M alawi is back to square one. In May, Malawi Electoral Commission announced the re-election of President Peter Mutharika in elections marred by widespread use of tippex and other irregularities. I would like to challenge the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader on a number of issues raised in his recent State of the Nation Address…

There are some decisions and viewpoints regarding the response to killings of persons with albinism which should not go unchallenged.  Government has combined unproductive meetings about the prevailing attacks on persons with albinism, with a commission of inquiry sworn in and sternly warned against political interference. This warning is not only strange. It betrays a…

The crisis of security, safety and citizenship of persons with albinism is a huge disgrace to the people and government of Malawi. To the extent that bona fide citizens of an independent country are prepared to seek asylum elsewhere and countries offer to provide that safety, Malawi’s sovereignty is indicted. In spite of the enormity…

The status of girls in Malawi remains low due to widespread values biased against the female gender. Girls are vulnerable from an early age. These discriminatory values result in social investments serve the male section of society more, keeping female citizens out of action. Whether it is education or health, females have less to vital…

When a few months ago I read: The genealogy of corruption in Malawi by Augustine Musopole I thought here is a brilliant framework for an appreciation of the genesis of Malawi’s fallen State Why do Malawians lie so much? I agree with Musopole that traditional training instills a sense of pragmatism of kuchenjera; that is…

Subsiding livelihood is no development model

Could anybody believe that only 40 years ago in 1975 present day South Korea was much poorer than Malawi? Part of the reason has been an incredibly unfathomable preoccupation with tackling immediate and medium-term symptomatic social problems rather that laying down a long-term development foundation. Most famous of these desperate innovations is what is called…

Malawi is a country on fire, and it has to be quenched before the fire sweeps the system from its very roots. Check the media. ‘Country in crisis as irate pupils march and block roads in Blantyre’ screams one headline; ‘MCP faults government on governance’ shouts another on the same day. On the next, ‘400…

Malawi’s democracy under radar

Malawi is a developing country in more senses than the economic sense which dominates the phenomenon of development. I have in mind the evolution of public management and service institutions and systems, but more importantly to its own survival as a modern polity, the state of its democracy. Though in common use a long historical…

The message has been made loud and clear, several times. The British government will not bankroll anything requiring external assistance, whether institutional support or direct development financing except through ‘government bypass’, courtesy of tested capacities of civil society and development charities. For Malawi to get aid flowing again, at least from the British people, the…

The country’s education system has been described as experiencing a downward spiral. In this article, educationist Roy Hauya looks at examinations and why MSCE results are getting poorer and poorer. The national education system has been in decline since 1994. The greatest indicator of the downfall is performance, especially at Malawi School Certificate of Education…

War of attrition: The HIV & Aids front revisited

Malawi has had its fair share of positive developments and exciting prospects; some unwelcome distractions from the course of national development, harsh disasters pulling vulnerable people back and intractable challenges of the type which refuse to dissipate. Among its challenges is the emergence of the dual HIV and Aids epidemics which today still remain confounding.…

Kaliya stands out from the crowd

There are many societies in the world that show engrained cultural resistance to social changes such as gender equality through access to leadership roles, equal pay for equal jobs and balance of power in marriages. At the centre of this state of affairs are cultural values, which in the context of age-old chauvinistic establishment unashamedly…

Gender equality is a phenomenon that continues to generate passionate debate, almost disproportionately to other social concerns. Policies, strategies and agreements without number have been adopted in pursuit of social and moral justice for women. In recent times, the global and national debates have tended to focus on women’s participation in political and executive leadership.…

Our country has entered a brief but critical phase in its democratic journey, the campaign phase for those who aspire to lead.  As we enter this phase incumbent leaders and fresh aspirants should realise that we do so with heavy baggage regarding how our country has been managed in the past 24 months. Numerous requests…

A rather contentious suggestion was made in an article published in Weekend Nation of 8th February that schools should provide students with condoms. Literally schools are being asked to mobilise, stock and distribute condoms to students in case or because they are sexually active. Nothing could be more controversial! Those who question the wisdom of…

In our country, children remain the most vulnerable in the population. Belief patterns, exploitative attitudes, opportunism and poverty all militate against notable achievements made in the legal and policy environment and in the capacity of organisations providing child protection services. Despite an enabling context I am not sure that those whose mandate is to protect…

In the Nation on Sunday of 5th January 2014, there was one of the many horrendous sexual abuse stories we hear about regularly. It was about 15-year-old Maria Charles, whose biological mother manipulated her into substituting the mother as her stepfather’s wife every time the mother was away. This, to the mother, was a strategy…

I am struck by the condescending view that teen pregnancy and parenthood are a normal reality of our times and that rather than condemn these young people, development and social service institutions should give them the chance to re-build their lives. I do agree that teen pregnancy is fast becoming a social emergency whose origins…