‘We need jobs, not alms’

Perching in a wheelchair, Pauline Gondwe struggles to find a job. The 28-year-old finds the job market unfriendly to people with disability. “During job interviews, panelists judge me by the way I look,” she says. She spoke of an employer who told her blatantly that she was disqualified from the job due to her physical…

Govt disarms JB’s security personnel

Former President Joyce Banda says her security is compromised ahead of the 2019 Tripartite Elections as government has disarmed her security personnel. Speaking in an interview, Banda’s spokesperson Andekuche Chanthunya said government is also failing to allocate vehicles to the former president which is contrary to the Presidential Privileges Act. He said: “Nothing has really…

A date with Zanzibar’s  tourist town

History-rich Zanzibar Island is a perfect destination for a honeymoon. But why leave it to the newlyweds? The island in the Indian Ocean is a must-visit for everyone. Our reporter JOHN CHIRWA visited the tourist island. It’s Thursday, just before day-break. On the horizon, the sun is creeping up, punctuating the panoramic view of the…

Goodall booed For backing APM

  Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe was on Saturday booed for defending President Peter Mutharika who was accused of shunning major Ngoni cultural events in Mzimba. Gondwe was responding  to former vice-president Khumbo Kachali’s remarks during the unveiling of a tombstone of the late Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa IV at Edingeni…

Synod, Ngoni chiefs bad blood rages on

Bad blood continues to flow between Ngoni chiefs of Mzimba and the Livingstonia Synod secretariat with the chiefs yesterday taking a swipe at the synod for being disrespectful to the chiefs. At the unveiling of a mausoleum of the late Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa IV, yesterday, the chiefs opted for a local presbytery representative, from…

DPP relaunches Mzuni wing

  The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has relaunched its Mzuzu University (Mzuni) wing ahead of next year’s tripartite elections. During the launch on Saturday, presidential adviser on youth affairs Symon Vuwa-Kaunda welcomed new members and a new committee to steer the party’s agenda on the campus. He also donated K500 000 to support the activities…

Bumps to Nyika National Park

On a stunning plateau in Rumphi West sits Nyika National Park, the country’s largest game haven. In the 3 200 square-kilometre tourist attraction with a fair mix of grasslands and woodland, zebra, roan antelopes, elands, bush pigs and birds come into view. It is breathtaking, what with its rolling hills decked with picturesque wild flowers;…

New Nkhata Bay Jetty sparks controversy

A verbal war ensued on Monday between member of Parliament (MP) for Nkhata Bay Central Ralph Mhone (People’s Party-PP) and Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango over the durability of Nkhata Bay Jetty. Mhango officially launched the jetty at a ceremony attended by government officials, representatives of the contractor Mota-Engil and governing Democratic…

US university donates digital library

  The WiderNet Project, a US non-profit making organisation affiliated to the University of North Carolina (UNC), has urged local universities and schools to embrace change by moving away from physical libraries to digital ones. The project’s director associate professor Cliff Missen was speaking on Friday at Kwithu Community Based Organisation (CBO) in Mzuzu where…

Ngoni chiefs demand apology from synod

  Ngoni chiefs, through the Mzimba Heritage Association (Mziha), have demanded an apology from Livingstonia Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) over remarks on polygamy and beer drinking. The chiefs made the demand during a meeting with the synod leadership last Thursday in Mzuzu. They had asked for an audience with the…

Censorship Board moves to curb offensive songs

  Malawi  Censorship Board has embarked on a programme to periodically review songs with suspicious moral content to protect the rights of listeners. In a statement issued at the weekend, chief censoring officer Victor Gondwe said the board has noted with great concern the proliferation of songs that are out of tune with public morals.…

‘Youths must decide’

  The youth in Mzuzu have rolled out a national elections campaign, code-named Youth Decide 2019, to dial up youth energies and active participation ahead of 2019 Tripartite Elections. Our Staff Reporter JOHN CHIRWA engaged the campaign’s team leader Charles Kajoloweka on how the youth can influence political outcome and steer the country’s development agenda.…

Synod rebuffs  Ngoni chiefs

  Bad blood continues to flow between the Livingstonia Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) and Ngoni chiefs in Mzimba, with the synod rebuffing the chiefs’ request to resolve an impasse over polygamy and beer drinking. The synod’s general secretary the Reverend Levi Nyondo said accepting the chiefs’ request for a meeting…