Love personified

  On a night love was in the air, a downpour dampened the ground—but not the hearts of the lovebirds in the Eden of joy. That Garden of Eden was the HS Winehouse on Wednesday February14 where couples re-enacted Adam and Eve—inseparably sitting or standing in pairs before the envious glare of the single ladies…

Stuck in traffic jam

  It is Monday, another workday. Commuters in Blantyre are mourning as a minibus they are boarding was driving at a snail’s pace. The road is clogged—or there are more vehicles than the commercial city’s road system can hold. “Oops! I have to be in the office by 7.30 am,” mourns Nancy Kuyewawa, a resident…

Multitudes see off  Mpasu on his last mile

There were sombre faces at Chanache Chapel in Blantyre yesterday when people from all walks of life came to bid farewell to Sam Mpasu, one of the country’s politicians who fought for multiparty democracy. Cars littered both sides of the road leading to Chanache mortuary—from the junction of the main road passing through Queen Elizabeth…

Painting old tales

At Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre, two gifted artists, Panji Tembo and Ellis Singano painted the tales of old Malawi on canvas with acrylic oil and on batic, bringing to life characters from long forgotten folktales. It was an exhibition about a collection of illustrations and explorations of the rich, didactic and dark traditional…

Mpasu remembered for  his strength of character

  Late Sam Mpasu will be remembered as a politician who remained steadfast on a slippery political ground where his contemporaries slip more often than not, political analysts and politicians observe. According to a relative Dalitso Chalira, Mpasu was found dead yesterday in his house in Mudi, Blantyre, after succumbing to hypertension complications. Political and…

When drugs run out

  On a scorching Thursday afternoon, Ellina Yakobe is sweating profusely as she has walked over a kilometre from Machinjiri Area 5 to Luwanda Health Centre in Blantyre with a three-year-old baby saddling on her back. Without money to pay for a minibus, the mother, 36, has endured this walk to seek medication for Thokozani,…

Sharing minibus earnings

  On the densely populated side of Limbe Market in Blantyre City,  the closely parked minibuses confirm this is a money-spinning business. Any minute, minibuses, once derided as death traps (m’dulamoyo) owing to the high rate of accidents involving them, swarm narrow streets usually constricted by their chaotically parked competitors. “Yodzadza! Yopita!” screams a tout…

They are a young couple married last year. And both work in town—the man at a reputable organisation and the woman is a banker. We will call them Ryan and Betty. The two live in Chinyonga Township in Blantyre City and each drive to work every morning. In their house every item is modern—from the…

Social media takeover

They are a young couple married last year. And both work in town—the man at a reputable organisation and the woman is a banker. We will call them Ryan and Betty. The two live in Chinyonga Township in Blantyre City and each drive to work every morning. In their house every item is modern—from the…

Why publish outside?

In recent years, a growing number of  Malawian writers have taken to publishing fiction books outside the country despite the existence of many publishing companies as compared to the past. In the past, there were Popular Publications at Montfort and Dzuka Publishing Company that used to publish novels, anthologies, novellas and academic books. Now the…

MCP’s ceaseless storm

To onlookers, ceaseless power disputes are ripping Malawi Congress Party (MCP) like a ship in rough waters. But MCP deputy spokesperson Ezekiel Ching’oma tells our Staff Reporter AYAMI MKWANDA that the ship is moving forward. MCP is currently rocked by internal wrangles. What image is your party portraying to Malawians a year before elections?  …

What next after Mia’s declaration?

  On a hot day, July 15 last year at Ngabu in Chikwawa, Mohammed Sidik Mia did not only announce his comeback from a three-year political hiatus. He also, with the subtlety of a seasoned politician, intimated his “ambition” to partner Lazarus Chakwera in 2019 Tripartite Elections. “It is the prerogative of the president of…

Mangochi councillor against maternal mortality rate

  Yusuf Kusweje, councillor for Thundu Ward in Mangochi Central Constituency in Mangochi, has handed over five bicycle ambulances in his ward to ease transportation of pregnant mothers as well as other sick people to the district hospital. The donation comes after several complaints from the chiefs and community leaders that the area was registering…

Scramble for toilets in cities

  As the raging cholera outbreak enters urban settings, Malawians in populous parts of cities and towns could be sitting on a time bomb. In the thick of Ndirande Township in Blantyre, silent scrambles for pit latrines pan out as multiple families share a single latrine. Regina Afiki, 42, and her seven children have no…

PP downfall continues

  It is almost four years since People’s Party (PP) founder Joyce Banda lost the presidency to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Peter Mutharika in May 2014 Tripartite Elections. The humiliating defeat in which Banda came third not only pushed the country’s first female president out of the State House. She left the country. Ever…

Gains in mother to child HIV transmission

In 1999, Malawi was at a peak in the mother to child transmission (MTCT) of HIV. This coincided with the rate of new adult infections the same year.  About 27 000 babies acquired HIV from their mothers, National Aids Commission (NAC) says. Thirty-seven-year-old Matilda Phiri (not real name) from Namitete Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kalolo…

‘Govt is suppressing civil society’s space’

The Malawi Human Rights Defenders Coalition last week decried threats from the government machinery to silence voices geared at holding authorities accountable. The forum is made up of Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Centre for Development of People (Cedep), Malawi Law Society and other civil cociety organisations (CSOs. Our reporter AYAMI MKWANDA caught…