Malawi: My Fatalistic Nation

“Fatalism comforts, for it raises no questions. There’s not need to examine just how events fit in.” ~ James Hillman Malawi can be a very painful place to live, especially for those who really care about the country and how things are run. Fortunately, I suppose, the majority of Malawians are those who either choose to ignore everyday realities and live, pretending all is well or those who are too naïve to understand how the system controls their consciousness. If more Malawians had levels of political and social consciousness that enable them to question how things are run, I can Continue reading

Could Someone Please Nudge the Malawi Presidency Before it’s Too Late

A recent Mail & Guardian Africa article reporting on a new survey findings by a US-based pollster, Gallup, which hinted that even though the traditional economic indicators such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), household income and unemployment stats are ‘the most heavily relied on by policy-makers, these measures underplay the importance of people’s happiness. Looking at citizen’s happiness levels and an indicator of a nation’s stability, the report says Botswana (surprisingly), Senegal and Malawi are sub-Saharan African countries where people are likely to revolt against their governments. Burkina Faso, where people power recently brought to an end 27 years of Continue reading

The MK50, 000 ‘Allowance’ from Mutharika and the Story Journalists Missed

“It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and the myths that surround It.” ~ John Pilger The story about President Peter Mutharika’s ‘white envelopes’ that contained MK50, 000 for Malawi journalists he was hosting at Sanjika state house a couple of weeks ago has faded. The country has moved on to other pertinent issues, Malawi is a country that thrives on crises and disorganisation. Look around and you will see. That the ‘white envelopes’ story is fading away is definitely a relief for journalists involved. Journalists are Continue reading