Will God Save Malawians From Hunger

Malawi President, Peter Mutharika recently called for and attended national prayers asking God for good rains in the current rain season. At the moment most of the districts in Malawi are experiencing a dry spell, some have not had any rains. The worry could soon turn into fear should the dry spell continue. Malawi prides itself as “God-fearing nation” so these prayers were not totally out of place but more pragmatic people would genuinely question whether as a country Malawi should really invest its agricultural future in prayers and not, among other things, irrigation to capitalise on its abundant water resources Continue reading

It’s Normal for Malawi Govt to Condemn Corruption While Ignoring Corruption

German philosopher, cultural critic and poet Friedrich Nietzsche argued that “whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.” He added: “and if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Not that our political leaders are monsters but Nietzsche’s argument is similar to the argument that people, especially those in positions of leadership and power must always practice what they preach if they are to be taken seriously. About a week ago Malawi’s state president, Peter Mutharika presided over anti-corruption day where he gave a Continue reading

Mutharika’s HARDtalk Interview: The Devil is in the Detail

Malawi president, Peter Mutharika recently appeared on BBC’s HARDtalk programme, hosted by Zainab Badawi. His appearance was in line with what has become a trend for African leaders – granting interviews to Western media and not the local media. Controlled press briefings is the closest the local media get to interview a state president – this is certainly the case in Malawi. It shows the contempt that African leaders have towards the local media. Anthropologist, Francis Nyamnjoh has noticed that from early to mid 1990s most African countries have liberalised media laws only in theory but in practice journalists on Continue reading