The French intellectual, Michel Foucault, expounded a thesis on knowledge and power; and more precisely ‘power–knowledge’.  For present purposes and at the risk of some serious reprimanding from Foucauldian purists, a severely reductionist version of the thesis is that power produces knowledge but at the same time power and knowledge imply one another. Knowledge flourishes…

On 30 December 2017, I pleaded here that nsimayi tikanachepetsa. Eighteen weeks into the New Year, it has not only been raining, it has been pouring. Everywhere one turns, it is one disheartening story after another. The economy continues to limp (I will not clap hands when all we have gotten is more ngongole), the…

The State’s case: In the months of June to August 2013, Maxwell Namata stole the sum of K14 439 966.50 being the property of the Government of Malawi. Second, during the same period, Namata, had in his possession the sum of K14 439 966.50 when he knew or had reasonable grounds to believe that the…

The State’s case: In the months of June to August 2013, Maxwell Namata stole the sum of K14 439 966.50 being the property of the Government of Malawi. Second, during the same period, Namata, had in his possession the sum of K14 439 966.50 when he knew or had reasonable grounds to believe that the…

  The Executive, through the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kondwani Nankhumwa, announced in Parliament that each of the 193 constituencies in Malawi will receive K20.7 million for chitukuko (development projects). The total disbursement is K4 billion. The announcement followed calls—previously—made by mostly opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) that the Minister of Finance…

Relatives from the village visit a brother or sister in town. The town dweller has ‘strange’ eating habits. Tiyi n’buredi for breakfast; rice and beef stew for lunch; and chicken salad for supper. The menu goes on like this until the relatives from the village say their farewells and are soon back at base. The…

Relatives from the village visit a brother or sister in town. The town dweller has ‘strange’ eating habits. Tiyi n’buredi for breakfast; rice and beef stew for lunch; and chicken salad for supper. The menu goes on like this until the relatives from the village say their farewells and are soon back at base. The…

This motion picture was so action-packed it kept the audience in the theatre on the edge of their seats. November 5 2017, the then First Lady of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe rebukes the then vice-President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Comrade Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa. “Who is Mnangagwa?” She shouted while punching her fist…

I prefer to call those that exercise the legal and political authority of the State the governing–proxy. When we refer to public officers as leaders—whether they are technical public officers or political public officers—it creates a delusional sense of superiority that oozes a capture and monopoly to intelligence; know-how. The rest of us do not know…

On September 1 2017, the Supreme Court of Kenya handed down a judgment that rendered the presidential poll in that country null and void. Under Kenyan electoral law, the electorate goes back to the poll in 60 days’ time—on October 17 2017—to, yet again, elect a State President. The decision of the Supreme Court of…

Last week, Thoko from Bangwe shared with us his views about the ongoing national identity (ID) registration exercise. He highlights the benefits of a national ID scheme; at the top of the benefits being the possibility of an efficient public service delivery system. By and large, Thoko also highlights the challenges that a national ID…

Lawyers have a manner of speaking. They are counsel. They are learned friends. And they are in a noble profession. On 27 May, 2017, the Malawi Law Society (MLS) published in the media the disciplinary matters that came before its disciplinary committee and the recommendations the committee has made in those matters. For the longest…

One of the new land laws enacted by Parliament last year is the Customary Land Act, 2016. Among other things, the Act states that there shall be a traditional land management area under each traditional authority in this country. Under each traditional land management area, there shall be a customary land committee which shall oversee…

The making of the Constitution of 1994 was preceded by the drama of citizenship. Between 1991 and 1993, Malawi was awash with citizen action through street protests, demonstrations and dissident religious sermons and texts. This display of active citizenship led to the referendum of 14 June, 1993 which ushered in a new multiparty constitutional order…