Thinking outside boxed workers

Firms constructing the 179-kilometre Nacala-Moatze railway line must rethink their inward-looking public health approach because reaching out to surrounding communities saves their workforce too. JAMES CHAVULA writes. From a motorcycle carrier, glimpses of Mkwinda in Mwanza and Emvulo in Chikhwawa, the camps for workers building the Nacala Corridor Project, flash past: Busy dusty roads splitting…

Jah people, half of the festive season has elapsed and the ending has already begun. Accept my belated best wishes as we look forward to a new year of this and that resulting from what we have already done and resolve to achieve ahead. However, hearing Jai Banda demanding the cast of his Entertainers Promotions’…

Hunger overshadows Kanyika mine

What is right about breakthroughs in the mining sector? Maybe everything except the sidelining of local communities who suffer the worst side effects of increased activity. JAMES CHAVULA writes. I n Africa, the mention of mining conjures up unsettling images of multinational firms unearthing truckloads of rare earth, making billions and sidelining locals while government…

Jah people, it seems there is no end to scandals hitting the personalities that entertain us with their musings. This time, the band we have all known as Fikisa, the Akamwire hitmakers, have been barred from using that precious name because doing so constitutes a breach of the contract signed with Nyimbo Music Company. On…

Lake of Stars returns next year

The brains behind Lake of Stars Arts Festival have ended three years of silence, announcing that the world acclaimed homage to Lake Malawi returns next year. A statement issued on Monday shows the annual music festival, which brings together a diversity of performers and patrons from within and without to the palm-fringed shores of the…

Police trash ‘attempted attack on Kasambara’

The police in the Northen Region have trashed allegations of an attempt on Ralph Kasambara’s life after a man was apprehended near the former minister’s residence in Mzuzu on Thursday night. Northern Region Police spokesperson Norah Chimwala was reacting to online reports that on Thursday Kasambara’s bodyguards arrested thugs in a midnight attempt to break…

Perils on the rails

Frustration. Questions. Sexually transmitted diseases. These have become a by-word in Mwanza, Neno and Chikhwawa following the failure by government and railway construction firms to lift the lid on lack of HIV and Aids interventions amid a culture of secrecy on the Nacala Corridor Railway Project. JAMES CHAVULA writes. They came to build a track…

Jah people, time is the master. When I sat down to scribble a few musings on Nelson Mandela’s autobiographical film Long Walk to Freedom last week, little did I know that the globally acclaimed anti-Apartheid icon was knocking on heavens door. It is inspiring to see people of all walks and manner uniting to mourn the 95-year-old…

Jah people, Cashgate is catchy. Allan Nyalo, who has renamed his bar after the K120 billion corruption scandal, seems spot on—for it is said that there is always a shiny side behind the rough half of every mirror. In Cashgate Bar at Mbwelera, Blantyre, fun-seekers don’t just have somewhere to enjoy their leisure after gulping…

Mwaulambia alowa m’manda lero

MtThupi la Senior Chief Mwaulambia ya m’boma la Chitipa imene idatisiya Lachiwiri likuyembekezeka kulowa m’manda lero. Mwana wa mfumuyo Briston Nyondo adatsimikiza izi ndipo adati bambo ake akhala akuvutika ndi vuto la kuthamanga magazi. Iye adati imfa ya Mwaulambia ndi chipsinjo kubanjalo komanso kwa anthu a m’dera lake. “Kwa chaka. Vutoli lakhala likuwasautsa. Monga banja,…

Flip side of railway project

The ongoing construction of the $1 billion [about K420 billion] railway line passing through Chikhwawa, Neno, Mwanza and Balaka might not be just about hauling mounds of coal from Vale’s mines in Moatize on the one side of Mozambique to the deep port of Nacala on the other. The government says it will cut by…

Three women died of complications of unsafe abortion amid scarcity of blood scarcity at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) this week. This comes less than a month after KCH health workforce petitioned Parliament to help end chronic stock-outs of essential drugs which have seen people dying needlessly. Speaking during a debate conducted by Coalition for Prevention…

Fellow Malawians, the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence commenced Monday—a day after a girl aged 14 or so was raped at Evison Matafale’s memorial concert in Chileka, Blantyre. Defiling the fallen reggae star’s legacy of equal rights and justice, rape is a beastly attack on women’s rights and dignity. It objectifies them, condemning…

Justice at Kabuwa is justice denied

As the world is commemorating 16 Days of activism, JAMES CHAVULA explores how lack of police posts in Khosolo, Mzimba, is suppressing women’s access to justice. The mention of September 11 often brings to mind the grisly scene of how the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in the US went up in flames and were reduced to…

Jah people, who said Mzuzu is the heart of a fun-starved Northern Region? What pessimists call “the Dead North” did not succumb to entertainment scarcity yesterday—for it has a vibrant entertainment, arts and culture sector that often go unnoticed. My return to the ever-green city has been an encounter with uncountable smiles, the sincere expression…

Michael Usi shoots Kamuzu film in UK

Actor Micheal Usi is tracing the founding president Kamuzu Banda’s footprints overseas with the filming of the biographical film in Bedford, UK . The shooting, which was twice halted by orders from above, attracted about 10 000 people in August when whenUsi, whose showbiz moniker is Manganya, mimicked the fallen leader’s crop inspection tour of…

Good people, new Minister of Tourism and Culture Moses Kunkuyu’s sermon on rampant piracy and dilapidated Blantyre Cultural Centre could be just a signal of how the cultural and creative sectors have been overrun by corrupt heads which are supposed to nurture and promote them. Ordinarily, Kunkuyu’s trip was meant to be a familiarisation tour,…