Social Media is Alright

The question of whether social media should be regulated is steadily getting traction on the continent as well as here in Malawi. Nigerian government is considering it and few weeks ago Yoweri Museni’s government in Uganda shutdown social media during a crucial elections period. Here at home the issue gained even more attention in the recent weeks following the arrest of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) members who were subsequently charged with treason over a Whatsapp group conversation. Of course Whatsapp groups are private conversation by the nature of its setting, unlike the likes of Facebook, Twitter etc. This means the Continue reading Social Media is Alright

Fair Tax Treaty, Yes, But Corruption Remain Malawi’s Biggest Problem

While in power 2012–2014, President Joyce Banda lamented on the difficulties of running Malawi economy: “It’s heavy, but I am able to carry it. Why? Because I am an African Woman. An African woman carries heavy loads anyway. That’s how we are trained; are brought up that nothing is unbearable. I use that now, positively. I use that now to have a thick skin that I have, and not fear, and move forward, and push; and push forward.” Joyce Banda had inherited a tanking economy from her predecessor, the late Bingu wa Mutharika; and at the same time, Mrs Banda Continue reading Fair Tax Treaty, Yes, But Corruption Remain Malawi’s Biggest Problem

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