast. The people of Malawi have the right to know what’s happening in government and why. That’s why…

Hon Folks, remember the song:  “Zonse zimene nza Kamuzu Banda.” (All there’s belongs to Kamuzu)? Growing up in Malawi in the 60s, 70s, 80s required embracing with an ear-to-ear smile the relics of this song. Why? It mattered a lot in those days when Africa was riddled with coups and civil strife to rally the…