Malawi 2014 Elections: Airport politics above national security

In the previous week Atupele Muluzi and Joyce Banda, respectively took their respective election campaigns to Mangochi, a traditional stronghold of Mr Muluzi’s United Democratic Front. It is yet to be seen how Mrs Banda’s People’s Party (PP) will do in the district given that this PP’s first electoral contest in the district. What surprised me about those two rallies however is that these two presidential candidates promised a construction of a new airport in the district should they form the next mandate. Yes, you could think of Mangochi, a lakeshore district, in terms of tourism – an area that Continue reading

Malawi 2014 Elections: The choice of lesser evil is harder than you think

The recent political violence at Goliati, Thyolo has been thoroughly scrutinised and rightly condemned by all sane and peace loving Malawians. But these have not stopped the subsequent blame game between DDP and PP about causes and perpetrators of the violence. The positive thing however is that both DDP and PP are clearly aware that Malawians will not tolerate violence. I made my point on this in my last entry on this page and this time I want to look at the same issue from a different perspective. Consider these questions: does the Goliati violence suggest that the political parties Continue reading

Malawi 2014 elections: Violence begins and ends with political parties

Several days before the official launch of 2014 tripartite elections, political violence has reared its ugly head. What are promising to be the tightest elections in Malawi since 1994 have registered its first two casualties: a police officer and a civilian were killed last Sunday in Thyolo where President Joyce Banda held a political rally. Specific details of what sparked violence remain sketchy and it is unlikely that the public will know the exact truth now that political blame game has taken over. Political parties are taking advantage of this unfortunate and despicable incident to outdo each other. It is Continue reading