Political , Polls

Will Jane Ansah Resign?

George Kasakula writes:

Elsewhere in the world, where a public official has been caught up in some form of mess as determined by some quarters with a valid voice, it does not take days for such an official to give up their position. If the public has lost trust in you and feels you should not continue holding your public office, it is a moral undertaking to give in and allow for some scrutiny which, in the long run, may even exonerate you.

Post Electoral Violence

But, in Malawi, that would probably be wishful thinking. Take this for instance: the demonstrations that have been going on in this country since Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) announced that Democratic Progressive Party’s Peter Mutharika had won the May 21 presidential poll, largely revolve around Mec Chairperson Jane Ansah.

Being a lady of high standing in society; she is a Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeal, a position that does not fall on a silver platter. Her judgement, regarding the demonstrations and their impact, could be beyond the scope of some of us but it is clear that some moment of deeper reflection could end the present crisis. Resigning from one’s position does not need to be legal. It can be moral and that is where it carries more weight.

We have heard and seen politicians and other officers in other countries resigning after being dragged into some scandalous acts even when they maintain that they are innocent. Their feelings are that their positions are untenable and that they no longer inspire public confidence such that it is as good as not being there at all.

That seems not to be the case with Ansah. There are those who believe she mismanaged the May 21 elections and that, therefore, she should not continue holding her position at Mec. Of course, other commissioners at Mec are also being asked to resign but everyone’s eyes are on the electoral body’s top-most official who, if anything, is supposed to lead by example.

The resignation of Ansah would, most likely, result in the resignation of other commissioners because they handled the election together.

Calls from institutions such as Malawi Law Society requesting Ansah to engage in some deep reflection on whether remaining in her position, despite the public discontent, makes moral sense, should have jolted the Mec chief into some moral action.

After all, it is even difficult to imagine how Ansah will continue discharging her duties beyond the current crisis when there are quarters that do not want her on that Mec job.

Her office, being public, has to have a bearer who continuously earns public trust and loss of that trust means she will always have problems steering the electoral body forward.

At a meeting which former president Bakili Muluzi had with members of Human Rights Defenders Coalition at his residence in Blantyre, he indicated that he was willing to engage President Peter Mutharika, as the appointing authority, and Ansah so that there can be an end to the current crisis.

Perhaps, Muluzi might come out with something tangible from such engagements. The two parties he indicated he would love to meet might simply be standing on mutual ground regarding whether Ansah should resign.

Mutharika appointed the Mec chief and has options of bringing her into any process of resolving the current political crisis. First, Mutharika can simply ask Ansah to step aside so that demonstrations are curtailed; or, he can simply fire her if he believes such an act can bring peace and order back in the country.

But the President himself seems unwilling to execute any of the two options. And he does not even seem willing to have the demonstrations ended. Apart from backing a call made by one of his officials, Kondwani Nankhumwa, that the parties at variance should come to a roundtable discussion on the political situation, Mutharika has not shown any serious commitment to end the crisis.

That is where it would be preposterous to think that he will, this time, do something for Ansah to vacate her position in the interest of peace and calm. There are other election-related court cases, apart from the larger consolidated case that has Malawi Congress Party leader Lazarus Chakwera and his UTM counterpart Saulos Chilima as the petitioners.

Suppose these cases are determined in favour of the petitioners and reruns are ordered, would Ansah still be confidently in a position to lead the team that should manage the polls?

If she remains in her position, perhaps, until the expiry of her tenure, will she continue to command the respect that she used to before the current crisis ensued?

Well, that is a personal choice and it may not matter to her. But the truth is that the current situation can fade if she resigns. It would be an important decision bordering on morality and an acceptable social act.

Source: Times Group – Malawi

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Malawi: The Next Somali

World history has been punctuated by cycles of violence, regardless of time, region or race. Therefore, Malawi must be on the lookout. Tens of thousands of Somali children have died in the Horn of Africa famine, the worst humanitarian crisis in a generation. Despite warnings and images of starving children coming out of the region, and especially war-torn Somalia, the international community has been slow to help.

Somali War Kids

Somalis are suffering the most, beset by the instability caused by their 20 years of civil war and the refusal of al-Qaeda-linked militants to allow Western aid. The Islamists have been preventing starving Somalis from fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia or Kenya to escape the famine.

Malawi is slowly sliding into that terrible ditch. This nation is only a step away from civil strife. This should not be the trend to admire. Once civil war sparks, no calls for pleading for global partners to step up aid urgently would be heard. And once this crisis collides with unexpected extreme drought, that would tip the whole country into famine.

As for the case of Rwanda, the country was ravaged by civil war, genocide, mass migrations, economic crisis, diseases, return of refugees and environmental destruction. Rwandan families were affected by and are still dealing with impacts such as death, disease, disability, poverty, loss of dignity and imprisonment. Cross-country studies on the economic consequences of internal political violence typically find short-run effects that are very large, and no evidence for full economic recovery.

The 2019 general elections were the most turbulent Malawi has ever seen. The country has been ravaged by civil unrest which might turn into mass migration, economic crisis, diseases and deforestation. Almost all Malawian families are affected wherever they might be and at multiple levels, by outcomes such as loss of property, poverty, loss of dignity and imprisonment.

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Gospel , Political , Religion

Govt of Botswana Welcomes Major 1

There’s a shift in the paradigms. The government of Botswana which, in 2017 had put an embargo on Prophet Shepherd Bushiri from entering Botswana, is expected to do otherwise.

Tens of thousands of ECG members in the country of Botswana have applauded their government for softening their touch on the fastest growing and probably biggest church in Southern Africa.

An overflow of thousands at Major 1’s HQ

The Ian Khama administration ordered that Prophet Shepherd Bushiri had to apply for VISA, despite Malawi nationals not needing one whenever he had to visit that country. In the change of tides the current President of Botswana, His excellency Mokgweetsi Masisi is expected to lift the ban. A move that has been welcomed by Christians, globally and over 600 000 ECG members and followers.

Prophet Bushiri – Major 1

Who can stand against the Lord God Almighty? No one can stand against him! No man can stand against you, no power can stand against you, because God is standing for you.

But if you forget the faithfulness of the Lord and the power in his word, it will not be long before you start to live a defeated life. God’s word is true, living and powerful yet in times of trouble we often forget the authority that is in his words.

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Inspiration , Political

Elections NOT A Solution to Africa

Dr. Ben Phiri

Africa needs a new crop of individuals to achieve it’s dream; Youthful leaders, not elections.

The rising propensity for political violence in much of Africa is a worrying trend although receives less attention in the international media than it deserves.

Political violence tied to electoral competition is on the rise across countries in Africa south of the Sahara, along with a contest over livelihood resources. These pose major threats to the well-being of the continent’s population and its young democracies. Our youth are used and slowly slipping into moral degradation. Mostly these political violences are exacerbated because of the old aged leaders clinging to power and bending the will of the people.

Meanwhile, the African Union has been busy promoting the unity and solidarity of African states to accelerate their efforts at achieving a better life for Africans. Malawi has joined the work in progress of unifying Africa by promoting an integrated, prosperous and peaceful nation, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in Southern African region.

The global perception of Africa is also changing somewhat. Not too long ago, Africa was described as ‘the dark continent’, ‘the hopeless continent’ and similar embarrassing connotations. Today, we can still dream again. Not all is lost. Africa still has passionate young leaders to shape the future of the Continent.

Allow me to talk about Dr. Ben Phiri, a youthful Malawian political leader, passionate about family and, most importantly, those within his age who don’t have opportunities.

He had paid fees for hundreds in schools, colleges and universities, he had built houses for the elderly and weak, and he has always been steadfast helping to thousands in disasters and pain. His life has always been of devotion to the privileged and the weak.

Ben Phiri must celebrated because he represents the youths we all need in Malawi. He is the future we all dream of in Malawi.

It’s important to note that elections may be the sine qua non of democracy but they remain significantly inadequate, even ineffectual, in addressing social grievances, particularly grievances linked to growing land and water scarcity, environmental destruction, food insecurity, socio-economic inequity and population growth in the region.

What is needed for Africa to change, particularly Malawi is the likes of Ben; youthful, passionate, courageous, intelligent and game changers.

Email: info@misheckbandacom

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Future , Inspiration , Political

Enock Banda has influenced Malawian Politics

Enock Sankhulani Banda

In a dynamic and globalised communication world, an attempt to play a central role in keeping people up-to-date with current affairs is paramount. I’m excited to mention that Malawi is endowed with a generation that has a mission is to participate and add its voice to changing world media.

On the road to 21st May 2019 general elections, the political landscape has taken a paradigm shift and opinion makers have attended various campaign rallies. It is their voice which is heard, and they often are the opinion-makers in the household and in the local community.

Let me talk about Enock Sankhulani Banda who is steeped in the fundamental skills of reporting, investigating, writing and broadcasting, essential for any successful journalist at the cutting edge of communication.

Enock Sankhulani Banda for Friends Connect Malawi has brought a different tone to media independence in this election. While providing unbiased platform and excavating emotions, Enock has been asking rough questions that managed to pull the likes of Atupele Muluzi, Frank Tumpale Mwenefumbo, Lucius Banda, Chimwendo of MCP among others.

DPP crusade

As an admirer of Enock, I have noticed that his multimedia approach, with contemporary skills employed has set up a pace that is so dynamic on his platform, so simple but effective.

UTM rally

Enock has gone to an extent of crowing on his belly just to net Atupele Muluzi, Frank Tumpale Mwenifumbo, Chimwendo Richard William Banda, Lucius Chiccio Banda, Moses Kunkuyu, Juliana Mdamvetsa Lunguzi, Nancy Tembo, Leonard Chimbanga, Kenneth Bwanali among others.

MCP campaign rally

I want to believe that these interviews will exacerbate the electorate have an insight in allowing them to make informed decisions as they go to the polling centres on this Tuesday, 21st May 2019. Whatever the decision the electorates will have, Enock and the team have a significant contribution.

Good things need to be recognized and supported. I have seen what
Friends Connect Malawi has done especially in trying to be a social media interactive platform where politicians have interacted equally.

Email: info@misheckbanda.com

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Future , Inspiration , Political

Inside the mindset of politicians – Meet Maxwell Chipiliro Phiri

Maxwell Chipiliro Phiri

It’s mind boggling when you cast your mind back to the scary figures of pre and post electoral violence across the continent especially in Malawi. This raises question as to whether these occurrences will one day come to an end.

The ridiculous figures of youth battling every single day of their lives to fight their way out of jaws of abject poverty caused by huge unemployment can never be overemphasized.

It will interest you to know that in some parts of northern Malawi for instance, there are families that live on $½ per day.

It’s time to make a decision to change the world by changing our patten of thinking, accepting that our mothers and the youth deserve better; and changing our actions towards them. Let’s vote for a youthful generation.

In a quest to transform people’s lives, let’s put a finger on it.

Blantyre Rural East has an opportunity to employ this change. Maxwell Chipiliro Phiri comes at a time when the community needs his than ever before. Being an independent candidate makes him more of a suitable young opinion maker and that regional politics would not influence his passion of service.

This young man subsequently has suffered with his community and now is the time to take up the challenge.

For more email: info@misheckbanda.com

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Future , Political

Political Nonsense Hits Togo

Faure-Gnassingbé – Togo President

Togo’s parliament has approved a constitutional change allowing long-standing President Faure Gnassingbe to potentially stay in office until 2030, despite widespread protests calling for the end of his family’s decades-long grip on power.

The amendment caps the presidential mandate to two five-year terms but does not apply retrospectively, meaning Gnassingbe can stand for the next two elections, in 2020 and 2025, despite having already served three terms since succeeding his late father 14 years ago.

“The president of the republic is elected by universal suffrage … for a term of five years, renewable once,” the new text of the Constitution read, which also made the presidential election a two-round race.

The amendment was signed off on by all 90 legislators, surpassing the required four-fifths approval by parliament to make such changes.


African politics gets murkier by the day. As a former political science student what comes to mind is the cunningness and the hidden agenda of these power hungry leaders who think the continent was created for them and their families.

It is crude. Archaic and a recipe for disaster.

For 38 years (1967 to 2005) Faure’s father, the late Gnassingbe Eyadema ruled the port country of Togo until his death in February 2005.

Sent into cacophonous city of Lome, the capital of Togo, with my camera and recorder then as a news reporter, one thing I gathered from my interviews with the locals was a sense of freedom, delight and independence after almost four decades of the coupist’s rule.

There was hope and confidence when Faure Gnassingbe took over in 2005. A wave of optimism had spread throughout Togo by the end of his first term, which of course, eked in support from colonial power, France.

Political commentators begun to question his domestic and foreign policies during his second term and this opened the door for attacks from opposition and some of his own followers for which reason his re-election in 2010 came under heavy scrutiny.

His manipulation of the constitution to be re-elected as President in 2015 exposed the dynasty that was being engineered by Faure and his
Gnassingbe family.

Uprising in Togo

It appears now that Faure Gnassingbe will not step down or hand over power any time soon with the constitution of the country manipulated again to keep him in power until 2030.

Africa leaders do not seem to learn the political mistakes that he seen Presidents become paupers.

For 38 years, Paul Biya who is now 86 still clings onto power and wants to rule Cameroun for a seventh consecutive terms. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea at 77 years has no intentions on standing down after 40 years (Since 1979) Congo’s Denis Sassou Nguesso, has been around for three decades and still gunning for more. Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni still runs the affairs of Uganda after 34 years in power. Idris Derby won a disputed election in 2016 after running Chad for 30 years!

It is interesting that countries like Ghana and South Africa have established the tenets of democracy and have changed faciliated national elections in a free and fair manner.

It is about time Africans woke up and fought for their own freedom than rely on this power hungry and corrupt leaders dotted throughout the continent.

Courtesy: Kwame Gyasi

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Future , Political

South Africa: Election results 2019

South Africa 2019 Polls

The ANC remains the ruling party nationally, with the DA again the opposition, though only the EFF has grown among the current big three.

ANC 57.5%;

DA 20.8%;

EFF 10.8%;

IFP 3.4%, and

FF+ 2.7%.

In 2014, the ANC secured 62% of the vote, the DA 22.23% and the EFF 6.35%.

ANC 57%

All the votes have been counted and the preliminary results show that the African National Congress (ANC) has been handed another five-year term in power.

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Elections 2019 | SA

South African National Colours

South Africans head to the polls today to vote in the country’s sixth national elections. Over 26.7 million people registered to vote in the 2019 elections, with around 70% of that number (18.7 million) expected to actually show up to vote today.

The country’s close to 23,000 voting stations will remain open through to 21h00 this evening, with vote counts updating throughout the day. All results and information will come from the IEC’s Elections Results Centre in Pretoria.

Elections in South Africa are held for the National Assembly, provincial legislatures and municipal councils. Elections follow a five-year cycle, with national and provincial elections held simultaneously and municipal elections held two years later. The electoral system is based on party-list proportional representation, which means that parties are represented in proportion to their electoral support.

For municipal councils there is a mixed-member system in which wards elect individual councilors alongside those named from party lists.

In elections of the National Assembly, every South African citizen who is 18 or older may vote, including (since the 2014 election) those resident outside South Africa. In elections of a provincial legislature or municipal council, only those resident within the province or municipality may vote. All elections are conducted by the Electoral Commission of South Africa, which is an independent body established by the Constitution.

Rainbow Nation

The last general elections had these stats below:

Valid votes                         18,402,497
Spoilt votes                            251,960
Total votes cast                  18,654,457
Registered voters/turnout 25,381,293

ANC 11,436,921     62.15%     249 seats
DA 4,091,584          22.23%       89 seats
EFF 1,169,259                6%       25 seats

Source: IEC

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South Africa goes to Polls

DA all in blue

Elections are all about looking to the future when citizens make their choices; All about thinking of their children when they make choice, but above all, about being BRAVE when choices are made.

Political parties have just two days to learn their fate when millions of South Africans put pen to paper and cast their votes for the party they decide is worthy of governing.


The top three political parties, ANC, EFF and the DA dominated news headlines as well as Twitter trends lists this past weekend as they made their final push to convince South Africans to lend them their votes.

During months of campaigning for the 2019 general elections, political parties have spoken on their plans to fix the scourge of unemployment, the country’s ailing economy, land expropriation as well as education, among other issues.


On Saturday, the official opposition party, the DA, held their rally at Dobsonville stadium in Soweto, while the ANC and the EFF held their final rallies on Sunday at the Johannesburg and Orlando stadiums respectively.

DA all in blue

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