Hon Folks, on my mind right now is something you may consider trivial—the clip trending on social media in which an NTV journalist makes an observation that in 2018 Malawi doesn’t have a single movie theatre where folks could watch the movie Black Panther on big screen. In our set of priorities, there could be…

Hon Folks, first, a question on best practices: Which must come first between planning and financing? The plan comes first, right? Not so with folks in government, at least not now when elections are just 14 months away. Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe saw a deficit crater in the 2017/18 national budget and decided a mid-year…

Hon. Folks, the comparison of Reaganomics to “Tchopanomics” and the use of the expression “It’s Tchopanomics, stupid”, a derivative of Mr. Bill Clinton’s campaign strategist James Carville’s phrase: “[It’s] the economy, stupid” in last week’s article offended the sensibilities of some people. I therefore would like to retract those parts of the article and assure…

Hon Folks, ever heard about Reaganomics? Americans coined the term after being bamboozled by economic policies of President Ronald Reagan (1981-89). Now the American English lexicon is one word richer only because Reaganomics led to the tripling of the US national debt in the eight years Reagan was at the White House. Thanks to Reaganomics,…

Hon Folks, when development partners condemn our public financial management system, describing it as a “leaking bucket” and consequently shunning it, the right thing to do is to fix the holes. That way we’d kill two birds—regain donor confidence and, in the same breath, contain wastage of public funds. Imagine the difference if the 30…

Hon Folks, a chill ran down the spine to read Judge Esmie Chombo’s epistle to the Malawi Law Society (MLS), highlighting how corrupt lawyers tamper with records at the High Court registry. In a rather diplomatic way, the judge sounded like she was simply building a case for consultations between judges and lawyers “as a…

Hon Folks, Public Affairs Committee (PAC) was right to hold back on its resolve to hold mass demonstrations on 13th December 2017. Since government had started tabling Electoral Reforms Bills in Parliament, kicking and frothing would have made PAC a cry baby. Lest we forget, PAC ran the affairs of this country together with Kamuzu’s…

Hon. Folks, if Kamuzu’s MCP was built on unity, loyalty, obedience and discipline, the four cornerstones, Chakwera’s MCP is built on a quicksand of bickering and factionalism. The MCP politburo is divided; there’s the pro-Chakwera and the anti-Chakwera camps which are so much into their never-ending tug-of-war that they seem to be oblivious to the…

Hon Folks, I learnt much earlier in my career that in life mistakes are bound to happen but principled people avoid at all costs making reckless errors by being meticulous—crossing all the “Ts” and dotting all the “Is”—of their decisions and actions. When the rationale and thought-process leading to inadvertent mistakes are explained, the person…

Hon. Folks, APM’s New Year address was a bagful of 2018 promises. He pledged to transform the Lower Shire with Greenbelt revolution besides putting additional 27 000 hectares to irrigation at a total cost of about K250 billion! He also pledged a permanent solution to electricity blackouts in 2018, blaming the current long spells of load-shedding…

Hon. Folks, 25-hour electricity load-shedding is a new reality that made 2017 conspicuous. It has never been this bad in Malawi ever since we became an independent sovereign State in1964. Is there hope for respite in 2018? The APM administration says so but these folks have a reputation for flying kites in our faces. They…

Hon Folks, just two days to Christmas and nine days to another brand New  Year, hooray! Let’s  thank God for the abundance of his mercies. By grace, He has given us  life and He alone nurtures and sustains it every day. Let’s also thank Him for allowing that we have Malawi, a country endowed  with…

Hon Folks, there’s only one place for the adulterated 50+1 Bill—the trashcan. MPs know where the trashcan is since it’s not long ago when they threw in it the adulterated Access to Information (ATI) Bill. They also know how to winnow the chaff from the letter and spirit of government Bills. The problem with extending…

Hon. Folks, electoral reforms are not about the Public Affairs Committee (PAC). They are a pledge by the Executive arm of government. It promised Malawian voters to push enabling a bill or bills to the current sitting of Parliament. In light of that promise, the media also checked with the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) if…

Hon. Folks, electoral reforms are not about the Public Affairs Committee (PAC). They are a pledge by the Executive arm of government. It promised Malawian voters to push enabling a bill or bills to the current sitting of Parliament. In light of that promise, the media also checked with the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) if there…

Hon Folks, after losing miserably in the October by-elections, DPP has gone on an offensive to isolate and weaken the victorious MCP by seeking to establish alliances with PP and UDF, which came third and fourth respectively in the 2014 Tripartite Elections. Having both parties on its side would help turbo-charge APM for the 2019…

Hon. Folks, I harbour no illusion that the much-touted 50+1 system is panacea for Executive arrogance. If anything, former president Bingu wa Mutharika, who scooped 66 percent of the votes in 2009 general elections, showed  the system can actually embolden a leader to think he or she has the mandate of the people to be…

Hon. Folks, there’s no denying DPP spectacular loss in the October 17 2017 by elections has sent a chill down APM spine. He no longer can take for granted victory in the forthcoming 2019 presidential race. But for a president who’s known for flip-flopping—he reneged on a campaign promise to reduce presidential powers—the loss  could…

Hon Folks, the good thing that has come out of DPP’s spectacular loss in the October 17 by elections is that it has made APM realise his prospects of vacating the State House in 2019 are real if he does not play man of the people eager to hear their woes and personally do something…

Hon Folks, the bloodsuckers scare has spread like wild fire. It started in Lhomwe belt—Mulanje, Thyolo, Phalombe, Chiradzulu—and Nsanje. Last week it hit Blantyre. From nowhere vigilantes, armed with machetes, sticks, stones, etc., ganged up in hostile formations that conducted illegal patrols in the name of searching for blood-sucking vampires. At Chatha, along the road…