The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) control of public spaces, the sense of entitlement, the impunity which instead of being rebuked is rewarded, is slowly shrinking the political space. Since the DPP woke up to the realisation that their once blue-eyed ‘boy’ Saulos Chilima is no longer one of them, the party has tried everything in…

Embrace digital marketing—TMMs

There has been a paradigm shift in the way people are accessing information, interacting and doing business transaction in Malawi and the world over. Technological advancement, especially mobile technologies has necessitated ease business transactions hence the need for all progressive companies to embrace digital technologies to promote their brands and engage with target audience, The…

The rise of the Internet has spurred the development of web-based communication platforms. Digital platforms have been growing stronger throughout the last decade, facilitating the exchange of information. Online content has undergone transformation from being a source of raw data to also becoming an interactive tool, enabling the public to collaborate on projects through the…

As the country gears up for the May 2019 tripartite elections, political euphoria is slowly but surely building up. Everywhere one turns, the talk is about politics and politicians. While some are readying themselves to take up various positions in their parties, there are also others within these parties readying themselves to unleash terror on…

Freedom of expression does not give one the right to insult those with whom they disagree, but rather to learn to agree to disagree. Events in the past months have been quite perturbing. In the past months, the country has witnessed how politics of insults have taken centre-stage as the young, old, leaders and followers,…

A lot has been said through this column about how leaders have failed Malawians in all fronts. This column has not hidden the fact that bad leadership has the potential to undo strides the country has made in enhancing democracy. On one hand, it is sad that Malawi is endowed with bad leadership almost in…

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid campaigner, activist and politician, who is still being mourned by South Africa, died a day before my birthday. In my quiet celebrations, I usually take stock of what I have achieved and failed to achieve. This year, I spent reflecting on and admiring the life of one of Africa’s…

Land ownership and landlessness is not an issue that should be trivialised no matter how irrelevant it may sound to some. Many countries around the world are grappling with the challenge of landlessness and inequality of land ownership. History tells us that many instabilities in the world have been due to the issue of land…

On Friday July 6 Malawi commemorated the 54th Independence Day.  I would like to take this opportunity to, again, wish fellow Malawians a happy independence. I am hopeful that the commemorations will run for the whole month. To our forefathers and the heroes and heroines who put up a gallant fight and paid for the…

Land ownership and landlessness is not an issue that should be trivialised, no matter how irrelevant it may sound to some. Many countries around the world are grappling with the challenge of landlessness and inequality of land ownership. History tells us that many instabilities in the world have been due to the issue of land…

There is a ‘silent killer’ that has been let loose. This killer preys on vulnerable and sick people who are desperate for healing. The proliferation of people claiming to have discovered herbs that cleanse the body and cure all sorts of diseases is giving people false hopes that have led to many patients developing serious…

I am heartbroken and I am really sorry our beautiful guardian angels—Tisunge Francisco, Jennifer Bonongwe, Gift Manyada and Madalitso Nayuma—for letting you down. I have let you down, the country has let you down. I wish I had heard your screams for help fast enough to save you from the tonne of bricks that mercilessly crushed…

There is a ‘silent killer’ that has been let loose. This killer preys on vulnerable and sick people who are desperate for healing. The proliferation of people claiming to have discovered herbs that cleanse the body and cure all sorts of diseases is giving people false hopes that have led to many patients developing serious…

Former president Bingu wa Mutharika [may his soul rest in peace] instilled in Malawians the need to ‘dream in colour’. This became his catch phrase. In other words, Bingu was advocating for the need for Malawians to set their standards high. I remembered the ‘dreaming in colour’ phrase one day as I was reading the…

There were ugly scenes a week ago in Lilongwe when some overzealous Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth cadets harassed and blocked Patricia Kaliati from entering Parliament where President Peter Mutharika was due to present the State of the Nation Address (Sona). The DPP cadets, known for their daylight panga-wielding, did not stop at harassing a…

The act—defined as uploading or sharing intimate pictures or videos without the subject’s consent—has grown rapidly along with social media and the immediacy of phone applications. It seems quite exciting and ok to share nude pictures or videos of people that you are no so close to. Actually, there is a sense of gratification when…

By the time this column was going to bed, Malawians from all corners of the country, had participated in peaceful protests against various social, economic and political ills that are rocking the country. Despite several attempts by the ruling party to disrupt and discredit the demonstrations, patriotic Malawians didn’t relent. Rather the attempts ignited the…

I have not forgotten watching videos, through social media, of women battering a fellow woman on suspicion that she was cheating with their husband. When I saw the first video of about three women, stripping naked, beating and urinating on a fellow woman, accusing her of cheating with their friend’s husband, I thought I had seen…

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid campaigner, activist and politician died a day before my birthday. In my quiet celebrations, I usually take stock of what I have achieved and failed to achieve. This year, I spent reflecting on and admiring the life of one of Africa’s most bold, charismatic, energetic and unapologetic daughters, Winnie-Madikizela…

What happens when you are hurt by the one you love? Women have many questions about their relationship and are discouraged by the lack of support and information they receive from family and friends. Many times when women try to seek advice from family and friends about an abusive partner the response and advice from…