Financial hiccups haunt Ngara Community College

  Inadequate funding has slowed down the push to provide quality training in community technical colleges President Mutharika launched three years ago. Ngara Community Technical College in Karonga, where Mutharika officially launched the skills development initiative in March 2015, is one of the affected colleges. During a tour last week, Ngara Community College principal Green…

Immigration officer pens romance novel

  While his day-to-day tasks entail that due process is followed when people leave or enter the country, Immigration officer Charles Chisi has an imaginative pastime that should be the envy of most local writers. Chisi has written and self-published a novel titled The Promise. The immigration officer-cum-writer, who is stationed at Kamuzu International Airport…

Lawi’s new album pirated

  Piracy continues to bruise careers of musicians in the country as afro-soul singer Lawi becomes the latest casualty with his new album, Sunset in the Sky. Lawi launched the album in Lilongwe on December 2 2017 and has since been selling it at K10 000 in designated shops in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. But…

Ma Blacks, Lucius Banda to perform in the UK

  Malawi’s music giants the Black Missionaries Band, Anthony Makondetsa and Lucius Banda will in March perform in the United Kingdom (UK) to raise funds for charity. The two will perform together with Zambia’s B1 and Organised Family as well as Uganda’s Ziza Bafana. In an interview on Thursday, Black Missionaries leader Anjiru Fumulani said…

Who will fight for the writers in 2018?

Master, you talked with bows, arrows and catapults once/Your hands steaming with hawk blood/To protect your chicken. Why do you talk with knives now? Your hands teaming with eggshells/And hot blood from your own chicken? Is it to impress your visitors? – Song of Chickens, Jack Mapanje. The just ended year has been a sad…

Lusubilo leaves for South Korea on Friday

Karonga-based Lusubilo Band will on Friday leave for South Korea where they have been invited to attend a 14-day cultural exchange programme dubbed Art Dream Camp. Lusubilo Band founder Chungja Agnes Kim said the band will stage three performances during the visit which has been bankrolled by the Culture Ministry of South Korea. The camp…

Lawi’s second coming

The year 2017 witnessed the return of the celebrated afro-soul musician Lawi after a four-year silence. The versatile artist launched his second album Sunset in the Sky at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe on December 2. But a promotional Zonena Kuchuluka was first to hit the airwaves two months before the launch. The…

Rumphi disaster victims at risk of cholera

  Disaster-affected households at Phwezi in Rumphi are at risk of contracting cholera and other diseases as the area is running short of toilets, it has been learnt. Chinyolo Area Development Committee (ADC) chairperson Harvey Chihana said most toilets were washed away due to floods which caused havoc in the area on Friday night. The…

Floods, mudslides hit Rumphi

Business came to a standstill at Phwezi Trading Centre in Rumphi yesterday following a heavy downpour on Friday night that led to flash floods and mudslides at Hungulu in the district. At the trading centre, at least 70 families were displaced and property worth millions of kwacha was damaged in the process. A Nation on…

DPP flirts with PP beauties—Matola

On Thursday, People’s Party (PP) secretary general Ibrahim Matola met district governors in the Northern Region who demanded to know if the party has sealed an alliance with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Our Reporter JOHN CHIRWA caught up with Matola. PP governors want members of Parliament (MPs) to explain why they met President…

Fredokiss conquers Mzuzu

Rapper Fredokiss has become irresistible. At Mzuzu Stadium on Saturday, his allure was so strong, he announced his entry into a free concert with a private chopper. All eyes were in the sky. The helicopter hovered above the venue for several minutes before landing on the northern end of the stadium. From there, the self-styled…

Graves for lakeshore mothers

  Communities along the northern shoreline of Lake Malawi bury the dead in their own backyard, underscoring an unbreakable bond between the living and the dead. This mystical fondness was pronounced when Silas Ngwira took us to a rocky graveyard behind his home in Khondowe, Nkhata Bay North. “Here lies Mary Banda,” he pointed at…

The road to 2018 Miss Malawi

  The chase for the crown is still on! Four were chosen. Two didn’t make it. It was a glamourous night filled with joy and tears. This was at Grand Palace Hotel in Mzuzu on Saturday during the Northern Region finals of the Miss Malawi beauty pageant which attracted six contestants. The girls paraded in…

Mzuni’s K2.9bn tourism centre takes off

Mzuzu University (Mzuni) has started constructing a tourism skills development centre partly funded by the World Bank to the tune of $4.1 million (almost K2.9 billion). Speaking when he visited the project at Dunduzu on the northern boundary of Mzuzu City, Mzuni dean of Faculty of Tourism, Hospitality and Management Daniel Harawa  said the project…

Miss Malawi in regional finals

The stage is set! Let the catwalks begin! The Miss Malawi beauty pageant enters defining moments on Saturday. This is the second stage in the search for the next beauty queen after the recent countrywide auditions. The search, or say the regional finals, will begin in Mzuzu and then move to Blantyre next weekend. Rejoice…

Ignored scars of gender violence

Survivors of gender-based violence are dying for psychosocial support, especially counselling, writes Staff Reporter JOHN CHIRWA The happiest day for Rose Mhone, 39, came in 1992 when she told her sweetheart:  “Till death do us part.” But it was no happy affair as her husband started sleeping around. “Within a year, he started going out…

Rising GVB cases worry ministry

    Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Jean Kalilani says the country continues to register increased cases of gender-based violence (GBV)  despite efforts to end the vice. Kalilani was speaking in Mzimba on Saturday during the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign against GBV which runs from November 25 to…

Mental illnesses remain neglected—study

  A study in Mzimba shows almost half of people with mental illnesses are not accessing health services in hospitals due to lack of knowledge and widespread cultural beliefs. The findings by student nurses at St John of God College of Health Sciences were unveiled in Mzuzu on Friday. Catherine Mwale, head of nursing department…