‘UTM has split the votes’

  Following a constitutional court ruling on Friday, Zanu-PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa is Zimbabwe’s President. Our Staff Writer ALBERT SHARRA caught up with Wits University political studies lecturer Michael Jana who followed the elections with keen interest to seek views on lessons that Malawi can draw. Q : What is your take on Mnangagwa’s victory…

Won the streets are saddened by reports of violence that occurred in Mangochi last week when United Transformation Movement (UTM) was launching its movement at St Augustine 3 Primary School in the district. Two vehicles, a pickup, which is an errand vehicle for the movement and another, registration number NA 4112, belonging to Mzimba West…

Political legitimacy: a tall order for leaders

Just a day after the Catholic Bishops released the April 29, 2018 pastoral letter calling for a new era in Malawi, one audio clip made rounds on social media, particularly WhatsApp, creating what I would call a ‘dimensional debate’. In the clip, Father Ernest Mwinganyama of Mangochi Diocese addresses a congregation. “Ine ndingokufunsani. Kodi mwamulemba…

This week, we on the streets spent some hours in the library and stuck on our eyes was one file exposing how tight civil activism has become in Malawi. In our hands was one fat file with several petitions by civil society organisations (CSOs) and Public Affairs Committee (PAC) as well as pastoral letters, among…

Small markets of everything

Daybreak at Chilomoni Market in Blantyre promises nothing much. Just a 40-something man pushing wastes towards the skip on an empty street. The market’s gates open at 6am and closes at 7pm every day, workers say. But the sight of plastic and glass bottles of liquor and condoms in the waste tell a story of…

It is 25 years since the June 14 1993 Referendum when Malawians chose  multi-party democracy after 31 years of one-party rule. Is the lamp of democracy still shining? Our reporter ALBERT SHARRA engages political analyst Dr Michael Jana, who has done a study on the legitimacy of Parliament in emerging democracy. Living Our Faith, the…

Low turn out at Wine House art exhibition

  HS Wine House on Friday registered one of the lowest patronages during an art exhibition by James Tambula. The show was part of the solo exhibitions the upmarket club organises to promote artists. According to the artist and organisers, the exhibition attracted less than 25 people and sold few artworks. In an interview, Tambula…

Kamuzu Barrage ready October end

  The upgraded Kamuzu Barrage at Liwonde in Machinga is expected to be completed in October this year, 12 months after missing the initial deadline, an official has said. Speaking in an interview after a media tour of the barrage on Friday, government site engineer Toney Nyasulu said the works are at an advanced stage.…

From zero to a graduate

  A girl who spent 10 years without any reason and push to learn has become the first graduate in her village, our Staff Reporter ALBERT SHARRA writes. Fransca Faiti is the first university graduate from Panganani Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Ngabu in Chikwawa. Despite growing up in a society where girls marry before…

No talks with DPP

Recently, President Peter Mutharika announced that he has established a task force to look into the petition submitted by protestors on April 27. Almost a month on, Our News Analyst ALBERT SHARRA caught up with Centre for Human Rights Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director Timothy Mtambo, one of the organisers of the demonstrations, to track progress.…

Pushing forward the last girl

On a sunny day, choruses of adolescent girls welcome you to Nkata in Malombe, a rural setting in Mangochi District. For the community, these songs, with painful memories and growing relief intertwined to depict the gratitude of one-time neglected teenagers, mark a new dawn. There are 35 girls who have been under instruction for nine…

When a nation ignores mothers

For Griffin Banda, a clinical officer at Ngabu Rural Hospital, the first three months of the year were horrendous to his career. He lost five babies during birth. “I believe they could have been saved,” he says when asked about the circumstances. But this has been the situation for three years in which the facility…

Allow me to begin by welcoming amayi back home. Takulandirani amayi. The Warm Heart of Africa is as good as you left it or should I say just as bad? Nothing has changed except increased load-shedding. People are still suffering, the economy remains in bad shape, businesses are shrinking, jobs are scarce and there are…