Land ownership and landlessness is not an issue that should be trivialised no matter how irrelevant it may sound to some. Many countries around the world are grappling with the challenge of landlessness and inequality of land ownership. History tells us that many instabilities in the world have been due to the issue of land…

On Friday July 6 Malawi commemorated the 54th Independence Day.  I would like to take this opportunity to, again, wish fellow Malawians a happy independence. I am hopeful that the commemorations will run for the whole month. To our forefathers and the heroes and heroines who put up a gallant fight and paid for the…

Land ownership and landlessness is not an issue that should be trivialised, no matter how irrelevant it may sound to some. Many countries around the world are grappling with the challenge of landlessness and inequality of land ownership. History tells us that many instabilities in the world have been due to the issue of land…

There is a ‘silent killer’ that has been let loose. This killer preys on vulnerable and sick people who are desperate for healing. The proliferation of people claiming to have discovered herbs that cleanse the body and cure all sorts of diseases is giving people false hopes that have led to many patients developing serious…

I am heartbroken and I am really sorry our beautiful guardian angels—Tisunge Francisco, Jennifer Bonongwe, Gift Manyada and Madalitso Nayuma—for letting you down. I have let you down, the country has let you down. I wish I had heard your screams for help fast enough to save you from the tonne of bricks that mercilessly crushed…

There is a ‘silent killer’ that has been let loose. This killer preys on vulnerable and sick people who are desperate for healing. The proliferation of people claiming to have discovered herbs that cleanse the body and cure all sorts of diseases is giving people false hopes that have led to many patients developing serious…

Former president Bingu wa Mutharika [may his soul rest in peace] instilled in Malawians the need to ‘dream in colour’. This became his catch phrase. In other words, Bingu was advocating for the need for Malawians to set their standards high. I remembered the ‘dreaming in colour’ phrase one day as I was reading the…

There were ugly scenes a week ago in Lilongwe when some overzealous Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth cadets harassed and blocked Patricia Kaliati from entering Parliament where President Peter Mutharika was due to present the State of the Nation Address (Sona). The DPP cadets, known for their daylight panga-wielding, did not stop at harassing a…

The act—defined as uploading or sharing intimate pictures or videos without the subject’s consent—has grown rapidly along with social media and the immediacy of phone applications. It seems quite exciting and ok to share nude pictures or videos of people that you are no so close to. Actually, there is a sense of gratification when…

By the time this column was going to bed, Malawians from all corners of the country, had participated in peaceful protests against various social, economic and political ills that are rocking the country. Despite several attempts by the ruling party to disrupt and discredit the demonstrations, patriotic Malawians didn’t relent. Rather the attempts ignited the…

I have not forgotten watching videos, through social media, of women battering a fellow woman on suspicion that she was cheating with their husband. When I saw the first video of about three women, stripping naked, beating and urinating on a fellow woman, accusing her of cheating with their friend’s husband, I thought I had seen…

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid campaigner, activist and politician died a day before my birthday. In my quiet celebrations, I usually take stock of what I have achieved and failed to achieve. This year, I spent reflecting on and admiring the life of one of Africa’s most bold, charismatic, energetic and unapologetic daughters, Winnie-Madikizela…

What happens when you are hurt by the one you love? Women have many questions about their relationship and are discouraged by the lack of support and information they receive from family and friends. Many times when women try to seek advice from family and friends about an abusive partner the response and advice from…

The overwhelming feedback to last week’s column—from both women and men—is greatly appreciated. The feedback came from e-mails, Social Media and phone calls. One woman who sent an e-mail, and didn’t want her name to be mentioned, spoke of how she could relate to the stigma that women who do not give birth through natural…

When Zikomo Mulunji was born, I informed family and friends about the bundle of joy we had received. I remember my husband’s phone couldn’t stop ringing and so, too, mine. Questions ranged from enquiring the sex of the baby to the one question that I still grapple with a year later. Many of the family…

  Political events of the past week should have nudged me to have a word with, not only the main opposition party, Malawi Congress Party (MCP), but to all the opposition parties in the country and by extension, to civil society organisations (CSOs). MCP and the rest of the opposition parties represented in Parliament have…

The past week has been quite an eventful one in all spheres. From Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe’s stuttering— although we have known him as a man who never stammers, and failing to explain where the controversial K4 billion money meant to be disbursed to constituencies will come from, to the murder suspect and fugitive…

We have a cholera outbreak crisis in the country. The number of cases and deaths from cholera keeps on rising. This is despite Ministry of Health officials insisting that the outbreak is under control, and it is not a crisis yet. At this point, I can safely say that the disease is getting out of…

The past few weeks have been quite hectic in the political circles. As 2019 draws near, there has been quite some activities by political parties and their supporters in a bid to woo the masses to their sides. There are others, the DPP, for instance, who have been quite active with ‘development rallies’—although it is…

When Zikomo Mulunji was born, I informed family and friends about the bundle of joy we had received. I remember my husband’s phone couldn’t stop ringing and so, too, was mine. Questions ranged from enquiring the sex of the baby to the one question that I still grapple with, a year later. Many of the…