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…

U nruly drivers, many of whom manage to get a licence without appearing for a driving test, are a major menace on the roads. These drivers are reckless, change lanes to create traffic congestion on the road, over-speed and have no regard for other road users. There are many such drivers, but, minibus drivers top…

Agriculture has an image problem. Simply put, agriculture isn’t seen as being “cool” or attractive. Most youths think of it only as back-breaking labour which has no economic pay-off — and little room for career advancement. With an ageing population of Malawian farmers, it’s clear that agriculture needs to attract more young and energeitc people.…

Former president Bingu wa Mutharika instilled in Malawians the need to dream in colour. This became his catchphrase. In other words, the late Bingu was advocating the need for the people of Malawi to set their standards high.  I remembered the dreaming in colour phrase one day as I was reading the Order Paper for…

  So much has been said about the condition of Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. The stadium, which is used as home for Blantyre-based Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers, was once partially closed after an assessment report on the recommended that it shouldn’t be used because it posed a danger to the people. It…

Agriculture has an image problem. Simply put, agriculture isn’t seen as being “cool” or attractive. Most youths think of it only as back-breaking labour which has no economic pay-off — and little room for career advancement. With an ageing population of  Malawian farmers, it’s clear that agriculture needs to attract more young and energetic people.…

‘Malawi can solve  food insecurity’

Malawi has for many years grappled with food insecurity. Memories are still fresh of the food shortage that hit the country in 2015 due to a prolonged drought and floods that damaged crops in most parts of the country. The growing population, climate change and urbanisation continue to put increasing pressure on food systems in…

Memories are still fresh of a visibly distressed girl held by the hand by a policewoman in Limbe. The girl, completely naked, is seen crying as a mob of people mostly men behind her, laugh at her while another man finds pleasure in touching her breasts—I am sure the other men were envious of this…

The past weeks have been interesting in Malawi and the world as a whole. There has been so much talk about fake things. On February 15, I attended a BBC Africa debate on Fake news and social media and how it affects journalism. It was an interesting debate. I liked how people took to task…

So, on Thursday, a group of civil society organisations (CSOs) took to the streets in Lilongwe and presented a petition to Parliament. Among other things addressed in the petition is the call to end corruption, impunity, nepotism, electricity/water shortages and the need for government to turn around the collapsing economy. I commend the organisers of…

The past weeks have been interesting in Malawi and the world as a whole. There has been so much talk about fake things. On February 15, I attended a BBC Africa debate on Fake News and Social Media and how it affects journalism. It was a very interesting debate. I liked how people took to…

Thank you Madonna for adopting the twin girls from Malawi. I have no doubt that you will look after them just like you are have done with David Banda and Mercy James. I wish you and the kids well. Do not listen to your detractors. I mean those who stand on anti-hill calling you all…

Agriculture has an image problem. Simply put, to the majority of Malawi’s youth, agriculture isn’t seen as being ‘cool’ or attractive. Most youths think of it only as back-breaking labour which has no economic pay-off—and little room for career advancement. With an ageing population of Malawian farmers, it is clear that agriculture needs to attract…

I have been following and watching the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) competition in Gabon with keen interest. Let me start by saying that I am not a football pundit, but once in awhile I do spare time to watch football. I have been quite impressed with teams such as Cameroon, Senegal and Mali…