- Category: Development
- Published Date
- Written by Fatsani Gunya
A group of former sex workers in Mangochi are eager to be counted for making a difference in HIV and Aids. Research shows that, with a 21 percent HIV prevalence rate, the district is one of the hardest hit areas in the country. The country’s prevalence rate currently stands at 12 percent.
When journalists went marching on May 3, World Press Freedom Day (WPFD), they were a poster short of last year’s haul—one calling on government to "open advertising in all print media". Its absence was a testimony to the commendable step Malawi President Joyce Banda took by scraping off the ban his predecessor, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, imposed on some media institutions. Also abolished with the flags of Mutharika’ draconian rule is value added tax (VAT) which government imposed on newsprints as well as a law giving the Minister of Information powers to ban any publication deemed offensive and undesirable by government.
To most of travellers on Malawi’s roads, gone are the days they could throw their hands in the air and look up to the sky in search of an answer in times of accidents, breakdowns and other unforeseen setbacks. Nowadays, common sights of such scenes are never short of people tapping their phones, sending the message to their beloved family friends or asking for a way out.
Mining can be offered all the political will it requires—but unless electricity supply improves, it won’t be worth much. JAMES CHAVULA tracks the power blights in commemoration of the International Energy Day today (Friday).
Along Chipembere Highway in Blantyre, there are bus stops that invite passersby to stop relying on coins and banknotes.
"Let’s make Malawi cash-free," proclaim the establishments branded by National Bank of Malawi (NBM) to market its mobile banking technologies—the internet-based Banknet, phone-aided MO626Ice and card-and-swipe visa point of sale (POS).