Malawi OP-ED 

Talking Blues: Of Malawi‘s mysterious list of Sattar‘s henchmen

 By Mapwiya Muulupale   “We are all born brave, trusting, and greedy, and most of us remain greedy.” Mignon McLaughlin Developments from the time Zuneth Sattar was arrested in the UK in early October 2021 continue radiating a sense of foreboding in high and low places. While Sattar’s arrest was itself a climax of sorts, panic is signaling an earthquake ahead. On our part, the worst we can do is speculate on who else, other than the Minister of Lands fighting the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Court has made that…

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Malawi 

Talking Blues: Malawi “Sattar-gate,” the perfect recipe for Pres Chakwera’s downfall

By  Mapwiya Muulupale  “The general public is hereby informed that President Chakwera has canceled all his upcoming public engagements with immediate effect to deal with emerging national and regional matters requiring his action.” – Secretary to the President and Cabinet, 30 November 2021 When this press statement was released, various “experts” went into overdrive, speculating on what the cause of President Chakwera’s sudden loss of appetite for unnecessary travel was. While JK Galbraith would have us believe that nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory, short memories…

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Malawi 

Malawi Human rights activist demand President Chakwera reshuffle his undermanned cabinet

Renowned human rights activist Undule Mwakasungula has asked President Dr Lazarus Chakwera to reshuffle his “political Cabinet” to ably steer and lead the nation to the promised land, Canaan. Mwakasungula also said the allegations of corruption involving cabinet ministers are not only bruising his administration, but also putting to evaluate his commitment to fighting corruption in the country. Mwakasungula made the call-in interview monitored on Rainbow Television’s Face the Nation programme, which features different prominent social commentators. “He must reshuffle his cabinet. If fact, it has been long overdue. He…

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Timothy Mtambo Malawi Opinions 

Imperative of Civic Engagement on Witchcraft-based Violence in Malawi

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) commends the Minister for Civic Education and National Unity, Mr. Timothy Pagonachi Mtambo for the efforts to combat violations and mob violence linked to witchcraft beliefs in Malawi. At a recent event in the Neno district, Mtambo urged Malawians to end witchcraft-related attacks and exorcism because jungle justice was a crime against the law. Mtambo, who was a human rights activist before joining politics, made this appeal during a civic education program on witchcraft-based violence in the country. Neno is one of the…

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Malawi Opinions 

Talking Blues: Is President Lazarus Chakwera still with us and for us?

By Mapwiya Muulupale Nothing for us without us is the charismatic maxim with which President Lazarus Chakwera dazzled the political scene after quitting his clerical frock. Today, that era feels like another lifetime. Nothing for us without us has since, like a virus, mutated. During campaign time, it metamorphosed into the Chakwera Super Hi-5. Once voted into power, it has altered into nothing for you. Where can I begin? At the tail-end of Parliament of Malawi’s 49th Session: 3rd meeting, something odd happened. Friday, 9 July 2021, the original order…

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Malawi OP-ED 

Talking Blues: Déjà vu, we should have seen this coming

By Mapwiya Muulupale The second signal that President Lazarus Chakwera had elected to follow the course of his predecessors came on 17 January 2021. In his second Covid19 national address, he clearly stated that due to the Covid19 pandemic, Malawians should forget all campaign promises. As a reminder, • World Health Organization (WHO) declared Covid19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020: and • the FPE’s official campaign period was from 2 May 2020, almost two months after Covid19…

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Investments Malawi 

7 Reasons why FxPro is considered as one of the best Forex Brokers in Malawi

FxPro Overview FxPro is a UK-based No Dealing Desk, or more commonly known as NDD, broker that has been in operation since 2006. FxPro offers its services in more than 170 countries. FxPro is a trusted, well-regulated broker that has transparent fees and charges in addition to the highest standards pertaining to client funds in addition to having won over 70 awards over the years since its inception. FxPro has a comprehensive offering that provides trade across six asset classes along with the use of four different types of trading…

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Leaders Malawi 

Far From a Death Sentence: Malawi’s Prof Peter Mutharika on Post Presidential Life

By Ajong Mbapndah L I am now able to reflect. I am reading a lot of history, writing about my 14 years in politics and my over 40 years as a professor of Law at some of the best universities in the world, says President MutharikaLife after the Presidency is certainly not a death sentence, says Prof Peter Mutharika, the immediate past President of Malawi. I am now able to reflect. I am reading a lot of history, writing about my 14 years in politics and my over 40 years…

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Malawi OP-ED Opinions 

Talking Blues: Lazarus Chakwera’s first year, the making of yet another inconsequential presidency

By Mapwiya Muulupale “Under-promise and over-deliver. People will be pleasantly surprised when you do more than they expected. And remember that there is always room for us to be better and do better.” – Luvvie Ajayi We will soon clock a year after the Fresh Presidential Election of 23 June 2020, which ushered in President Lazarus Chakwera’s presidency under the auguries of the Tonse Alliance. On his inauguration, expectations of a better Malawi for all were sky-high, and if truth be told, no president has ever enjoyed the goodwill that…

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Malawi Opinions 

Opinion: How Challenging Will Malawi’s Vision 2063 Be?

By Chisala, Maxwell L. At the risk of appearing unpatriotic for second-guessing the country’s serious long-term development blueprint for moving the country from a ‘low-income’ country to a fully ‘industrialized upper middle-income’ country (currently, no country in Africa enjoys this status!), I have sought to inject some measure of realism in Vision 2063 by raising insightful doubts. What mix of policy initiatives and country endowments (physical and human capital) could ready a subsistence economy for full industrialization? And, on close scrutiny, how much can the country confidently rely on just…

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