Our nation is in dire straits. Our children are killed by falling masonry in dilapidated schools; our mothers die in childbirth because access to maternal health services is non-existent; and our cousins are dying in hospitals from preventable illnesses because there are no medicines available. Recently, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) ranked us the third…

On Saturday March 31, Ian Khama stepped down as the president of Botswana as his term ended ahead of next year’s election. Khama served two consecutive terms clocking just over nine years in office. His decision to step down eighteen months early to allow for a smooth transition is unprecedented in our part of the…

Our national anthem has been on my mind a lot these past few days. As our politicians lurch from one governance scandal to the next with the usual airs of arrogance, one cannot help but pray: Mulungu dalitsani Malawi! Paul Sauka’s  music arrangement for our national call to arms is as exquisite as it is…

The news cycle moves fast. Not so long ago we were all getting red-faced at the collective insult delivered against African peoples by America’s First Citizen [Donald Trump]. Our collective assembly in the African Union (AU) demanded an apology. None was forthcoming. Of course, no one seriously expected Trump to apologise for being racist. Now,…

It is 2018 and it is quite appropriate that I wish you a happy new year. So, happy new year to you. Now that that is out of the way, let us look back at the past year and celebrate it (or not) for what it was: another year of failures in governance and democratic…

One does not need complicated gross domestic product (GDP) statistics to realise how static our development path has been after almost 60 years of independence. Just drive down the Malindi-Mangochi Road or the Lilongwe-Salima Road and you will be greeted by evidence of our collective failure to lift millions of Malawians from abject poverty. Row…

In the last couple of days, we have witnessed quite a number of losses. I would like to discuss a couple of these in this week’s column. On 17 October, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lost against the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in local government and parliamentary by-elections held in a number of places…

One does not need complicated gross domestic product (GDP) statistics to realise how static our development path has been after almost 60 years of independence. Just drive down the Malindi-Mangochi Road or the Lilongwe-Salima Road and you will be greeted by evidence of our collective failure to lift millions of Malawians from abject poverty. Row…

One does not need complicated gross domestic product (GDP) statistics to realise how static our development path has been after almost 60 years of independence. Just drive down the Malindi-Mangochi Road or the Lilongwe-Salima Road and you will be greeted by evidence of our collective failure to lift millions of Malawians from abject poverty. Row…

On July 29 2017, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) held a dinner event dubbed ‘Blue Night’, in essence a fundraising gala evening intended to solicit donations from the public for the running of the DPP. Since we do not yet have a framework for political party funding, there is nothing wrong with such solicitation.…

If you are a member of any respectable WhatsApp group, talk this past week would have been of the national identity registration exercise. Those who love to forward useless video clips had something a little more useful to do: forwarding copies of the registration form alongside instructions to only print on both sides. Whatsapp group…

If you are a member of any respectable WhatsApp group, talk this past week would have been of the national identity registration exercise. Those who love to forward useless video clips had something a little more useful to do: forwarding copies of the registration form alongside instructions to only print on both sides. Whatsapp group…

For many of us who trace our ancestral roots to Malindi or other villages that dot our beautiful lake, Lake Malawi represents much more than a quick weekend destination for that lovely get away with the MG1 or MG2, as the case may be. The lake represents a spiritual home, a connection to this beautiful…

Is there anything that makes us special as Malawians? Or we are so unremarkable that soon history will forget who we were and the nothings we achieved? Foreigners know of us less because of our innovation such as by that windmill guy and more because of our never ending struggles such as persistent hunger and…

Speaking in Parliament on February 24 2017, Juliana Lunguzi, the Malawi Congress Party MP for Dedza East constituency, suggested that the appointment of board members to statutory corporations should be based on merit as opposed to the current system whereby officers are appointed by the presidency, with little if any explanation why such members have…