National anti-corruption conferencing: penny-wise and pound-foolish

In order to appear ‘serious’ about fighting corruption, some chump in President Peter Mutharika’s administration came up with the totally ridiculous idea of holding a National Anti-Corruption Conference. This idea, if intended to sweeten the bitter pill Malawians are swallowing everyday due to Mutharika’s lack of back bone in fighting corruption, has in fact achieved the opposite. It has demonstrated to the donor community, the … Continue reading National anti-corruption conferencing: penny-wise and pound-foolish

Easter Reflection: Malawi’s ovine petitions, the frog and the scorpion

No amount of bytes or government-biting (Malawi Nation) and no grand slams or Mutharika-slamming (The Daily Times) will lead Malawians out of Babylon. I am referring to the Thursday Talk-shop organized by Malawi opposition parties. To bring you up to speed, leaders and representatives of Malawi’s seven active opposition parties, namely the: Malawi Congress Party (MCP), People’s Party (PP)), New Labour Party (NLP), United Transformation … Continue reading Easter Reflection: Malawi’s ovine petitions, the frog and the scorpion

Malawi war on tax defaulters: selective justice is injustice

The embattled Chaponda administration – ooops, that came out wrong; the beleaguered Peter Mutharika administration – sorry this is outright inaccurate; the besieged and corrupt Chaponda/Mutharika administration, reeling under pressure due to its stellar performance in escalating corruption with the latest episode being the shady management of the maize importation from Zambia has seized Times Group property and closed Times Group offices at Ginnery Corner … Continue reading Malawi war on tax defaulters: selective justice is injustice

A whistle-blower’s account: The Murder of Issa Njauju

Advisory:  Wise One from the East, like you, has unanswered questions about the gruesome murder of Issa Njauju who at the time of his death was Malawi Anti–Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director of Corporate Affairs. Wise One from the East, like you, has it on good authority that under the current regime, the murderers of Issa Njauju will never be apprehended. Wise One from the East’s … Continue reading A whistle-blower’s account: The Murder of Issa Njauju

Mr President, in Malawi, hyenas exist in both high and low places, arrest them all

In Malawi, just in the past two weeks forty eight people have been arrested. Sixteen were students from the Chancellor College, the Polytechnic contributed fourteen, and the Kamuzu College of Nursing’s quota was seventeen, all for protesting the thoughtless and cruel fee hike which anyone who enjoyed free or heavily subsidised university education has no moral high ground from which to defend such a burden … Continue reading Mr President, in Malawi, hyenas exist in both high and low places, arrest them all

Malawi: Guns, Smoke and Screens – the State wins round one, lessons galore

As expected, Raphael Kasambara has left no-one in doubt. He will appeal against his conviction by the High Court in the case where he, and two others, were being tried for conspiring to commit murder and for their trouble in actually attempting to send Paul Mphwiyo to his maker earlier than scheduled. That is well within Raph’s rights. Oooops! I am sorry, this did not … Continue reading Malawi: Guns, Smoke and Screens – the State wins round one, lessons galore

The Malawi Savings Bank sale, a heist gone bad

If you still think there are only seven classic wonders of the world, you have another think coming. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my singular honour and pleasure to introduce to you, the eighth wonder! Please, join me in welcoming and inducting the eminent and learned buyer of MSB – Today’s People’s Bank, the eighth classic wonder of the world!  (round of applause, and champagne … Continue reading The Malawi Savings Bank sale, a heist gone bad

XXX rated Malawi mafia drama: Dump a bank today, set-up two tomorrow!!

Preamble: A well-known folk tale tells of a bus filled with politicians which was driving through the countryside. The bus driver, caught up in the beautiful scenery, lost control of the bus, and it crashed into a ditch. An old farmer living nearby heard the horrible crash and rushed out, only to discover the wreckage. He found politicians bodies strewn all over – as is … Continue reading XXX rated Malawi mafia drama: Dump a bank today, set-up two tomorrow!!

Easter Reflection: APM you owe us Maize not statistics, Medical supplies not promises, Education not mapwevupwevu

“Right now I’m having amnesia and déjà vu at the same time. I think I’ve forgotten this before.” Steven Wright Rather than be intimidated by the Vice-President’s newly acquired bullying skills, and on a silver platter grant him and his lot my inalienable right to opine just because in his warped view I have ‘little knowledge about legal, economic and social issues’,  I hereby voluntarily … Continue reading Easter Reflection: APM you owe us Maize not statistics, Medical supplies not promises, Education not mapwevupwevu

Wise One on Malawi Year 2015: Its “Check” but not yet a “Checkmate”

Eureka! MEMO to H.E. President Bingu wa Mutharika Your Excellency, President Mutharika, I submit the attached report, which my office received from the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). The Reserve Bank of Malawi is working very closely on the issue raised in the report and several other cases. We appreciate Your Excellency’s leadership in the fight against corruption and fraud. It is apparent that a lot … Continue reading Wise One on Malawi Year 2015: Its “Check” but not yet a “Checkmate”