Why Malawi, like all democracies, does’t need Ministry of Information

“That’s the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody’s going to be against, and everybody’s going to be for. Nobody knows what it means, because it doesn’t mean anything.” ~ Noam Chomsky Last weekend’s Backbencher column in the Weekend Nation – 23rd August 2014, made what I consider a very important case on “why information portfolio is superfluous”. Backbencher’s argument was on the Information Minister, Kondwani Nakhumwa’s meddling in a case in which the Attorney General, Kalekeni Kaphale, publicly stated that there is a law provision that says money should be recovered from civil Continue reading

Empty Political Promises and the Fallacy of Podium Policies in Malawi

“Every politician has a promising career. Unfortunately, most of them do not keep those promises.” ~ Jarod Kintz Malawians have developed a culture of falling for empty political promises and political leaders are making the most of it. One would think that after 20 years of democracy the country should be at a point where some of the mistakes must not be repeated. Why do we continue to fall for empty political promises our leaders make on political podium, press conferences and meetings with interest groups? Since 1994 Malawi leaders have been full of promises that are never met, mostly Continue reading

Joyce Banda lost elections because she took people’s goodwill for granted

William Gumede, author of Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC Recently wrote a piece for The Guardian’s “Comment is Free” on why he thinks “[Barak] Obama has let Africa down.” Unfortunately, there is still a section of Africans who think Obama owes the continent something simply because his father was from Kenya. Yet, Obama is an American and he owes his allegiance to the USA. Gumede identifies two areas he considers important in understanding Obama policy shortfalls on the continent: security and governance. In the piece he dedicates more time on the earlier point and Continue reading