‘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…

Do not go back to flooded areas yet—Chiradzulu DC

Chiradzulu district commissioner (DC) Malango Bottomani has asked displaced people in her district to return to their places when the rains are over. The DC gave the advice following injuries sustained by some people in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mpama who returned to their flooded villages two days after camping at Mbulumbuzi Primary School. “If these…

Debate or exclusion?

The electorate is bracing for debates in which the Media Institute for Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter will put five of nine presidential candidates in the spotlight.Why five? Our Staff Reporter AYAMI MKWANDA spoke to Misa Malawi chairperson Theresa Ndanga. Why did you opt for five not all nine presidential candidates approved by Malawi Electoral…

Hunted like animals

At the break of dawn, 14-year-old Mirriam Chilimbika gets out of her bed. It was a sleepless night for her. The fear of being attacked constantly kept her awake. Reluctantly, she prepares for school. At this point, her township is already buzzing with different activities—businesspeople, commuters, workers, loafers and school children—all mixed in the day’s…

Apam engages Chilima for solutions

A day after Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera condemned attacks on persons with albinism, UTM leader Saulos Chilima on Friday engaged the group’s leadership on the way forward. Writing on his Facebook page after the meeting, Chilima, said they discussed solutions to the resurgent attacks. “Today [Friday] Mary and I had an interface…

Let there be light

Before January this year, the villages in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kasisi in Chikwawa North, 15 kilometres (km) from the boma and two km from Shire River, were without electricity. But that is history now, thanks to a solar mini grid planted in Mwalija Village, which is producing 15 kilowatts (kW) of electricity and a standalone…

When misfortunes strike

When floods ripped her home to rubble, Fanny Kamoto and her four children were grappling with hunger. The 18-year-old vividly recalls the tragedy that struck the rural territory of Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkanda, Mulanje North, six months after her husband had migrated to Mozambique “without saying goodbye”. She recounts: “For days, we were surviving on…

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has recently been rocked in scandals that have raised questions on whether the electoral body is credible to deliver free, fair and credible elections in May this year. Some of the scandals include theft of MEC’s biometric voter registration kit which was found on a coal train in Mozambique in…

Cholera outbreak scare

When a body of a driver was stretchered into Ndirande Health Centre in Blantyre last month, health workers knew cholera was back. Their worst fears were confirmed by laboratory tests three days later. The results showed the 47-year-old patient, who had travelled from Lilongwe and died in a lodge in the populous town, succumbed to…

Sticky issues in UDF-DPP alliance

Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) has been in an alliance with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for four years. Of late, the UDF president Atupele Muluzi, who is also Minister of Health, has been conducting rallies in the country and saying he will contest in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. Our reporter AYAMI…

Parties press panic button

Face race against time to wrap up primaries With the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) set to roll out the nomination process from January 4 2019, political parties have less than 14 days to come up with a conclusive list of candidates for parliamentary and local government elections. MEC announced earlier this month that aspirants for…