A statue of Mahatma who?

  At Ginnery Corner in Blantyre, labourers are sweating in the scorching sun to clear the ground for a monument of a man most of them do not know. On Sunday, we saw about 15 working more than eight hours at a site where a bronze look-alike of Mahatma Ghandi will sit for travellers on …

Pacenet launches 50:50  Campaign in Mulanje

  Pacenet on Friday launched the 50:50 Campaign project in Mulanje that will see the organisation, together with Oxfam, work with the district council’s gender technical team up to June 2019. Speaking during the workshop, Pacenet 50:50 Campaign project coordinator Pearson Malinda said his organisation and Oxfam will also offer support to female aspirants’ campaign…

Kaphiri’s aero-shaped engine shapes

I t is 7am in Ndirande, Blantyre. The township is already abuzz with fabrications and tinsmiths and a sight of consumers leaving shops with finished products. But while many are busy with pick and pay services, one entrepreneur, Graduate Kaphiri, is deeply engrossed in mechanical engineering for innovation sake. For 19 years, he has been…

‘Irregularities give us room to improve’

  The first phase of the on-going Malawi Congress Party (MCP) primaries has been marred by several irregularities, including complaints by mostly losing aspirants. As the party goes into the second phase of the primaries, Our Reporter AYAMI MKWANDA engages the party’s spokesperson the Reverend Maurice Munthali on this and other issues. Excerpts: Q :…

Mourning the literary genius

    In 2001, professor David Rubadiri, who breathed his last on Saturday, was to deliver a lecture to second-year literature students at the University of Malawi’s (Unima) Chancellor College. He was Unima Vice-Chancellor then. Although not a lecturer in the English Department at Chancellor College, he was granted permission to teach to “serve as…

‘Govt not willing to dialogue’

Next week, on September 7, civil society organisations (CSOs) have planned to hold nationwide demonstrations against government. Our reporter AYAMI MKWANDA caught up with Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) national chairperson Timothy Mtambo on why the groups wants to hold demos instead of engaging government on dialogue. Q1  Why are you resorting to demos instead…

IG warns communities against vandalism

  Inspector General (IG) of Police Rodney Jose has warned communities in Chiradzulu against vandalising police units, saying the malpractice negatively affects community members themselves when there is security lapse. The IG said this on Saturday when he officially received K10 million City Boundary roadblock facility between Blantyre and Chiradzulu from Chiradzulu Central legislator Mahomed…

Taming foot and mouth in Neno

  On June 9, smallholder farmers in Group Village Head (GVH) Symon in Neno assembled 359 head of cattle under a giant mgosa tree. The animals were to undergo vaccination against foot and mouth disease. Signs of panic were all over among the farmers, who mainly rely on taming animals for their living. They were…

No meat, no milk, no money

  Our journalist AYAMI MKWANDA tracks the footprint of the raging foot and mouth disease in Neno. When cattle started foaming and limping, livestock farmers in Neno and Blantyre West saw their world crumble. This was the start of the foot and mouth outbreak confirmed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development. The…

Ending fistula among teens

  At 18, Bertha Limbuli gave birth through an operation that left a hole in her pelvis. That was in 2015. The operation may have saved her life, but the baby died. The young woman from Phalombe calls the misfortune a double-edged sword which drilled holes in her heart and womb. “The baby died, but…

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…