Malawi 2014: If Joyce Banda loses, it will be by suicide, not murder

They say you have to be in it to win it, right? All the leading political parties in Malawi have fielded a presidential candidate for the 20th May 2014 elections. There are no major political party alliances or coalitions as it was the case in the last two elections. This could either mean that confidence levels are high among contesting political parties or they consider the incumbent, Joyce Banda a lightweight. It could even be a combination of both factors. From whatever angle one is looking at it, these elections will provide some interesting analysis. Its campaign so far has Continue reading

Gauging the Importance of Presidential Running-Mate in Malawi

This is an excerpt from Malawi News’ “Out of Turn” column by Guest Writer. I fully endorse the view: … Then Peter Mutharika goes on to pick Saulosi Chilima as his running mate. What was that? Saulosi Chilima is know for many things but politicking is not one of them. So if Peter was to win the presidential elections and, God forbid, something was to happen to him the country would be in the hands of Saulosi? That is not all. He would also have prerogative to appoint his own Vice President? Are you sure? Anyway, let me not spoil Continue reading

Rewarding idiocy: why 2014 elections won’t change the political status quo in Malawi

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting”– Charles Bukowski Elections mood has truly taken hold of Malawi. Contesting political parties are completing their line-ups, gearing for what promises to be the closest elections since Malawi returned to democracy in 1994. The death of Bingu wa Mutharika in office, which led to Joyce Banda’s accession, has made what was always a possibility a reality. Never before have Malawians paid more attention to the choice of Vice President. Continue reading