Giving teen mothers second chance

On September 16 2019 four teen girls arrived at Masambanjati Primary School in Thyolo South—two years after they dropped out due to pregnancy. The four—Margaret Magola, 15, Tamara Kamoyo, 16, Tiyanjane Paulo, 17 and Leah Benjamin, 18, smiled as they watched their fellow learners and teachers welcome them. “We felt happy to be back in…

Dear Your Excellency. As a preamble from the street, we send you greetings and good wishes for the New Year—a year we are all privileged to behold—2020. How time flies! Now that, Your Excellency, have reached 2020, it pleases us to discuss a few things pertaining to year 2020. In fact, as you are reading…

S o lately Malawians on the streets have become a gambling lot. A look at our trading centres, towns and cities reveal that many people, especially young people, have taken to gambling as a hobby. Even some old men and women are getting deeply engrossed in the gambling business. Sometimes, you even hear couples discuss…

Prince Harry inspires Chiradzulu youth

Prince Harry on Tuesday wound up his visit to Malawi with an interaction with youths in Chiradzulu who have described their meeting as a rare opportunity that has inspired them. Coming from poor backgrounds in Mauwa Village in Traditional Authority Ntchema in Chiradzulu, the youth mirror the lives of many youths in rural Malawi whose…

“My government is ready to revive the construction work of the Nsanje Inland Port and funds are available for the project, but we are only waiting for our colleagues from Mozambique to grant us permission.” This is what our dear leader said on Sunday when he went to the Lower Shire on a tour of…

Know top primary school

Natiswe Primary School in Dedza is the country’s best school in this year’s Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations. According to Malawi National Examinations Board, the school, where half of the pupils learn in makeshift classrooms and tree shade, got most As and Bs. All the 35 pupils who sat the national examinations…

Know PSLCE brightest star

At the foot of Chambe Peak on Mulanje Mountain lies Nkanda Primary School, which has produced the highest performer in the just released Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education(PSLCE) examinations. Faith Mhanda, 13, defied the odds at the 64-year-old school to score 450 marks out of 500 in the national examinations. She beat pupils from…

IG condemns child marriages

Deputy Inspector General of Police John Nyondo has warned against child marriages, saying they will arrest perpetrators of the malpractice. He made the remarks in traditional authorities (T/As) Ganya and Phambala in Ntcheu on Friday during an awareness campaign on ending child marriages organised by World Vision Malawi. “I’m warning anyone found on the wrong…

Digtal health project touted as improving efficiency

Kuunika, a Ministry of Health project, says it is happy with the installation of electronic medical records (EMRs) in Mulanje to help health facilities migrate from storing data in manual registers to computers. Project manager Kondwani Kuthyola said this on Friday after touring four of the five facilities where the EMRs were installed in June…

For close to a month now the country has been witnessing demonstrations led by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) demanding Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign. Amid the protests, there have been calls for dialogue. Our reporter Ayami Mkwanda engages Chancellor College lecturer in Conflict Management and Resolution in the Department…

Learning from July 20 killings

Police killed 20 protesters during the July 20 2011 anti-government demonstrations catalysed by dictatorial tendencies and economic hardships. Seven years on, the recommendations of a presidential commission of inquiry are gathering dust. Amid mass protests stirred by disputes over the May 21 Tripartite Elections, our Staff Reporter AYAMI MKWANDA engages governance expert Makhumbo Munthali on…

Urban poor’s sanitation crisis

Two months ago, torrents that led to floods battered homes and latrines to the ground in Salisbury Township in Mzuzu. The breakdown in sanitation put residents of the waterlogged slum on the edge of Mzuzu City’s commercial business district at risk of waterborne infections, especially diarrhoea and cholera. In the populous location, many people rely…

No ‘Death of An Idea’ at Jacaranda

The literary world on Sunday celebrated yet another milestone when Pen Malawi launched an anthology titled Death of An Idea: Malawi Writing Today II at a colourful event at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre. The anthology is named after Ken Lipenga’s poem titled The Death of An Idea, published in 1974 when he was a…

Justice delayed isn’t just

In January 2015, unknown assailants beheaded a seven-year old boy with albinism in Mpakati Village, Machinga, and vanished with his head. The gruesome murder of Harry Mokoshoni  sent shock waves throughout  Traditional Authority Chikwewo’s area at the height of killings of persons with albinism. Four years on, the matter is still in court—personifying the country’s…

Mzuzu City ushers in two new female councillors

World Vision Malawi has trained 48 caregivers for Neno to be dispatched in various early childhood centres (ECDs) in the district. Speaking at the end of a two-weeks training at Ndirande ECD in Blantyre on Friday, World Vision Malawi project development officer for Neno, Clement Kachingwe, said it was pleasing that the 48 caregivers would…

No party gets majority MPs in Parliament

The results the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) announced on Saturday at the national tally centre in Blantyre showed that whichever party wins the presidency will not have majority in Parliament. Giving the electoral update at around 7 pm on Saturday in a jam-packed Comesa Hall, the commission’s chairperson Jane Ansah said the presidential results will…

Mangochi Police give security assurance

  Mangochi Police Station officer-in-charge Tereza Nankhuni has assured people in the district of maximum security during elections. Nankhuni said officers have been spread across the district to ensure they respond to every situation. She said this on Friday during a Multiparty Liaison Committee (MPLC) meeting organised by Tiphedzane Community Support Organisation, a non-governmental organisation…

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