Monthly Archives: November 2013

IN THE midst of all this terrible mess described as ‘cashgate’, one word has persistently escaped our public discourse – Integrity. It is, of course, “the condition of being unified, unimpaired, or sound in construction”, as one dictionary puts it. Another version simply implies “internal consistency or lack of corruption”.

Malawi can be a very frustrating country to live in or to be associated with. It has become quite inevitable that there is a need to pause, nay, stop everything and simply go back to the drawing board and ‘find’ this nation again. Going forward (but actually going backwards) as we are doing and sweeping things under the proverbial carpet – as it were – will only do us greater harm and compromise future generations. Read More


WE cannot foresee the future, but we should never give into the defeatist temptation of being the vanguard of a nation which yearns ‎for freedom, but abhors the struggle it entails and awaits its freedom as a crumb of victory.” – Che Guevara

“We ignore man’s basic nature if we say, as some critics do, that because a man like [Chief] Nanga has risen overnight from poverty and insignificance to his present opulence he could be persuaded without much trouble to give it up again and return to his original state,” Odilli, in Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People.

REGARDLESS of what happens to President Joyce Banda in May 2014, she will go down in Malawi’s historical record as a president for whom lightning struck twice. The first time was on Saturday 7th April when she was suddenly and unexpectedly thrust onto the stage as the fourth president of the Republic of Malawi. The second was on Friday 13th September when the Malawi government’s Budget Director, Paul Mphwiyo, was shot and seriously wounded, prising open secrets of massive plunder of government cash that has been going on for years. Read More

THIS CASE will not continue. There is no case here. They just want keep me for some time. By the way, tag me on Facebook the pictures you are taking.” – Former minister of Justice, Ralph Kasambara, speaking to journalists after being charged with attempted murder.

Quote via: Zodiak Online Facebook page.

WITH OVER a month and a half now gone since the government financial scandal hash-tagged #cashgate erupted, are we closer to understanding the underlying causes why it happened? We can classify the reasons why this happened from simplest to most complex. Going by the earliest statements that were offered in September, the simplest explanation can be caricatured as “IFMIS made me do it.” It came from commentators whose first explanation was that the Integrated Financial Management Information System was faulty.
The most complex explanation thus far as to why cashgate happened has been that we may have transitioned from one-party rule into multiparty rule without having dealt with the question as to the kind of public service ethos the new dispensation would require. Read More

Pity the fate of flash millionaires

If they are not hurled into jail, they live

In the prison houses of their crimes and wives 

And when they die, of course,

Only their kind shower praises on vultures.

– From The Fate of Vultures, a poem by Tanure Ojaide