Hon Folks, it’s a pity that APM’s Sona, delivered in a half-empty House on Friday last week, may have passed without much fanfare. MCP President Lazarus Chakwera, who should’ve given insightful reaction from the other side of the political divide as Leader of Opposition, isn’t even attending Parliament. Instead, he has joined hands with UTM…

Hon Folks, when APM said at his inauguration that he was taking time to choose a Cabinet of go-getters which would also reflect gender and regional distribution, I was excited. But I went dumb on Wednesday when the actual Cabinet list was announced. Without prejudicing the merit aspect which may require use of a scorecard…

Hon Folks, in a light moment while celebrating victory at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre, APM mimicked MCP presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera crying like a baby over his loss. Then, as a way of dismissing Chakwera’s claim that victory was fraudulently taken away from him, APM alleged that he too had his votes stolen in…

Hon Folks, it’s heartening to hear that the National Planning Commission (NPC) is hatching another vision for Malawi tentatively christened National Transformational 2063 which is deliberately aligned with the global Agenda 2063. Obviously NT 2063, with a span of over 40 years, is the legacy we leave behind for our grandchildren to cherish or curse,…

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…

H Folks, on Tuesday Malawians will be voting for the sixth time since the multiparty dispensation was ushered in some 25 years ago in 1994. We can’t help asking the question: what’s there to show for it? If you ask those in government the answer to the question is that starting 2014, Malawi economy is…

Hon. Folks, as we continue counting down to 21st May 2019, the day when Malawians will go to vote for their President, MPs and Councillors, there is need to reflect on what is at stake in these elections. If the electorate do not define what the elections are about, entrusting the agenda setting to politicians…

Hon Folks, my mind is on ‘chitukuko’ (development) as a campaign issue. There’s no denying that voters attach so much premium to it. They ask of the incumbent President, MP or Councillor: “what has he or she done in the past five years?” They also attend campaign rallies to hear what ‘chitukuko’ pledges the contenders…

Hon. Folks, as we continue counting down to 21st May 2019, the day when Malawians will go to vote for their President, MPs and Councillors, there is need to reflect on what is at stake in these elections. If the electorate do not define what the elections are about, entrusting the agenda setting to politicians…

Hon Folks, it’s amazing how hard presidential candidates are working, going to forsaken places  in rural Malawi to beg for votes as the D-Day—May 21, 2019—is slowly but surely approaching. They brave the rain and the putrid smell of abject poverty rocking many neglected and hard-to-reach rural areas to take messages of hope to the…

Hon. Folks, the governing DPP has finally announced it will tomorrow launch its manifesto in Lilongwe. Coming weeks after MCP and UTM had already launched theirs, it would be interesting to see to what extent the party’s agenda for 2019-2024 is informed by issues raised in the manifestos of parties seeking to unplug it from…

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…