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

Malawi 2014: If Joyce Banda loses, it will be by suicide, not murder

They say you have to be in it to win it, right? All the leading political parties in Malawi have fielded a presidential candidate for the 20th May 2014 elections. There are no major political party alliances or coalitions as it was the case in the last two elections. This could either mean that confidence levels are high among contesting political parties or they consider the incumbent, Joyce Banda a lightweight. It could even be a combination of both factors. From whatever angle one is looking at it, these elections will provide some interesting analysis. Its campaign so far has Continue reading

Gauging the Importance of Presidential Running-Mate in Malawi

This is an excerpt from Malawi News’ “Out of Turn” column by Guest Writer. I fully endorse the view: … Then Peter Mutharika goes on to pick Saulosi Chilima as his running mate. What was that? Saulosi Chilima is know for many things but politicking is not one of them. So if Peter was to win the presidential elections and, God forbid, something was to happen to him the country would be in the hands of Saulosi? That is not all. He would also have prerogative to appoint his own Vice President? Are you sure? Anyway, let me not spoil Continue reading