There has been a lot of speculation for a long time in Malawi about the sour relationship between President Peter Mutharika and Vice-President Saulos Chilima.  Finally, on June 6 2018, Chilima held a press conference in Lilongwe to make clear his position.  Most Malawians were very anxious to hear what he was to say. In…

Experience in Malawi has shown that party politics is more of a blame-game rather than concentrating on the proper running of the party.  Problems within the parties are usually blamed on other parties.  This does not make much sense and it just prevents the party leaders from finding solutions to the problems before they get…

Under the leadership of President Peter Mutharika, Malawians have gone through all manner of suffering. The economy is nothing to write home about. So many businesses have closed down, with people being forced into joblessness. So many jobless Malawians roam the streets with no hope. With such a gloomy picture, one would have thought all…

As Malawian are getting ready for the 2019 elections, it is indeed time for reckoning for the political leadership. It is time for leaders to prove that they have been listening to the people of Malawi. Meanwhile, the political environment is indicating that the 2019 elections will be very competitive both within the parties and…

It is common knowledge that Malawians suffered a lot during the three decades of one-party dictatorship.  It came as a great relief when early in the 1990s the wind of political change blew across the region.  Malawi had to say that enough was enough. Then, they pressurised Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda to call for a…

As Malawians are heading for elections in 2019, the political landscape is getting active.  Political parties are busy reorganising and identifying prospective candidates to stand on the party tickets.  Political rallies, too, are all over.  Their main agenda is to sell party ideals to the electorate. The importance of 2019 elections cannot be overemphasised. Take…

When Malawians achieved their hard-won democracy in 1993, people in the country were pleased that, finally, freedom had come.  Among many freedoms, there is freedom of expression, which also leads to freedom of choice. Having freedom of expression, naturally, people thought that time had come for them to freely comment and check their government to…

On a number of occasions, President Peter Mutharika has been assuring Malawians that he has a listening government in place.  After four years of his rule, what is stated here is very doubtful.  What is clear is that the government has no time to listen to anybody more, especially those people with complaints.  The proof…

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is the oldest political party in the country. After losing elections in 1994, the party was ridiculed and humiliated but it never lost hope. With the euphoria of democracy, most Malawians were of the view that the country had done away with MCP forever. Public opinion seemed to indicate that the…

The 2018 United Nations world happiness report has shown that Malawi is one of the countries with the least happy people. This is mostly due to having visionless leaders.  Hence it is very rare that one can come across a positive rating, which puts Malawi ahead of other African countries.  With all the negative ratings…

Believe it or not, it is now very clear that excitement for the 2019 elections is heating up. In fact, the excitement is comparable to that of the Referendum vote of 1993, when Malawians voted for change. At the moment, political parties are busy re-organising themselves while people are re-aligning themselves with parties of their…

Prof. Patrick Lumumba of Kenya, once said that in Africa the shortest route to ill gotten wealth is political leadership. This is the main agenda for some people who aspire for political leadership. Their claim that they want to lead to serve the people in their countries is not true. The truth is that such…

  The recent 2017 Corruption Perception Index by Transparency International has shown that Malawi is still a very corrupt country in Africa. This has caused worry in the donor community. They naturally think that their money goes into personal pockets instead of the intended purpose of helping the needy. Hence, some donors have pulled out…

President Peter Mutharika once said his government is a political government. One might say there is nothing wrong with such a declaration.  However, taking a closer look at the statement and the experience in Malawi reveals that when politics takes a centre-stage, it is done at the expense of meaningful development.  So far, it seems…

As it were, the first Malawi State president, Dr Kamuzu Banda, was a very unique man, difficult to understand his way of life.  No Malawian could claim to know him well.  Probably, by design, he decided to set himself apart.  He was well-disciplined and not easily approachable. In the process, his way of life created…

At the moment, political parties in the country are busy stock-taking and realigning themselves in readiness for 2019 elections. Once again, there is talk of party manifestos, which spell out their visions as they strategise to win seats in Parliament and councils. Basically, all party manifestos are similar since they talk about developing the country.…

Due to the numerous problems that Malawians are facing under the Peter Mutharika administration, it can easily be concluded that the leadership has failed.  In fact the government seems to have thrown in a tower and no longer cares to come up with solutions to the suffering. Instead, the government and the ruling party completely…

It is undeniable that indeed corruption has denied the people of Malawi meaningful progress. It is also sad that some donors have been pulling out their aid because of corruption. The latest donor to jilt our government is the Millennium Challenge Account(MCA). Surprisingly, sometimes the government proudly says it is happy to have run the…