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…

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…

The main reason for campaigning is to win votes, especially of the undecided individuals.  In fact, by the time campaign starts, the majority of Malawians might have already decided who to vote for based on the political will candidates display.  Meanwhile, it is easier to judge the political will of those candidates who had been…

There is an adage which says that the past is there to learn from.  In fact, Malawi cannot have a successful future if leaders and followers have not learnt from the past. Therefore, it goes without saying that any leader voted into power in 2019 elections must look at the past, especially the past five…

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM have launched their manifestos. In general, both manifestos zero in on how the parties are going to change things to improve lives of Malawians. What is pleasing to note is that both manifestos talk about Malawi being for all Malawians. Therefore, they will ensure that there is equality. It…

It is, actually, true that Malawi is a very poor country and by extension Malawians, too, are suffering with abject poverty. Meanwhile, it is equally true to say that leaders of this country—from the Head of State, his Cabinet, members of Parliament and others—have a habit of taking no responsibility, let alone, think of resigning…

It goes without saying that election campaigns are based on promises. Each and every political party promises that if given a chance to win, it will form the most credible government that Malawians have ever seen before which would take care of all Malawians. Even the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which is the party in…

The May 2019 Tripartite Elections are getting closer and Malawians are busy with campaign. While some people are celebrating for being chosen as running mates by the presidential candidates, others are leaking their wounds for being left out. Honestly speaking, the procedure of choosing running mates has left some party gurus not trusting the presidents…