Rush for MYP bases

  To most Malawians, the race to Malawi Young Pioneer (MYP) bases evokes memories of war-like scenes of December 1993 when Malawi Defence Forces unleashed their arsenal on the units of the one-time armed wing of founding president Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s one-party machinery. Code-named Operation Bwezani, the crackdown saw the soldiers disarming and dismantling…

Waiting for a chance

Youth empowerment is a burning issue and Malawi must open more doors for her young citizens to acquire skills, writes JAMES CHAVULA: With no public college in sight, thousands of young Malawians in Chitipa cannot afford costly walks to gain relevant skills for their survival and prosperity. Like Lusekero Mwiba, the youth leaving the district’s…

The downfall of ‘A Cow, A Family’

Political short-termism killed a national livestock initiative at a time sustained malnutrition, stunting and poverty is disadvantaging Malawians. JAMES CHAVULA writes. It was the time of political speeches, it was the time of listening, it was the age of promises, it was the age of lies, it was an epoch of power scramble, it was…

  Last week, Kenyan musicians stormed Nairobi streets to protest a loud and clear takeover of the airwaves by foreign artists. Brandishing placards and megaphones, the Kenyans put it on the record that they were unhappy with lack of airplay and bias towards music from South and West Africa when a government order requires local…

Transport slows housing programme in Likoma

Transport and geographical obstacles are hampering government efforts to deliver cement and iron sheets to roll out the Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme on Likoma Island District. Likoma district commissioner Charles Mwawembe told The Nation of high costs of shipping building materials to the islands of Likoma and Chizumulu. The geographically cut-off community considers…

Msaka angers KA citizens

  Local leaders in Karonga have urged Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Bright Msaka not to blame the media for messing up the country’s emergent extractive industry, saying official secrecy is actually the sector’s worst enemy. The leaders were reacting to the remarks the minister made at a training workshop in Liwonde where…

A taste of cultural freedom

Last week’s Umthetho Cultural Festivals brought together Ngonis from Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa, but the Tanzanian dignitaries could not hide their joys and sorrows. Our Mzuzu Bureau Supervisor JAMES CHAVULA writes. In their creed, Ngoni culture warriors speak of four cornerstones: ingoma dance, meat, booze and women. However, it is the dressing of…

Good people, something big happened in the shadow of Hora Mountain, Mzimba, on Saturday when Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nakhumwa billed the Umthetho Cultural Festival, one of the country’s top places to go. The minister announced that government has finally come up with a calendar to signpost people to cultural and artistic…

Ngwira under fire

People’s Party (PP) provincial governor (North) the Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira has come under fire over his announcement about leadership changes in the party suggesting that Khumbo Kachali is interim leader. In an interview with The Nation yesterday, PP vice-president (Central) Uladi Mussa warned that nobody should ever dream of replacing founding president Joyce Banda…

Lack of enforcement derailing compulsory education—Minister

  Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology Vincent Ghambi has blamed poor enforcement for the worrisome sight of children shunning classes in preference for fishing and other economic activities in Malawi. Ghambi said this on Sunday in Likoma where he had a private meeting with district commissioner (DC) Charles Mwawembe who decried absenteeism in…

Divisions over PP leadership

Former governing People’s Party (PP) leaders are divided on the status of former vice-president Khumbo Kachali whom the party’s provincial governor (North) the Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira on Monday unveiled as interim leader. However, PP secretary general Ibrahim Matola said Kachali’s proclaimed status was news to him despite being a PP member of Parliament (MP).…

Chipofya steals show at Umthetho

CCAP Livingstonia Synod moderator Douglas Chipofya on Saturday hijacked the Umthetho Cultural Festival to launch a scathing rant at homosexuality, terming it ‘pure evil’ and ‘animal-like behaviour’. Chipofya was asked to offer an opening prayer at the annual Ngoni event, but he quickly strayed into a 10-minute appeal against same-sex marriages. Before being told to…

Good people, what is it about power that people who campaign with a trillion words don’t seem to know when to say ‘bye’? This is not about our own Bakili Muluzi, the former president to forget who tried and failed to stay in power beyond the legally acceptable two five-year tenure after the infamous Third…

Much ado about maize

The challenge of malnutrition confirms that Malawians cannot live by maize alone, Mzuzu Bureau Supervisor JAMES CHAVULA writes. Having twins could be likened to killing two birds with one stone, but Mary Banda calls it a tough test. “My husband and I had no idea what it entails, but we got a rude awakening when…

Good people, Wambali Mkandawire has been in the news for good reasons lately. The Afrojazz veteran is no longer whinging and whining about not receiving enough respect locally. Instead, we hear the Zani Muone star is reportedly writing a book offering insights into the country’s stunted music scene—the lessons learnt and the things to forget,…