There is a Malawian saying: zigwe pano nzatose (united we stand, divided we fall). The world has metaphorically shrunk as a result of modern technologies and communication tools  such that what happens on the other side of the globe can easily affect us here. During the just ended United Nations General Assembly (Unga),  US President…

The difference between the State as an association and other associations is that it is what in German sociology is called gemeiinschaft or community. A person born within the bounds of the State automatically belongs to it without applying for membership. The Executive arm of the State is called government. A State without a government…

In The Nation of December 1 2016, there is a news item headed, ‘Uganda King charged with murder’. It is said in the clashes between a group of people, who want to secede from the Uganda republic and set up a new state called Yiira, and the police, 87 people were killed. The king of…

Towards the end of 1884 and the beginning of 1885, five European nations sent their representatives to a conference in Berlin, capital of Germany. These countries were Belgium, Britain, France, Germany and Portugal. They agreed that each nation should colonise that part of Africa where its nationals were already active as missionaries or traders. A…

The First Lady Gertrude Mutharika must be commended for her devotion to the aesthetic improvement of Malawi’s environment. We now see some flowers where there used to be nothing but eyesores. However, the Beautify Malawi (Beam) campaign is like what Jesus Christ called washing the external part of a cup while the inside remains dirty.…

Multiparty politics has existed among us for more than 20 years. Most people have forgotten why there used to be single party politics. Reasons are mostly historical. Men and women who got inspired to lead their countries out of colonial rule into independence had only one goal. To begin with, Kwame Nkrumah, the first President…

Development and prosperity are eluding us Malawians, why? We do not have the character and motivation. The most recent branch of psychology is behaviour modification. John B Watson (1878-1958) is the person accredited with originating behaviour modification. He was professor at the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University. Currently, the most popular if not…

Racism is an evil which destroys harmony in multi-racial societies. At the height of colonial rule, being a black person meant you were sub-human in the eyes of people who were of different colours, especially whites. Sometimes Africans themselves seemed to admit that they were inferior to white people. It was in such situations that…

The late John F Kennedy, who was President of the United States of America (USA) from 1961 to 1963 said: “If a free society cannot assist the majority who are poor, it cannot save the few that are sick.” The condition of the majority in countries such as Malawi is manifested through poverty, inequality and…

At the beginning of independence era, once you graduated, jobs were looking for you. A bachelor’s degree was enough. These days you have to hunt for a job and wait beyond patience. Sometimes they do not offer you a job unless you have a higher degree. College students are being advised to consider going into…

  South Korea had been a Japanese colony for about 35 years when World War Two ended in 1945. This was soon after civil war broke up as a rivalry between capitalist, United States and communist Soviet Union (now no more in existence). At the time Ghana gained independence in 1957, according to some writers,…

Among several meanings of corruption, one is “rotten”. When something is rotten, it usually smells. In Malawi, corruption and crime have reached such a high proportion that one despairs as to what can be done about this. Yet as the Anglo-Irish statesman of the 18th century Edmund Burke said, even in despair we must keep…

What you want to see in the country first, put it in its schools.” I was reminded of this maxim which Dr Robert Laws of Livingstonia attributed to the Germans when I accidentally came across essays by T. H. Huxley and Matthew Arnold. Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895) is best known as the biologist who defended…

Waste not, want not”, was the advice of Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States. We shall quote him again below. Wastefulness is common both by governments and individuals. It exasperates the difficulties they are already having. For example, the Malawi Government is hard pressed to operate within its budget. Despite…

The voice of a woman media representative reached me through my mobile phone. She said she had heard from Parliament that Malawi’s population had increased to 17 million. “What will be the effects of this?” she asked me. I told her that the effects will not be in the future. At 17 million, Malawi is…

As soon as the Republic of South Africa formed its first black majority government in 1994 it began to play the role of big brother to other African countries. This was on two counts; first its president, Nelson Mandela was acclaimed the world over as a wise statesman; where there were disputes between countries Mandela…

On the front page of The Nation of March 31, 2016, there is a heading ‘MPs move to corner Presidents’. The article tells us that Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee has proposed to add a Standing Order to parliamentary rules of procedure to compel the country’s Presidents to answer questions from legislators in the National Assembly.…