Unemployment levels worry Cham

  The Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) has asked government to provide job opportunities to nurses and midwives who end up jobless after graduating from training institutions. Speaking on the sidelines of a graduation of 82 nurses and midwives from St John’s College of Nursing and Midwifery in Mzuzu on Saturday, Cham board chairperson…

Mzimba girls ‘takeover’ business in Mzuzu

Schoolgirls from remote villages in Mzimba on Wednesday took over public and private institutions in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child. As part of the global observance, Plan Malawi shuttled 47 girls from Traditional Authority (T/A) Mtwalo to Mzuzu and placed them at the centre of service delivery at Mzuzu Police Station,…

Search for Miss Malawi goes South

The search for the next Miss Malawi goes to the Southern Region this weekend after successful scouting missions in the Central and Northern regions. Out of nine girls auditioned in Mzuzu on Saturday, four were picked to represent the Northern Region. Miss Malawi pageant spokesperson Africano Phiri said organisers are satisfied with the level of…

Ship cruise to Likoma postponed

  The ship cruise from Monkey Bay to Likoma which was scheduled for Mother’s Day holiday has been postponed until the festive month of December. Spokesperson for the event organisers, Patrick Chikoti, said the cruise has been called off because the MV Chilembwe will be under maintenance by the set date. He said: “Malawi Shipping…

Slum dwellers living dangerously

  Slum dwellers in Mzuzu are still living dangerously over a year since floods and landslides ripped homes and killed children in the city. The city, which hosts the national commemorations of the International Day for Disaster Reduction on Friday, suffered a humanitarian crisis in April last year. Due to half-hearted enforcement of dos and…

Mzuzu gears up for trade fair

  The Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) has organised a three-day regional trade fair in Mzuzu this weekend. Speaking at a media briefing in Mzuzu yesterday, MCCCI chief operating officer Chimwemwe Luhanga said the fair has been organised under the theme Promoting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for an Inclusive and…

Lakeside schools shunned

  Quality education in Malawi is a privilege for a few urban dwellers unlike poor Malawians in hard-to-reach areas, writes JOHN CHIRWA. Lennox Mwanjikho has spent almost 10 years teaching at Bunga Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Nkhata Bay North. In fact, the trained teacher has risen to become deputy head teacher for the…

‘Mzuzu is not fun-starved’

Squirrels Park, a performance venue in Mzuzu, celebrated its first anniversary last week with a show dubbed Night of the Giants where the Black Missionaries, Anthony Makondetsa, Lucius Banda and the Zembani Band performed. The venue has clocked a year in its quest to promote arts and entertainment in the city which others love to…

Kafukufuku Festival on the cards

  Malawi Liverpool Wellcome (MLW) Trust has organised a music festival in Chikwawa this Saturday to disseminate information and promote understanding of health research findings. The event, dubbed Kafukufuku Festival, will have performances by Black Missionaries, Anthony Makondetsa, Katelele Ching’oma, Mafo and DJ Flame. MLW community engagement coordinator Elvis Moyo confirmed about the event in…

Rediscovering Namadingo

Patience Namadingo was barely 18-years-old when he decided to pursue a music career. The young singer, his debut CD in hand, would go around gospel shows begging for a slot in the performance line-up. Today, that young lad is one of the biggest stars on the local music scene. Although the account captures the gist…

Street Rat launches Tilitonse Band in Scotland

  Malawian musician living in Scotland, David Luhanga, aka Street Rat, officially launched a band last week at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. Street Rat established the six-member group trading as David Luhanga and Tilitonse Band to widen his opportunities as an international artist. The band was the opening act for six shows in Edinburgh from August…

Tongas set to launch heritage group

Ethnic groups in Nkhata Bay are set to launch the newly-established Nkhata Bay Tonga Heritage at Chintheche in the district on August 26 2017. In an interview, the organising committee’s chairperson, the Reverend Maxwell Mezuwa Banda, said the group has been established to promote and preserve Tonga cultural heritage for the socio-economic development of the…

Citizens don’t trust councillors—Survey

  Malawians have expressed reservations with the performance of ward councillors and how councils spend funds, according to a Citizen Perception Survey (CPS) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USaid). The CPS, carried out in May this year, has also established that citizens are generally not satisfied with their access to information…

Project to improve council effectiveness, accountability

The United States Agency for International Development (USaid) has invested $22.9 million (about K16.4 billion) in a project to improve accountability and effectiveness in local councils. Called Local Government Accountability and Performance (LGAP), the five-year project is being implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in eight pilot councils out…

‘Let’s celebrate our beauty queens’

  Gender activists have bemoaned tendencies of castigating beauty queens on social media, arguing that such behaviour discourages models from participating in beauty pageants. One of the activists, Emma Kaliya, expressed displeasure in an interview with The Nation following the recent postings of Miss Malawi Ireland which have attracted insults from some users on WhatsApp,…

Community radio stations face financial challenges

  Community radio stations in the Northern Region are struggling to operate effectively due to financial problems. This was revealed on Wednesday during a training workshop organised by the Malawi National Commission for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in Mzuzu. The training was held to drill personnel from Likoma, Usisya and Chirundu…

Street vending nightmare

At one time, Mzuzu was one of the cleanest cities in the country. Not anymore today.  The city has almost earned itself the status as one of the filthiest. Garbage and waste live side by side with vendors in most of its markets and streets. And now, a new eyesore is emerging—street vending. Alice Kawonga…