Wanderers, Bullets still neck-to-neck

  Be Forward Wanderers are slowly getting closer to the promised land, but their age-old rivals—Nyasa Big Bullets—continue to breathe down the Nomads’ neck. The Nomads yesterday came from a goal down to beat a stubborn Dwangwa United 3-2 at Balaka Stadium while Bullets also had to sweat for their 2-1 victory over Malawi Defence…

Awilo jets in for Sand Music Festival

Sand Music Festival headliner Awilo Longomba arrived in the country yesterday via Kamuzu International Airport at noon promising fireworks. Speaking on arrival, Awilo said he was here 10 years ago and really feels like he is at home. “Everytime I am here it feels like I am with my family,” he said. Awilo, from Democratic…

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…