Malawi at crossroads

Mutharika must fall —Chakwera Challenges poll results in court As President Peter Mutharika tried to rally the country around his leadership in Blantyre yesterday, his closest challenger Lazarus Chakwera was declaring that “Mutharika must fall”. Describing Mutharika as an illegitimate president, Chakwera said he and the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) are challenging the results in…

By the time I wrote this, Jane Ansah was still grappling whether to name the country’s new president. This has been an election like no other. In its wake, it has shaken the political landscape to one barely believable. As I write, UTM, the new political kid which had transformed the political map, was not…

Waiting in vain amid tension, confusion

  As the country continues to wait with bated breath for release of election results, majority of businesses in the Capital City, Lilongwe, were closed yesterday amid growing tension and fear of violence and confusion. Security was tight in the city with police manning checkpoints at various places, but no major flashpoint was reported. Meanwhile,…

Sadc calls for electoral reforms

  A Sadc Election Observation Mission (Seom) preliminary report has said while Tuesday’s tripartite elections were professionally managed, it observed a number of electoral processes that need reforms. Addressing the media in Lilongwe at a joint briefing with the Comesa Election Observer Mission yesterday, alternate head of the Seom Kalombo Mwansa said both the campaign…

Big shots fall in parliamentary race

  Unofficial results from the May 21 Tripartite Elections show that scores of serving legislators, including immediate past Cabinet ministers and high-ranking party officials, have been purged from the august House. Biggest casualties from the Tuesday vote include United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi who lost to independent candidate Alhaji Anjilu Kalitendere in…

By the time you will read another entry on this column, we will have a new administration lording over Capital Hill, shaping policy, administering our taxes, handing out government jobs, contracts, and God knows, what else. The trouble with elections is, while they can guarantee the universal suffrage; guarantee the wishes of the people in…

2 PSs risk jail for contempt of court

  Two serving principal secretaries (PSs) risk serving three years in jail or paying a fine if convicted of contempt of court should the court grant the Office of the Ombudsman its wish. Ombudsman Martha Chizuma wants the two PSs, one for Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development and the other for Ministry of…

A rat race

In few days time, your index finger will probably be draped in ink having voted for your preferred presidential candidate or party. But regardless of how vested you’re in this election; whether emotionally or financially, be advised that making life plans based on your calculations of who may win May 21 is foolish endeavour. Last…

Where do you start from in a week as intense as this past one? As the campaign season heats up, all the major presidential candidates have thrown to us enough material in their quest to woo the voter that ticking their names is the right thing to do on May 21. Some of the things…

A fine demolition job

Tanzanian President John Magufuli is a member of an elite club of leaders to visit the country under the Peter Mutharika presidency. So elite is the club that we don’t remember who else has visited us. Under the underwhelming Mutharika presidency, we’ve stopped punching above our weight, diplomatically, and acted as exactly as small, poor,…

“Look at the ‘abhorrent’ statue as a metaphor of the changing political faces of Bingu wa Mutharika. A man of the people in his first-term, he swiftly turned into the terror of many in his second,” Arnold Chachacha Munthali. Like in the man’s life, the statue of Bingu wa Mutharika, our third president, erected this…

Three more presidential hopefuls tussle

Three out of four scheduled presidential hopefuls tussled on Tuesday night in the second of the three-part 2019 Presidential Debates in a virtually empty Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) auditorium in Lilongwe. Conspicuously missing from the list introduced by moderator Grace Malera in the 1 800-seat Bicc auditorium which had less than 500 patrons was…

…Can’t say it, can’t do it

Ghana’s Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia is an interesting speaker. Eloquent and proud of his country’s progress, watching Bawumia address the recently held Africa-India business summit in New Delhi, India, was an inspiring moment. “Africa is on the move,” Bawumia told the summit, “a continent eager to shake off past failures due to blind colonial and cold-war…

Malawi energy sector  attracts Indian investors

Malawi energy market’s potential has impressed several Indian companies who have expressed interest to invest in the sector to help the country achieve sustainable and reliable energy to drive the economy. The Indian companies expressed their interest at the ongoing Africa-India Trade Conclave in New Delhi, India. Their sentiments followed a presentation on opportunities for…

The Lady and black cockerel

TIt’s not so uncommon for politicians to have the damned-you-do and damned-you-don’t moment. In polarised society, almost every move politicians make will draw a negative reaction from certain quarters. Truth be told, our politicians have let this country down again and again as well so it’s no surprise they are not held in high regard…

Moment of Truth

Moment of TruthAs I found out during my recent visit to the United States in Washington DC, America’s leaders have no choice but to account to the people. American leaders, by design, are not detached from the people both physically and politically. The White House, unlike Kamuzu Palace, Sanjika Palace or Mzuzu State Lodge here…

A criminal enterprise

‘The whole government of Malawi is a criminal enterprise, that’s what I found out,” former budget director Paul Mphwiyo. Paul Mphwiyo, as brutal as he was on his above assessment of our government, was damn right. To give Mphwiyo his due, he was discussing this in context of cashgate and corruption but sometimes our government,…

The price of failure

“….A handful of us—the smart and the lucky and hardly ever the best—had scrambled for the one shelter our former rulers left, and had taken it over and barricaded themselves in.” Chinua Achabe, Man of the People. If anybody had any doubts that we are governed by a careless and insensitive government that cares little…

Welcome to hell

Goodson Makanjira has become another cause for temporal anger. Soon, the 14-year-old will become nothing but another statistic: the recent albino child to be abducted. Snatched from the belly of his parents at an ungodly hour by people unknown, his disapperance met at the brutal hands of merciless deprived souls who chop off human bones…