Committee wants Shire Valley project expedited

  The Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has urged government to show commitment on the multibillion kwacha Shire Valley Transformation Programme (SVTP) scheduled to start next year. Speaking in an interview on Friday in Dedza during a parliamentary committee briefing by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, the committee’s chairperson,…

Addressing gaps in Chichewa

One of the country’s finest language professors, Al Mtenje, has published a new book. The book is addressing gaps in Chichewa language, the major one being the sound of Chichewa words. The book, titled The Phonology of Chichewa, has been co-authored by professor Laura Downing who is a professor of African Linguistics at the University…

Mzimba soya farmers stranded

  After selling soya beans at K330 per kilogramme (kg) last year, farmers in Mzimba are now stranded with huge tonnes of the crop due to, among others, overproduction. Meanwhile, the price of the crop has gone down to as low as K120 per kilogramme (kg). Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development set K280…

AU pushes for gender laws promotion

  The African Union (AU) regional delegate for Southern Africa and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) has proposed that all organisations not implementing gender equality laws must be taxed to improve gender-related issues in the country. Speaking yesterday during a country level consultative meeting in preparation for the upcoming 37th Southern African…

Makwinja’s rise from ruins

  Relentless tragedies of life often put women down—sometimes to the point that they forever damn themselves to fate. But they haven’t for Hawa Makwinja, a 35-year-old woman whose life, from the time she was born at Nanjiri, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chadza in Lilongwe, was a perfect chronicle of how misfortunes have a way of…

MHRC still positive on Njauju probe

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has said it is still optimistic that relevant agencies are investigating the murder of former Anti-Corruption Bureau corporate affairs director Issa Njauju. In July last year, MHRC said it was concerned about the apparent delays and waning commitment among those involved in the investigations into what is seen as…

‘Fight against over-population is on’

  Our Entertainement Editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with newly-elected Miss Malawi Cecilia Khofi to learn more about her anspirations and other related matters. Experts: Q : First, tell us who is Cecilia Khofi? A : I am a fifth-born child in a family of six. I was born and raised in Blantyre District. My…

Meet the new Miss Malawi

  It has been four years since Malawi last had a beauty queen. And finally on Friday, April 28, at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) the new Miss Malawi was crowned. She is Cecilia Khofi. In a tightly contested finale, she won the hearts of the audience and judges alike with her confidence, charm and…

Poetry: prose or pranks?

  Of late, poetry standards have plummeted due to the influx of some artists who wear the garb of poetry. These artists bamboozle the unsuspecting audience with their prose, jokes or riddles which they claim represent poetry in a more evolved and transformed form. The wannabes claim that this new vernacular poetry suits the constant…

  Renowned poet Felix Njonjonjo Katsoka has attacked what he calls Malawians’ obsession with foreign products and services. In his upcoming album titled Kudikila Mzungu 2, Njonjonjo questions the love that Malawians have towards anything foreign while failing to appreciate local products and services. In the title poem Kudikila Mzungu, Katsoka calls Malawi a land…

TNM pumps K3m in ‘Highly Underrated’ launch

TNM says it is passionate to use its integrated platforms to uplift youthful innovators and entrepreneurs, not leaving behind promising artists. TNM chief strategy officer Wilson Kyumba said this on Saturday when his firm bankrolled K3 million for rapper Third Eye’s (Real name Mandela Mwanza) Highly Underrated album launch in Lilongwe.  “We are taking a…

Malawi disowns seized ivory

  The Department of Parks and Wildlife has said ivory and rhino horns  recently seized in China, Thailand and Vietnam are not from Malawi. The department’s position comes after ivory and rhino horns seized on three occasions between January and March in Asia were said to have originated from Malawi. Reports indicate that all the…

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has protested the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) decision to conduct a by-election in Lilongwe City South East Constituency instead of a re-run as ordered by the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal. In a letter dated April 5 addressed to MEC chief elections officer whose copy The Nation has seen, MCP argues…

Books for culture, history

The Malawi Union for Academic and Non-fiction Authors (Muana) has embarked on a five-year project aimed at publishing secondary school textbooks which will specifically promote the country’s culture and history. TEMWANI MGUNDA caught up with Muana secretary general NDONGOLERA MWANGUPILI to find out more about the project and other related matters. Excerpts…   Q :…

Teams continue to tune up for new season

  Super League clubs at the weekend continued to tune up for the new season by playing friendly matches. Nyasa Big Bullets beat Nsanama Select 3-1 at Nsanama in Machinga on Saturday. Mussa Manyenje, Muhammad Sulumba and new catch Ernest Petulo were on target for the People’s Team. Bullets were taking on Liwonde Road Block…

Mejn calls for realistic budget projections

Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) has called for a sober “after action budget and policy review”, pushing for more realistic budget projections by fiscal authorities. In his presentation to the Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament prior to the unveiling of the 2016/17 Mid-Year Budget on Friday, Mejn executive director Dalitso Kubalasa faulted the tendency…

4 000 tobacco growers  now into legumes—AHCX

  AHL Commodities Exchange (AHCX) has registered over 4 000 new farmers who previously grew tobacco only, but have now either expanded or completely abandoned the leaf to venture into legume production. The growers were registered when AHCX and its sister companies AHL Tobacco Sales and Agricultural Trading Company (ATC) held joint field meetings in…

Nchalo Utd hire Mabvuto Lungu

  Masters Security Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) Premier League side Nchalo United have hired former Nyasa Big Bullets assistant coach Mabvuto ‘Tigana’ Lungu. The club’s chairperson Peter Chiipanthenga confirmed sealing the deal with the Bullets legend at the weekend, saying the move is part of the drive to return to the Super League next…