A Tale of Malawi’s Reeling Health Sector

In the running to Malawi’s 20th May 2014 tripartite elections, two separate studies by AfrobarometerandCatholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) established that among key issues that would determine outcome of elections were food security, national security, economic stabilisation, farming subsidies and, to a lesser extent looting of state resources by civil servants and politicians, commonly known as Cashgate. These are indeed some of the Malawi’s perennial problems. Those who are up-to-date with Malawi’s socio-political and economic issues would not be surprised. Conspicuously missing however are education and health sectors. How could Malawians not see these sectors as a priority? Continue reading

Reconditioning National Psyche for a Better Malawi

Weekend Nation newspaper of June 21st 2014, a day President Peter Mutharika and the first lady, Gertrude Maseko tied a knot, led with a news story on the first couple’s wedding, titled: “Meet the Bride.” The story had vox pop kind interviews with relatives of the bride and people from her home area in Balaka. Of the many comments the interviewees made, this one caught my attention, and it is a subject of this discussion: “the President marrying their own means one thing: Development to the area.” For most Malawians these expectations are normal. These were “common sense” views by Continue reading

Why #Malawi Needs an Option to Reject all Candidates on the Ballot

SADC region will have 5 elections this year alone. South Africans have just voted, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and Malawi are other four countries holding elections this year. For South Africa, there are no prizes for guessing the winner. It is a forgone conclusion that African National Congress (ANC) will return power, quite a contrast to Malawi, which has probably the tightest elections in its 20 years of democracy, particularly the presidential race. You could be forgiven if you concluded that that Malawi democracy is more mature than South Africa’s – quiet the opposite. Indeed, it may not be until after Continue reading