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…

Living in Malawi, served by Mozambique

Lack of FM radio signals in Muloza is forcing people to listen to radio broadcasts in Mozambique, missing out on vital information broadcast by the Malawi Government. So what are the consequences? Our staff writer ALBERT SHARRA finds out in this three-part series on telecommunications. To some locals in Mujiwa Village, Group Village Headman Ndala…

NGO to represent MW at cancer congress

Women Coalition Against Cancer (Wocaca) has said Malawi needs both local and international networking if it is to win the fight against cancer. Wocaca executive director Maud Mwakasungula said this ahead of the 2018 World Cancer Congress to be held in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia from 1 to 4 October. This year’s congress will be…

‘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…