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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Leaders Malawi 

By Now Peter Mutharika is saying “I told you so” – Idriss Nassar

By Idriss Nassar Betrayal is when those that came to power through a revolution suddenly embrace and become comfortable in what they (seemingly) vehemently opposed not too long ago—grand theft, corruption, looting, cronyism, love of power for power’s sake, unexplained sudden wealth, primitive accumulation, hostility and intolerance toward opposing views, state capture by a coterie of dubious characters, hero worshipping, sponsored mobs of zigoba. Yet the revolution that brought about the Tonse Alliance government into power was not all about party or tribal identity. It was propelled by a broad…

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Malawi Opinions 

Chakwera is leader without substance, presiding over a yet another corrupt Malawian regime – Professor Danwood M Chirwa

Opinion by Professor Danwood M Chirwa The emerging revelations around NOCMA oil procurement scandal are deeply shocking but not unexpected.  NOCMA’s de facto CEO’s meticulous account and documentation of the interference by political agents in the procurement process brings to light the anatomy of corruption in Malawi. It shows that parastatals are not independent and the invidious position that management and boards of these parastatals find themselves in. It is either they comply and submit or get hounded out. The schematic structure of corruption is the same, from the old…

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Expelled Chrissie Kaponda Malawi OP-ED 

Talking Blues: Mr President, spare us from scandalous diplomats

By Mapwiya Muulupale “A sincere diplomat is like dry water or wooden iron” – Joseph Stalin. Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) was the dictator of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) from 1929 to 1953. He transformed the Soviet Union from a peasant society like ours into an industrial and military superpower. However, his reign of terror killed millions of Russians. That said, I am not here to wax lyrical about Stalin. Just that his background provides some insights into his perception of diplomats, as quoted above. As far as he was…

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Malawi Opinions 

Opinion: Keeping Malawi’s Tripartite Elections Calendar Inviolable

By Maxwell Chisala Although Malawi’s constitutional-experiment survived its biggest test arising from the now-confirmed bungled 2019 Presidential election, Malawi’s ballot-box democracy experiment will continue smarting from Parliament’s self-serving legislative decision to extend its current tenure beyond the constitutionally prescribed five-year term, long after books on ‘widespread, systematic and grave’ irregularities and anomalies that seriously compromised the integrity of the results of Malawi’s sixth ballot box democracy-experiment are closed and a new chapter on managing elections has opened up.  Parliament’s self-serving legislative action was a selfish and ill-considered response to a…

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Lazarus Chakwera Malawi Opinions 

Talking Blues: One step forward, two steps backwards and Extra

By Mapwiya Muulupale “Success is brought by continued labour and continued watchfulness. We must struggle on, not for one moment hesitate, nor take one backward step.” – William Jennings Bryan US Secretary of State 1860 – 1925 The phrase “one step forward, two steps backwards” originates from an anecdote about a frog trying to scale a water well. The frog keeps trying to climb up the wall of the well, but for every two steps it climbs, it falls back by one step, making its progress arduous. With time, the…

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