A frica has the world’s fastest-growing youth population, with 60 percent of its inhabitants aged below 24. However, Unesco reports that over 46 million of school-aged African children have never been in a classroom. There are many challenges that are crippling the education system in many African countries. African leaders are doing little to improve…

UTM Party claims witnesses attack

UTM Party has said two of its witnesses in the presidential election nullification petition case are living in fear following attacks and threats from people suspected to be governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members. A statement issued on Monday, signed by UTM Party spokesperson Joseph Chidanti Malunga states that the two, Darlington Ndasauka and Miriam…

Low funding for nurses’ recruitment worries NGO

National Organisation for Nurses and Midwives (Nonm) has expressed worry over inadequate funding which government has allocated to the Ministry of Health and Population for recruitment of nurses. Nonm president Charles Simeza said in an interview on Monday that instead of providing the proposed K2 billion in the 2019/20 National Budge for nurses recruitment, government…

Malawian doctor gets international award

Blantyre-based radiologist Sam Kampondeni has been recognised among leading global scientists at the annual meeting American Neurological Association (ANA). In a phone interview yesterday, Kampondeni said he was happy with the recognition conferred on him. He said: “It is a welcome recognition in the science community because there are many who publish their work. So…

Afrima luminaries in focus

Tuface Idibia, popularly known as 2Baba and Burna Boy were among the artistes that won awards at the 6th All Africa Music Awards (Afrima). According to Daily Post, Afrima, which was a four-day event held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, had 36 categories. The publication said 2Baba won the award for Best…

Tumaini festival is back

On November 1 and 2 Dzaleka will host the sixth edition of Tumaini Festival. According to organizers of the festival, five performances in areas of two stages (main stage, youth stage), a Poetry Corner, a Theatre Corner, and Cultural Ground (traditional dance ground) will be on display. There will also be an arts exhibition space…

AfDB gives Malawi K9.9bn for Blue Economy

The African Development Bank Group has approved a $13.2 million financing package from the African Development Fund for a fisheries and aquaculture development project in the country. The Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture Development, and Watershed Management project will provide infrastructure for increased fisheries productivity and market access. The AfDB board approval for the project was granted…

‘More resources needed  for family planning’

As the world commemorated the World Contraception Day on September 26, BENEDICT CHINSAKASO, Amref Health Africa health systems advocacy manager, reflects on Malawi’s progress on the provision of family planning methods. How would you assess the provision of family planning commodities in Malawi? Although much work remains to be done, Malawi has made tremendous progress…

NGO intensifies manure production in Mzimba

Empower Community Development Initiative (Ecodi), a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) working in Mzimba, has initiated an organic manure making project to help smallholder farmers in the district to realise more farm produce. The project, which targets vulnerable women farmers, is being implemented in Milala, in Traditional Authority (T/A) M’mbelwa in the district. In an interview…

Comesa countries urged to ratify regional trade deal

The United Nations Commission for Africa (Uneca) says African Continental Free Trade Area offers a unique opportunity for the private sector to benefit immensely in terms of new markets, access to raw materials, technology and increasing economies of scale. Andrew Mold, Uneca acting director in Eastern Africa said the trade deal itself is not, as…

Government tells Machinga hands-off Balaka revenue

President Peter Mutharika’s directive on July 15 2019, that the Shire River at Liwonde be the boundary between Balaka and Machinga has settled the two district’s protracted dispute, bordering on revenue collection. According to a letter we have seen, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has with immediate effect stopped Machinga District Council from…

Protesters ransack MEC commissioner’s house

Despite threats by President Peter Mutharika to crackdown on post-election demonstrations, protestors on Friday returned to the streets more determined than before. Although looting and violence were sporadic, early in the morning, in Lilongwe, protesters took their anger to one of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners Reverend Kilion Mgawi, whose house was ransacked and vandalised…

BB in tricky away fixtures

Nyasa Big Bullets invade the Capital City Lilongwe where they have tricky fixtures against Kamuzu Barracks this afternoon at Civo Stadium and Masters Security tomorrow at Dedza Stadium. The two away fixtures will define the defending champions’ destiny after a shaky start to their title defence which has seen them toppled from the top three…

Protecting children from violence

I started working as a child protection officer at Unicef Malawi in February 2019. A massive flood that displaced 87 000 people occurred just after three weeks of my arrival. I was deployed to the affected areas in the southern part of Malawi twice after the floods. The first time was immediately after the flood for…

Sona tackles pressure points, but Al-Shabaab bit misplaced

In his State of the Nation Address (Sona) yesterday President Peter Mutharika touched on most pressure points the country needs to urgently address if it is to move forward. Mutharika talked about how government intends to tackle corruption, grow the economy, improve health delivery service, education, put food on people’s tables, improve transport infrastructure, energy…

Malawian DJ makes US dance

He has done what many before him have attempted, but failed. Through strong will, zeal and tenacity, he has made it big and is rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous in the US music industry as an internationally acclaimed DJ. Malawian Edmund Chiphwanya, known in the showbiz circles as E-Dub, has taken the art…

UN humanitarian official completes Malawi visit

As flood-affected communities rebuild, Mueller urges for sustained action to address underlying causes of vulnerability The United Nations (UN) Assistant Secretary-General for humanitarian affairs and deputy emergency relief coordinator Ursula Mueller yesterday completed her three-day visit to Malawi, during which she met senior government officials, humanitarian and development partners and visited some Cyclone Idai survivors.…