BOOK REVIEW : IDEAL TEAM PLAYER (PATRICK LENCIONI)

Bright Limani The Catholic University of Malawi Faculty of Commerce Department of Human Resource Management Every employee is expected to be a team player, as in contemporary societies, team effort is more valuable than individual effort. There is a paradigm shift from the appreciation and glorification of individual contributions to the appreciation and glorification of […]

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Aligning Testing with Teaching and Learning: Reflections on the Dehumanization that Standardized Testing Brings

Fr. Dr. Benedict Dada Zele The Catholic University of Malawi Faculty of Education The basic argument of this article is that for healthy educational environments, testing must match with teaching and learning. The article acknowledges that academically, Malawi has entered a “testing season” characterized by mock and secondary school entrance examinations. The mock examinations which

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Conflict Analysis Report: Democratic Progressive Party

Chimwemwe Kandodo Political Science Department, The Catholic University of Malawi 2 significant development initiatives, including the construction of key infrastructure. Arguably,the DPP under President Arthur Peter Mutharika manifested a significant shift in dimension ofleadership characterised by governing the country without direct budgetary support. Despitebeing somewhat development oriented, as portrayed by its two previous presidents, theunresolved

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Clarifying the confusion: Natural Hazard to Disaster

Dr. Isaac Kadono Mwalwimba Centre for Environmental Affairs, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies The Catholic University of Malawi. Do you know that there is a significant confusion in the usage of the terms ‘natural disaster’ and ‘natural hazard’ among both non-experts and experts? I encourage you to read this academic letter to gain a

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Early Warning Systems in Urban Malawi: A Review of Opportunities and Challenges

Dr. Isaac Kadono Mwalwimba. Centre for Environmental Affairs, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, The Catholic University of Malawi. Early warning systems (EWSs) save lives, livelihoods, and infrastructure and support long-term sustainability. The United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) calls for “EWSs to reach everybody within the next 5 years (2023-2027)”. Many countries have started building EWSs

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Curriculum innovation: a promising solution to evolving education NEEDS

Anaclate Josen Basic Sciences Department, The Catholic University of Malawi Commentary on the Workshop on Curriculum Innovation organized for the CUNIMA Academic Members of Staff Insanity is doing the same thing, over & over, and expecting different results. Quite a sweepingstatement it is, contestably believed to be a definition of madness given by Albert Einstein,

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Are There Silent Voices or Is There a Deaf World?

On the Ontological Nature of Voicelessness Father Benedict Dada Zele Department of Education, The Catholic University of Malawi It is not uncommon to hear reformers, civil rights activists, and change agents saying thatthey are the voices of the voiceless. This article probes the ontological nature ofvoicelessness. It speculates that those whom people categorize as voiceless

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Lost in Translation: MANEB’s MOB JUSTICE on Candidates and Teachers of English

In a baffling turn of events, the Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) has unleashed its own form of “Mob Justice” on unsuspecting candidates and teachers of English alike. By demanding students to write a letter on a topic that most of them are unfamiliar with, MANEB has left students feeling lost in translation and teachers

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RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR’S INFLUENCE ON FOOD SECURITY IN MALAWI AND ON ISSUES ABOUT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FIRST 10–YEAR Mw2063 AGENDA

INTRODUCTIONThe war between Russia and Ukraine which started on 24th February, 2022 is feared by almost all countries that it is and will continue to destabilize the economies of the world because of the interdependence of sovereign nations in this globalized world. Both Russia and Ukraine are key players in the global economy particularly in

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A NATION IN RED: WHY (ALMOST) ALL MALAWIANS ARE ANGRY

The President is angry: angry at bureaucrats bent on sabotaging his Hi-Five agenda; angry at his subordinates who sit and wait for someone to tell them what to do – waiting, waiting, waiting; angry at citizens who expect him to run their households for them; angry at cry-babies long on diagnosing the country’s ills but

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Review of “Pandemics, Politics, and Governance: Contestations over State Management of Covid-19 in Malawi”

Chapter review by Rodwell Katundu Chapter 14 – Pandemics, Politics, and Governance: Contestations over State Management of Covid-19 in Malawi, by Bryson Gwiyani Nkhoma, Gift Wasambo Kayira, and Paul Chiudza Banda (pp.324-346). In this chapter, the authors examine the Covid-19 pandemic in Malawi to understand how public health interventions intersect with the socio-economic and political landscape

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Review of “Rights Without Responsibility: Governance Crisis in the Management of Natural Resources in Malawi”

Chapter review by Rodwell Katundu Chapter 13 – Rights Without Responsibility: Governance Crisis in the Management of Natural Resources in Malawi, by Wapulumuka O. Mulwafu (pp. 306 – 323) This chapter unveils the relationship between politics, sustainable development, and the management of natural resources in Malawi. The author demonstrates that, as citizens have assumed more

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Review of “Ethnicity, Regionalism, and Nation-Building Challenges in the post-1994 Malawi: Whither a Federal State System”

Chapter review by Sainala Kalebe Chapter 12 – Ethnicity, Regionalism, and Nation-Building Challenges in the post-1994 Malawi: Whither a Federal State System, by Gift Wasambo Kayira and Paul Chiudza Banda (pp. 282 – 305) The chapter looks at the inter-related problems of ethnicity, regionalism, and nation-building in Malawi. It goes down in history and looks

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Review of “50-50 Campaigns- Lessons from 10 years of promotion of gender equality and women’s representation in Parliament”

Chapter review by Sainala Kalebe Chapter 11 – 50-50 Campaigns- Lessons from 10 years of promotion of gender equality and women’s representation in Parliament, by Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza (pp. 256 – 281) This chapter comprehensively lays out the problem of poor descriptive representation of women in parliament in Malawi. It provides a historical background of

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Review of “Executive Supremacy and the Armed Forces, A case Study of Public Finance Management in Malawi”

Chapter review by Sainala Kalebe Chapter 10 – Executive Supremacy and the Armed Forces, A case Study of Public Finance Management in Malawi, by Mphatso Jones Boti Phiri (pp. 242 – 255) The chapter scrutinizes the context of Public Finance Management in the Malawi Defense Force (MDF). It first dwells on the concept of good

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Review of “Guarding the Guardians: Auditing Security Sector Governance in Malawi”

Chapter Review by Benson Makhuyula Chapter 9: “Guarding the Guardians: Auditing Security Sector Governance in Malawi,” by Dan Kuwali (pp. 220 – 241) In this book chapter, Dan Kuwali, a Malawi law professor based in South Africa, makes an assessment of the security sector governance in Malawi with regard to the operational challenges faced by

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Review of “Malawi’s Choice of Electoral System and Reform Agenda Quandary”

Chapter review by Rodwell Katundu Review of Chapter 7: “Malawi’s Choice of Electoral System and Reform Agenda Quandary,” by Earnest Thindwa (pp. 171 – 196)  This chapter is significant for contemporary Malawian politics as it sought to explain not only the rationale for simple plurality as an electoral system of choice for Malawi and attempts

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Review of “Violence against Women in Elections in Malawi: The Role of Women Leaders as Game Changers”

Chapter review by Sainala Kalebe Chapter 6 -Violence against Women in Elections in Malawi: The Role of Women Leaders as Game Changers, by Anthony Jeckson Malunga, Ngcimezile Mbano-Mweso and Bernadette Wangisa Malunga (pp. 150 – 170) This chapter puts a sobering perspective on the prevalence of violence against women at elections, particularly in the 2019

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Review of Trust in Election Management Bodies, Participation, Demonstration and Willingness to Pay Taxes: Evidence from Malawi

Chapter review by Mr. Rodwell Katundu Trust in Election Management Bodies, Participation, Demonstration and Willingness to Pay Taxes: Evidence from Malawi, by Martin Limbikani Mwale, Gowokani Chijere Chirwa, Tony Mwenda Kamninga & Laston Petro Manja. (pp. 97 – 113) This chapter investigates, on the basis of data from Malawi, whether cizitens’ trust in the national

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Review of Beyond Impunity: New Directions for Governance in Malawi

Review of Beyond Impunity: New Directions for Governance in Malawi, edited by Kenneth R. Ross, Asiyati L. Chiweza, and Wapulumuka O. Mulwafu, University of Cape Town Press & Mzuni Press, 2022; pp. 396; ISBN 9789996076077 Chapter 1 – A Decade of Governance as “Roving Banditry” The Political Economy of Public Finance Mismanagement in Malawi, 2010-2020 by

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Robert Beaton, Victory over fear: Charms, Witchcraft and World views in South- Central Malawi, vol. 2: Towards a Biblical response: Word, Spirit and Pedagogy in Context, Kachere Press, Zomba, 2021, 324pp, ISBN 9789996025488

Reviewed by Comfort Musongole Pastor Robert Beaton (PhD) is a missionary, preacher, and theological trainer. In this book, he carries out an ethnographical study to identify the worldviews that animate the use of traditional religious charms. The study was done through the collection of charm-related stories by means of semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions and

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Robert Beaton, Victory over fear: Charms, Witchcraft and World views in South- Central Malawi, vol. 1: Charm dependency in Zambezi Evangelical Churches – Overview, anthology and worldviews, Kachere Press, Zomba, 2021, 338pp, ISBN 9789996025402

Reviewed by Anthony Mtuta The book is about the author’s search for an adequate understanding of the practice of what the author calls charm-use among the Christians of the Zambezi Evangelical Churches (ZEC) in Malawi. Dr. Beaton obtained the information on the topic under study through a combination of secondary sources (desk research), participant observation,

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THE LAST ‘TENANTS OF THE CROWN’ IN MALAWI: A BRIEF ON THE STATUS OF FREEHOLD LAND IN THE LAND AMENDMENT ACT 2022

Between 25thMarch 2022 and 1st April 2022 Parliament passed amendments to six land-related Bills[i] to revise the legislation enacted in 2016. The amendments comprise the Land Amendment Act[ii], the Customary Land Amendment Act[iii], the Physical Planning Amendment Act[iv], the Land Survey Amendment Act[v], the Registered Land Amendment Act[vi] and the Lands Acquisition Amendment Act[vii]. These

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THERE IS NO LEGAL OBLIGATION TO CONSULT EMPLOYEES DURING RETRENCHMENT: A BRIEF CRITIQUE OF FIRST MERCHANT BANK VS EISENHOWER MKAKA & OTHERS

ABSTRACT In First Merchant Bank v Eisenhower Mkaka& Others[i],the Supreme Court ruled that in terms of section 57(2) of the Employment Act there is no legal obligation for the employer to consult employees where he/she intends to retrench some due to the restructuring of the organization as part of its operational requirements. This was a

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