Suffix releases a new song

Suffix, real name Aubrey Ghambi on Monday dropped a new single titled Cholinga which got premiered on Made on Monday hosted by Joy Nathu on Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) radio 2. The Lilongwe-based gospel hip hop artist said he composed the song to appreciate and focus on what God created him for. He said: “Actually…

Opposition backs CSOs on refunds

  Opposition political parties have joined civil society organisations (CSOs) in appealing to the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to desist from abusing power by soliciting funds from State agencies. The opposition parties expressed their sentiments yesterday in Lilongwe during a news conference where they tackled a number of critical issues affecting the nation. The…

Malawian ICT innovator  exhibits at world forum

  A telecommunications lecturer at the Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, has taken a giant step with his innovations, showcasing them at this year’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecoms World event in Busan, South Korea. ITU Telecoms World is a global platform for high-level debate, networking, innovation-showcasing and knowledge sharing across…

Admarc admits market malpractices, suspends staff

  State produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) has admitted malpractices in its markets perpetrated by its officials and committee members assigned to monitor grain sales. In the wake of the developments, Admarc has suspended about 10 people following investigations carried out since the markets opened, Admarc acting chief executive officer Margaret Roka…

Goat breeding  excites LL farmers

  Farmers from Kamchedzera Village in Mitundu Extension Planning Area in Lilongwe have welcomed the Buck Selection Programme which aims at breeding more high-quality goats. The community-based breeding programme (CBBP) seeks to select a breeding stock of the bucks (male goats) from the local breeds by using a combination of scientific and traditional methods. The…

TNM plc invests K21.2bn  in network upgrade

TNM plc, a listed converged mobile network and information and communication technology (ICT) service provider, says it has invested K21.2 billion in network upgrade to deliver world class connectivity and other services. The firm’s chief technical officer Eric Valentine said in Blantyre on Friday that the investments include coverage and capacity expansion in Blantyre and…

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…