Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party leaders advised the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) a long time ago against going ahead with by-elections in Lilongwe South constituency and Matenje Ward in Kasungu North-West. The opposition wanted the polls in the two areas delayed because of the potentially volatile situation in the country as a…

I have a few questions which the Commander-in-Chief of the Malawi PoliCe Service may take note of. And if he cares at all, address them. I have questions about Msundwe and the police. Msundwe hardly needs introduction. When angry members of Msundwe take the law into their own hands and have the audacity to kill…

October 12 2019. Today, it is six months two weeks since Dr Desmond Dudwa Phiri, popularly known as DD Phiri, passed on. He died on March 24 2019. He wrote over 17 books on history, fiction, biography and culture besides running columns in Nation Publications Limited and Times Group newspapers. I reproduce my eulogy for…

The ugly scenes from Wednesday’s fracas between Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) operatives, Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and the Malawi Police Service (MPS) underscore three things.  First and foremost the MPS is unprofessional. HRDC and those who throng the group’s demonstrations are very much on their own during such protests. Police are only accountable to…

An attack on one journalist is an attack on all journalists. Against all the negativities smeared around it, HRDC needs a friendly media not really to spin its narrative but to winnow out chaff from grain. On Wednesday this week, during protests organized by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), some demonstrators physically assaulted two…

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…

That the Quota system, in all its sheds and manifestations is evil, there is no contestation. The Quota system was first introduced in 1987. Council of the University of Malawi (Unima) recommended that each district should have 10 guaranteed spaces in the university and the balance of the spaces should be shared amongst all the…

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…