Like all other countries of the world, Malawi has also its pre-historic period, masked in darkness. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique on the east, south and west. At first, in the past, the country Malawi was called Nyasaland.
Political history of Malawi book covers political life, events and chronicles from 1953 up to 2015.
The book has got 7 chapters
- Nyasaland during colonial rule
- Nyasaland after independence
- Beginning of democratisation phase in Malawi
- Multiparty era in Malawi
- Malawi’s economic boom
- Malawi’s economic and democratic downturn era
- Assessing the gorvernance systems in Malawi
It is a book that elaborated more about Malawi’s five heads of state in their order respectively, from the late Kamuzu Banda, ex-President Bakili Muluzi, late Bingu wa Mutharika, former head of state Joyce Banda and the incumbent President Peter Mutharika.
It tackled their early life, political life, education, their life abroad, their achievements and shortfalls, their leadership styles, their country security mechanisms, some of their speeches and demise of Dr Ngwazi Hastings-Kamuzu Banda and Bingu wamutharika.
Apart from the Malawi five heads of state, the book also tackled the following Malawi freedom fighters and veteran politicians:
- Late Chakufwa Chihana,
- Late Aleke Banda,
- Late-Kanyama Chiume,
- Late-Masauko Chipembere,
- Late-Rose Chiwambo,
- Orton and Vera Chirwa,
- Retired politician Mr.John Tembo,
- Late-Gwanda Chakuamba,
- Late-Yatuta and Dunduzu Chisiza,
- Late-Fred Michael Sauka composer of the Malawi national anthem,
- Late Aaron Gadama, Dick Matenje, John Twaibu Sangala, David Chiwanga
- The late Chakufwa Chihana
- Mama Cecilia Kadzamira,
- Lucius Bandas famous and outstanding songs
- The late Evison Matafale and Robert Chasowa.
- Among other figures.
Some of the facts that many people don’t know, are also found in this book. For example
Why Kamuzu Banda was named Kamuzu?
First we should know that his father was Mphonongo Banda and his mother was Akupingamnyama Phiri. The name Kamuzu literary means “a small root” and was given to him because he was conceived after his mother had been given root herbs by a medicine man to cure infertility. His surname, Banda means “a small hut”. He took the Christian name of Hastings after being baptized into the Church of Scotland, naming himself after John Hastings, a Scottish missionary working near his village whom he admired.
Despite some of these facts, the book also undertakes the following political events that took place in different decades and eras. For example
In 1960 a rumour spread- “Dr Banda is not a nyasa”
(You can read more if you buy the book).
The 1964 cabinet crisis and events that led to it
(Happened few weeks after Malawi got its independence from Britain in 1964, the country witnessed the resignation and dismissal of six cabinet ministers)
Parliament met on 8th September, 1964
(Here you will find speeches of honourables like)
- Kuntumanji (Mp Zomba East constituency)
- rose chibambo (Mzimba central)
- Gwanda Chakuamba (Port herald North)
- Kanyama chiume (Rumphi East)
- H.B Masauko Chipembere (fort Johnston East)
- Chief Gomani (Ntcheu North)
- The minister of finance Mr. J.Z.U Tembo
Moving capital from Zomba to Lilongwe
How the Ngwazi title came about
Exiled “rebel” Kanyama Chiume told Banda to resign
Masauko Chipembere received death threats in Malawi
(Mind you, these were once ministers in Dr. Banda’s cabinet)
Mama’s relationship with Banda (Kamuzu used to say Mama and I)
Kamuzu Banda’s net worth (Buy the book to know more)
The Mwanza four’ incident Happened in 1983, three ministers Dick Matenje, Twaibu Sangala, and Aaron Gadama and Member of Parliament David Chiwanga died mysteriously in what was labelled officially as a “traffic accident”.)
Political demise and path to multiparty in Malawi
(In April 1992, Chakufwa Chihana, a labour unionist, openly called for a national referendum on the political future of Malawi. He was arrested before he finished his speech at Lilongwe International Airport )
The army disarms Malawi Young Pioneer –MYP
1994 presidential election results
Committee of inquiry on cabinet ministers murders
- When and how they were murdered
- How the murder arrangement were made
- Post-mortem and funeral
Kamuzu Banda’s death
Events and Hate speeches after 1994 victory
Malawi Congress Party has not changed. It is still a killing party. How can the members of this party now declare their party clean? How can they even claim that the people who made MCP a bad, cruel party have now joined the UDF? . . . Some of us who moved from MCP and joined UDF did so because we could not stand the witchcraft and the filth in the MCP. We could not stay. MCP had killed so many people. The evil people still in MCP should not come to UDF because they will defile the UDF party. (Chakakala Chaziya central region UDF-governor at Bembeke, Dedza District, 17 June, 1997)
Lucius Banda-The Fall of Babylon: Kamuzu Banda’s Era and the Transition to Democracy
Lucius Banda criticized Tribalism/Regionalism
Lucius Banda’s Music as Political dialogue in Malawi
You will find more than 15 political songs of Lucius Banda analysed in Political history Malawi book
Brown Mpinganjira and Bakili Muluzi: the case of UDF’S architect versus UDF’S president
Aleke Banda and Bakili Muluzi: the case of UDF’S think-tank versus UDF’S president (You will read full stories if you buy the book)
Evison Matafale criticized Muluzi government (He was arrested and he died)
Third term- A failed move for Muluzi
Muluzi named successor ahead of 2004 polls (Bingu WA Mutharika was handpicked and groomed by Muluzi)
Chakuamba’s reaction to the 2004 election results
Bingu WA Mutharika and Gwanda Chakuamba: the case of a failed ‘dream team’
Bingu wa Mutharika and ken Zikhale N’goma: the case of ‘brothers-in-arms’ against each other
Similarity of Kamuzu- Kanyama Chiume’s and Bingu- Zikhale relationship
Bingu wa Mutharika and Cassim Chilumpha: the case of national presidents fighting
Lucius Banda and the issue of impeachment
On Thursday 30 august 2006, Lucius Banda was convicted on two counts: on authoring a false document and on giving false information to a person employed in the public service.
He was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment with hard labour on the first count, and to six months imprisonment with hard labour on the second count, but with the sentences running concurrently.
Muslims versus Catholics in politics
Malawi 2011 economic crisis
- The Academic freedom saga
- The suspension of electoral commission
- Deportation of Britain’s high commissioner
- July 2011 demonstrations and demands
- Drama of politics continued
- The politicization of key appointments
- A call for referendum
- Bingu WA Mutharika’s death
Joyce Banda’s political life and public offices
Divisions in DPP
The relationship between Joyce-Banda and the previous President of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika had become increasingly tense because of Mutharika’s attempts to position his own brother, Peter Mutharika as the successor of the party and as the next president of the country.
The Malawi flag issue
After the flag was change in 2010 by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), there was public opposition. Many groups challenged the legitimacy of the flag. 28 May 2012, Banda led the nation’s MPs to vote to revert the flag back to its independence flag, which was originally adopted in 1964. All parties, except the DPP, voted in favour of this reverting to the independence flag
The Road to 2014 President Banda dodged by Cashgate
Examples of the Cashgate corruption cases
Malawi 2014 tripartite general elections, Ex-Minister Godfrey Kamanya shot himself dead
The other side of Kamanya’s story
President Banda ordered nullification of results
Two days into the vote count and as the drama of irregularities was unfolding, President Banda ordered the nullification of the presidential and parliamentary election results and called for fresh elections in 90 days, saying that the irregularities had disfigured and spoiled the election results.
Was 2014 election free and fair? ….comprehend
Mutharika met opposition leaders on federalism
The book has shown that Malawian politics’ unique feature is the ‘culture of chameleon politics’. It has demonstrated that this is not a new phenomenon, but was present even during the one party state. Politicians who were once very close end up becoming rivals and enemies.
For orders of the book, contact Frank Chibowa on 0999809366.