Danish students cycle  for poor Malawians

  Four Danish students last week cycled from Nsanje to Blantyre to raise funds for poor Malawians through Churches Action in Relief and Development (Card). The four, Josophine Moth, Emma Guldhammer, Amalie Fischer and Stine Rinder from Silkeborg High School, who cycled under the banner Malawi on Wheels, were led by their teacher Simon Stagis.…

Aniva’s bittersweet media glow

  In the Lower Shire valley, Nsanje hogged international headlines for wrong reasons in 2016. The culture of the people on the southern tip of the country was brought into question when British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) retraced the tale of Eric Aniva, the man who confessed sleeping with more than 100 women and girls in…

As govt ignores policy, teachers flee

  As Malawi grapples with a high teacher-to-pupil ratio, government is losing funds training teachers who abandon the profession for other pathways. ALBERT SHARRA Writes. As youthful Malawians increasingly scramble for limited chances of further education, employment and skills development, some have the luxury of hopping from one government-sponsored training to another. A new police…

Churchill Road misses deadline again

Motorists should brace for prolonged inconveniences through traffic jams on the 650 metres stretch of Churchill Road in Limbe as the project has missed yet another deadline. Now the tentative completion period points to mid 2017. Earlier this year, Roads Authority (RA) prioritised Churchill Road among the selected city roads for upgrading using proceeds from…

Tourists dicey deals on Mt Mulanje

  T he quest for improved tourism in Mulanje Mountain has seen the forestry office going for professional Tour Guides (TGs).  Macdonald Nedi, secretary at Likhubula Forest office, says climbing the mountain without a professional TG is risky. “We recommend trained TGs because they know what to do during emergencies. They are able to offer…

‘Donors should not forget Malawi’

European Union (EU)Commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management Christos Stylianides was in the country on an official visit to Malawi to assess the effectiveness of EU humanitarian aid. ALBERT SHARRA caught up with him. Excerpts: You visited some of the people most affected by hunger this year. What are your impressions My coming here…

You are not alone, EU tells hunger victims

The European Union (EU) has assured families affected by hunger this year that they are not alone, pledging to continue supporting them as long as it can. EU commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management Christos Stylianides said this on Saturday in Chikwawa where he visited hunger-stricken people in the Shire Valley. Stylianides is on…

Frozy selling like Indian hemp

  The backlash against a sudden ban on Frozy fizzy drinks smuggled from Mozambique is not entirely symptomatic of a nation in love with foreign goods. The public outcry is laced with undertones of citizens who wish Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) had acted earlier to safeguard consumers from hazardous goods. “We like good things,”…

Local governance index: What is  new?

Last week, Malawi’s Institute of Public Opinion Research (Ipor) released its Local Governance Performance Index (LGPI) focusing on education and healthcare service delivery. Our Reporter ALBERT SHARRA caught up with Ipor national investigator Boniface Dulani for deeper insights into the study. How important is the new index? The index is a project that seeks to…

Technical colleges told to improve on standards

  Trade Test, a vocational training examinations body in Malawi, on Friday challenged technical colleges in the country to improve service delivery so that they produce graduates who can contribute to national development. Trade test human resources officer Hellen Chifunda said this when she presided over a graduation ceremony of 33 students who have completed…

Nenkoman’s rise in music

“Music is passion! Music is talent! Music comes from the heart!” For those who used to patronise the departed lead guitarists and musician Leonard Dembo’s music shows in Zimbabwe in the 90’s, these were the words that greeted them and signaled that the multi-award winning artist is on stage. What Dembo meant with these phrases…

‘Transition without transformation’

    On Friday, Political Scientist Blessings Chinsinga unveiled Political Transition and Inclusive Development in Malawi: The Democratic Dividend. Our Reporter ALBERT SHARRA caught up with him to find out more about the book the scholar co-edited with Dan Banik and its relevance to Malawi’s democracy. Q1: What is the ‘democratic dividend’? A1: This is…

Dangerous roads, neglected death traps

  Every day, Evelyn Makuwira wakes up and doses off smiling. When the seven-month-old cries, her aunt Teleza Sandram sings lullabies until she calms down and slumbers in peace. She feels like any other child of her age-cared for. But instead of being breastfed, a bottle of milk reaches her mouth. Evelyn is an orphan.…

UK announces K7.2 bn to Malawi for hunger

United Kingdom (UK) has today announced a whopping British £ 8.1 (about K7.2 billion) donation to Malawi to support families hit by hunger in the country this year. The UK Minister for the Department for International Development (DfID) James Wharton, who is on a three-day visit to Malawi, made the announcement in Chikwawa after appreciating…

From the mec chair’s mouth

  Recently, President Peter Mutharika appointed Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal judge Dr Jane Ansah, SC as the new Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson. Our Reporter ALBERT SHARRA caught up with her to find out about her plans and reaction to the November 1 by-elections. Q1: Congratulations on your  appointment as chairperson. How does it…

Seven months upgrading 650m road?

Forget the days when the stretch from Midima Roundabout in Limbe offered a new feel of driving into Blantyre, the country’s commercial city. Now, the stretch—which runs from the roundabout to another one at Illovo Sugar (Malawi) Limited offices—officially known as Churchill Road—offers the most tedious experience into the city. Heaps of soil, diversions, noise…

Road projects that snail

  In the escarpment that separates Chikwawa and Nsanje from Blantyre and Thyolo districts, some people wonder if they count. They still wait for a day they will walk, cycle and travel on a tarmac road along the East Bank scarp. The wait is overdue, retorts Maliko Molotali, councillor for Ruo Ward. He has no…