Jay Jay makes hay

He has talent. When he performs Busy Signal’s Missing You, the Jamaican reggae artist voice comes alive. As he turns to Bob Marley’s One Love, you feel the Jamaican reggae king’s voice living again. Before you realize it, he turns to Lionel Richie’s All Night Long and the mellow voice breathes again. Surprised? Don’t be.…

Arty Mother’s Fun Run

All work no play makes Jack a dull boy, so they say. Indeed, great messages can be sent across the populace by spicing it up with pleasure. So it was on Saturday when Blantyre streets came to a standstill as participants in the annual Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Mother’s Fun Run event trekked from Delamere…

Enhancing Chichewa stories

Lawrence Kadzitche is one prolific writer. He has written short stories in local and international publications. But he is better known for his Katakwe adventures published in Tamvani Supplement Weekend Nation. KONDWANI KAMIYALA talked to him. Excerpts: Q: Who is Lawrence Kadzitche? A :I am a writer who likes to write about fiction. I did…

Africa body pens MHRC on LGBTI

An African regional body, the Aids and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (Arasa), has written the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) to shelf the idea of holding a public inquiry on whether or not Malawi should continue criminalising same sex marriages. On the sidelines of the opening of a conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, on…

Criminalising same sex marriages not working, says African Body

  While most southern and eastern African countries continue criminalising same sex marriages, executive director for the Aids and Rights Alliance in Southern Africa (Arasa) Michaela Clayton says this is not working. Speaking when she opened the four-day second regional capacity-strengthening convening for African Human Rights Institutions, Clayton said much remains to be done in…

Admarc opens markets

Civil Society Network for Agriculture (Cisanet) executive director Pamela Kuwali yesterday welcomed Admarc’s decision to start buying maize from farmers, but said vendors who bought the commodity at low prices may benefit more. State produce-trader the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) yesterday announced it has opened markets for maize, giving relief to farmers who…

Hope for banana farmers

Banana growers in Thyolo see a flicker of hope, as the banana bunchy leaf top disease that has dwindled production over the years has been brought to manageable levels. Since 2013, the disease which spread in most banana growing districts in the country wiped out over 60 percent of Malawi’s bananas, forcing traders to import…

Nsanje band fetes prisoners

They are an up-and-coming Lower Shire valley band seeking to bring out the Sena vibes yet, over the weekend they set out on a mission to cheer prisoners at Nsanje Prison. Ulimba Vibrations on Saturday took music and fun to the prison, departing from their normal enclave at Simbeko Lodge in Nsanje, where they have…

Boma lifalitsa lipoti la zotaya mimba

Boma latulutsa lipoti la zotsatira za kafukufuku wa wokhudza za Malamulo ochotsa mimba yemwe bungwe lapadera lofufuza za malamulowo lidachita mu 2015. Lipotilo lidaperekanso maganizo ake kuti Malamulo okhudza kuchotsa mimba asinthidwe kuti azilola amayi amene atenga pakati atagwiriridwa, ngati mayi atenga mimba atagonana ndi mbale wake, komanso ngati mimba ingadzetse paumoyo ndi maganizo a…

Vibes from Nsanje

The Lower Shire has a distinct musical touch. It is called the Sena Jive. Listen to the music of the Lucky Stars, Joseph Tembo, Stanley Mthenga, Lloyd Phaundi aka Agorosso and others, you get a feel of the Sena Jive. While you might be thinking the music would go with the old-timers, a new outfit…

‘Scrape off poverty laws’

  A constitutional court recently ruled that Section 184 (1) (c) of the Constitution infringed on several constitutional rights of plastic bag seller Mayeso Gwanda. KONDWANI KAMIYALA engages Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (Chreaa) executive director VICTOR MHANGO on the matter. Q Recently, you joined as friends of the court—amicus curiae—a case…

Gwanda: Vendor who changed the law

  Lawmakers have moved at a snail’s pace to change some draconian laws and history will record that it took a vendor to get the Constitutional Court to invalidate a section of rogue and vagabond that oppresses the poor. Yesterday, we met Mayeso Gwanda selling plastic bags as usual in the heart of Limbe Market…

Encounters with moya malamusi

  My encounters with him have always been brief, but the impact Dr Moya Aliya Malamusi has left will remain undented. He is, as some would say, the giant who lets the works of his hands speak for him. Some would be surprised why Malamusi got the arts category award in the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation’s…

Employee benefits top labour disputes, says Laro

Disputes over employee benefits top the list of labour disputes in Malawi, Labour Rights Organisation (Laro) board chairperson Frank Adini has said. Adini said this on Friday during training for human resource personnel and employee representatives, at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre. He said some companies are not remitting money to the pensions administrator, making…

Stella Maris retain French drama trophy

Stella Maris Secondary School of Blantyre on Saturday retained the French drama contest for secondary schools. With their play, Fin de Larmes (The end of tears), Stella Maris proved to five judges they were better than Likuni Boys of Lilongwe, which came second with their comme on fait son lit, on se couche (How you…

French schools drama finals tomorrow

The curtain rises at the Jacaranda School’s arts stage tomorrow as eight schools compete for supremacy in the National Secondary School French Theatre. National coordinator for the contest, Poya Chapweteka, said on Wednesday the stage is set for Stella Maris Secondary School to defend their title against seven others schools. Apart from Stella Maris,               …

Daily milk output still low, says Tapp

  Although Malawi has dairy cattle with potential to produce 30 litres of milk a day, production is said to be below seven litres a day, according to Trustees for Agriculture Promotion Programme (Tapp). Tapp monitoring and evaluation officer Grace Chinkhandwe said last week that for the past two years, they have been working with…

Demand for honey on the rise, says firm

Demand for honey is on the rise and local farmers can reap more returns if they use modern beehives, managing director for The Hive (Malawi) Olive Mwenefumbo has said. “Currently,  farmers using locally-made beehives harvest honey twice a year since they crash the honeycomb on harvest. “With the modern beehives, farmers do not crash it,…

Sri Lanka cricketer hails corporate involvement

  Corporate involvement in cricket can improve the game, visiting Sri Lankan cricket legend Romesh Kaluwitharana said on Saturday. Speaking on arrival at Chileka International Airport in Blantyre for the 2016 Sri Lanka Cricket Fiesta (SLCF), which took place at the Country Club Limbe yesterday, Kaluwitharana said he was happy to be in the country.…