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…

Let there be demonstrations. Let those who feel the urge and have enough reason to express themselves through demonstrations, go on the street and express their thoughts. As for those who are afraid of the demos, well, you can sit at home and watch, that is if you will have electricity to power your TVs…

Recently  two weeks in a row I watched videos through social media of women battering a fellow woman on suspicion that she is 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…

Events in the country’s main opposition party, Malawi Congress Party (MCP), are a true testimony of how money bags are eroding democratic values that parties ought to hold. I lay all blame of the intra-party conflicts and factionalism now apparent in MCP to the coming of Sidik Mia. Mia is a big catch for MCP—both…

Don’t politicise corruption—Mutharika

President Peter Mutharika while acknowledging that there is widespread corruption in the country, denied reports that corruption is growing in the country and said it is just being politicised. Mutharika, speaking during the commemoration prayers organized in remembrance of the freedom fighter John Chilembwe in Chiradzulu, said corruption exists in the private sector, judiciary, faith…

We have a crisis. We have an energy crisis that has paralysed our already weakling economy which is on life support machine. Spending days in darkness have made me weary and angry that I sometimes wish I had the powers to single-handedly change things—but I know this is next to impossible. But, sometimes when I…

Goodbye 2017 and all your troubles, and problems. Welcome 2018 and hoping that this is the year that, as a people, we will prosper in all spheres of life. I had my good share of sad and happy moments in 2017 and as I look back, I know for sure that some of those sad…

Let there be demonstrations. Let those who feel the urge and have enough reason to express themselves through demonstrations, go on the street and express their thoughts. As for those who are afraid of the demos, well, you can sit at home and watch, that is if you will have electricity to power your TVs…

We have a crisis. We have an energy crisis that has paralysed our economy which is already on life support machine. I feel this is a crisis, and so, too, does my neighbour and all Malawians both within and without. Spending days in darkness has made me weary and angry that I sometimes wish I…

In recent part, I have read several heartbreaking stories.  I single out two—one about a woman raped by her father and another one about a four-year old girl defiled and left for dead. The thought of a four-year-old girl being sexually assaulted and killed in the process by someone she perhaps trusted makes me wonder…

There is a popular saying in Malawi that has become a catchword in political circles as well as in everyday life. The vernacular phrase, wadya sikono (literary meaning as eating a scone) is often used to describe someone who fails to speak out against the ills that are happening in their community, workplace and indeed…

There is a popular saying in Malawi that has become a catchword in political circles as well as in everyday life. The vernacular phrase, wadya sikono (literary meaning as eating a scone) is often used to describe someone who fails to speak out against the ills that are happening in their community, workplace and indeed…

Two weeks in a row I have watched videos through social media of women battering fellow woman on suspicion that she is cheating on 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 on their friend’s husband I thought…

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

Malawi, a country so superstitious that almost anything and everything is thought of in terms of witchcraft and other mysterious occurrences, is again making news for the unfounded “blood sucking” rumours. Because of these baseless rumours, six people have lost their lives for being suspected to be ‘blood suckers’. The rumours are rife in Mulanje,…

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…

Graca Machel: Much more than a first lady

Graca Machel, fondly called Mama Machel by many who adore her, is a woman with weighty qualifications, including a law degree—combined with an impressive slate of global achievements in women’s rights and humanitarian issues. According to South African History Online (Saho), Graça Simbine Machel was born on 17 October 1945, in Gaza, Mozambique, the last…

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its president Peter Mutharika were in the Northern Region to carry out ‘developmental’ activities. As it has become a norm, during these developmental events and rallies, party bigwigs take turns to throw shade at the opposition and other government critics. Watching them belittle and dismiss those with dissenting views…

There is a popular saying in Malawi that has become a catchword in political circles as well as in everyday life. The vernacular phrase, wadya sikono (literary meaning as eating a scone) is often used to describe someone who fails to speak out against ills that are happening in their community, workplace and, indeed, in…