Before the High Court sitting as the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in Lilongwe declared that the May 21 presidential election were marred by irregularities, DPP was unanimous as it was vocal in condemning the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) for holding demonstrations across the country. The protests were aimed at forcing Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane…

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah should resign. We are not debating whether or not she should go. It is a matter of when. First, because she promised to do just that if the High Court sitting as the Constitutional Court (Con-Court), found her on the wrong side of the law. Unfortunately for her,…

Led by the Malawi Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), some Malawians have since June 2019 been agitating for the resignation of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah for allegedly messing up the May 21, 2019 presidential elections. The group has held protests of all manner and size, but Ansah has not resigned. Reason?…

Led by the Malawi Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), some Malawians have since June 2019 been agitating for the resignation of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah for allegedly messing up the May 21, 2019 presidential elections. The group has held protests of all manner and size, but Ansah has not resigned. Reason?…

Led by the Malawi Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), some Malawians have since June 2019 been agitating for the resignation of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah for allegedly messing up the May 21, 2019 presidential elections. The group has held protests of all manner and size, but Ansah has not resigned. Reason?…

The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) on Wednesday this week ushered in a new executive board. The new team will have to learn fast to keep the fire lit by the outgoing board burning as it strived to make groups which could not see eye to eye start talking to each other. Congratulations to the new…

As I write this piece 19 Malawian women and children are languishing at Chipinge Prison in Zimbabwe for contravening Zimbabwe’s Immigration Act. The 19 are 14 women and five under-five children. They were intercepted by Zimbabwe police at a road block as they were travelling in a bus to South Africa because they did not…

Peace after elections is what all stakeholders in an election look forward to. Unfortunately, attaining it is a far cry. In addition, it is easier to promise to preach it to members and supporters than preaching it. What we have seen so far is that upholding peace after an election is contingent upon certain issues. …

First it was Druggate—the rampant drug pilferage in public health facilities. This was soon followed by Tractorgate. Then came Cashgate. Now it is Landgate. And counting. Cashgate—the wanton looting of government coffers first exposed in March 2013—is a direct result of poor public finance management. Among other things, it stems from government’s failure to timely…

Many missed it. Amidst the euphoria and confusion that have come with the elections case, it is understandable. That is how many Malawians also missed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s address to the nation this week in which he tackled some pertinent issues of national importance. One of them is that he would intervene in the food…

Mlandu wa chisankho wafikapo

Umboni wa mboni yomaliza ya Pulezudenti wachipani cha Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Daud Suleiman wabweretsa mbudya za nyawani ku magulu onse okhudzidwa pamlandu omwe chipanicho chikuti sichinayende mwa chilungamo. Iye adapereka umboni wake pogwiritsa ntchito makina a kompyuta, zomwe sizichitika kuno ku Malawi ndipo adaonetsa zomwe zidachitika pa kuwerengera mpaka kuulutsa zotsatira za Pulezidenti pa…

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…

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