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Darkness reins over Malawi's Cashgate

By Theresa Kasawala | January 22nd, 2014
Billions of kwacha were stolen from Malawi Treasury - but how and by whom?

Following the massive looting of taxpayers’ money known as cash-gate, Joyce Banda’s government promised Malawians that they would thoroughly investigate the scandal so as to bring the culprits to book and to let Malawians know what really happened.

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Malawi's corrupt blame game

By Theresa Kasawala | November 14th, 2013
Which party in Malawi is more corrupt?

Malawians should brace themselves for even tougher times ahead after donors under the Common Approach to Budgetary Support (Cabs) decided to suspend budgetary aid to the government estimated at K160 billion (US$400 million) until they got assurances from independent sources that their money would be used for its intended purposes if channelled through the government system.

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Time for Bingu to pack his bags?

By Theresa Kasawala | March 27th, 2012
President Bingu wa Mutharika

There is one very important fact to mention at the start of this column – President Bingu wa Mutharika is not going to leave office before 2014 whatever civil society is saying. And it’s saying quite a lot, including asking him to resign within 60 days.

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A Country without a Justice System

By Theresa Kasawala | February 23rd, 2012

The old adage that justice delayed is justice denied has never been more pertinent in Malawi – as the whole arm of government that helps citizens to access justice has not been functioning for the past two months. The reason – critical support staff are on strike in order to force the government to review their conditions of service. So apart from the occasional judicial order – such as recent rulings to release Ralph Kasambara on bail – only two arms of government are really operational – the legislature and the executive.

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More pain for Malawi's poor

By Theresa Kasawala | November 28th, 2011

For the first time since independence, Malawi has implemented something called a Zero Deficit Budget (ZDB). In a nutshell, ZDB means that instead of receiving the usual 40 percent of its annual budget from donors, government would cover this amount by sourcing funds from elsewhere – namely through the introduction of exorbitant taxes on products. But given the severe economic challenges that Malawi is facing, it does not require an economist to conclude that ZDB has definitely failed to deliver any kind of benefit and has instead further impoverished Malawians. 

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