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…

Likoma Festival takes a break

  The country’s economic crisis has not spared the arts industry as Likoma Festival has become the latest arts celebration that will not take place this year. One of the organisers, Potex Kamenya Banda, said the festival, which takes place at Likoma Island, will take a break this year due to lack of funding. “Most…

Umthetho Festival returns next month

  Mzimba Heritage Association says the Umthetho Cultural Festival returns next month at Hora Heritage Site in Mzimba District. The event will take place from August 10 to 12 with the aim of promoting and preserving the Ngoni cultural heritage. Mzimba Heritage Association secretary Aupson Thole told The Nation that the event will be celebrated…

NGO empowers Mzimba communities

A local non-governmental organisation (NGO), Ungweru, says empowering local people with information is vital to influencing change in service delivery. The organisation’s project officer Onnis Kasambara said this at Mzimba District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting in Mzimba last week where he presented outcomes of a project they were implementing in the district. He said community institutions…

Mzimba residents to  finish stalled projects

  Mzimba residents, with support from Voice of Livingstonia (VoL) Radio Station, have embarked on an initiative to complete school projects that stalled due to alleged mismanagement of public funds. Speaking at the district executive committee (DEC) meeting on Thursday, VoL project officer Franklin Mumba said the locals want to complete construction of Luhawani Secondary…

Street Rat establishes band in Scotland

A Malawian artist living in Scotland, David Luhanga, aka Street Rat, has formed a band to widen his opportunities internationally. The six-member group trading as David Luhanga and Tilitonse Band will be launched at the Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival next month. In an interview, Street Rat said the band has also been booked for six other…

Pirated movies on screens

Movies have long been a great way to entertain and educate. But unless one is viewing them privately, a legal authorisation is required to avoid copyright infringement. Many organisations, facilities and companies regularly and unknowingly expose themselves to copyright infringement when they play audiovisual programmes, whether movies, television programmes, or any entertainment video, for seemingly…

Inside Chanco Travelling Theatre

The Chancellor College Travelling Theatre has announced plans to publish two anthologies of plays to preserve the country’s cultural beliefs and practices. Our Reporter JOHN CHIRWA caught up with the group’s chairperson Vitumbiko Gwambaike Zgambo to find out how the group has contributed to the development of theatre in the country since its inception in…