Know PSLCE brightest star

At the foot of Chambe Peak on Mulanje Mountain lies Nkanda Primary School, which has produced the highest performer in the just released Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education(PSLCE) examinations. Faith Mhanda, 13, defied the odds at the 64-year-old school to score 450 marks out of 500 in the national examinations. She beat pupils from…

IG condemns child marriages

Deputy Inspector General of Police John Nyondo has warned against child marriages, saying they will arrest perpetrators of the malpractice. He made the remarks in traditional authorities (T/As) Ganya and Phambala in Ntcheu on Friday during an awareness campaign on ending child marriages organised by World Vision Malawi. “I’m warning anyone found on the wrong…

For close to a month now the country has been witnessing demonstrations led by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) demanding Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign. Amid the protests, there have been calls for dialogue. Our reporter Ayami Mkwanda engages Chancellor College lecturer in Conflict Management and Resolution in the Department…

Learning from July 20 killings

Police killed 20 protesters during the July 20 2011 anti-government demonstrations catalysed by dictatorial tendencies and economic hardships. Seven years on, the recommendations of a presidential commission of inquiry are gathering dust. Amid mass protests stirred by disputes over the May 21 Tripartite Elections, our Staff Reporter AYAMI MKWANDA engages governance expert Makhumbo Munthali on…

Urban poor’s sanitation crisis

Two months ago, torrents that led to floods battered homes and latrines to the ground in Salisbury Township in Mzuzu. The breakdown in sanitation put residents of the waterlogged slum on the edge of Mzuzu City’s commercial business district at risk of waterborne infections, especially diarrhoea and cholera. In the populous location, many people rely…

Justice delayed isn’t just

In January 2015, unknown assailants beheaded a seven-year old boy with albinism in Mpakati Village, Machinga, and vanished with his head. The gruesome murder of Harry Mokoshoni  sent shock waves throughout  Traditional Authority Chikwewo’s area at the height of killings of persons with albinism. Four years on, the matter is still in court—personifying the country’s…

Mzuzu City ushers in two new female councillors

World Vision Malawi has trained 48 caregivers for Neno to be dispatched in various early childhood centres (ECDs) in the district. Speaking at the end of a two-weeks training at Ndirande ECD in Blantyre on Friday, World Vision Malawi project development officer for Neno, Clement Kachingwe, said it was pleasing that the 48 caregivers would…

No party gets majority MPs in Parliament

The results the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) announced on Saturday at the national tally centre in Blantyre showed that whichever party wins the presidency will not have majority in Parliament. Giving the electoral update at around 7 pm on Saturday in a jam-packed Comesa Hall, the commission’s chairperson Jane Ansah said the presidential results will…

Mangochi Police give security assurance

  Mangochi Police Station officer-in-charge Tereza Nankhuni has assured people in the district of maximum security during elections. Nankhuni said officers have been spread across the district to ensure they respond to every situation. She said this on Friday during a Multiparty Liaison Committee (MPLC) meeting organised by Tiphedzane Community Support Organisation, a non-governmental organisation…

Creccom engages candidates on youth agenda

Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (Creccom) is engaging parliamentary and local government candidates in Thyolo and Balaka districts to include in their manifestos issues affecting the youth. In an interview, Creccom programmes manager Linice Sanga said the non-governmental organisation (NGO) is implementing a project called ‘Chitukuko ndi Aphungu ndi Makhansala’ to effect improved agenda on…

Children in congested camps

Tiyamikane Makhuludzo was forced to flee to Chikunkha Primary School in Nsanje South when floods shattered his home to rubble last month. The boy and his parents and two siblings are among over 1 000 flood survivors occupying the abandoned school in Traditional Authority (T/A) Malemia. His mother, Sophia Lokomani, says it was not easy…

Rebuilding life after floods

As the flooded spots dry, survivors are leaving overcrowded camps where trickles of aid are waning. Patuma Zaina, 44, left Nyachilenda Camp in Marka south of Nsanje South, where she has been staying for a month since floods destroyed her house on April 8. For her, a long struggle to rebuild her home has started…

NGO gives cash, relief items to flood victims

Churches Action in Relief and Development (Card), a non-governmental organisation, on Saturday gave K23 500 each and relief items to 2 000 households affected by floods in Nsanje. Speaking in an interview at Marka Camp in Traditional Authority (T/A) Ndamera, Card executive director Melton Luhanga said the organisation gave the people money to enable them…

DPP accuses MCP of violence in Mchinji

The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has cried foul over political violence allegedly perpetrated by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters. The party spokesperson Nicholas Dausi, who ironically is also Minister of Homeland Security, alleges MCP supporters have on two separate occasions stoned President Peter Mutharika’s convoy. Speaking when he visited The Nation to make the…

SKC braves slippery terrain in search for votes

Vice-President Saulos Chilima and his UTM Party crew on Monday braved a slippery earth road in search for votes in Thyolo District. Chilima, who is UTM Party presidential candidate in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, had just finished addressing whistle-stop rallies at Bvumbwe and Goliati trading centres and was set for Folopensi in Thyolo…

‘Presidential debates less likely to shift voter preferences’

 Three presidential candidates—Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Saulos Klaus Chilima from UTM and Atupele Muluzi from United Democratic Front (UDF)—participated in the second Presidential Debates at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe. Our reporter AYAMI MKWANDA engages Chancellor College based political analyst Ernest Thindwa on the highs and lows of such…

The road to Fatima

When construction works started on the Thabwa-Fatima Road in 2018, people of the Shire River’s East Bank in Nsanje and Chikwawa  were excited; But now they feel sad as floods  pose a threat to delay its progress. By now they think much more should have been done. So far two bridges standing over Nkhate and…