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…

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…