MEC commissioners cling to vehicles

  Controversy has arisen over institutional vehicles for Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners whose terms expired on May 18, with the officers yet to handover the Toyota Land Cruiser TX Prado despite instructions from MEC to do so. According to a letter written by MEC chief elections officer Willie Kalonga, which The Nation has seen,…

Fighting HIV and Aids the Islamic way

  Growing up, Aisha heard so little about the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) as elders around her were reluctant to tell her and other children anything to do with sex. It was considered an abomination or a taboo. But by the time she clocked 15, she had acquired a lot of information on the…

Govt wants Uladi to pay miner K7bn

  Government wants the High Court to order People’s Party (PP) acting president Uladi Mussa to pay miner Michael Saner about K7 billion for allegedly ignoring advice to renew the miner’s licence. But Mussa has accused government of playing politics on the matter, wondering how he can be liable for a decision he made as…

Kaliati likens traditions to analogue TV signal

  Minister of Information, Communications Technology and Civic Education Patricia Kaliati on Sunday sent the gathering at the Zomba Community Centre ground into stitches of laughter when she likened some traditions to “analogue way of doing things”. Kaliati was presiding over the launch of Kiliye Kiliye digital television which is aimed at moving Malawi televisions…

APM suspends Salima female chief

President Peter Mutharika has suspended Senior Chief Bibi Kuluunda of Salima following her subjects’ calls for her removal over alleged corruption. Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa confirmed the suspension in an interview yesterday, saying Kuluunda will be formally communicated. In a letter dated April 27 2016 which The Nation has seen,…

Ccode, Story Workshop in governance project

  Centre for Community Organisation and Development (Ccode) and the Story Workshop Trust have embarked on a governance project called Strengthening Urban Governance and Management in Malawi to bridge the gap between communities and duty-bearers. Ccode and the Story Workshop are implementing a 15-month project in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. Briefing stakeholders and getting their…

Thuchila Forest on verge of extinction

  Thuchila Forest in Phalombe, just like Dzalanyama in Lilongwe, is slowly dying. After wiping out the forest area on Mulanje Mountain, the surrounding communities have invaded Thuchila Forest in their search for fuel wood. A visit to the forest last Saturday showed that most trees have been cut for charcoal and firewood. During the…

MBC removes, disciplines head of unit

Taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has removed its head of outside broadcasting, Gloria Banda, from her position effective March 1 2016 for allegedly authoring malicious documents against MBC management and the country’s leadership. In a letter dated February 29 2016, MBC acting director of administration and corporate affairs Patrick Simango advised Banda: “Exigencies of service…

Do not steal God’s  property—Nankhumwa

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa on Sunday advised faith leaders in the country against stealing property earmarked for growing God’s kingdom. Nankhumwa was speaking at Chisitu in his Mulanje Central Constituency when he handed over 1 600 iron sheets sourced from Sakuwa Steel Limited of Lilongwe. “I do not want to…

    For a week, Chief Kazingist has been receiving messages from a lady. He tried to ignore them but changed his mind after noticing that what she was writing was making sense. She wrote about the floods, the country’s economic situation and even the presidential candidate in the United States of America, whom she…

Last week, Chief Kazingist was in Balaka, not for a meeting at Nsanje Lalanje at Balaka Chibuku Tavern, but personal business. And the chief man of the skirt was busy that day. He first went to Chendausiku to meet an old area coordinator who wanted some money for New Year celebrations. Her CV showed that…

Is it time to write UDF’s obituary?

  The United Democratic Front (UDF) and the political world might look at 2015 as the year the final nail that may just have sent the once ruling party six feet under was hammered into its ravaged body. Specifically, that was when it allowed itself to be swallowed by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in…

Nsanje Lalanje at Balaka Chibuku Tavern would like to inform coordinators that during an extra-ordinary meeting that took place in Balaka last week, it was resolved that all coordinators should be replaced this year. The decision was reached after noting that there are many ladies that want to be coordinators. As such, it was resolved…

Malawians are used to the fact that there are queues everywhere. One can see queues at Admarc, voting centres, Road Traffic and even in banks. This is a country of queues. However, some queues are not only man-made but deliberate. On Thursday, December 24 2015, Chief Kazingist was at the office at Ginnery Corner in…

HRCC calls for gay rights

  Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) says the rights of Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTIs) should be respected because they are also human beings. HRCC chairperson Robert Mkwezalamba made the appeal on Thursday in Dedza at the end of a two-day workshop on LGBTI, Human Rights and HIV and Aids which Centre for…

It has come to the knowledge of Nsanje Lalanje at Balaka Chibuku Tavern that many houses are not at peace because MG1s find suspicious numbers in their husbands’mobile phones. When they are caught, many husbandsn fail to explain because little time is given to construct a lie. The problem has not spared some members of…

Gay men claim ill-treatment

  Two gay men on Friday explained to lawyers about the ill-treatment they get from police and the public because of their sexual orientation. The duo expressed their sentiments when Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) organised a two-day sensitisation and capacity building workshop on lesbian,…

For the whole of last week in Blantyre, there were threats of thunderous rains. The previous week was even worse. The rains fell and many buildings and vehicles were destroyed. Probably because of poor drainage system, there were floods in Blantyre roads. Chief Kazingist decided to stay at his Namiyango base. It was not time…

All members of Nsanje Lalanje at Balaka Chibuku Tavern are on social network group. This is making things fast as information is quickly shared among members. On Thursday last week, leader of the house, Mtenje, asked the members to meet at Balaka Chibuku Tavern for an interaction. He said being a month, where people celebrate…

It was a Saturday which was very hot. So hot that Chief Kazingist wondered whether someone upstairs is angry. As he was contemplating about this, a phone flashed. Chief Kazingist is not a fun of calling back flashes on numbers he has not saved. This is because the caller would either say it was a…