Raphael Tenthani on 13th Jul

Tweet I really do want to congratulate my good friend, Noel, who I tease as the shortest lawyer in the world, for being crowned city father. He now adds to the butt of jokes the accolade ‘the shortest mayor in the world’!   But, hold on; let me start with the other Noel. Masangwi, for that is the identity of the other Noel, has been associated...

Tweet “Most of us spend too much time  on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important” Stephen R. Covey So we have a new First Lady in the offing. Great news! Congratulations are in order for Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika and his new belle Gertrude Hendrina Maseko. Balaka must indeed be the ‘Eden of Malawi’; producing two first...

Tweet “A small step toward recovery is giant progress” Mark Cortes By the time of writing this, Peter had managed to successfully appoint only one minister – Finance and Economic Planning and Development Minister Goodall Edward Gondwe. Congrats are in order for good ol’ Goodall! Peter was spoilt for choice on the choice of Finance wannabes....

Tweet “Every man is a hero of his own story”  Brandon Sanderson So it is Arthur Peter Mutharika, the constitutional law professor on sabbatical from Washington State University, who will be a constant guest in the muckraking cauldron for the next five years. Wow! Congratulations are in order! ANgoni Saulos, too; many thought the young man was...

Ufulu on 25th May

Tweet “Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason” José Maria de Eça de Queiroz As I write this, it is almost an unassailable fact that Prof. Peter Arthur Mutharika will be the next His Excellency the President of the Republic of Malawi by this week. Of course Rev. Dr. Lazarus Chakwera still has an outside...

Tweet “Why worry? There should be laughter after pain; There should be sunshine after rain; These things have always been the same; So why worry now?” Dire Straits, British rock band This, one of my favourite songs of all time, should comfort all losing candidates on the other side of next Tuesday. Indeed why worry if you lose? This, after all,...

Raphael Tenthani on 04th May

Tweet In case you missed it, the DPP took its campaign to Makhetha in Blantyre on April 27 where one Patricia Kaliati, as usual, overshot her mouth. Apparently Kaliati, in her usual Akweni manner, had a few choice words for President Joyce Banda which we cannot reproduce in a family paper, let a lone on a Sunday. But, suffice to say, this was live...

Raphael Tenthani on 27th Apr

Tweet I have had a chance to peruse through manifestos of various political parties contesting the May 20 elections. They contain – I must admit – quite impressive ‘dreams’. The DPP, for instance, has an interesting pledge to introduce a subsidy programme on building materials like cement and iron sheets “to empower the poor in Malawi...

Tweet “One mistake does not have to rule  a person’s entire life” Joyce Meyer For the record, I thought the idea of having 12 presidential candidates debating for three hours was kind of crazy for want of a better word. I still hold that view. Granted, this was a first for Malawi but someone should have realised that 12 was going to be an...

Joyce Banda

Tweet Soon after independence in 1975, the country of Mozambique was plunged into a protracted civil war pitting the ruling...