Saving women from ruptured wombs

In 2016, Margaret Kawala was 41 years-old when she gave birth to her third child. Kawala, who was married in 1992, knew no better happiness. But three months later, the joy turned into grief for Kawala, who lives in Mponela, Traditional Authority Dzoole in Dowa. She was pregnant, again. “It was confirmed that I was…

Between 2016 and 2017, the United Children’s Fund (Unicef) rolled out mass screening of children for early diagnosis and treatment of malnutrition. Although there was high rise in children getting screened at community level and children being referred to health facilities for free services, there is low access and utilisation. Unicef engaged the Applied Development…

Between 2016 and 2017, the United Children’s Fund (Unicef) rolled out mass screening of children for early diagnosis and treatment of malnutrition. Although there was high rise in children getting screened at community level and children being referred to health facilities for free services, there is low access and utilisation. Unicef engaged the Applied Development…

France honours MP Sangala

  France on Saturday decorated Blantyre Malabada legislator and former Cabinet minister Aaron Sangala with the Knight of National Order of Merit for his efforts in promoting French language and culture in Malawi. French Ambassador Richard Boidin, decorating Sangala as the first Malawian to get the knighthood that was previously awarded to Senegal’s independence president,…

Musings on Malawi music

For some time, I have kept myself off Malawi music commentary. I have no reason, no excuse for that incessant blackout, but hey, we need some time to view things from other perspectives. Don’t we? While I was away, in that desert, I was still listening to the songs that are part of us. There…

France honours Sangala

The French Government will tomorrow honour Ndirande Malabada parliamentarian Aaron Sangala with the Knight of the National Order of Merit. A press release from the French Embassy yesterday ambassador Richard Boidin will decorate Sangala with the honour at the Maison de la France and Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre. According to Internet sources, French President Charles de…

Malawi is no stranger to shocks, natural disasters, and agricultural pests, but the latest to threaten the country’s agriculture and food security is fall armyworm (FAW). The pest native to South and Central America has worked its way across African, reaching Malawi by December 2016. While FAW has fed on over 80 plant species in…

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…