Police services up in smoke

  Last year, a riot by minibus conductors and drivers in Blantyre City left police units at Jumbe, Khama and Nanthoka in Machinjiri burnt down. Pupils from the neighbouring Nkolokoti Primary School are suspected of torching and pulling down the three police units in retaliation for the teargas some trigger-happy police officers threw at their…

Court cases to delay MCP convention

  Court cases against main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and its leadership will delay its national convention slated for this month, The Nation has learnt. In a communiqué  signed by the office of the party’s president Lazarus Chakwera dated March 29 2018, the party says following the reservation by the High Court in Blantyre…

Vacuum tanker ignites debate at council meet

  Mangochi Town Council councillors last week spent more than one hour arguing over a proposal to use part of the 2018/19 budget to maintain the council’s vacuum tanker popularly known as chimpopa. Making his presentation during a full council meeting, Msikisi Ward councillor Oliver Tayubu said the council spent K4.5 million to buy spare…

End child marriages—First Lady

  First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has urged people in the country to join hands in ending child marriages. She made these remarks yesterday when she officially opened the End Child Marriage Campaign launched by World Vision Malawi (WVM) at Kammwamba ground in Neno District. The campaign’s theme is It Takes Malawi to End Child Marriages.…

Makanjira’s road transport woes

The Mangochi-Makanjira Road has been in the news over the years as one road that needs upgrading. But year after year, the song has been the same until it has become a tired refrain now. Politicians have come—some travelled on it and made promises of upgrading it—one of the oldest roads in the country, only…

‘Every election is serious business’

In this interview, our Staff Reporter AYAMI MKWANDA engages Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa on preparations for the long-awaited by-elections slated for April 10 2018 in Milonde and Malindi wards in Mulanje and Mangochi respectively. Why is it important for MEC to hold these by-elections with just 14 months to next year’s tripartite…

Blue Company donates items to Beam

  Blue Products Company Limited (BPCL) on Friday donated sanitary pads and stationery worth K2 million to Beautify Malawi Trust (Beam) as one way of helping to keep girls in school. The items were received by Beam founder First Lady Gertrude Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe. BPCL managing director Mlenga Mvula said his company…

Mangochi comes alive at night

Mangochi district is not only famous for its conference halls, cottages, hotels or chambo fish but also has a long standing tradition of having women who can make men forget their home. Legend has it that men who have ever gone to buy fish from Mangochi’s many fishing grounds have ended up settling there in…

Still living in fear

One Friday in late December last year, Mozambican soldiers entered Lukono Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Makanjira in Mangochi brandishing guns. At that time, some villagers were in the mosque, praying. When the locals asked them why they had come, they responded that they had come to protect their area. Since the border re-affirmation between…

Shining with six points

  Sixteen-year-old Felistus Thom smiled from ear to ear when she received her best student award from the First Lady Gertrude Mutharika on February 28 at St. Mary’s Girls Secondary School in Zomba. Sitting with her fellow nine awardees who scored six points in the 2017 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations, the student…

First Lady urges girls to work hard

  First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has urged girls to work hard in school to achieve their goals and contribute to national development. She made the remarks yesterday at St. Marys Girls Secondary School in Zomba during a Top Girl Child Award presentation that Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) organised for girls who scored six points in…

Many sides of Mpasu

  Former minister and Speaker Sam Mpasu, who died two weeks ago, remains an enigma to many. In this interview, our Staff Reporter AYAMI MKWANDA spoke to the deceased’s long-time friend and political ally Humphrey Mvula on an array of issues. Q : Did the late Sam Mpasu deserve a State funeral after being jailed…

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,…