There are countless reasons why Malawi is stagnant, without any progress. The main reason is the Presidency, which, unfortunately, takes the office as a one-man show. There is a wrong thinking that by being elected into power, it means the President has a monopoly of wisdom. This is enhanced by numerous powers a President has.…

Every government in Malawi has left behind a legacy to learn from and improve upon for the future of the country. Even the Peter Mutharika government, which is in power now, has lots of things to learn from. Unfortunately, it is mostly the ordinary people who are ready to learn while the country’s leader always…

If people are under a failed government, as is the case in Malawi, what follows is the fear for their survival. It must be mentioned that the genesis of a failed government is by having a clueless leader. All they care about is their survival in power. It is sad that even if the curriculum…

It goes without saying that countries develop due to both local and foreign genuine investments. It is a fact that productive investments are the back-bone of development of every country.  This is why when people are campaigning for leadership positions, they promise to bring lots of investments in their respective countries. Most of the times…

Antonio Guterres, the current United Nations Secretary General, was once quoted as saying: “The global wave of demonstrations we are witnessing shows a growing lack of trust between people and political establishments. “People are hurting and want to be heard. We must listen to the problems of real people and work to restore the social…

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…

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…