Nobody on the street expected voter turnout during Tuesday’s by-elections to be so high. In the past, especially during by-elections, voter apathy was widespread. In fact my simple research shows that voter turnout has been on the decline in Malawi from a record 93 percent in the 1999 General Elections to 59 percent in 2004.…

‘Boosting mothers’ malaria immune  response can protect infants’

  Vaccinating mothers during pregnancy can be an effective strategy for protecting infants from malaria because young children are at the highest risk of dying from infectious diseases such as malaria, a new study has found. The study, ‘Mother-Newborn Pairs in Malawi have similar antibody repertoire to diverse malaria antigens’, published recently in the Clinical…

ECA, partners developing toolbox to respond to needs of Africa’s youth

The Economic Commission for Africa is working to develop a youth policy toolbox to support member States in developing national policies that not only meet the diverse needs of the youth but also promote their involvement, ECA’s Social Development Policy Division director, Thokozile Ruzvidzo, said Tuesday. She said this when opening an experts’ workshop on policy…

Agricultural distress is often viewed as a short-term phenomenon in which farmers look for support from various quarters on account of being unable to get a gainful return due to price crash, poor market systems, rising credit burden, increasing cost of inputs and frequent occurrence of natural calamities. On the streets this week, we have…

Investor upbeat on Graphite mining

  Australian Stock Exchange (ACX)-listed Sovereign Metals Limited says it has strong interest to proceed with mining activities at the world’s largest saprolite-hosted graphite deposit at Malingunde in Lilongwe. The announcement follows a scoping study which shows that production from Malingunde is anticipated to have the lowest unit operating cost and a pay-back of two…

The term nation building or national development is usually used to refer to a constructive process of engaging all citizens in building social cohesion, economic prosperity and political stability in a nation in an inclusive and democratic way. Going by the definition, it is seen that all citizens are to be involved in building or…

President Emmanuel Macron wants to cut the French Parliament by a third. Speaking at the Palace of Versailles on Monday, Macron said France was ready to embark on a “radically new path,” announcing sweeping changes to the country’s voting system. Macron proposed cutting the number of delegates in both the upper and lower houses of…

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has an ambition that is bound to win hearts and minds with its simple optimism. The forum, a group of scientists, policymakers and business representatives, wants a leader in the field of science to emerge from Africa with the kind of far-reaching impact that Albert Einstein had. Albert Einstein was…

  In the midst of controversy over its lack of funds and budget use, the World Health Organisation (WHO) got an Ethiopian as its new director general. Tedros Adhanom (PhD), becomes the first African to win the high-profile post since its establishment in 1948. State members of the United Nations (UN) body elected Tedros on…

Word on the street is that, if you are rich in this country you must be a thief. Well, who can fault such thinking when most of the fat-cats around us, especially politicians are busy helping themselves with absolute abandon under APM’s watch to what Malawians have put together. The economic environment also is such…