The award season is upon us. Some people and institutions have already bagged one or two awards. Some have paid to be awarded, while others have awarded their best friends. Real winners remain unrecognized. Are you surprised? I am not, really. Awards these days go to the dogs, the most useless lot. It’s a low-class…

In June this year, Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji worshiped at Living Word Evangelistic Church (Liwec) at Shalom Mount Valley in Machinga. Shalom Mount Valley belongs to controversial Prophet David Mbewe. After worship and presiding over the presentation of certificates to 204 members of the church, Chimulirenji donated K1 million to the ministry. ‘The K1 million handout…

Carlos Lopes, the former United Nations Economic Commission executive secretary tweeted this week about the growing unrest in the world. He tagged a map of countries where protests have taken centre-stage and Malawi is one of those countries. Protests have dominated media coverage, but few have questioned why we have such an outbreak, if we…

The last time Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wanted to fund its cadres, was through procurement of maize. What the DPP government did in 2017 was to finance National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) to purchase maize. That year, the local farmer had overproduced maize. Instead of opening Admarc markets in good time, government delayed to ensure…

Walter Nyamilandu, on Tuesday said the obvious that he will contest the FAM presidency. He thinks that not being president, would water down the relevance of being a Fifa council member by virtue of not having a constituency to represent. The result, he argues, is that Malawi will lose the bargaining power that would have…

Forty one people, including 12 Chinese, have been apprehended for wildlife crimes in recent weeks. Police and wildlife officials described the number as the highest in a year. The numbers of Chinese involved in wildlife crimes seem to be on the rise. Records from Wildlife Department show that in 2018 and 2017 only four Chinese…

Major boost for mango growers

A new project that will upscale highly successful fruit fly management technologies developed by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe), to Southern Africa, has been launched. Funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), through Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund (CultiAF), the project will…

This paper last weekend exposed a syndicate at Blantyre Water Board (BWB) that has been ripping off people for a service which is free of charge. The syndicate involving fraudulent meter installers, it was reported, mostly targets postpaid customers with high water bills and at risk of being disconnected. They charge between K30 000 and…

As the country’s first multiparty president from 1994 to 2004, Bakili Muluzi is widely credited with consolidating Malawi’s democracy and the rule of law. During his tenure he tolerated dissenting views, while press and religious freedoms flourished unlike under Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda. Muluzi will go down in history as the ‘people’s president’ or as…

The boil this country is nursing will pop open any time, unless our leaders behave like adults to brave the pain and embrace contact and dialogue to end the current impasse. Since Malawians went to the polls on May 21, the country has known no peace with opposition protesters taking to the streets every fortnight…

Africa doesn’t need strongmen; it needs strong institutions, former US president Barack Obama said during his visit to Ghana in July 2012. He further pointed out that development depends upon good governance. “That is the ingredient which has been missing in far too many places, for far too long,” he said. Ladies and gentlemen, this…

Justice Jane Ansah will not resign. At least that is what we on the streets got from her televised interview on Monday. Ansah has put her foot down that she won’t quit now when the Constitutional Court has not heard from her as a witness and made a ruling in the on-going consolidated election case.…