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

‘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 all major hospitals and health centres in Malawi, are overwhelmed … Continue reading ‘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”) and The United Republic of Tanzania (“Tanzania”) concerns the location … Continue reading 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 Njauju will never be apprehended. Wise One from the East’s … Continue reading 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 the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the United Democratic Front … Continue reading 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 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