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…

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…

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…

As it were, from February 4 to 8 2019 the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) was receiving nomination papers for all candidates for the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. This included presidential candidates and their running mates. As it is well known, presidential candidates of political parties are elected at the party convention while the choice…

In about three months’ time, Malawi will be having its tripartite elections. It is time for political parties to present their candidates to people. Naturally, every candidate wants to win the elections. It is also the wish of every party to produce a president at the end of the elections. Winning is possible if both…

What is stated in the above heading is what has been happening in Malawi for the past five years. The result has been a failed government. The number of supporters for a politic party is very important during elections more especially if the majority of them have registered to vote. It must be noted that…

For the past five years, people in Malawi have been engaged in nonstop discussions and debates about corruption which has destroyed the nation and its people. It is true that there has been some corruption in the previous governments, but not at the unprecedented levels being witnessed in the President Peter Mutharika’s, whereby, every sector…

As it were, the leadership of President Peter Mutharika and his government are about to clock five years, hence the elections in May 2019. At the moment political campaign are in full swing. The ruling DPP is busy renovating and reminding people about their so called success stories with which they expect to convince people…

Some years ago, a BBC reporter based in Tanzania was quoted as saying “no one should underrate an African because he might be a nobody today only to be a head of State tomorrow”.  He elaborated his statement by giving an example of his experience in Tanzania where a number of politicians from neighbouring countries…

It is an obvious fact that the strength of a ruling political party is not based on the amount of violence it unleashes against opposition parties and other people in the society.  It is also equally true that political violence is usually started by people who have run out of ideas about how best they…