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…

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…

Debate exposes ignorance on MP, councillor roles

A debate organised by National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust in Mangochi has exposed most aspiring councillors as failing to distinguish between the roles of councillors and members of Parliament (MPs). At some point, some councillors even said they will be custodians of Constituency Development Funds (CDF), something that is overseen by MPs. The…

Wolrec motivates girls in Phalombe

Women’s Legal Resource Centre (Wolrec) on Thursday held motivation al talks to inspire girls in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mkhumba, Phalombe, to work hard in school. Speaking to the students, musician Ethel Kamwendo Banda encouraged the students to work hard despite their poor background. “I was also born and raised in a poor family just like…

NGO donates K13m items to flood victims

Pakistan Welfare Association (PWA), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), on Sunday donated relief food items and non-food items to 2 000 families affected by floods in Mitondo, East bank in Chikwawa.   The victims travelled about 20 kilometres from their respective villages on the eastern bank of Shire River to receive the long-anticipated food items at Mitondo…

Flood tales from hospital

At St Joseph’s Mission Hospital at Nguludi in Chiradzulu, village head N’nunkha is battling for her life after sustaining injuries when her house collapsed on March 7 during the incessant rains that lasted four days. The village head, real name Fanny Kazembe, from Traditional Authority (T/A) Mpama in the district, is in pain. She fractured…

Crossing flooded rivers

When we met Joyce Mapira on March 10 on the bank of Livunzu River in Chikwawa East, she was exhausted from crossing many rivers on her way to Mitondo where she teaches.   But the Mitondo Primary School teacher, who had gone to Blantyre a week before, was not alone in this desperate attempt to cross…

Charity relieves Chikwawa flood victims

Round Table Malawi Blantyre Number 20, a non-profit organisation, has reached out to flood victims who are camping at Nkhwangwa Primary School in Traditional Authority (T/A) Ngabu in Chikwawa. On Saturday, the organisation donated  K1.6 million worth of items including, 50 bags of 50 kilogramme-bags of flour, 200 blankets, soya pieces, Likuni phala for babies…

The wrath of Napolo

The myth of Napolo has continued to dominate the Malawian society for as long as the nation was born and remains both a subject of literary discussion and sociological interest. From the literary perspective, writers, poets and musicians have written and sung about it—imagining its prowess, callousness and regenerating fertility powers. The Napolo myth has…