Written by ISAAC CHEBE
From the outset, let me state that if there is a presidency I did not appreciate as much, since we assumed political pluralism, it was Bakili Muluzi’s second tenure in office. What broke the camel’s back was his desperate attempt to attack the Constitution and bulldoze himself on us under the guise of open terms later transformed to third term. He, being one who took over from Kamuzu Banda, in my view, should not even have harbored the slightest of ambitions to directly attack constitutionalism at that early phase of our multi-party democracy. As they say though, the rest of that jazz is history.
Written by Z ALLAN NTATA
“Every government is a parliament of whores” – P. J. O’Rourke
Written by Ambuje Che Tom Likambale
The Malawi Congress Party dictatorship (1964 - 1994) established Martyr’s Day, March 3, to allow Malawians a full national holiday to remember those who fought for Malawi’s independence from Britain. Independence came in 1964. During the dictatorship, the solemnity of this day was strictly enforced. However, with the notable exception of John Chilembwe, leader of the 1915 uprisings, the names of nationalist heroes and heroines who fought colonialist oppression in the struggle for majority rule and independence, were hardly mentioned.
Written by ROBERT MASIKAMU
"Justice delayed is justice denied." - William E. Gladstone
Through the unfortunate incident in which the Malawi budget director was shot, many things done in the dark at the Capitol Hill came to light and to the common knowledge of every patriotic Malawian. I am referring to the high profiled heavy corruption and looting of tax payers’ money. This is the money that a poor Malawian sweated for. Some people default paying school fees, rent, medical bills, food and many others just because Caesar claims a larger portion. It is very unfortunate that despite the revelation of this looting through someone who would have been buried by now, nothing tactile is happening. As Malawians, we feel mocked by the contradictions surrounding the Cash Gate audit report; the report we thought was done by professionals and nonpartisan personnel to bring justice.
Written by Mbuya Munlo
This article was motivated by the outcome of one of Public Affairs Committee’s (PAC) conferences which stated that Malawi has a shortage of political leadership. When this statement was made, I was left wondering whether it was based on a proper analysis of the authentic Malawi situation or from a cursory survey of normative literature on nationhood. My hypothesis is that Malawi does not need more political leadership what it needs is a loyal, patriotic, constructive accountable and self-reliant followership.