Scaling down hunger

Even with the Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture projecting a 740 000 metric ton surplus in April, President Joyce Banda has been going around the country telling Malawians that they should brace up for fierce hunger which she prefers calling njala yoopsa. For Mary Kampake, the President’s forecast, repeated during her recent tour of the North,…

Jah people, I was shocked that the robbers Lucky Dube christened   ‘men in long black jackets’ ransacked the Jazz Café in Lilongwe last week. It is no entertainment when people start doubting   something that should be a matter of life and death—the state of security. But a new wave of crime begs an obvious question—…

At risk and long sidelined

Selling tomatoes, onions, cabbages, peppers and other fresh foods might not be a big deal like cross-border businesses, but it also compels traders to cross boundaries of safe living in times of HIV and Aids. For Digress Mphande, 44, the country is fighting a losing battle against the ever-changing trends of the pandemic by sticking…

Disability issues on Ilala

The return of Ilala has stimulated a new wave of optimism across Likoma and Chizumulu islands. However, there is need for a jetty to end the plight of people with disabilities. JAMES CHAVULA writes. For almost a year, the breakdown of the country’s popular passenger ship, Ilala, left foodstuffs scarce with prices and transport costs…

Gomani V: Maseko Ngonis’ cultural warrior

In a restless, forward-looking world, the country’s Ngonis are looking back at their history and reasserting their culture. With the one-time warring tribe losing its language and other traditional values in a fast-shrinking world, the Maseko Ngonis’ supreme ruler, Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani V of Ntcheu, has  been visiting traditional leaders to hang on to…

Jah people, Lilongwe-based businessperson Michael Msungama is a fulfillment of his extra-large dreams. Just days before TV presenter Fatima Nkata was ejected from Big Brother Africa (BBA), Msungama was on MBC television, explaining how his deluxe car hire, starring the only limousine in the capital, is giving  Malawians a taste of the opulence they used…

Nanzikambe zeroes in on sex work

All eyes and lights will be on the intricacies of sex work when The Secret of Uspremieres at Nanzikambe Arts Café on Saturday evening. According to a press statement from Nanzikambe Arts, the play, co-written and co-directed by Dipo Katimba and Effie Makepeace, will be curtain-raised by South Korean Jess Park. When it springs to life around 6.30pm on the…

A politician’s wishful thinking

Is Malawi ready to go back 20 years to yesteryears of one-party rule? JAMES CHAVULA writes. Locals in Machinjiri Township, Blantyre, remember People’s Party (PP) secretary general Henry Chibwana disappearing from their midst as murmurs emerged that president Bingu wa Mutharika had died last year. Those who live in the neighbourhood of his humble residence…

Jah people, two things occurred in the euphoria of independence celebrations that remind me about deceased author Percy Perry Litete. First, my friends Luke Tembo and Vhai Kumwenda wedded on Monday. Second, Litete himself got national recognition for Mkwatibwi Wokhumudwa, the book in which drunken Joe Gibson Mandimba disappears and finds himself in Lilongwe just when…

The Malawi Prison Service (MPS) is getting closer to adopting the parole system, which is expected to help lessen cases of congestion and misconduct, in correctional facilities. The Prisons Act of 1962 empowers the President and minister responsible for prisons to order the release of prisoners before their sentence expires, but the parole guidelines under…

Washing away a silent crisis

Why did T/A Kaduya residents sing and dance as Water Wells for Africa drilled boreholes in their midst? JAMES CHAVULA writes. When people say water is life, they are envisioning a world where every water source is clean, every drop is safe and tapping it does not deprive the poor time to fulfil their dreams.…

Jah people, art criticism is not always fair—but praising mediocrity is tactless. Loving artists like children trust their parents in losing battles, writers of sugarcoated reviews have left the country’s creative industry and its mighty names tumbling and stagnating. But being adults, this ought to reinforce our fidelity even to painful truth and highlighting the…

Malawi lost in transit?

They saved the country from colonialism and left it to political vultures. Edgar Mbewe of Mwanza says this in memory of founding president and other emancipators who sacrificed their lives for the country’s independence. In a district where the emancipation leader always claimed to have found people literary naked, the symptoms of poverty still linger…

  Jah people, what is there to celebrate when fun-seekers who enter venues with smiles leave in tears? It is not by accident that entertainment is alternatively called an escape. The exploits of the talented few give us a breathtaking break from the tiresome hustle and bustle in a world where presidents and political figureheads…