Hon Folks, as the Constitutional Court is winding up the case in which two Opposition leaders want the results of the May 21 presidential election nullified on grounds that they were fraudulent, civil society leaders have gone full throttle, preparing Malawians to accept and respect the ruling. At the forefront are Public Affairs Committee (PAC)…

H onourable Folks, The Cost of Politics in Malawi survey released this week indicates that aspirants for member of Parliament (MP) positions in the May 21 Tripartite Elections on average each spent K14.8 million. In total all 1 333 aspirants spent a whopping K19.7 billion. Now, K19.7 billion is not a small amount of money…

Was Malawi overambitious to target the attainment of middle income status in its Vision 2020? The vision had quite a few other noble targets meant to ensure that by year 2020 Malawians enjoy a healthier, more enlightened and happier life but all that depended on first and foremost growing the economy significantly, hence the goal…

Hon Folks, for much too long APM was stubbornly indifferent to calls for him and his counterparts in the Opposition to show leadership in pacifying the Malawi nation torn apart by bitter rivalry over politics of acrimony. But surprise, surprise! The lesson that made him see sense in dialogue and reconciliation came from the most…

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, the violence that ensued from the May 21 presidential election has changed the narrative on Malawi within the donor community. All along their focus was largely trained on poor economic governance, now their fear is that we’re slipping into a failed State. On Friday, October 11 2019 the UN human rights body issued…

Hon Folks, it’s time all contenders in the disputed May 21 presidential race, particularly the three top candidates—Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Lazarus Chakwera of MCP and Saulos Chilima of UTM—hearkened the call to start preparing their supporters to accept win or loss from the election case in the Constitutional Court. Human Rights…

H on Folks, sometimes I get a feeling that we all know what’s the right thing to do for this country to get back on course and develop but for sheer self-serving reasons, people deliberately act wrongly. Take the issue of demos: Government, with a legion of lawyers at its disposal and a law professor…

Hon Folks, Malawi Army soldiers once again played a key role in ensuring that the demos held across the country on Wednesday were as peaceful as possible. They really deserve our salute! It’s not their job, really. Primarily the army is there to protect us from external threats. Internal security is why the Police are…

H on Folks, APM’s pledge to build stadiums for Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers wasn’t for the love of football. The President hasn’t shown a sweet tooth for outdoor games, let alone football. The naked truth is that it was a calculated campaign promise meant to win the hearts of the youth in  Blantyre, particularly…

Hon Folks, APM admitted in an interview with BBC this week that Malawi is a divided country. True. Where he wasn’t clear is what he’ll do about it. If I heard him well, MEC chairperson Jane Ansah is going nowhere, a clear rejection of the demand by irate Malawians who have so far held six…

H on. Folks, by its noble order of August 27, 2019 the Supreme Court has in one breath asserted that the right to hold demos cannot just be arbitrarily denied and that government is a key stakeholder in ensuring that violence and crime aren’t part of such demos. Not only that. It’s Tuesday evening ruling …

Hon Folks, a good starting point for us is to admit that our governance system is broken and needs fixing. We’re a divided nation along so many lines—political, regional, tribal, etc,—and tolerance, the currency for multiparty democracy, has value zero. What we need is a robust system that can unite and reinvigorate our creative genius…

Hon. Folks, this is August and four months later we’ll bid ‘bye to the year 2019. I wonder what this invokes in you: a feeling of joy or a subdued mood of fear and trepidation? If you asked me, the year 2020 is sacrosanct in one particular sense—it’s when we can unveil to the world…

Hon. Folks, Police Inspector General Rodney Jose can’t be faulted for condemning the looting, destruction and violence that come in the wake of demonstrations to force MEC chair Jane Ansah out of office. He’s only echoing what civil society organisations (CSOs) organising the demonstration, politicians, the clergy and human rights champions from various walks of…

Hon. Folks, Finance Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha sounds optimistic that the kwacha will not roll on its back because of foreign reserves which, he claims, have accumulated to $1 billion. Malawi being an importing economy, this also means for a while at least, we’re able to import fuel, drugs, fertiliser and, thanks to the insanity of…

Hon. Folks, former South African president Nelson Mandela once famously said: “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” For the anti-apartheid and political liberator, who is fondly known as Madiba in his home country, those words were not just rhetoric. They…

Hon Folks, does it matter that Washington DC has branded as corrupt our own Uladi Mussa aka Change Goal and consequently banned him and his wife from entering the US?   There’s no denying that the ban, announced in a statement released on July 3 2019 is as chilly as it is extremely embarrassing.  Mussa is…