Recently, President Peter Mutharika was interviewed on Al Jazeera television by James Bays. The interview covered various issues, including his winning the May 21 2019 elections and his leadership.  When asked about the ongoing demonstrations after the election which people claim to have been fraudulent, the President said it was the opposition parties, especially Malawi…

When talking about countries in Africa which have turned around their economies and brought about tangible development, Rwanda and Tanzania stand out. Rwanda is a country that had a genocide in which one million people died in 1994. But now, 25-year later, Rwanda is a different story. Its development is beyond any imagination. Under the…

‘A leader who relies on nepotism, tribalism or regionalism for support to get power or remain in power can best be described as being politically bankrupt’. This is what Prof Patrick Lumumba, a renowned social/political commentator said when he was interviewed by Brian Banda on Times Television recently. What Lumumba said is very true even…

There is an adage which says ‘if all else fails, lower your standards’. In other words, it can be said that people do not achieve much, because there standards are too high and need to be checked downwards to record success. When Malawi got its independence in 1964 people had great expectations for a better…

The importance of people in a country cannot be overemphasised. People have power to put a leader into power and they also have power to remove him/her from power. One can remember the Arab Spring in North African countries where demonstrations and no-stop vigils did the trick to remove presidents from power. Recently, it happened…

Malawians know very well that Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda was a very powerful leader, who could not accept any suggestion detrimental to his leadership. But, surprisingly, Kamuzu listened and accepted the call by Malawians to end one-party system of government and introduce multiparty democracy. Although Kamuzu had all the power not to accept the referendum…

Whenever a Head of State has been sworn into power, he/she becomes the most powerful citizen in the country. Among other things, he is expected to have policies that give equal opportunities for progress. Since no one is above the law, the Head of State, too, has to follow the country’s Constitution, which is the…

It is a well-known fact that development is severely lacking in Malawi. President Peter Mutharika tries to convince people that he has delivered lots of development, which he usually mentions. What he does not realise is that each time he talks about the same things, with nothing new. In fact, most of the times, when…

As it were, for a long-time Malawi has been known as a peaceful country and its people very tolerant to any form of abuse. Unfortunately, some of the leaders look at the peace in the country as a sign of weakness and that people are timid and can be abused anyhow. During the one-party rule,…

Malawi has a Constitution which clearly stipulates the requirement for any Malawian who wants to stand for presidency. It is not up to the sitting President to choose who is to be his or her successor, that task lies with the voters. Therefore, it comes as a surprise when President Peter Mutharika usually says that…

The above question is asked by the majority of Malawians. No one, including the government, has the answer. The current situation in the country is bad. As if suffering from abject poverty is not bad enough; people are living in constant fear of being attacked, robbed or killed by political party militias who are slowly,…

It all started with the great expectations that people of Malawi had about the May 21 2019 elections, to use their ballot to bring the much-needed change of government. The wind of change has been blowing across the county for five years or so. In fact, it is human nature that if something goes wrong,…

For the past five years Malawians have continued to be exploited by the leadership because they are poor. There is a bad culture in this country that anyone, including chiefs invited to State House will come back with a khaki envelope full of cash. This is nothing else but bribery intended to popularise the leadership.…

 There comes a time when the poor and the down-trodden wake up and revenge decisively against those who are ill-treating them. In fact, sometimes the revenge can lead to disastrous consequencies. Undoubtedly, in Malawi now everyone knows that the May 21 2019 elections were fraudulent. This election fraud has come about probably because the Malawi…

The much-awaited May 21 2019 elections have ended up in disarray. In the process, it has just created a lot of fear. People are worried about their future. It is due to the poor performance of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led government that people wanted change. At the moment, there are court cases about the…

It is obvious that the results of the May 21 2019 elections have brought a lot of pain to Malawians. The pain is comparable to what they would have felt had the referendum vote in 1993 brought back the one-party rule. In fact, the unprecedented suffering people have gone through in the past five years…

Experience has shown that inauguration speeches by presidents after winning an election are characterised by pledges and pleas. Just like other leaders, in his inauguration speech on May 31 2019, President Peter Mutharika appealed to all Malawians to unite. Surprisingly, he said this after winning an election which was alleged to be fraudulent, and other…

It can be said without any contradiction that in Malawi there is politics of the people and not politics of ideology. Hence, party manifestos talk about similar things, as parties do not follow particular ideologies. Supporters follow particular parties either because of the home-boy syndrome or leaders say what supporters want to hear. What is…

As it were, all the attention in this month’s elections is on who is likely to be Malawi’s next President. So far, the presidential candidates have said enough in their campaigns for people to make up their minds on who to vote for. The competition among the candidates is very stiff. Even being in government,…

Elections are a time when voters check what the aspiring candidates have done for them to warrant a mandate to get into power. Indeed, across the power divide—from the State presidency to ward councillors—people have to scrutinise them all. After realising how important this exercise is, each and every candidate tries to prove how effective…