Demand Justice for Others, You Will Eventually Protect Your Own

“First they came for the Socialists – and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist. “Then they came for the Trade Unionist – and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist. “Then they came for the Jews – and I did not speak out, because I was not Jew. “Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.” ~ Martin Niemöller’s (1892-1984) In 1999, Sam Mpasu, then a cabinet minister in Bakili Muluzi’s administration and also a senior member of a governing party at Continue reading

Malawi: It’s the First Past The Post, stupid

“For the nation to live, the tribe must die” ~ FRELIMO movement slogan   MCP and Aford must look at a bigger picture Backlashes from the last May’s Tripartite Elections are in full swing. Most of it is grumbling on issues that any foresighted and politically engaged person could have foreseen before the elections. On its part, the country’s main opposition party, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has proposed a federal state as a way of ensure equitable distribution of resources. Likewise, Alliance for Democracy (Aford), a party that has shrunk to only one Member of Parliament, from 36 seats in Continue reading

I write for the love of Malawi, not hatred for anyone

A certain sections of Malawians has what I would call “nauseating culture” whereby people do not want to accept that there are Malawians out there who act purely in the interest of the country and not to please anyone or advance personal political interests. I have observed this through comments on this column and articles I have published elsewhere. This is article addresses the issue. I started writing this column because I felt I could make some contribution to my country, Malawi. Contribution does necessarily have to be material or financial, the language most Malawians understand better; it can also Continue reading