Ministry raises councillors’ perks

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has adjusted upwards councillors allowances from K80 000 to K100 000, reflecting a 25 percent increase. Councillors, through Malawi Local Government Association (Malga), submitted a petition to the ministry in June 2018 asking for an increment due to the high cost of living in the country. In…

Legislators urged to advocate for women, children and adolescents

World Health Organisation (WHO) assistant director of family, women, children and adolescents, Princess Nothemba Simelela, has asked parliamentarians globally to advocate for the rights of women, children and adolescents. She made the call at the 2018 Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) Forum in New Delhi, India on Thursday when she spoke on…

Malawi shines at global forum

Malawi was the centre of attention at the 2018 Partners’ Forum in New Delhi, India on Wednesday following a feature on the Chipatala Cha Pa Foni (CCPF) initiative in a publication which was launched at the forum. Appearing in The BMJ December 2018 specialsupplement proposed by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health(PMNCH) and…

African Parks to invest K18bn in wildlife conservation

  African Parks (AP), a private sector firm managing three of Malawi’s parks and wildlife reserves under a public-private partnership (PPP) concession with government, says it will invest $24 million (about K18 billion) in the next five years. Speaking during the 2017 stakeholders meeting on Wednesday in Liwonde, AP Malawi board chairperson Francis Mbilizi said:…

50:50 quota under siege

Achieving equal representation of men and women in political and decision-making positions continues to be a hot topic in the country. It has been since multiparty politics. In the run-up to the May 2014 Tripartite Elections, government, NGO-Gender Coordination Network and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) jointly…

Consolidating the fight against gender violence

Recently, Pan African Civic Educators Network (Pacenet), a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) whose main goal is to promote the participation of citizens in democratic against  governance, developed and launched a gender transformative manual for grassroots engagement towards women’s political empowerment. Last week, the organisation brought together various stakeholders such as political parties, civil society organisations…

‘Politics at centre of corruption

Today, December 9, is World Anti-Corruption Day, a day set aside by the United Nations (UN) to raise awareness about corruption and the role of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on October 31 2003. In this interview, our News Analyst MERCY MALIKWA engaged Danwood Chirwa, a…

Nowhere to run

The Malawian girl is crying for an end to atrocities inflicted by adults who ought to protect her, writes our News Analyst MERCY MALIKWA. Police officers are employed to protect people’s lives, rights and property—especially the defenceless. However, Collins Mwambiwa, from Limbe Police Station in Blantyre, has entered his second month in jail for defiling…

BT women urged to manage stress

  Leadership consultant Mary Mkandawire has advised women from Kabula Ministries, an arm of Kabula Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church in Blantyre, to manage stress instead of being overwhelmed when passing through stressful moments. Delivering a motivational talk during the women’s dinner at Sunbird Mount Soche on Sunday, she said stress in itself is not…

Being a family with albinism

When 24-year-old Lukiyasi Boniface from Chinkhu Village, Traditional Authority Kachere in Dedza District married his sweetheart about three years ago, little did he thought that theirs would be no ordinary marriage. While most couples in their village are usually found together going to the market, to the garden, to see relatives living in far away…

Arts meet albinism awareness campaign

  People in Senior Chief Nankumba’s area had a full dose of fun on Tuesday when an albinism awareness meeting, which took place in their area, was filled with artistic activities such as songs, dances and drama performances. The activity, whose main aim was to raise awareness on protecting the rights of persons with albinism…

Urine tests for faster TB diagnosis

  Diagnosis of TB among people living with HIV is not easy. In this article, our News Analyst MERCY MALIKWA highlights  trials that could reverse the trend   Tuberculosis (TB) continues to pose a significant challenge to the country’s efforts to end death of people living with HIV. Globally, the disease remains the main cause…

Zomba DC applauds UN Women on albinism

  Zomba district commissioner (DC) Emmanuel Bambe has commended UN Women for its awareness campaigns on protecting the rights of persons with albinism. Speaking at Namitembo Parish in Zomba Chingale on Saturday during an awareness meeting, the DC said as much as the district council wants persons with albinism to be protected, it cannot do…

CCJP trains chiefs’  tribunals in Phalombe

  The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has drilled chiefs’ tribunals from six traditional authorities (T/As) in Phalombe District on how to deal with gender-based violence (GBV). The two-day training was held under a primary justice project which CCJP is implementing in the district with funding from the United Kingdom’s Department for International…

Four women, no winner

  Only four women contested in last week’s by-elections and none of them won. Gone is a one-off opportunity to increase the number of women in Parliament and councils. Our News Analyst MERCY MALIKWA caught up with lawyer and gender rights activist Ngeyi Kanyongolo on low women participation in politics. Q1 : How do you…

Slow to stop vampires

For many, ‘east or west, home is best’ is no new saying. However, the killing of seven people in Mulanje, Nsanje and Thyolo believed to be bloodsuckers has turned homes into no-go zones to their migrant sons and daughters. For weeks, reports have been awash of townspeople being warned against visiting their homelands after sunset.…