Love gone wrong

  In September 2010, Malawi was shaken with a story of how Linda Gasa, a pregnant 25-year-old Zimbabwean, student at Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA) in Blantyre, was murdered under suspicious circumstances. Her married lover Misonzi Chanthunya stands accused of the murder. Chanthunya, fled to South Africa following his alleged crime and he has been…

Experiencing maternal woes firsthand

She wanted to have a feel of the challenges pregnant women in Malawi face when accessing health care. She could have done this by just visiting a maternity section at one of the hospitals in the country. But that is not what she did. Instead, British High Commissioner Holly Tett left the comfort of her…

‘Fight against TB registering progress’

  National Tuberculosis Control Programme (NTP) manager Dr James Mpunga has said Malawi is on the right track in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) as it continues to do well on indicators set by the World Health Organisation (WHO). He said this in Lilongwe last week during a three-day media professional meeting on TB. Mpunga…

‘Political framework has failed to evolve’

Political pressure group Transformation Alliance (TA) held its first national conference on August 25 in Blantyre where calls for speedy implementation of constitutional reforms to reduce presidential powers and give governance institutions more powers were raised. Subsequently, the Alliance released a communiqué from the conference last week. The communiqué also echoed the calls that were…

Trust launches Science for All project

Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLW) has launched a Science for All (Sci4o) Project to inspire upper primary and secondary school learners to take up careers in biomedical and clinical science research. The project will use film shows, workshops and career guidance for students in selected schools in three education divisions, namely South West, South East and…

‘College of Medicine for meaningful research’

College of Medicine (CoM) says it is keen on research and wants to conduct ground-breaking studies that have an impact on Malawians and people across the globe. CoM principal Dr. Mwapatsa Mipando made the remarks yesterday during a press briefing ahead of CoM 2017 Research Dissemination Conference set for November 24 and 25 at the…

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…