Stuck on neglected trade route

  For Andrew Kaonga and his three brothers, the journey from Chitipa to Mzuzu last week was meant to be an exciting reunion with their father in the city they love most. They joked, shared flashbacks and looked forward to an exciting stay in the evergreen city where their father had picked up a new…

Mvula gets hearty welcome in UK

  Malawi Queens goal shooter Joyce Mvula got a hearty welcome on arrival in United Kingdom (UK) yesterday where she is set to have a seven-month stint. The Malawi High Commission (MHC)  joined Thunder and Malawi Association Manchester to welcome Mvula at Heathrow International Airport in London. Thunder franchise director Darbie Hallas said more teams…

Bus yapitadi

  Be Forward Wanderers yesterday sealed their Luso TV Bus Ipite Bonanza mission with  back to back victories over their age-old rivals Nyasa Big Bullets with a 5-1 aggregate score. The Nomads completed the assignment with a 2-1 win as the new magnificent Bingu National Stadium danced to their tune. It was the first time…

Malawi’s data system goes live

  Malawi’s Enhanced General Data Dissemination System (E-GDDS), a one-stop publication for essential macroeconomic data available on the International Monetary Funds’ (IMF) dissemination standards bulletin board (DSBB) is now operational, the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has said. The system is a web-based application, which comes with a National Summary Data Page (NSDP) onto which…

  Professional journalists barely make fine writers. Journalist Mzati Nkolokosa is an exception. He is one gifted writer with a finese you find in literature majors such as Madalitso Musa, Dr Ken Lipenga and Idriss Ali Nassah. He writes with a knack of deep simplicity, weaving moving stories from fragments of the ordinary. You can…

‘Africa’s agricultural production systems need a radical change’

  Regardless of the approach or transformative pathway chosen to change food systems and trade regimes, African countries need to undertake radical change in agricultural production systems, adopt agribusiness and promote regional agricultural value chains as a vein for regional integration, a senior UN official has said. Stephen Karingi, director of the United Nations Economic…

Down to the wire

Down to the wire! Kamuzu Barracks (KB) and defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets kept their title hopes on the boil in the TNM Super League yesterday, following their victories at Mzuzu Stadium and Kamuzu Stadium respectively. KB earned a comfortable 3-0 win over Karonga United to take their tally to 58 points with a game…

Pencil of gold

  As a child William Mwale spent much of his time with pencils, making known and unknown drawings for fun. Three decades on, Mwale is still with a pencil—but this time making a living out of it. Born in Zimbabwe, raised in Botswana and Malawian, Mwale only discovered the potential he had in the pencil…

APM fires Information Minister

President Peter Mutharika has fired Minister of Information and communication Technology, Reverend Malison Ndau. The president has since replaced the soft spoken Ndau with former National Intelligence Bureau Chief, Nicholas Dausi, who will be doubling as government spokesperson. A statement signed by Presidential Press Secretary and Spokesperson Kamuzu Palace, Mgeme Kalilani does not give details…

Ma Queens ndi mphatso

Lolemba lapitali, mafumukazi athu, ma Queens, adali ku nyumba yachifumu ya Sanjika mumzinda wa Blantyre kumene mtsogoleri wadziko lino Peter Mutharika adawaitana ku nkhomaliro. Izi adachita pofuna kuwathokoza pantchito imene adagwira mumpikisano wadziko lonse wa Fast5. Iwo adali panambala 3. Mtsogoleri wa dziko linoyo adawapatsa asungwanawo mphatso ndi K300 000 aliyense zimene asenza pachithunzipa.

D1 finds new purpose after SA trip

  One of the country’s most sought-after hip-hop producers Dominic One says he feels rejuvenated after a music business trip to South Africa opened his eyes to bigger opportunities. The Lilongwe-based rapper and producer has been posting photos on Instagram with some of SA’s music luminaries, most notably SA top rapper Tumi. “The trip has…

Ethiopia abortion law, a learning point—Kabwila

Massive cutbacks in Ethiopia’s maternal mortality rates offer a compelling case for Malawi’s ongoing push to relax abortion laws long blamed for preventable deaths of women and girls, Women Parliamentary Caucus chairperson Jessie Kabwila has said. Kabwila spoke last week on the sidelines of the second Africa Regional Conference on Abortion in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,…

Cedep trashes anti-abortion demonstrations

Centre for Development of People (Cedep) has trashed the impending nationwide demonstrations by the faith community against legalising abortion, saying the church should better focus on prevailing challenges than abortion. Two of the country’s major religious groups—Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) and Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM)—announced plans two weeks ago to stage the demos…

Hats off Miss Malawi organisers—Lulu

The set for Miss Malawi Central Region edition finals in Lilongwe on Friday was all glitz and glamour. It was so illuminating that versatile artist Lulu could hardly help, but take his hat off for the organisers. The artist—who performed at the show with his Mathumela Band—told The Nation yesterday the organisation sparkled with a…

Players’ association formation takes shape

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) says the formation of the Players Welfare Association (PWA) is a milestone to improve the livelihood of football players in the country. FAM players welfare subcommitee chairperson Alfred Gunda said this on the sidelines of meetings that the association is having  with stakeholders, including Fifa, on the formation of the…

Who goes into the finals?

BEATRICE CHISONI Beatrice Chisoni, 18, is a student at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar). She feels Miss Malawi is about women who are capable, confident, passionate and have the desire and courage to stand up for others. Beatrice thinks she is one of such women. She thinks she is an ideal…