“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. Several...

“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 high on...

Ufulu on 25th May

“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 chance...

“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, was a...

Raphael Tenthani on 04th May

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 on Galaxy...

Raphael Tenthani on 27th Apr

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 to build...

“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

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

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...