Malawians must be proud of the successful holding of the sixth general election after the reintroduction of multiparty democracy in 1993. I am especially proud and I salute my Person of the Year Justice Jane Ansah for pulling off the most successful election so far. Her stakeholder management skills and her detailed grasp of the…

I grew up loathing banking and its bankers. My father had no kind words for banks. Greedy and mean, was the lexicon he regularly deployed to describe the smart men and women who worked for banks. “Show me a man who keeps everything, including the money to himself. That’s a banker. Very mean, and unforgiving,”…

So, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has decided that its presidential pair—top of the ticket President Peter Mutharika and his running mate Everton Chimulirenji—will not take part in the face-to-face televised debates. The reason for the self-exclusion, according to DPP secretary general Grezeldar Jeffrey, is that the party does not have confidence in how the…

I can imagine the handclapping and back patting at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, State House as well as the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) headquarters when the report from the first round of crop estimates announced that this year’s output for maize—the country’s most important crop—is projected to increase by 25 percent.…

It is early days yet and-as some respected commentators have said-United Democratic Front (UDF) leader Atupele Muluzi may not necessarily stand as a candidate for State President on his party’s ticket in the forthcoming Tripartite Elections slated for May 21 this year despite collecting nomination papers from the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC). According to the…

I don’t doubt that the launch of the Malawi Agricultural and Industrial Investment Corporation (Maiic) is a great idea that could help turnaround the country’s economy and put it on a solid path towards sustainably high growth rates, broader human development and create jobs for the millions of young men and women who are either…

I have patiently been waiting for the country’s major presidential aspirants to outline their policy positions on how to improve the Malawi economy. I have listened to Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Peter Mutharika, Malawi Congress Party’s (MCP) Lazarus Chakwera, People’s Party’s (PP) Joyce Banda and UTM’s Saulos Chilima. From Mutharika, all I have heard is…

The Lost History Foundation is doing a fantastic job of trying to dig and record Malawi’s history that is either distorted or was lost somewhere in the jungle that was the one party State during the one party regime. The foundation has started writing historical pieces on Malawi and publishing them in The Nation and…

This other week, principle secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Kiswell Dakamau chided civil society organisations (CSOs) in Malawi for not aligning their programmes to people’s needs, especially what the good PS said were key priority areas. Dakamau also complained that some CSOs do not involve government (I assume he…

This other week, principle secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Kiswell Dakamau chided civil society organisations (CSOs) in Malawi for not aligning their programmes to people’s needs, especially what the good PS said were key priority areas. Dakamau also complained that some CSOs do not involve government (I assume he…

Every time Vice-President Saulos Chilima goes at a political rally, he raises an issue that ends up dominating public discourse for months—a feat folks in the political communication field must be marvelling at with envy and respect while his opponents, if they comprehend what is really going on here, must fear. Keeping alive a campaign’s…