Malawian poet triumphs in china

  The word poetry derives from a Greek word, poesis, meaning “making” or “creating.” If well crafted, poetry has the capacity of sending out messages which can change other people’s perceptions on scrupulous issues. Edwin Frank Tadeyo, a Malawian second year student at Nanjing University of Science and Technology in China, has been awarded a…

‘Health workers an investment, not a cost’

The Global Youth Call for Action on Human Resources for Health has urged governments and  stakeholders to ​position​ ​decent​ ​work​ ​in​ ​the​ ​​health workforce​ ​policy​ ​making , saying​ ​decent​ ​work​ ​with​ ​fair​ ​wages​ ​is​ ​a​ ​human​ ​right. ​ A public health professional and lecturer in the Department of Health Systems and Policy at the College…

My struggle with HIV

I was 19 years old and a first-year student at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luarnar) when I learnt about my HIV status. A guy I was dating proposed that we should go for an HIV test. His results came negative. Not to be outdone, I confidently went for it. Sadly, my results came…

Timalira: redefining  human tears

  Listening to Lawi’s new song, Timalira, from his latest album Sunset in the Sky feels like sitting under the baobab tree—listening to the words of a great existentialist philosopher—an African sage. Existentialist philosophers mainly look at the question of human despair, anguish and even the reality of death-that’s what causes tears. The question of…

Mzimba DHO queries council on guardian shelter

  Mzimba District Health Officer (DHO) Lumbani Munthali has decried delays to construct a new guardian shelter at Mzimba District Hospital, saying M’mbelwa District Council is too slow in implementing projects. In an interview, Munthali said the council is slow in funding the project. Presently, over 80 guardians occupy a dilapidated and unsanitary two-room shelter…

End GBV because it kills

It is day three of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). In this article, ROGERS SIULA recounts the brutal death of his sister in love-hate stabbings. There is a thin line between life and death—and gender-based violence (GBV) kills. The sting of death is brutal, but the dead do not talk. They…

Blackouts cost Mzimba hospital K1.5m/month

Mzimba District Hospital is spending almost K1.5 million a month on fuel for standby generators to mitigate life-threatening impacts of constant power disruptions. In an interview, Mzimba South district health officer Lumbani Munthali said the power blackouts have worsened the hospital’s financial problems. He appealed to the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) to spare…

Brothers arrested for cultivating chamba

  Police in Ntchisi have arrested two brothers for allegedly cultivating and being found in possession of Indian hemp, commonly known as chamba, without a licence. Ntchisi Police Station spokesperson Gladson M’bumpha identified the suspects as Esau Banda, 20, and Samuel Banda, 21, of Ching’amba Village in Traditional Authority Chilooko in the district. He said…

Rains wreak havoc in Ntcheu

Over 350 households have been rendered homeless after a rainstorm destroyed their houses in Ntcheu last week. Five villages from traditional authorities (T/As) Ganya, Makwangwala and Njolomole were affected. Ntcheu district disaster management desk officer Hellen Nyirenda said the affected households had the roofs of their houses blown off. She said classroom blocks at Kampanje…

Man fined K1.5 million for arson

  Ntchisi Magistrate’s Court yesterday sentenced a 43-year-old man to pay a fine of K1.5 million or in default serve 5 years imprisonment. Ntchisi Police Station spokesperson Gladson M’bumpha said the court heard that the convict, Harold Nelson Kachipala, on October 21 wilfully and unlawfully set on fire a maize mill at Machisawo Village. The…

Malawi hails Tanzania on strides in skills programme

  Malawi’s challenges in reducing skills mismatch could be reduced with an effective system for recognising skills acquired through non-formal and informal learning, Godfrey Kafere, director of technical and vocational training in the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development has said. Speaking at  International Labour Organisation (ILO)offices  in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on…

5 years for killing elephant

  Ntchisi Magistrate’s Court on Monday convicted and sentenced a 47-year-old man to five years imprisonment for killing an elephant. Police prosecutor Sergeant Austin Daudi told the court that on September 6 this year, Department of National Parks and Wildlife officials got a tip-off that the convict, Medson Msongazaudzu, entered Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve to poach.…

Faith leaders call for action on N’zatonse project

  Faith leaders, who gathered at the Act Alliance dissemination conference on sexual reproductive and health rights in Lilongwe last week, affirmed their commitment to encourage abstinence for youths and promote access to family planning methods. In a communiqué released after the three-day conference whose theme was Breaking the Silence, Faith Communities Taking Action on…

CMD tracks access to agriculture resources

  Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) has embarked on a project to ensure accessibility and accountability to agricultural resources allocated to Ntchisi District Council. Speaking during a pre-testing of a training manual for political party forums and women action groups at Mponela in Dowa, CMD programme officer Boniface Chibwana said they engaged politicians to monitor…