Cycling for health

Twenty-three-year-old Hunter Lambert, with her 19 American friends, will cycle across Malawi in three weeks, covering a distance of 1 367 kilometres in a fundraising initiative for Neno District Hospital out-patient wing. Back in the United States of America (USA) where she comes from, she read on the Internet that some volunteers were needed to…

Sweet golden oldies

There is a period in Malawi music history that was characterised by great compositions that reached sublime quality. This period that saw the golden generation of musicians and music bands runs from the early 1970s to mid 1990s. Music legends such as Robert Fumulani, Maurice Maulidi, Stonard Lungu, Bright Nkhata, Daniel Kachamba, Allan Namoko and…

Fears of MSCE exam leakage

There are fears that questions from some papers in this year’s Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations have leaked. Some of these questions are from English I and II, Agriculture I, Chichewa I and Geography II. For instance some students claimed they had questions 56 and 57 and knew a poem that was going…

Ntaja’s first love

  It is Saturday evening. There is a film premiere today. Elson Kambalu is showing his film, Mlandu wa Njinga at the M-Theatre in Blantyre. The attendance is modest but the premiere will go on, nevertheless. Don’t mind the poor patronage. It is just an indication of how long it will take for people to…

Police Arrest 9 in pupils’ fracas

Police in Chileka, Blantyre yesterday arrested nine people, including two pupils, for blocking the road to Chileka International Airport in protest against delayed payment of teachers’ leave grants. In an interview, Chileka Police Station spokesperson Grace Mwale said the nine will be charged with malicious damage to vehicles. She said: “What is happening is that…

Pupils riot: 23, including 9 pupils, arrested

Public primary school pupils in Blantyre City, Ntcheu and Balaka yesterday took to the streets to protest against their teachers’ continued strike over delayed payment of leave grants and other outstanding grievances. The pupils blocked roads, including the M1 Road stretch between Chingeni in Balaka and Bawi in Ntcheu. In Ntcheu, police arrested 23 people,…

Hardship allowance flops

  In 2010, government introduced hardship allowance to lure and retain teachers in rural primary schools. But trained teachers still shun remote localities in preference for urban schools although the top-up pay has doubled to K10 000. Head teachers in some rural schools say many teachers, especially newly recruited ones, are failing to adapt to…

Start from the top

  In April, the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs hosted a national anti-corruption conference which brought together representatives from various sectors. Our reporter AYAMI MKWANDA engages Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general Lucas Kondowe on the way forward. Q : What were the main talking points at the conference? A :A lot of issues were…

Celebrities and lifestyle

A celebrity is a person who is well known in the public domain and commands a fair share of attention from other people and the media. The image a celebrity portrays in the public realm becomes a marketing brand—the very essence of the celebrity’s status. This ultimately becomes a symbol in public that is always…

An excursion into Muloza water project

Fifty-nine villages in Muloza area, under Traditional Authority (T/A) Njema in Mulanje District, lie scattered like broken china under the sun south-east of Mulanje Mountain. To the far-east stretches the sprawling lands of Mozambique while Muloza River descends the gigantic mountain to their north-west, cascading down in torrents of crystal-clear water, rumbling around the villages…

Unima’s unbundling fallacies, politics

The University of Malawi (Unima) is standing on the brink of splitting into separate college universities. If this happens, Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s model of one university with several college campuses will be changed, argues AYAMI MKWANDA in this final part on Unima unbundling. Former president Kamuzu Banda had three dreams after his release from…

‘More Malawians want to publish books’

This week, our reporter Ayami Mkwanda engages Malawi Writer Union President MIKE sambalikagwa Mvona on a wide range of issues affecting writers in Malawi. Excerpts. Q : How much progress has the Malawi Writers Union made under your administration since being voted back to office in 2007? A : Since being voted back in 2007,…

World Vision hands over water project

  World Vision Malawi (WVM) on Thursday handed over a water project to Muloza communities at a function held at Thundu Primary School in Traditional Authority (TA) Njema in Mulanje. Speaking after presenting the project, WVM national director Hazel Nyathi said the initiative will help improve the communities’ livelihoods. “The situation the communities [faced] without…

Matafale’s music genius

Evison Matafale was regarded by many people as a musician who revolutionised reggae music genre in Malawi. His emergence from obscurity to stardom shook the firmly established ‘hegemony’ of Balaka artists in the country. Matafale instantly became a force to reckon with at the turn of the millennium. Then for a long time Balaka had…

Waliko’s touching strings

  It is now becoming a tradition at the HS Winehouse to host shows that range from poetry recitals, and theatre performances to music. The place that lies deep into the bowels of Blantyre’s admired suburb of Namiwawa is poised to steal the glory of other venues that have hosted such entertainment events for many…

Phombeya: mca’s futuristic power project

  For a long time, Malawi has been grappling with the challenge of power outages which has resulted in the interruption of commercial and social work transactions. The worst period of such power blackouts is from 2014 up to date. All this while, industrial work, business activities and social services have been affected. To solve…

Unpacking sticky UDF-DPP Alliance

Our reporter AYAMI MKWANDA catches up with United Democratic Front (UDF) secretary general Kandi Padambo as squabbles and demands are gaining  for  the party to pull out of its contentious alliance with the ruling Democratic Progressing Party (DPP). What is your stance on some UDF supporters’ call for your party president Atupele Muluzi to quit…

Nature’s portrait

  A painter imitates reality on a sheet of paper with the masterly acumen of a virtuoso. With a touch of witty imagination, his pencil or brush creates a replica of nature in exquisite form-holding the pencil or brush and rolling it on paper with impeccable dexterity to reproduce finesse. According to Aristotle’s theory on…

GMO cotton trials impress Kenyan delegation

A Kenyan delegation last week said it was impressed with Malawi’s Genetically Modified (GMO) cotton trial project at Ngabu Agricultural Research Station in Chikwawa. The delegation, comprising board chairperson of various regulatory agencies, the private sector and farmers, toured the research station to see how Malawi succeeded in carrying out GMO cotton variety trials. Leader…