By Gregory Gondwe
Newly installed President Joyce Banda faces her biggest challenge in parliament where her People’s Party which was formed after the general elections were held has no members of parliament.
But the expectation is that since this is like history repeating itself, the former dead President Bingu wa Mutharika also ditched the ruling United Democratic Front that put him into power and formed his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which first got six MPs through a by-elections while also enjoying a mass exodus of parliamentarians that crossed the floor from other parties.
This however did not assist him to muster a majority that was required as on several occasions the national budget would be easily blocked by opposition bloc that had numerical prowess.
Unless she enters in coalition with other political parties that have MPs in parliament, this would be the biggest challenge.
But perhaps another biggest challenge equal in magnitude is mending bridges burnt by his predecessor with countries and institutions that give aid to the country.