Malawi's President, Bingu wa Mutharika, sees Malawi's fortunes changing for the better in 2012.
This is indicated in his Christmas and New Year message to Malawians.
The President has since blamed Malawi's pressing problems- fuel shortage, forex shortage, power outages, drying donor inflows- on the devil.
Mutharika notes, however, that "Satan has failed..."
Analysts say Mutharika's speech is the hall-mark of the political blame-game that has characterised his regime since 2004.