Former president Bakili Muluzi once said “Amalawi sachedwa kuyiwala (Malawians forget quickly).” He was referring to the atrocities the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) committed during its 31 years in power under the reign of Kamuzu Banda. Ironically Muluzi was once MCP’s secretary general. In that position, he was the party’s second most influential man after…

It is gratifying and reassuring that Blantyre Synod’s new General Secretary Reverend Dr Billy Gama knows exactly the work that has been cut out for him in that position. To start with, congratulations are in order to you and the whole Synod executive management for the responsibilities you have been entrusted with. One of the…

For the second time, former president Bakili Muluzi invited members of the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to a meeting. The agenda of the meeting was to try and impress on HRDC to call off their 26—30th September 2019 planned demonstrations at the country’s border posts and airports. In the letter, Muluzi stated that he…

Does anyone expect something extraordinary from Inspector General of Police Rodney Jose? I for one do not. Jose enjoys to be deliberately misadvised on the role of the police during peaceful and unarmed demonstrations. It is not that he was ignorant about his constitutional powers when he wrote the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) on…

Does anyone expect something extraordinary from Inspector General of Police Rodney Jose? I for one do not. Jose enjoys to be deliberately misadvised on the role of the police during peaceful and unarmed demonstrations. It is not that he was ignorant about his constitutional powers when he wrote the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) on…

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) this week issued a double edged statement rebuking political parties—MCP, UTM, DPP and CSOs for their ‘campaign like’ speeches which, among others, are fueling animosity among parties and their supporters.  CSOs with support from Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party have been holding countrywide demonstrations to force Malawi Electoral…

I like the drama that usually unfolds between Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and Blantyre City Council (BCC) when the former are planning to organise a march in Blantyre. BCC is the only council that will try as much as possible to block the HRDC’s demos in the city. While HRDC has no hassle getting…

President Peter Mutharika’s aide, Uladi Mussa’s thinking that the United States of America (USA) is wrong to ban him and his spouse for his alleged involvement in significant corruption because his corruption case is still in court, is defective. The US Embassy in Lilongwe on Wednesday this week said Mussa was engaged in corrupt activities…

Malawians are now paying for the sins of their political masters. Without beating about the bush, these are the selfish members of Parliament (MPs) and greedy Cabinet ministers. The current political impasse in Malawi—after two leading opposition parties and their presidential candidates in the recent elections—are disputing the presidential results should squarely be blamed on…

President Peter Mutharika has once again heavily rewarded the South—which largely contributed to the 38.5 percent of the votes he got in the May 21 Tripartite Elections. He has given the region 16 portfolios out of his bloated Cabinet of 24 members. This is a 33.3 percent jump from the previous Cabinet which had 12…

With Parliament set to open on June 21 2019, political parties in and outside Parliament now have their sights trained on the election of the Speaker and his or her two deputies. Given the roles and responsibilities of the Speaker, there is something disturbing about the inordinate amount of interest for political parties in the…

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters have this week been holding peaceful demonstrations across the country to register their odium and disgust at the management of the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.  In the elections, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) declared the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Peter Mutharika winner of the presidential elections after amassing…

The May 21, 2019 Tripartite Elections, are over. But what is far from being over is the scorning of the king-making process. During the campaign period, almost all stakeholders—MEC as well as UTM and MCP candidates—ruled out the possibility of anyone rigging the elections. The system is watertight. There is no room for rigging. If…

Last Saturday the Public Affairs Committee (PAC), a quasi-religious body with membership from all faith groups in the country, organised interdenominational prayers ahead of the May 21 Tripartite Elections. The aim of the prayers, where presidential candidates signed peace accords, was to make various political parties and presidential candidates commit to peaceful elections. PAC organised…

 Harry S. Truman (1884–1972) who served as the 33rd President of the United States from April, 1945 to January, 1953 is rated as one of the 10 greatest presidents the US has ever had. Truman is best known for his 10 great achievements. Under the presidency of Truman, the US engaged in an internationalist foreign…

Harry S. Truman (1884–1972) who served as the 33rd President of the United States from April, 1945 to January, 1953 is rated as one of the 10 greatest presidents the US has ever had. Truman is best known for his 10 great achievements. Under the presidency of Truman, the US engaged in an internationalist foreign…