Promoting reading culture

Claim Limited is celebrating 25 years of existence. The institution is a retailer book store with over 10 outlets across the country. As part of the celebrations, Claim has introduced a story writing competition for secondary school students. It will also hold a major celebrations in Blantyre next month. Kondwani Kamiyala caught up with Claim…

PAC was right—Kayuni

On Tuesday, the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) announced it was postponing the nationwide peaceful  march, which was planned to move government to action on the proposed Electoral Reforms Bill. PAC explained they had done so to monitor the situation in Parliament, where the Bills were presented. Our Staff Writer Kondwani Kamiyala wanted to understand the…

Poets bring festival

  Festivals keep coming. A new poetry festival, the Warm Heart Poetry Festival (WHPF) will take centre-stage for the first time on December 3 at the Blantyre Cultural Centre (BCC). Sponsored by Bayete Naturals, the festival is a brainchild of poets Babangoni Chisale, Silvester Kalizang’oma and Hoffman Aipira. According to Kalizang’oma, WHPF will be an…

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…