Never Expect Politicians to Promote Freedom of Information

Hungarian-born American publisher Joseph Pulitzer noticed that “there is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle which does not live by secrecy.” He further observed: “get these things out in the open, describe them, attack them, ridicule them in the press, and sooner or latter public opinion will sweep them away.” It is a straightforward point: secrecy fosters corruption; only transparency can ensure accountability. This is a very important principle, especially as freedom of information (FoI) campaigner, Heather Brooke noted in her theses on Your Right to Know: A Continue reading Never Expect Politicians to Promote Freedom of Information

Will God Save Malawians From Hunger

Malawi President, Peter Mutharika recently called for and attended national prayers asking God for good rains in the current rain season. At the moment most of the districts in Malawi are experiencing a dry spell, some have not had any rains. The worry could soon turn into fear should the dry spell continue. Malawi prides itself as “God-fearing nation” so these prayers were not totally out of place but more pragmatic people would genuinely question whether as a country Malawi should really invest its agricultural future in prayers and not, among other things, irrigation to capitalise on its abundant water resources Continue reading Will God Save Malawians From Hunger

It’s Normal for Malawi Govt to Condemn Corruption While Ignoring Corruption

German philosopher, cultural critic and poet Friedrich Nietzsche argued that “whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.” He added: “and if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Not that our political leaders are monsters but Nietzsche’s argument is similar to the argument that people, especially those in positions of leadership and power must always practice what they preach if they are to be taken seriously. About a week ago Malawi’s state president, Peter Mutharika presided over anti-corruption day where he gave a Continue reading It’s Normal for Malawi Govt to Condemn Corruption While Ignoring Corruption