“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 unmanageable...

Joyce Banda

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Raphael Tenthani on 12th Jan

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,” someone...

“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 I...

“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 reading...

Raphael Tenthani on 01st Dec

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 seek...

Raphael Tenthani on 24th Nov

“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 not only...

Raphael Tenthani on 10th Nov

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 found...

Raphael Tenthani on 20th Oct

What was my veritable senior colleague high on when he suggested that President Joyce Banda – or any president of the republic, for that matter – is not accountable to anyone? Really, Steve?! If you missed the news Presidential Press Secretary Steven Nhlane said the nation might whine as much as it can as to who should be in or out of cabinet, but...