March of no confidence

  Some civil society organisations (CSOs) in the country are planning to hold nationwide demonstrations on April 27 in protest against what they  consider lack  of transparency and accountability in government. Our reporter AYAMI MKWANDA spoke with Youth and Society executive director Charles Kajoloweka who is among the organisers of the protests. Q: What are…

Learning across dangerous divide

  The border re-demarcation between Malawi and Mozambique has put some pupils in Makanjira on a dangerous path as they do part of their schooling on both sides of the new divide, our Staff Reporter AYAMI MKWANDA writes.   Located 14 kilometres from Mpiripiri Trading Centre, Mpamba is the nearest school to children aged six…

Chakwera, others lobby for convention votes

  A Malawi Congress Party (MCP) team led by its president Lazarus Chakwera at Robin’s Park in Blantyre esterday lobbied for votes from Southern Region delegates at the party’s convention next month. After attending a church service at Kanjedza Malawi Assemblies of God in the morning, Chakwera headed to Robin’s Park where, together with Mohammed…

Detained for 50min in Makanjira

  It is 10.28 on Monday morning, February 26 2018. The place is Mbalaka Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Makanjira in Mangochi District north-east of Lake Malawi, bordering Mozambique. Police Mobile Service (PMS) officers have mounted a “temporary” roadblock here on the bank of Luweza River, almost six kilometres from the old border post at…

MPs represent citizens

  As Parliament is in session, our reporter AYAMI MKWANDA engages Leader of the House Kondwani Nankhumwa on various parliamentary affairs. Q: Following the rejection of the Electoral Reforms Bills in the last sitting, will government re-table them now? A : Government is not re-tabling the bills this time around—maybe in the future. The rejection…

Chakwera’s revolting job

He was second best to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate, President Peter Mutharika, in the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections. This sealed his place as Leader of Opposition in Parliament. Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera faces a daunting task to fill the boots left by John Tembo whom many revere as an enlightened…

Chanco mourns former lecturer

A former academician and writer Landeg White who taught at the University of Malawi’s (Unima) Chancellor College, died on Monday December 5 in Portugal where he had retired. White joined Unima as a lecturer in the English Department in 1969. He taught English until his deportation back home in the 1970s. A lecturer from Chancellor College’s…

Watipa’s golden heart

  She plays the role a prostitute in a movie Road to sunrise by Shemu Joyah. For that, she is a symbol of moral decadence looking at her through the prism of the conservative Malawian society. Even her male clients seeking her pleasure under the cover of darkness loathe her. They cannot associate with her…

Stephanos hands over ECD centres in BT Rural

  Stephanos Foundation has handed over three early childhood development (ECD) centres to three villages in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kuntaja in Blantyre. Speaking at a handover ceremony in Mponda Village in group village head Mulima on Friday, Senior Chief Kuntaja hailed Stephanos Foundation for the centres of Mponda, Zakazaka and Chilaka. He said the centres…

Slums prone to disasters

  Disasters are no longer a rural phenomenon. Frequent floods, landslides and hailstorms in cities confirm urban localities are not exempted. The worst-hit settlements are slum towns, home to almost 2.5 million Malawians escaping poverty in rural areas live. On January 3 2015, James Chinthenga, 46, witnessed the fall of his mud house as torrents…

Rise of bursting slums

  In Lower BCA in Blantyre, we saw how slums are mushrooming in the country. From the clustered, low-lying settlement in the southeastern slopes of Blantyre, thousands of low-income city dwellers  look  uphill at a low-density location dominated with mansions, electric fences and paved roads. Such is the opulence of BCA Hill, whose residents include…

MacBean, Thole launch children’s songbook

  Etiny Thole and music teacher Ruth MacBean launched a songbook which has the potential to teach children to read and write music as they grow up. The two unveiled Ananu Ziimbani—a collection of numbers from Hymns for Malawi, Nyimbo za Mulungu and Sumu za Ukhristu—in Blantyre on Sunday. The hymns were originally written in…

Step in the name of Lupanda

It is Friday afternoon here at Namuthakoni Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mpama in Chiradzulu District. Assembled a few metres from an earth road are journalists from different media houses in the country. They are here courtesy of World Vision Malawi. Their mission is to see how the villagers prepare nutritious food using locally found ingredients…

Entertaining and informing

Television is an integral part of arts and entertainment in the modern day. With advances, television has become more than just entertainment. It is used to educate, inform and raise awareness of matters of public interest. It is also an effective tool for cultural preservation. In Malawi, a number of television service providers have sprouted…

Ending early marriages in Mulanje

Fifteen-year-old Bonisa Seyani, a Standard 5 learner at Monjole Primary School in group village head (GVH) Nsikita, Traditional Authority (T/A) Njema in Mulanje is  back  at school after spending over a year in marriage. The girl, who hails from Malunda Village, just five kilometres away from Mozambique border, says her marriage ended because of abuse…

Taking Madiba impresses fans

  A two-member cast play titled Taking Madiba by Dikamawoko Arts Troupe impressed fans last Saturday at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre with its brilliant story-line. In the play, Taonga Nkhonjera acted as Death while Constance Thyangathyanga was the Creator. What excited the audience was the clever mixture of scenes that ranged from social…

Green Belt Initiative: What has gone wrong?

Since the inception of Green Belt Initiative (GBI) nine years ago, there have been some stumbling blocks that have threatened its survival and success. According to the first national coordinator, Professor Kanyama Phiri, the initiative’s stumbling block has been land acquisition for the irrigation projects and schemes among many others. “The land to be used…

The lure of Pamajiga

There are a lot of radio plays, series and soap operas aired on our local radio stations that have excited listeners for many years. One of them is Pamajiga radio soap opera that is aired on Malawi Broadcasting Station (MBC). It continues to excite listeners every working day from 5:45 to 6:00 in the morning.…

Neno’s partner in health

When former president Bakili Muluzi split Neno from Mwanza in 2001, health facilities in the new district were few and far apart. Actually, some people in Neno, whose population is almost107 000, used to walk long distances to seek treatment at Mwanza District Hospital. The hilly district—which is only reached via bumpy, earth roads—had ancient…