Queuing for money from SA

It is a sunny afternoon in Limbe, a clustered business town in Blantyre. At the heart of the buzzing spot, Aram Mall is a hive of activity. Every minute, people come in and go out in large numbers, their faces glowing with smiles. Some come to cash in money from their friends and relatives in…

Malata subsidy progress in Thyolo impresses minister

  Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Anna Kachikho has expressed satisfaction with the progress of the Decent and Affordable Housing  Subsidy Programme (Dahsp) popularly known as Malata and Cement Subsidy in Thyolo District. Figures show that 570 houses have been completed in the district’s seven constituencies in the district. The minister appreciated the…

State agencies no party donors

The debate over recent donations from public agencies to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has rekindled calls for the just-tabled Political Parties Bill, which seeks to outlaw parties from receiving donations from State agencies. Our reporter AYAMI MKWANDA spoke to Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) executive director KIZITO TENTHANI to unpack the proposed law.…

Girls’ strides in sci-tech

In July, Rebecca Mzungu and Shreya Thakrar represented Malawi at the Global Robotics Competition in Washington DC, United States, where they emerged number 25. This may have cut short their run in the 163-nation contest, but they personify the undying spirit of Malawian girls who often have to surmount daunting challenges to excel in science…

Journalists drilled in nutrition reporting

  Journalists in the country have been challenged to tell stories that give readers a real picture on nutrition issues in the country. Nation Publications Limited features editor James Chavula said this on Thursday in Zomba during a three-day-media conference World Vision Malawi (WVM) organised to drill journalists in nutrition reporting. “You must write the…

‘Political Party Bill will promote  intra-party democracy’

The Political Party Bill which if enacted by Parliament, will compel political parties to disclose their party funding, to avoid what has happened recently in which the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) received funds from government agencies during its fundraising called Blue Night. In this interview, our reporter AYAMI MKWANDA engages Kandi Padambo who is…

Madiba’s long walk to freedom

  At exactly 3pm on Saturday, July 22, the upper hall of Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre that was hosting Dikamawoko Arts Taking Madiba was not yet filled to capacity. People were still entering the hall at a pace you would compare with tap water that comes in dribs and drabs. Patrons were flocking…

First Lady inspires girls

  First Lady Gertrude Mutharika yesterday challenged girls who attended a week-long science and technology camp at Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) to return to their respective countries and make a difference. Mutharika commended the camp for empowering the girls through education, saying they will be able to develop the nation while gender-based…

Vic Marley’s music style

Victor Kunje aka Vic Marley marked the epoch of a new era in ragga music to a generation that was being exposed to different genres of music, including those from Jamaica. At 23 in 2003, he appealed to the youth who, just like him, had embraced modernity in his lifestyle and music. Marley came into…

Minister for more investment  in higher education

  Minister of Education, Science and Technology Bright Msaka says Malawi should invest in quality higher education if it is to have successful citizens who can contribute meaningfully to the sustainable development of the country. The minister said this yesterday in Mangochi when he opened a three-day-long First National Quality Assurance Conference organised by National…

MEC set for Oct 17 by-elections

  The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has said registration for the long-awaited October 17 by-elections will take place from August 24 to 28. MEC commissioner Elvey Mtafu said this yesterday in Blantyre when she officially opened a two-day workshop on registration and nomination processes. “As MEC, we have done all the preparations for the forthcoming…

Malawian film nominated for FOA award

Peter Lungile Chidothi’s film We Are Able is among other African films shortlisted for the finals of the Nova Employment 2017 Focus On Ability (FOA) Short Film Awards of Australia. Chidothi’s film is a documentary of two feature stories of Ellias Chem’bwana, a shoe maker at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) campus…

Reviving theatre performances

Drama enthusiasts in the country are complaining about the scanty theatre performances in recent years. They cite a time when there used to be a lot of drama performances from theatre groups such as Wakhumba Ensemble Theatre, Kwathu Drama Group, Nanzikambe Arts Theatre and many others. Of late however, only a few groups are active—groups…

The beauty of dawn

After close to 30 years of founding president Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s autocratic single-party rule, the expectation was that democracy was going to be a panacea in a country that had slipped into the darkness of dictatorship. The last chapter of Tiyambe Zeleza’s Smouldering Charcoal points towards a new political era that was just around the…

The forbidden  Fruit explained

  One of the genres of arts that remain without much appreciation from the larger section of the Malawi society despite its long existence is visual arts. Visual art encompasses forms such as drawing, painting and sculpture. However, in spite of this little appreciation from the public, visual artists continue to hold exhibitions of their…

Writing from exile—part ii

Malawian literature from the diaspora is a mirror of the dark political age of founding president the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda under whose tyranny some of these writers fled the country they called home. The collective aspirations, hopes and dreams of the nationalist struggle were thwarted by the crop of leaders that came to power.…

Mr. Luc’s Library opens at QECH children’s ward

Jacaranda School for Orphans last Friday opened a Mr. Luc’s Library for paediatric ward patients at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Luc Deschamps, Jacaranda Foundation executive director and France Honorary Consul, said the school decided to give books to children at the hospital to improve their literacy and…