Hon. Folks, on Tuesday this week some peculiar scenes characterised events at Parliament in Lilongwe where our members of Parliament (MPs) kick-started a process on the Electoral Reforms Bills as directed by the Constitutional Court. The first incident involved Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) activists Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence, whose serendipitous existence in the…

Hon. Folks. On February 3, 2020, a panel of High Court judges sitting as the Constitutional Court nullified the results of the May 21 presidential election and that the incumbent, APM was not duly elected in accordance with the electoral laws of Malawi. Of particular significance is the Constitutional Court’s recommendation to Parliament to review…

Honourable Folks, on Wednesday this week, the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) issued a regional advisory on the global outbreak of coronavirus that originated from China this month, urging member states to take precautionary measures to avoid its further spread. Before the warning by Sadc, there was an update issued jointly by the African Union…

Hon. Folks, on September 9 2019, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Joseph Mwanamvekha pledged to implement strong fiscal measures in the 2019/20 National Budget to reduce deficits. The Minister promised to align the national budget with the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) third iteration of the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) to ensure that Malawi…

Hon. Folks, on September 9 2019, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Joseph Mwanamvekha pledged to implement strong fiscal measures in the 2019/20 National Budget to reduce deficits. The Minister promised to align the national budget with the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) third iteration of the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) to ensure that Malawi…

Honourable folks, the Malawi Public Sector Reforms were one of the DPP’s largest campaign promises during the 2014 Tripartite Elections. APM promised Malawians then that he would strive to fix the rot that created inefficiencies in the public service sector and undermined public delivery. By the time APM took over in 2014, State-run parastatals including…

Hon folks, 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…

Honourable Folks, this year big shops stashed into the trash can the plastic bags they were giving us, their customers, for free. Someone in the corridors of power must be feeling extremely good to see corporate Malawi walking with its tail between the hind legs like a timid puppy when the ban came like a…

Hon folks, 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…

Hon. Folks, since MEC announced the disputed outcome of the May 21, 2019 presidential election, Malawi has never been the same. MCP’s Lazarus Chakwera and UTM’s Saulos Chilima, major opposition contenders petitioned the courts to nullify the results that favoured DPP’s Peter Mutharika on grounds that they were fraudulent. Over 60 percent of the electorate…

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, a stitch in time saves nine, they say. The question is:  does the Malawi of 2019, under the presidency of Prof. Peter Mutharika with Lazarus Chakwera, PhD and Saulos Chilima, PhD calling the shots in the Opposition camp see merit in this witty idiom? We are led by highly educated people who should…

Honourable Folks, a fact we can’t ignore as we begin the count-down to the New Year is that we shall have clocked 56 years as an independent sovereign state by July next year. There’s little, if any, debate on whether there’s much to show for our post-colonial exploits. Our major credit is on the fact…

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…

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