Hon Folks, Secretary to Treasury Ben Botolo asks Eric Chapola to resign as MRA board chair. He does not say why. The latter complies without a fuss. Good riddance, Treasury heaves a sigh of relief. Not so fast. The people of Malawi have the right to know what’s happening in government and why. That’s why…

Hon Folks, remember the song:  “Zonse zimene nza Kamuzu Banda.” (All there’s belongs to Kamuzu)? Growing up in Malawi in the 60s, 70s, 80s required embracing with an ear-to-ear smile the relics of this song. Why? It mattered a lot in those days when Africa was riddled with coups and civil strife to rally the…

Hon Folks, the health sector is where Malawi is bagging kudos. Life expectancy was at 63.7 years in 2016 from 39.4 years in 1967 and researchers say things are better by 0.97 percent annually, hurray! Malaria prevalence dropped to 33 percent in 2014 from 43 percent in 2010 (latest data is likely to reveal more…

Hon Folks, APM’s 2018 United Nations General Assembly (Unga) trip is harder to measure for its merit than it is for its intrigues. Surely the team of his spin doctors must have worked long, long hours to capture all the nuances into one good pack that could help make APM sell in these campaign times…

Hon Folks, a stitch on time saves nine, they say. As politicians have hit the campaign trail, trying to woo voters with lies and pledges, it’s up to us voters to realise that what is stake in the 2019 Tripartite Elections is our destiny. Already, we are the world’s case study of a country where…

Hon Folks, does APM—he of “we’re managing just fine with our own resources” fame—know that the 2018/19 National Budget is standing on quick sand? Treasury says unless World Bank injects K60 billion into the 2017/18 National Budget, government will have to recast and trim approved expenditure lines. Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe indicated that the recurrent…

Hon Folks, the number of Malawians who have opted to vote with their feet in next year’s tripartite polls is alarming. Of the 17 districts where voter registration has taken place, only Nkhotakota and Chikwawa have registered slightly more voters now than those that registered for the 2014 polls. The rest—Kasungu, Salima, Dedza, Dowa, Mchinji,…

Hon Folks, Malawi is on the world map for wrong reasons-violence. Earlier in the week, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Southern African Human Rights Defenders issued statements, condemning violence unleashed against government critics.They urged the police to be on top of things and bring the culprits to book. Prior to that,…

Hon Folks, after the embarrassing exposure of the K145 million which ended up in a DPP account for which the President is the sole signatory, several things have happened. The ACB first embarked on a witch-hunt to smoke out the whistle blower within the organisation. Later it tried to do some damage control by clearing…

Hon Folks, as registration of voters, is in progress, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has released the outcomes of the exercise in the first three phases that covered districts in the Central Region. The figures show more women than men have registered. I guess there is little, if any, surprise here since there are more women…

Hon Folks, APM appears to be at pains to prove he did not personally benefit from the K145 million a supplier of food ration packs to the police deposited in a DPP account for which the President is a sole signatory. The Nation of Monday, August 13, quoted ACB Director General Reyneck Matemba as having…

Hon Folks, did SKC pledge to create a million jobs in the first 12 months should he be elected as president next year? It’s a promise worth banking. A word of caution, though, a promise is a promise. He should expect bashing should he fail to walk the talk. There’s no denying that Saulos Chilima…

Hon Folks, a stitch in time saves nine, they say. As politicians have hit the campaign trail, trying to woo voters with lies and pledges, it’s up to us voters to realise that what is at stake in the 2019 Tripartite Elections is our destiny. Already, we are the world’s case study of a country…

Hon Folks, a polygraph expert is reportedly already in the country to fish out the ACB officer who leaked the report on fraudulent food ration procurement deal in which APM is implicated! That’s pretty fast for ACB, isn’t it? How I wish the graft busting-body was as swift in pursuing high level corruption case of…

Hon Folks, having admitted receiving the so-called K145 million gift from a supplier of food rations, APM, through his spin-doctors, engaged the over-drive in damage control. They told Malawians there was nothing sinister about the donation and portrayed APM as a victim of a smear campaign. Essentially, they tried to make the public see the…

Hon Folks, ACB director Reyneck Matemba was spot on when he said in an interview (The Nation, 25 June, 2018, p7) that foot soldiers in the fight against corruption require the “backing and support” of political leadership. True! Where corruption has been decisively tackled, it’s the Head of State—not the head of the anti-corruption agency—that…

Hon Folks, MPs want Goodall Gondwe to juggle the shoe-string cash budget and set aside a six-month lump-sum funding for the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). Should that happen, and coupled with the borehole and rural development funding, the incumbents will all have a lot to brag about by the time Parliament is dissolved in March…

Hon. Folks, image matters. That’s why at the dawn of the multiparty system of government, the Malawi Police Force changed its name to Malawi Police Service. Those charged with police reforms that time realised the Malawi Police Force lost credibility during the Kamuzu era when, instead of being an agent of State responsible for law…