Cursory Government Policies, The Undoing of Malawi’s Social Fabric

“Everyone is talking about crime, tell me who are the criminals …” ~ Peter Tosh Growing insecurity in Malawi and efforts by the country’s security services to bring it under control has dominated the local new media headlines and public discourse in the recent weeks. President Peter Mutharika has declared “war on crime” and the security services have conducted a security sweeping exercise in the country’s major cities where 2119 suspects were arrested and two firearms have reportedly been confiscated. It is unknown how many of these arrests will lead successful conviction or how many will even go into trial. Continue reading

Chakwera is Right, Banks and Corporations are Treated as Sacred Cows in Malawi

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” ~ Henry Ford  Malawi’s leader of opposition, Lazarus Chakwera recently ruffled a few feathers when in his response to 2014/15 proposed national budget he accused Malawi government of offering ‘tax breaks’ to banks and corporations at the expense of struggling Malawians. ‘Experts’ on taxation and monetary issues swiftly faulted Chakwera’s statement on technical grounds. Corporations and monetary institutions have ‘experts’, including the best legal minds money can buy to Continue reading

Successful Zero-Aid Budget Requires Shared Sacrifice

“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.” ~ Bob Marley It is no longer news that the 2014/15 national budget will not be subsidised by donors who contributes up to 40 per cent of the total budget. The donor pullout meant that Malawi government needed alternative ways of covering the deficit; we now know that Malawi has settled for what it calls ‘zero-aid’ budget, with a deficit of MK107 billion. It is not clear at the moment where this deficit will come from. Malawi Congress Party (MCP) registered their fears that the ‘zero-aid’ Continue reading