Good people, a cultural clash happened during the enthronement of Inkosi Mzukuzuku which evoked a treaty signed by his ancestors and pioneer missionaries. The one-off agreement brings to light things the ngonis of Mzimba hold dearly-not their age-old affinity for meat and ingoma, but for booze and polygamy. Rewind to Tuesday afternoon. CCAP Livingstonia Synod’s…

Fishy, fishy relay race

The scramble for fish in Lake Malawi has reached a fever pitch with traders taking into the water to buy the catch from fishers and prices are skyrocketing as it exchanges hands several times before the boats arrive on shore, JAMES CHAVULA writes. For Nkhata Bay-based fisher Mbuluwa Njoka, the best memories of his 23-year-old…

Sadc under cholera attack

Southern Africa looks sick and not tired of perennial cholera outbreaks, our Features Editor JAMES CHAVULA writes. When cholera killed a patient at Iponga in Karonga on November 24 last year, public health workers quickly blamed it on migration between Malawi and Tanzania. “Two business people are believed to have gone to Kyela in Tanzania…

Good people, CNN Travel has rated Malawi among top five places to go for Americans escaping warm weather in the Northern Hemisphere. In fact, the Warm Heart of Africa ranks fifth in the global chart topped by Memphis in the US, Bali in Indonesia, Lisbon in Portugal and Peru. The rating is good news for…

HIV discoverer visits Malawi next week

Dr Jay Levy, the American scientist who co-discovered HIV, will visit Malawi next week. The medical researcher based at the University of California San Francisco in the US independently identified the virus, which causes Aids, in 1983. This discovery stimulated scientists to better understand and control the viral syndrome which kills almost 24 000 Malawians…

Beating TB resistance 9 pills a day

Navenya’s fightback mirrors the hardships and hopes of Malawians with multi-drug resistant TB, our Features Editor JAMES CHAVULA writes. In her homestead, Ethel Navenya paces towards a leafy tree sagging under the weight of bulging grapefruits. Grabbing one of the fleshy citrus fruits, she turns to her visitors sitting at a distance to avoid contracting…

Good people, it seems the floodgates of fame have flapped open and many artists have been talking about rebranding lately. Rebranding is the world on the mouth of nearly every artist who can get a reporter to take down a few notes. Reporters are not known for invoking their right to silence, especially when it…

Tackling TB closer to home

In Chilembwe Village, tucked deep in sprawling tea fields of Thyolo, Ethel Balani’s group has hit the road running to ensure no one dies of tuberculosis (TB) and HIV. In the country, over half of TB patients live with the virus that causes Aids. “TB is curable,” she says. “Earlier, TB cases were going undetected…

Tobacco kills 7 million – Atlas

Rodgers Chisoni, 50, was bedridden at Thyolo District Hospital when a doctor advised him to quit smoking in 2004. The father of six, who usually consumed up to 17 cigarettes a day, was taken ill by Tuberculosis (TB), a tobacco-related disease which affects almost 17 000 people in Malawi, according to the National TB Control…

‘Tobacco kills 7m yearly’

  Rodgers Chisoni, 50, was bedridden at Thyolo District Hospital when a doctor advised him to quit smoking in 2004. The father of six, who usually consumed up to 17 cigarettes a day, was taken ill by Tuberculosis (TB), a tobacco-related disease which haunts almost 17 000 people in Malawi, according to the National TB…

UDF’s rumble in DPP maze

  Last month, painters put a glossy coating to United Democratic Front (UDF) time-honoured headquarters at Yiannakis in Limbe, Blantyre. The building, where paintings of former president Bakili Muluzi’s Jakumusi Bus Company and Atupele Trucking noiselessly proclaimed his family’s grip on the party, is draped in bright colours. Yellow on the walls, white on window…

‘Tobacco is mislabelled ‘green gold’

  US public health think-tanks, Vital Strategies and American Cancer Society, have launched an atlas which shows tobacco-caused diseases kill seven million people globally and 5 700 in Malawi annually. During the World Conference on Health in Cape Town, South Africa last week, our staff writer JAMES CHAVULA engaged Vital Strategies chief executive officer José…

Good people, Malawi is dancing to the beats of the rest of the world without an ounce to offer. This is the first thing that strikes a pensive onlooker when it comes to dance events, even competitions. For many years, we have been hearing about some search for what we overrate as the Malawian beat.…

No time to dose off

A clinician’s sleepless nights bring to light huge sacrifices health workers are making to ensure no one dies of cholera, our Staff Writer JAMES CHAVULA writes: A sweltering Tuesday in December.  A cyclist, from Senjere Village near Ngala fishing hotspot in Karonga, wheels a frail fisher with sunken eyes into Nyungwe Health Centre. The 25-year-old in…

Water for cholera prevention

  Cholera cannot continue killing people every year, says Paramount Chief Kyungu of Karonga. “Let us do all we can to curb this outbreak. It is a disgrace to our district. Let us join hands with the government to avoid this in the future,” he said at the start of a cholera vaccination campaign in…

Drones fly in anti-cholera raid

  Gazing at an aerial view of Chigwirizano, a busy  trading centre in Lilongwe, Angela Masoambeta figures out why cholera is ravaging the capital. Her densely populated location is a hotspot of the outbreak which has killed 24 people in 13 districts. Half of the death toll occurred in Lilongwe. “We are living dangerously,” she…

Good people, tobacco kills and 181 countries have joined the dialogue to butt out the smoky killer. This global push reduces the world market for the cash crop politicians promote as green gold. You may have grown up hearing that there is no substitute for tobacco and cigarette manufacturers got away with horrendous half-truths like…

Good people, Madonna said nothing astonishing when she named her adoptive son, David, as the next President of Malawi. This is how the Pop star rates the boy she has lifted from the doldrums since she plucked him from an orphanage in Mchinji. Before the Material Girl flew in, David was an unknown child whose…

Good people, Madonna said nothing astonishing when she named her adoptive son, David, as the next President of Malawi. This is how the Pop star rates the boy she has lifted from the doldrums since she plucked him from an orphanage in Mchinji. Before the Material Girl flew in, David was an unknown child whose…