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,…

Long walk to justice

Justice delayed is justice denied. However, Mphita villager Matilda Mkandawire wonders: “What is justice when courts are few and far apart?” Her question mirrors a widespread dilemma in the remote parts of Mpherembe in Mzimba West. She recalls how she travelled on the bumpy, dusty road from her village, past Mpherembe Police Station, to access…

Likoma boat stuck on Lake Malawi

Nearly 100 travellers from Likoma and Chizumulu islands spent Saturday night on Lake Malawi after the privately owned Malungo passenger boat broke down. According to some passengers, the double-decked wooden vessel jerked to a near-tragic halt around 7pm due to engine failure. The passengers reportedly feared for the worst when they discovered there was no…

‘Do not panic  on food crisis’

Minister of Agriculture and Water Development Allan Chiyembekeza has assured the nation that no one will die of hunger this year following a report by Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) which estimates that 2.8 million Malawians—about 20 percent of the country’s population—face starvation. According to Chiyembekeza, government will next week release final figures which partly…

Good people, the 51st Independence Anniversary Celebrations came and petered out as usual—except our President Peter Mutharika was outgunned on his own microphone by Zambia’s Edgar Lungu who stole the show with his calculated speech highlighting how Malawi and her neighbours stand on the continental and international scale five decades after the emancipation struggle. The…

Undertones of Raiply export processing zone

  On the M1 tarmac that splits Viphya Plantation, it is unmistakable why Malawians think Africa’s largest manmade forest is going, going, going—almost gone. In the scenic shadow of Elephant Rock in Mzimba, signs of the times flash past: enormous stretches with no trees; no replanting over deforested hills and valleys; sights of sooty stumps;…

Police IG talks tough on gun crime

Inspector General (IG) of Police Lexten Kachama has urged his charges not to retreat or surrender to “ruthless criminals” while fighting crime. Kachama called for zero-tolerance to crime on Wednesday when he assured business captains of ceaseless security despite an unsettling spate of armed robberies, including those involving police staff conspiring with hard-core criminals. However,…

ITU backs phased digital migration

  The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has backed Malawi’s phased digital broadcasting migration, saying postponements are unavoidable when it is impossible to completely switch off analogue signal. The country’s inroads towards digital terrestrial television broadcast began in earnest with Mzuzu and Zomba on Wednesday while Blantyre and Lilongwe are scheduled to switch over in September.…

  Good people, the 51st Independence Day is just around the corner. As clocks tick and chime towards the July 6 national holiday, let the annual self-examination festival start straightaway. Lest we forget, commemorating the historic breakaway from British colonial rule is not just about filling stadia with tales of prosperity while the nation is…

Decoder prices finally trimmed

  Government has slashed the price of digital television decoders from K20 000 (US$44) to K15 000 (US$33) following a public outcry. Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nakhumwa announced the cut on Tuesday night when Malawi was supposed to migrate from analogue to digital television broadcasting. The switch off will render widespread TV…

Malawi’s grainy digital migration

Digital migration may be about a clearer picture, but Malawi’s strides just got grainy. The country risks facing isolation in digital broadcasting having failed to switch off analogue television transmission by yesterday. In 2006, United Nation (UN) member States agreed to switch over to digital television broadcasting by June 17 2015 for improved pictures and…