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, 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…

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…