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...

Raphael Tenthani on 12th Jan

Tweet My take on Ama’s pilgrimage to the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) excited quite some interesting feedback. “That woman exists as an individual and she can choose to exercise her faith anyhow she chooses,” wrote a correspondent. “You yourself wrote that she is Joyce Banda the person first before being Joyce Banda the President,”...

Tweet “Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas” Dale Evans Rogers I said it on these pages before that the trial of Ralph (or is it Raphael?) Kasambara, one of Malawi finest – if not most controversial – lawyers, would not be without theatrics. Allow me to gloat a bit for it seems...

Tweet “We must use time wiselyAnd forever realise thatthe timeis always ripe to do right”Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela   First things first…so Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is gone. It seems surreal to have a world without Madiba. He seems to have always been there. Most of us grew up with Madiba very much around, albeit in prison. In fact most of us...

Raphael Tenthani on 01st Dec

Tweet The Muckraker said it on these pages that the trial of Ralph (or is it Raphael?) Kasambara would be full of theatrics. I argued that my namesake might have taught some magistrates and judges and, at the same time, might have crossed paths with others.  I argued that, while he could bedazzle and intimidate some officers of the court, others may...

Raphael Tenthani on 24th Nov

Tweet “In politics, stupidity  is not a handicap” – Napoleon Bonaparte   When the ‘cashgate’ thing unravelled soon after the unprecedented shooting of Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo, a dear friend of mine asked me: “Why are we, Malawians, not angry about this?” Indeed, one would have expected Malawians to go up in arms demanding...

Raphael Tenthani on 10th Nov

Tweet On the question of the cashgate, which was institutionalised under the UDF and DPP regimes, President Banda has taken decisive steps to root it out. While the Banda administration does not want to engage in a blame-game and is focusing on dealing with this unfortunate fiscal crisis as quickly as possible, it is important to appreciate that looters...