Folks, the appointment of Rodney Jose as Acting Inspector General of Police has been met with revulsion among right thinking patriotic Malawians. It’s the least anybody who has been around and followed national issues would have expected. Anybody who has followed Jose’s role in the events surrounding the murder of Robert Chasowa, the Polytechnic student…

Next month is April. The month former president Bingu wa Mutharika, literally, died in office, while working—serving his country, his people. In came Joyce Banda, until then, an ostracised deputy on fringes of power; maligned and banished from the ruling party. Against the advice and scheming of Bingu loyalists, she became the country’s first female…

We might as well start with a disclaimer. This article contains optimism for an impoverished nation under siege from a myriad of challenges: poverty, economic stagnation, trade imbalances, inequality, corruption, high infancy mortality, crumbling social and physical infrastructure etcetera. That done, this article, offers no apology for offering hope when clearly, again, there are reasons…

Goodall, CSOs talks end in stalemate

Representatives of society organisations (CSOs) on Friday rejected Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe’s explanation for the K4 billion allocation made to parliamentarians during the Mid-Term Budget Review Meeting. The CSOs have since demanded the immediate resignation of the Finance minister over the allocation which Parliament authorised after revelations that it had initially targeted lawmakers who support…

End president’s Immunity—report

  Sitting presidents risk losing their immunity from prosecution on any criminal charges if Cabinet and later the National Assembly endorse recommendations in a report from the April 2017 National Anti-Corruption Conference. The report also calls for a new and revised legislation to enhance the fight against corruption, including amending the Corrupt Practices Act (CPA)…

Convention will decide on alliance—Atupele

  UDF president Atupele Muluzi says the party’s convention will decide whether to go it alone in  the  2019 Tripartite Elections or alliance with governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Muluzi, said last week the United Democratic Front was keeping options open, but at the moment he could only confirm his candidature at the party’s convention.…

“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens…” Ecclesiastes 3, Holy Bible. Of course, scripture is right when it says there is time for everything. And Deng Xiaoping, one of China’s aforementioned leaders, was right when he warned that leaders must be cautious against overstaying in office. “To…

Oxfam slams ‘richman’s budget’

Oxfam says the country’s 2017-2018 budget has prioritised funding bureaucracy at the expense of the poor. A report analysing the budget review process which Oxfam has shared with The Nation notes that a chunk of funding has gone towards supporting institutions such as the presidency and the National Assembly. The report, titled The 2017/18 Mid-Year…

That the Pete r M u t h a r i k a – l e d government is well out-of-its depths and infested with unpatriotic greedy politicians masquerading as ‘honourables’, is something this column has never been shy to say. That Goodall Gondwe, our Finance Minister, is no longer the man he used to…

Chanthunya arrives amid tight security

Fugitive murder suspect Misozi Chanthunya arrived in the country on Thursday afternoon from South Africa through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe amid tight security. Chanthunya, who remains prime suspect in the murder of 25-year-old Zimbabwean ex-girlfriend Linda Gasa in 2010,  arrived on a Malawian Airline flight, at 4.30 pm, accompanied by Interpol,  plain-clothed police…

Goodall, Nankhumwa fail to explain K4bn

Ministries of Finance and Local Government on Wednesday struggled to explain how government allocated K4 billion to 86 parliamentary constituencies. The two ministries were also at pains to state where such money came from as pressure mounted on the motive behind the allocation that parliamentarians later agreed should be spread to all 193 constituencies instead…

Chanthunya returns home tomorrow

Murder suspect and long-time fugitive from justice, Misozi Chanthunya, returns home tomorrow from South Africa as part of his extradition agreement. Chanthunya is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, 25-year-old Linda Gasa in 2010. Gasa was a student at College of Accountancy Blantyre campus. Chanthunya fled the country and was arrested in South Africa by South…

Fiscal police probe  Loans board deal

  Fiscal Police have launched investigations into a K17 million contract the Higher Education Students Loans and Grants Board (HESLGB) gave to a private firm. National Police deputy spokesperson Thomeck Nyaude confirmed in a written response that Fiscal Police have launched a probe into HESLGB secretariat’s conduct and whether internal procurement procedures and the Public…

“Justice? You get justice in the next world, in this world, you have the law,” William Gaddis, A Fluoric of His Own. Just how many times has the Judiciary been cited in surveys as the “most trusted” or “the least corrupt” institution in the country?  Countless times.  Malawians out there clearly have a positive view…

KCH ailing elevator leaves patients in agony

Patients at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe have to endure additional pain as they move up and down the three-storey hospital’s staircase due to a malfunctioning elevator. The sole elevator that serves the country’s second biggest referral hospital has not been functioning properly since December 2017. Patients have to be carried on wheelchairs and…

Chanthunya withdraws extradition challenge

Fugitive murder suspect, Misozi Chanthunya, has withdrawn his extradition challenge, bringing to an end one of the country’s long drawn legal battles. Chanthunya is suspected to have killed his ex-girlfriend Linda Gasa in September 2010. Gasa’s body was found buried in Chanthunya’s lakeshore private cottage in Monkey-Bay, Mangochi. He later fled to South Africa and…

Mota Engil’s project delays irk AfDB

  Multinational engineering firm Mota Engil is under fire from financiers of the Mangochi-Liwonde Road project—the African Development Bank (AfDB)—who wants the contractor reprimanded for delays in project execution. But Mota Engil has said it is equally concerned with the slow progress and that they are working to meet the financier’s demands. The concern follows…

Think of this real life chastening experience. A man falls sick in the wee hours and rushes to the country’s biggest health referral facility Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH). Upon arrival, an on-duty doctor openly grumbles to the patient’s face: “Why did you come to the hospital at this time,” asks the unamused doctor. “Where were…