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…

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.…