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…

NPL journalist wins UN energy contest

  The United Nations (UN) has selected Nation Publications Limited (NPL) features editor James Chavula as one of the six winners of a global contest on sustainable energy reporting for least developed countries. Chavula, who heads NPL’s newly formed Solutions Journalism, is among five reporters who have travelled to Lisbon, Portugal, to attend the ongoing…

‘Our laws increase  discrimination and stigma’

Three organisations, Women’s Coalition Against Cancer (Wocaca), Centre for Human Right Education Advice and Assistance (Chreaa) and Youth Watch Society (Yowso) have collaborated in a drug policy reform to address the harms caused by the current laws. In their March 2018 report, the network exposes serious gaps that are derailing the fight against drug abuse.…

‘Chikwawa has one  functional ambulance’

With a projected population of over half a million, Chikwawa District is operating with only one functional ambulance at the district’s main hospital, Weekend Nation  has learnt. This has compromised the district’s referral system forcing patients to dig deep into their pockets to seek medical attention at the facility and Ngabu Rural Hospital. Both Chikwawa…

World Vision outlines  two-year exit plan

  World Vision Malawi has outlined its two-year phase out plan in Chikwawa District with an assurance that it will prepare the people to be independent. The organisation’s advisory council member Lucy Kachala said this on Thursday at Ngabu Rural Hospital where World Vision handed over health equipment valued at K10 million. The organisation will…

DPP’s Chilima saga

As former First Lady Callista Mutharika openly thrusts Vice President Saulos Chilima towards a presidential run under the DPP banner at the expense of incumbent Peter Mutharika—who is her brother in-law—one question begs answers. Could Callista’s move to openly break ranks with the Mutharikas and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party by delving into her Chilima-for-President…

By Sanjika, learners cry

  Down the escarpments separating Sanjika Hill near Chilomoni from Maliya Village in  Blantyre  City West Constituency, the sense of belonging is fading. This has been the story for decades and the community surrounding the mountaintop Sanjika Palace says there is no hope to have an educated generation. Since independence, Maliya community watches its children…

No to internet shutdowns—Fifafrica 2017

$237 million lost in three years Fourth edition of the annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (Fifafrica) 2017 ended on a high note in Johannesburg on Friday with a strong call to an end to internet shutdowns by governments in the Sub-Saharan Africa. The three-day forum, running from 27-29 September, plunged into a political…

Not xenophobic attacks, but crime—Zuma

South Africa President Jacob Zuma has described a Friday march against illegal immigrants in the capital Pretoria as crime and not xenophobic attacks. Zuma said on Friday in Pretoria during the launch of a government initiative, few hours after the demonstrators, who came together as Mamelodi Concerned Residents, clashed with police in Pretoria West at…

Danish students cycle  for poor Malawians

  Four Danish students last week cycled from Nsanje to Blantyre to raise funds for poor Malawians through Churches Action in Relief and Development (Card). The four, Josophine Moth, Emma Guldhammer, Amalie Fischer and Stine Rinder from Silkeborg High School, who cycled under the banner Malawi on Wheels, were led by their teacher Simon Stagis.…

Aniva’s bittersweet media glow

  In the Lower Shire valley, Nsanje hogged international headlines for wrong reasons in 2016. The culture of the people on the southern tip of the country was brought into question when British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) retraced the tale of Eric Aniva, the man who confessed sleeping with more than 100 women and girls in…

Godfrey Zulu returns with hope messages

  Gospel musician Godfrey Zulu has announced his return to serious music this year with the release of Patsogolo album which is expected to hit the airwaves in four months time. Breaking the news in an interview on Friday, Zulu said his return is guided by focus, mission and passion.  The Balaka based artist says…

Malawi music system needs formating—Saint

  Urban music star Saint real name Yamikani Chikwawe has called on government and key players in the industry to find ways of formatting the way music is handled, saying it is costing artists’ talent. Saint said this in an exclusive interview at the weekend when sharing his 2017 plans after a dry year. The…

As govt ignores policy, teachers flee

  As Malawi grapples with a high teacher-to-pupil ratio, government is losing funds training teachers who abandon the profession for other pathways. ALBERT SHARRA Writes. As youthful Malawians increasingly scramble for limited chances of further education, employment and skills development, some have the luxury of hopping from one government-sponsored training to another. A new police…