Ministry, communities tout health research

  Ministry of Health (MoH) and communities in Chikwawa District have commended a health and clinical research Malawi Liverpool Wellcome (MLW) Trust is conducting in the country, saying it will help improve healthcare delivery in the country. Speaking at Chikwawa Community ground on Saturday during a MLW Kafukufuku Festival, MoH South West zonal manager Dr…

Wheels of justice stop

When police arrested Dave Benito one sunny Friday, he expected them to release him after taking down his statement. At worst, he needed not spend more than 48 hours in police custody as required by Section 42 of the Constitution. However, the 24-year-old minibus conductor, suspected of stealing a Coca-cola bicycle in Blantyre’s Manje Township…

Dausi urges MBC to cover all parties

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi has asked Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to extend its coverage to all political parties registered in the country. Dausi, who is also official government spokesperson, said this yesterday when he inaugurated newly-refurbished structures at MBC Television at Kwacha and MBC Radio Station offices at Chichiri in Blantyre.…

Women lag in politics

Various players are petitioning for more women to occupy political leadership positions. For years, the civil society have been drumming up support for women aspiring for councillorship and parliamentary seats. However, a new study has revealed that despite the popular view that men and women should have equal chances to elected positions, women keep trailing…

US Embassy awards scholarships to 4 Malawians

United States of America (US) Ambassador Virginia Palmer yesterday announced that three Malawians have been selected to receive Fulbright grants to pursue master’s degrees in the US starting in the 2017-18 academic year. She said the awardees are not only academically outstanding, but also truly committed to the continued development of their country. “I wish…

When talking about politics in Malawi, the youth cannot go unmentioned or without being recognised for the numerous roles that they play. At political rallies, it is common to see a majority of youths painted from head to toe in sweltering heat, and sometimes drenched in rain, showing their unwavering support to party leaders. Sometimes,…

Blue League to meet on Saturday in LL

Blue League, a professional youth arm of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), will tomorrow hold a get-together at Mungo Park in Lilongwe. According to Blue League national vice-chairperson Dumisani Lindani, the get-together will also encourage the youth to get involved in the socio-economic development of the country as well as meaningfully participate in the country’s…

Saved from water troubles

The significance of water for human beings across the world is usually summarised in the phrase “water is life”. This popular phrase is usually interpreted to mean that water is necessary for biological survival, growth and flourishing. However, access to water is not actually a big deal. The big deal is where the life-sustaining liquid…

Making contraceptives accessible

Some women in the country are still struggling to limit, delay and space childbirths not because contraceptives are unavailable close to where they live. Rather, these sexually active citizens need an environment where no men watch when they seek contraceptives. The fierce men include sexual partners, especially husbands. In Galeta Village, Jacqueline Emmanuel recounts the…

We cannot dispute the fact that education is one of the most expensive things to attain in Malawi. And while people are managing to struggle and attain primary and secondary education, higher education remains a nightmare for a lot of Malawians, both from the urban and rural settings. To start with, while not every secondary…

MW doing well on women empowerment—survey

A new survey by Afrobarometer has shown that 57 percent of Malawians believe that government has performed “fairly well” or “very well” in promoting opportunities and equality for women in the country. However, the survey on gender equality and women’s political engagement in Malawi indicates only 50 percent of the respondents see real progress on these…

Economy in bad shape—survey

Despite some indicators such as inflation rate being on the downward spiral, majority of Malawians feel the national economy and their living conditions are in a bad shape, an Afrobarometer survey has established. In the survey, whose results were presented in Blantyre yesterday, most of the respondents also said they expect things to get worse…

No long walk to clinics

Idah Clement is a mother of two. Every time her two-year-old asthmatic son was taken ill, she had to walk almost 10 kilometres from Ntasa Village to Kunenekude Health Centre in Mwanza. The little boy’s condition meant frequent travels and extra costs as bicycle taxi operators charge K1 500 per trip. “It was costly,” Clement…

‘Our parties are boys clubs’

In this article, our News Analyst MERCY MALIKWA explores how partisan politics trumps women’s rights and participation in politics. There is a lot of talk about gender equality and women empowerment in the country. Achieving equal representation of men and women in political and decision-making positions is a hot topic. In the run up to…

‘2019 race still open’

There have been several opinion polls and forecasts ahead of the May 2019 Tripartite Elections. Our News Analyst MERCY MALIKWA engages democratic governance expert Kizito Tenthani for an interpretation. What are the major lessons from the findings? Opinion polls or perception surveys are simply that: opinions and perceptions. Based on the methodology used, these surveys…

Acceptance is the first step

Today is the International Albinism Awareness Day. Our News Analyst MERCY MALIKWA catches up with a nurse-cum-midwife who personifies triumph over adversity amid killings, abductions and superstitions that target people with albinism. People with albinism in the country are haunted by killings, exhumations, discrimination and stigma, but Grace Massa, 37, is proud of the way…

When regionalism rules

  The restoration of Alliance for Democracy (Aford) has re-ignited concerns about simmering regionalism in the country. In the minds of architects of the rebuilding of the party that has been in free-fall since the restoration of multiparty politics in 1993, this is the return of a sleeping giant that won all parliamentary seats in…