Countries have been stratified into different classes depending on their level of development. Some are developed countries, others are undeveloped countries and yet others least developed countries. Malawi has consistently been fitted into the last group. Rather than talking in terms of ‘undeveloped’ or ‘under-developed’ countries I find it more encouraging to talk in terms…

Tomorrow is Kamuzu Day, a day on which the nation, or those who will, spare a moment to remember the man regarded as the founder of the modern nation of Malawi. This column will give you some insights into some aspects of Kamuzu’s non-political life. Everybody talks about Kamuzu the politician, forgetting he had aspirations…

It is not inconceivable that the next Zuckerberg would have attended Mchesi Primary School in Lilongwe or would have been born in the Henga Valley in Rumphi or at Nyezelera in Phalombe.  Mark Zuckerberg is an American of Jewish descent who founded and is CEO of the social, Internet based, application, Facebook. He is one…

Yesterday saw the tourism exhibition get to an end at the Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe. Malawi desperately needs to seek ways of exposing her natural beauty to the outside world more aggressively than she has done before. Therefore the tourism exhibition is more than a welcome development, coming, as it does, on…

M alawi used to have an import substitution policy which encouraged local buyers to prefer local sourcing of goods to importing, where possible. The idea was to reserve our foreign exchange reserves for critical imports like petroleum and fertiliser. Over the years, we have seen “Import Substitution” eroding significantly as individuals and organisations imported all…

Petroleum appears to have conquered the world as the fuel that dominates the transport sector. For a century users road of transport have known nothing else besides petrol, diesel and other fractions of petroleum. In the years to come, motorists will not turn in to filling stations to refuel but instead will be calling at…

Our children are daily bombarded with foreign methodologies of achieving basic literacy and numeracy. A popular alphabet chart has ‘A for Apple’ and similar phrases. While this may make sense to the children that grow up in town, it remains double Dutch to the rural pupils, many of who have never heard of, much less…

In my last article I explored some of the effects of the massive environmental degradation this country has suffered. I attempted to show that the prolonged blackouts we are continuously experiencing are chiefly the result of environmental degradation. We have carelessly cleared our forest reserves on hills, mountains and in catchment areas. There used to…

It is quite frightening how people dismiss scientific phenomena and continue to live as if such knowledge never existed or was totally of no consequence. A case in point is the link between environmental degradation and persistent blackouts. To a great number of people, the blackouts are purely the result of Electricity Supply Corporation of…

Many a time we sit and talk and transact whatever business that is before us, totally unaware of what could be lurking out there in deep space. Space is a terribly busy place with all sorts of objects doing all manner of maneuvers that would knock us down. There are many tiny and large objects…

The issue of population growth is one that vexes many people. There are those who believe that the small cake that is the gross national product cannot go round to everybody because there are too many of us. These, on the one hand, will advocate a slow down on population growth to remedy the situation.…

I visited a funny place called Lumbadzi last week. Funny, because it is purportedly located in the city of Lilongwe although it is technically in Dowa district. Because of its proximity to Kamuzu International Airport (KIA), it enjoys the oversight of the City of Lilongwe. Residents of Lumbadzi, for example, draw their water from Lilongwe…

One Saturday morning, as I was driving through the Blantyre city centre, I was suddenly caught up in slow moving traffic and was, therefore, only able to make slow progress through the streets of the business district. The cause of the traffic build up was a wedding. Some couple had just tied the knot and…

After the demise of the reggae legend, Bob Marley, a reporter approached Marley’s former band mate, Peter Tosh, and asked him if he thought he would be the second Bob Marley. “No,” he replied, “I will be the first Peter Tosh.” If it had been somebody else, he might have been tempted to jump at…

When the British administrators ruled us during the colonial era, they literally lorded it over us, creating a huge gap between them and us. We resented colonialism because, among other things, we wanted the majority of our people to participate in the running of affairs of government and commerce. Blantyre and Lilongwe were never settler…

The advent of the social media has brought about many exciting possibilities. I still remember a time when, as a young man studying in the United Kingdom, I would write to people at home and would pay for airmail delivery. It used to take one week for the letter to reach home. If the addressee…

One practical way to control accumulation of unwanted waste is to observe the three golden Rs—reduce, reuse and recycle. It is common sense that you can reduce the amount of waste produced by reducing the use of the commodity that generates the waste. In this article, I will feature paper as a commodity to be…

This weekend is a very solemn one in the worldwide Christian community, as the faithful commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A few legends have evolved in connection with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ nearly 2 000 years ago. The Holy Grail is one such legend. Since the description of…

‘Time is money’, so goes the saying. In Malawi, we do not respect time as much as our friends in the developed world do, perhaps because we find it difficult to relate it to money. That relationship is, at best, hazy. In my first-year as a student at Watford College, in the United Kingdom, I…