Lutan Fyah finally in!

After failing to make it for his two booked flights this week, Jamaican reggae music artist Lutan Fyah finally arrived through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) on Thursday afternoon. Anxiety started creeping among music lovers in the country when again the reggae artist failed to arrive in the country on Wednesday as promised by the organisers…

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, I would accept and acknowledge that it is a fact that Saulos Chilima is the country’s Vice-President and that Malawi Congress Party president Lazarus Chakwera is the Leader of Opposition in Parliament. Thus, if I were the minister, I would have risen above petty partisan politics at the …

South league in race against time

The Chitetezo Mbaula Southern Region Football League faces a fixture pile-up hitch as the season draws towards the end. While the other regional leagues have almost completed their fixtures, the South has some teams which have between eight and 13 games to play. Southern Region FootballAssociation (SRFA) chairperson Raphael Humba attributed the predicament to latekick-off…

Mandevu Farm Band to be relaunched on Dec 15

After a two-year silence following the deathof its band leader Maurice Maulidi, Mandevu Farm Band is set to resurface witha bang on Saturday, December 15 2018 at its base in Machinga, the farm’sproprietor Leonard Kalindekafe has confirmed. Kalindekafe said the band will now be led by veteran musician Peter Chidzanja Nkhoma, popularly known as ‘Chechule’,…

Farmers access 45 percent of Fisp fertilisers

About 45 percent of fertilisers required for Farm Inputs Subsidy Programme (Fisp) have been accessed by farmers in the country, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has said. The ministry’sspokesperson Hamilton Chimala told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Thursday thatfarm inputs are being retailed by private companies that are contracted bygovernment and that so…

Returnees petition  Speaker for mediation

An association of returnees and former detainees plan to petition the Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya to compel the Attorney General (AG) to meet them so they can present their grievances. The representatives ofthe Malawi Returnees and Ex-detainees Association, estimated to be 23 000, haveon several occasions attempted to meet the AG. as recommended by…

Mlatho Mponela earn Super League promotion

  Mlatho Mponela on Sunday earned promotion into the TNM Super League after sealing their Chipiku Stores Central Region Football League (CRL) Premier Division championship with a 3-0 win over Dedza Young Soccer. The Dowa-based side has become the first team from the second-tier regional leagues to earn a slot in the top-flight league. They…

  Investment into the energy sector by the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) is set to increase following a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on Friday between government and the African Trade Insurance (ATI) for Regional Liquidity Facility (RLF). RLF guarantees energy companies’ access to finance to maximise returns on investments. RLF is a joint initiative…

Cloud hangs over cosafa

  A cloud of uncertainty continued to hang over the bulk of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) teams after only one side from Southern Africa—surprise packages Madagascar—managed to secure their 2019 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) berth by the end of the penultimate round of qualifiers on Sunday night. Thirteen countries have so…

Nomads tip Bullets, Silver on CAF tourneys

  TNM Super League defending champions Be Forward Wanderers have extended best wishes to Malawi’s CAF inter-club competitions’ representatives Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers. Bullets face Gor Mahia of Kenya in the preliminary round first leg-tie of the CAF Champions League on Wednesday while the Bankers date Gabonese side A.O CMS on the same…

Kaizer Chiefs coach praises Mabedi

  South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit Kaizer Chiefs’ coach Giovanni Solinas has shed light on the impact of his Malawian assistant coach Patrick Mabedi and insists the former club skipper contributes positively. Solinas has been at the helm a little over three months now and has endured a slump as Amakhosi have yet…

  CAF Inter-club Ad hoc Committee has shelved the outcome of the draws for the 2018/19 continental club tournaments conducted in Morocco on Saturday. Two Malawian clubs—Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers—have entered the Champions League and Confederation Cup, respectively. Reports filtering in indicate that committee says there are some decisions they need to make…

Arrests, violence, State indifference

People in same-sex relations in Malawi are treated as second-class citizens, suffering constant attacks and rights violations while the State looks away. While politicians want a referendum on rights of sexual minorities, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH wants government to repeal the laws. Malawi’s laws prohibiting consensual same-sex relations foster a climate of fear and fuel violence…

Men shun HIV testing—NAC

The National Aids Commission (NAC) says it has observed that men continue to shun HIV testing services, a practice that could increase the risk of further spreading the virus that causes Aids. NAC has since identified new strategies to specifically target areas and groups where men are involved, to promote self-testing. Speaking during an HIV…