They say musicians are soothsayers, the forecaster of the future or just prognosticators. Yes, for us on the streets, we see some sense in this saying, particularly here in Malawi where musicians through their work have not only predicted the future, but offer lessons buried in borrowed parables, which if applied in different worlds of…

Cycling 21km to work to inspire girls

On this Monday morning, the atmosphere in Chikwawa District was foggy and raining heavily, deterring many from accessing their workplaces. But at Illovo Trading Centre, Glory Nthawi, a Standard One teacher at Mazongoza Primary School, was preparing for a 21-kilometre (km) journey to work. There are no buses or vehicles to ferry people from her…

We on the streets have for a longtime agreed with many who say politics is a dirty game. Yes, if you think of the rotten tongues wagging at different political rallies insulting opponents,you cannot agree more. Politics of insults and sympathy seem to be a way of doing politics in Malawi. Not only in Malawi,…

Lake Chilwa dries up with people’s hopes

  Along the marshy Lake Chilwa wetlands in Zomba, Phalombe and Machinga districts, people’s hopes continue to fade by the day. All eyes are up in the air—gazing on a developing thin cloud—hoping for drops of rainwater to fill Lake Chilwa, whose existence has utterly disappeared into thick dry clay soils. For the third time,…

Muloza CDSS a game changer

  The past shapes the future. For Clement Majawa, the head teacher at Muloza Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Mulanje, his struggle to make it to University of Malawi (Unima) drives his zeal to ensure bright students attain higher learning. In just nine years in the border strip, he has sent 16 students to…

Malawi on track in cancer fight—Wocaca

  Women Coalition Against Cancer (Wocaca) says Malawi has potential to become one of the African countries with an efficient mechanism for fighting cancer. Wocaca executive director Maud Mwakasungula said this in an interview from Uganda where she presented a paper titled Harnessing of the Trips Flexibility to Access to Medicine at a recent East…

Sorting out long walks to school

Three interventions—use of bicycles, self-boarding and boarding service provided by schools—seem to be too little a solution to long-walks to school in Malawi. In this final part of three-part series, ALBERT SHARRA looks at possible solutions to this problem. He  writes: The rainy season is around the corner and for Mphatso Matabwa, a Form Four…

No linear formula  For political alliance

With barely six months to the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, the elections mood is getting hotter. Almost all political parties are now back in the laboratory  experimenting with formulas that may pull a surprise come May. However, quite provoking has been the news—which all parties concerned are now dismissing—that three major political parties; Malawi…

Towards zero open defaecation

  As Malawi joins the world today in commemorating World Toilet Day, our reporter ALBERT SHARRA, analyses Malawi’s performance in achieving zero open defaecation. On this Monday afternoon, the sun was overhead and the atmosphere was dusty, but life at Mbombwe Primary School in Chiradzulu was just electric. Joyful faces were all over. It was…

There is a popular adage that goes: Ukamalimbana ndi chitsiru nawenso umakhala chitsiru (If you fight a stupid person, you become one of them). On one hand, the adage sounds rough, but on the other end plays the advisory role. We, on the streets believe in pressing the red button before someone falls into avoidable…

Public hospitals in ambulance crisis

  Public hospitals are facing an ambulance crisis that is crippling their emergency response and referral cases, forcing desperate households to find alternative means of ferrying the sick. In random checks with some district hospitals nationwide yesterday, it emerged that facilities such as Chiradzulu District Hospital only have one working ambulance to cater for a…

Long walk to school: Tales from rural areas

In 1999, Ministry of Education Science and Technology announced a revolutionary policy, which converted scores of Malawi Distance Education Centres (DEC) to Community Day Secondary Schools  (CDSS) to improve the quality of education and reduce the distance students walk to access secondary education to a maximum of eight kilometers (km). But 19 years down the…

The political wind continues to blow; the political landscape is also shaping, but the decision on who to vote for come May 21 2019 remains vacillating. It is not surprising though; the recent political turns have been enough to leave the electorate dancing to different tunes. Certainly, the dance continues. The clear picture is on…

Communities struggle to access mobile networks

By allowing some communities to have access to telecommunications services and leave others out Malawi government is simply promoting the inequality gap in accessing telecommunications services against Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which tasks nations to ensure they are creating peaceful and inclusive societies, our staff writer ALBERT SHARRA writes: Joseph Nkasa’s…

So close to clean water, yet so far

Febbie Mfune of Mpota area, in group village head Kadalume under Senior Chief Katumbi in Hewe, Rumphi, cannot remember the last time she tasted any, the water we call clean and potable. Hers is water from Hewe River, which is 50 metres away from her house—a water body in which people from the area feed…