• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • East Africa’s Third Term Addicts are a Regional Problem

    East Africa’s Third Term Addicts are a Regional Problem0

    Africa’s problems lie not in the challenges unresolved, but in the leadership that has failed to find solutions to the challenges that have bedevilled the continent for many centuries. Although many years have gone by, African leaders (Rulers) seem to find comfort in the excuse that western occupation and colonisation was the reason for their

  • Will God Save Malawians From Hunger

    Will God Save Malawians From Hunger0

    Malawi President, Peter Mutharika recently called for and attended national prayers asking God for good rains in the current rain season. At the moment most of the districts in Malawi are experiencing a dry spell, some have not had any rain for awhile now. The worry could soon turn into fear should the dry spell

  • Malawi’s calculative and manipulative leaders

    Malawi’s calculative and manipulative leaders0

    Malawi was a de facto police state during a good part of former president Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s 30 years rule. There was no rule of law or judicial system to speak of. Kangaroo courts and traditional tribunal were Kamuzu’s preferred systems. The late Orton and his Wife Vera Chirwa who were recognised as prisoners of

  • Unwritten rule that fosters corruption in #Malawi

    Unwritten rule that fosters corruption in #Malawi0

    It is now two years since Malawi was rocked by its biggest government corruption scandal in history. The systematic looting of public coffers by civil servants, private contractors and politicians saw them steal US$31 million from government coffers. It is estimated that about 35% of government funds have been stolen over the past decade. The


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Dear Kenyans, There's a long history of families that got fabulously wealthy through murdering, robbing and brutalising other people setting up trusts and charities and foundations to launder their reputations. It's a generational pursuit: from Beyond Zero to the Kenyatta Trust.