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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…

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…