Art lovers, the taste of the pudding is in the eating. Although it seems loud and clear that Malawian writing can no longer stand the test, Malawi Writers Union (Mawu) president Sambalikagwa Mvona harbours the frightening feeling that the signs of the times are “sweeping statements originating from general observations”. Just like that, Mvona is…

Confronting risky lack of skilled miners

Beneath the country’s emerging mining sector lie a myriad of accidents and other occupational risks which unskilled workers inherited from a predominantly agricultural past. On a sunny Friday sunset, travelling from Mzuzu City atop the Viphya Highlands to Karonga on the shoreline of Lake Malawi is a sweat-provoking confirmation that the lower you go, the hotter it…

Endandweni’s same old cry

The school in hard-to-reach parts of Mzimba in the Northern Region of Malawi, has become a death trap, a crumbling monument of falling investment in quality education for all by next year.  JAMES CHAVULA writes. On a rainy Thursday morning, the first thing that welcomes visitors to Endandweni Primary School is about 60 children learning…

Mzimba women in men’s circles

It appears days a Ngoni woman was considered a second-class citizen are finally on the wane. Now women in Mzimba attend mphala, the gatherings where village heads and elders settle disputes and discuss serious issues concerning the entire village. This is not all for likes of Stiffel Mkandawire. The resident of Simon Mphepo, T/A Mabulabo,…

The river between Batumeyo and growth

There is a marshy river between Group Village Head (GVH) Batumeyo’s area and Mbawa Trading Centre in Mzimba South. The wide split is called Lwasokozi, a stream which flows into South Rukuru River. For visitors, crossing the divide between the cut-off communities and their source of essential goods and services is a glimpse of a…

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has singled out Karonga Central Constituency as one of the volatile areas with just three months to the May 20 Tripartite Elections. Nicknamed Benghazi after a time-honoured battlefield in Libya, the shoreline in Karonga has become a conflict zone since 2009 when Deputy Finance Minister Cornelius Mwalwanda and People’s Party…

Chihaula rebuffs DPP return, skips unveiling ceremony

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) last week summoned the press to announce the return of two high-profile prodigal sons—but ended up re-announcing former minister of Agriculture Professor Peter Mwanza’s intention to run for ward councillorship, The Nation has learnt. What was meant to be Mzimba South East’s Rabson Chihaula Shawa’s comeback was conspicuous by his…

Jah people, it is not unusual to see cartoonists cartooning around with our minds. This is not to make fun of the funny kindred with the satirical prowess to make fun of powerful people and their high-powered gaffes, mirroring and confronting the quirky side of this crazy world we take for granted. The brains behind…

Banking and balancing gender see-saw

Village banks are not all about money—the savings and loans—but also closing gender gaps in homes that were once over-dependent on men. The world is a see-saw where parity cannot be achieved without exerting some weight on the lighter side. This swing of power is not another theory from university-baked brains, but a certainty of…

Raiply launches K4m police unit

Northern Police Commissioner Paul Kanyama has saluted Raiply Malawi Limited for constructing a K3.85 million police unit complete with a roadblock near the wood processing firm’s headquarters in Viphya Plantation. Speaking when he opened the checkpoint at Raiply in Mzimba on Saturday, the regional police chief urged other players in the private sector to emulate Raiply’s…

Karonga’s battle of booming broods

Under the tumultuous land disputes that displaced about 140 people in Karonga, whispers of a growing populations’ scramble for limited resources. JAMES CHAVULA writes. Malawi’s may be an agricultural economy, but it is no stranger to how rapid population growth is slowly turning land and its endowments into a source of conflicts among neighbouring communities…

Jah people, greetings from my sickbed. But mine is the pain hardly emanating from this little trouble. Rather, it is a bitter hangover of how Music Association of Malawi (MAM) awards on Friday defiled standards. No congratulations for recipients of the handouts, the trophies of mediocrity. Where quality outweighs quantity and speed, the biggest irregularity…

Muted resilience of an unbanked majority

The mushrooming of village savings and lending groups is more than just a reminder of how formal banking sidelines the hard-to-reach Malawian who needs it most. In the findings of Finscope, a US-based economic think-tank with antennas across the globe, only one in five people in Malawi has access to banks and other financial services.…

Like guardians raping children they ought to safeguard, Music Association of Malawi (MAM) has defiled standards by hurrying into awards to be presented by Vice President Khumbo Kachali at Bingu International Centre in Lilongwe tonight. The Awards may be just another night for Banda to replay all the usual jazz, but MAM’s haphazardness leaves one…

PPM rules out poll alliances

People’s Progressive Party (PPM) president Mark Katsonga Phiri has ruled out getting into an alliance with other parties unless potential ‘suitors’ accept its 20-point plan. Katsonga Phiri said this in an interview on Sunday after addressing a meeting at Mpamba, Chintheche and Tukombo in Nkhata Bay. This was the first meeting to be held at…

A shadow MP from overseas

A Dutch nurse that Rumphi residents know as a benevolent ‘mzungu’ will not sit back and observe May 20 polls pass by. she wants to be on the ballot. JAMES CHAVULA writes. For visitors, ‘when in Rome do as the Romans do’ is simply a survival strategy. But Eva Demaya Centre director Jacqueline Kouwenhoven will…

Jah People, the gods of written and spoken word art, have blessed us with good people we love to impoverish. Forget the music, drama and all that jazz. Muse about poetry, the few colourful words that deliver condensed meanings. It’s amazing how the sublime form of human expression confronts realities in our midst. Imagine how…

Communities grill govt on lack of safe water

People from senior village head Gaga in Chikhwawa on Friday grilled government on lack of potable water in the area, saying the situation could lead to waterborne diseases. Gaga told Chikhwawa duty bearers during an interfaith meeting held at his village. The chief said over 14 000 people use 18 boreholes, most of which are…