• Malawi: The Problem with its Proposed National ID Cards

    Malawi: The Problem with its Proposed National ID Cards0

    Malawi government has been running adverts in the local press announcing its pilot phase for national identity cards. This is a plausible move given that without IDs, it is utterly impossible for one to justify that they’re indeed Malawian. Birth certificates are not yet universal – those who want one have to pay for it

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  • Africa Needs a Collective Thinking Space

    Africa Needs a Collective Thinking Space3

    It has become very common in the increasingly narrow global sphere to hear people correcting one another that Africa is not a country. Indeed, Africa is a continent with 50 plus countries; countries with distinct cultural traditions, regional and national dialects. There are estimated 1,500 – 2,000 languages spoken in Africa. These are important issues

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  • Social Media is Alright

    Social Media is Alright0

    The question of whether social media should be regulated is steadily getting traction on the continent as well as here in Malawi. The issue gained even more attention in recent weeks following the arrest of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) members who were subsequently charged with treason over a WhatsApp group conversation. What is fundamental here is a move

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  • Fair Tax Treaty, yes, but corruption remains Malawi’s biggest problem

    Fair Tax Treaty, yes, but corruption remains Malawi’s biggest problem0

    While in power 2012–2014, President Joyce Banda lamented on the difficulties of running Malawi economy: “It’s heavy, but I am able to carry it. Why? Because I am an African Woman. An African woman carries heavy loads anyway. That’s how we are trained; are brought up that nothing is unbearable. I use that now, positively.

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  • Never Expect Politicians to Promote Freedom of Information

    Never Expect Politicians to Promote Freedom of Information0

    Hungarian-born American publisher Joseph Pulitzer noticed that “there is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle which does not live by secrecy.” He further observed: “get these things out in the open, describe them, attack them, ridicule them in the press, and sooner or

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