The Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) wishes to inform all schools that registration for 2014 national examinations has begun and will end on January 31, 2014. These national examinations are Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE), Junior Certificate of Education (JCE), Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) and Primary...

For many years, Malawi has been a country where politicians play blame shifting games and neglecting responsibility when things are messed up. Kamuzu blamed colonial masters for dehumanising Africans. Bakili Muluzi blamed Dr Kamuzu Banda for being a dictator, ruling the country with an iron fist. Prof. Bingu wa Mutharika blamed Bakili Muluzi for corruption....

Our Reporter on 21st Nov

ATLANTA – The United Nations has seen off an attempt to suspend the trial of Kenya’s President on charges of crimes against humanity, a move that threatened the future of the controversial court. The Security Council yesterday refused to back an African Union motion to defer the case which, had it passed, might have marked the 11-year-old court’s...

At the heart of the “Cashgate” corruption scandal in Malawi is the call for President Joyce Banda to take the necessary bold and credible steps demonstrating that is determined to deal with the scourge in a practical way. It is with a desire to give Lilongwe an added incentive to make these necessary steps that various stakeholders, particularly...

If you have been paying attention you will have noticed that President Joyce Banda (JB) saves two, somewhat distinct constituencies – the international community and Malawians. A year ago, I wrote a piece arguing that the JB the world sees is not the same JB Malawians know. Until the recent aid freeze by major donors, President Banda has been a darling...

Our Reporter on 20th Nov

BLANTYRE – South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has opened an exhibition about the life of the country’s first black leader, Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg.  Mandela’s Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential briefcase and handwritten notes are among the items on display at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.   Zuma earlier visited...

Our Reporter on 19th Nov

On Friday, November 15, Nigerian midfielder of the Super Eagles, Ogenyi Onazi, was quoted in an interview with Complete Sports, ‘We’ll beat Ethiopia 2-0’.  Indeed, on Saturday, November 16, it came to pass when Nigeria’s Super Eagles triumphed over Ethiopia 2-0, winning them their ticket to the World Cup series.  At first, many found...

If truth be told, if we have celebrity lawyers in Malawi Ralph Kasambara is one of them. My namesake has the aura that can mesmerise any magistrate or judge any time even when he is spewing out pure gibberish. Despite his relative youth, Ralph is up there in the stars with Malawi’s veteran lawyers, the Mordechai Msiskas, the Khrishna Savjans and the...

“Politicshave no relationto morals” – Niccolo Machiavelli  Is JZU finally vindicated? After years of fighting with the MCP giant, there came a rare moment of unity between Chris Daza and John Tembo. That was when the MCP was considering to screen aspirants for the presidency, a clever way of barring ‘strangers’ from contesting for the top...

Never in the 21st Century has there been a word or a concept accepted at a supersonic speed as the word ‘democracy’. Democracy, from since it was first used in the pre-Christian era, is widely believed to be the safest and fairest system of political and social organisation.  It is painted, in such grandly ornamented language, as the only system...