How to survive in the year of hunger

  That Malawi is facing food shortage is no longer news. Government and other stakeholders have come out in the open to declare that most parts of the country will this year (2016) experience food deficits. The situation has been aggravated by the El Nino weather phenomenon, which Malawi and other countries in the southern…

Primary justice solving prison overpopulation

  Stakeholders in the dispensation of justice have welcomed introduction of a primary justice system aimed at curbing congestion in the country’s prisons, Malawi Primary Justice (MPJ) programmes coordinator for the South, Dalitso Mipando has said. In primary justice, smaller cases are handled at community level thereby helping to reduce numbers of people being remanded…

The flood victims jigsaw puzzle

As the rainy season sets in across the country government is again grappling with the question on how it can handle effects of excessive rain water which has been a major cause of concern for authorities in the past years. The picture is complicated with the recent announcement by the Department of Climate Change and…

MLS faults government on JB Cashgate role

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has faulted government for ‘prosecution through the media’ in a matter the State is accusing former president Joyce Banda of a role in the infamous plunder of State resources—popularly known as Cashgate. MLS’s sentiments were sought in view of a statement released by government titled ‘Government Response on ‘JB blasts…

 ‘Malawians suffered in 2015’

Economic commentators have described 2015 as a year when lives of average Malawians took a plunge as evidenced by soaring hunger, diminished incomes, sharp rises in essential commodity prices, interest rates, drug stock outs and food shortages in some public hospitals across the country. Outspoken consumer rights activist John Kapito, summing up the year, told…

Women woes for domestic energy

In a country where only seven percent of  about 16 million people have access to electricity, it is not surprising that Regina Kumalonje, a mother of two from Dambo Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kuntaja in Blantyre, endures long distance to access energy for domestic use. She wakes up at 4 am and walks a two-hour…

When poor economy dampens festive mood

  Christmas and New Year celebrations in 2015 seem to have come at a time the country is struggling to climb a mountain of bumpy macro-economics, with visible signs of diminished spending by citizens owed to a heavily battered economy. Forays into the markets this week revealed that mostly people’s pockets are dry; while shoppers…

Police ups training

  Inspector General (IG) of Police Lexten Kachama says recent upsurge in criminal activity and the complexities of contemporary crime requires the police to step up their training techniques to adapt to the situation. He was speaking on Saturday at Police College in Zomba where he commissioned 35 officers who have completed a three-month Command…

  Christmas Day is supposed to be a period of quiet reflection—when Christians gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in prayer and food parties. Christians have used the period to renew their commitment to their faith by, among others, performing philanthropic activities such as cheering the sick and the elderly. But things have…

‘Give us space to get established’

  Newly-appointed executive director of Higher Education Students Loans and Grants Board (HESLGB), CHRIS CHISONI, speaks to our news analyst, ARCHIBALD KASAKURA, on the board’s plans and activities. Q What is the status of the board regarding the commencement of operations? A The board was put in place through a Parliamentary Act of February 2015…

Mulanje for open defecation free by 2017

  Efforts to make Mulanje District an open defecation- free area by 2017 are on course with the rolling out of a Plan Malawi run project in all traditional authorities (T/As) in the district. Plan Malawi country director Lilly Omondi over the weekend, encouraged chiefs, district council officials and other community leaders in Mulanje on…

‘Parliament meet was impressive’

Parliament rose last Friday after weeks of discussing a wide range of issues. Archibald Kasakura caught up with Chimwemwe Tsitsi, a political communication lecturer at the University of Malawi’s (Unima) The Polytechnic, to give his overall assessment of the meeting. Q : What is your impression on the overall performance of Parliament during the just-ended…

Watch Matafale’s Memorial show

Last Sunday, Malawians again invoked the spirit of the departed reggae icon, Evison Matafale, at Mankhokwe Ground in Chileka, Blantyre, for the 13th Evison Matafale Memorial Show. The crowd defied the drizzly weather earlier in the day to sample sounds from one of the country’s finest bands, The Black Missionaries.     Band members Buju…

Public toilet for K50

  Living in a city should be a source of pride. However, Selemani Katundu, a resident of Mbayani Township in Blantyre, living in the commercial city has not only become a liability, but also a source of shame. He is one of the thousands of people from the township who flock into Blantyre’s central business…

Malawi moves to enhance road safety

  Malawi on Sunday launched the National Road Safety Strategy as part of African Road Safety Day commemoration with emphasis on passengers to be proactive on issues of road safety. During the launch and celebrations at Nyambadwe Primary School in Blantyre, Minister of Transport and Public Works Francis Kasaila and Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume…

Govt is failing us, say doctors

  Medical doctors have accused the government of failing them in various ways and have since called for an emergency meeting on November 26 2015 to map the way forward. Through an open letter signed by Society of Medical Doctors (SMD) signed by its president Douglas Lungu, the doctors accuse government of ill-treatment and ignoring…