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

Ken vs. Brian and the interview that never was

This radio clip presumably from Times Radio, features Brian Banda, purportedly as an interviewer, and Ken Msonda as an interviewee of sorts, is a must-listen-to for students of journalism. Although am referring to the participants as purported “interviewer” and “interviewee”, no-one should – under any circumstances – conclude that the exchange they were engaged in … More Ken vs. Brian and the interview that never was

2016 Pre-Xmas Meditation: His Imperial Majesty’s Premier and the 300 gold coins

Birbal’s wisdom was so praiseworthy that the Emperor trusted him to run the empire with little or no interference. Had Birbal lived in our times, he would have called the Prime Minster. As always happens, one man’s success is another man’s chalice and the king’s brother felt less appreciated and was jealous of Birbal. He … More 2016 Pre-Xmas Meditation: His Imperial Majesty’s Premier and the 300 gold coins

‘Royal’ extravagance goes on unabated in Malawi

Calculations by the Malawi News, Malawi’s oldest weekly, suggest that over K270 million may have been spent by President Peter Mutharika and his entourage on the recent outing to the United General Assembly (UNGA). The paper says the K270 million is enough to fund Mzimba District Hospital for over two full months. Mzimba Hospital, and … More ‘Royal’ extravagance goes on unabated in Malawi

No let-up in cold war: Dr Kamuzu Banda and Mwalimu’s ghosts continue sparring over Lake Malawi

I published the original article in Aug 2012. This is just an update to show how the Heligoland Treaty, made for the convenience of two former colonial powers, continues to haunt the two African Nations that came forth after the winds of independence blew across Africa. Background: The dispute between The Republic of Malawi (“Malawi”) … More No let-up in cold war: Dr Kamuzu Banda and Mwalimu’s ghosts continue sparring over Lake Malawi

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

Malawi politics: Of a ‘Moses’ hoping from one alliance to another towards the ‘promised land’

In alliances we trust: An alliance in politics, said Ambrose Bierce, is the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other’s pockets that they cannot – without the agreement and cooperation of the other – plunder anyone. For examples in today’s Malawi look no further than the alliance of … More Malawi politics: Of a ‘Moses’ hoping from one alliance to another towards the ‘promised land’

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