Each morning, I observe a group of students from a certain school hitching a ride. These pupils leave their homes early every morning, probably giving the impression to their guardians that they have set off for school, only to assemble at a junction along the way to their school for well-wishers to pick them…

Relationship issues are vast, complicated and difficult to comprehend. How a couple or individual deals with love relationship matters differ. However, there is a need to mention certain traits. If a man or woman has an issue to  discuss with  each other, is there a specific or right time to bring it up? Do moods…

Time, I believe, was created for easy transaction of affairs. We rely on time to set up meetings, synchronise events and bring discipline. We use time to monitor events and develop personal as well as external spaces. Time, in essence, determines what we do at particular times and with whom. Time, practically, runs our lives.…

Disciplining children in general can be tricky, especially a non-biological one. I have heard cases of orphans misinterpreting scolding from their guardians. Neighbours, relatives and spectators often, too, criticise the spanking of an orphan, claiming it to be abuse. The orphans, too, capitalise on such situations to misbehave. Sometimes there seems to be a dilemma…

“He that spareth his rod hateth his son, but he that loveth him chasteneth him often” (Proverbs 13:24). Proverbs 22:15 says: “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”    For Christians, the Bible often acts as a form of guidance on some fundamental…

 The Zomba Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court recently convicted Father Numeri Mweta, 39, for abducting, defiling and procuring a 15-year-old girl. He has been renting houses for the girl since July 2018. He was subsequently sentenced to 17 years imprisonment. In mitigation, the defence by Mwera to consider him because the girl was not a virgin…

Kasonga’s uphill task of immunising her babies

Two months ago, the community of Kasonga in Zomba District received a gas fridge from government to store vaccines for immunising its children. Nothing could have excited the community more; especially a woman’s grouping which initiated such a consideration from government. Kasonga Mother Group, formed on October 10 2015 worked hard to have the fridge…

Spouses are meant to be partners and support systems. That is part of the bigger essence of the marriage institution which solidifies unilateral decisions. Many people enter this institution on the misunderstanding that its fruits are about sex, sex and more sex. They overlook other equally important matters that contribute towards its demise or success.…

My sister this week had a close call with the unforeseen. Having employed a maid just a month ago, she arrived home to discover her in bed, unconscious. In panic, she rushed to her neighbour who later helped her ferry the young woman to the hospital. Other neighbours also helped out and were by her…

  Matters of the heart are self-governing, or at least that’s what many assume. Two people meet, fall in love and decide how to operate their newly found emotions. They decide how to conduct themselves in public, in private and it may include whether to elope or live together as a demonstration of their commitment…

Many times, women are referred to as chatter boxes.  They are also deemed problematic in relationships in the sense that their sharp tongues drive their partners away or cause frictions. The man is often portrayed as the victims of what has largely been termed as women’s verbal diarrhoea or yapping. This often results in constant…

Shopping for sanitary towels causes such a stir in our supermarkets. Many women almost hide the ‘stuff’ under other items in a shopping basket away from the view of prying eyes. I have personally experienced the gazes which follow you right to the shelves, all the way down other aisles right to the till. The…

Distance not a barrier to skills attainment

The deep blue-coloured building with two doors facing the dusty road, Ntambanyama in Njovu Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Khwethemule, is the hustle and bustle of activities with men and women seen entering, leaving or going all around it. Resembling a rural grocery store structure, the building is unkempt.  Debris is evident on the verandah and…

Economic turnaround for rural Ntambanyama

When 25-year-old Christopher Maliro enrolled for a carpentry and joinery course at Ntambanyama Community Skills and Development Centre in Thyolo, he embarked on a journey that would change his life and that of his small family. Now the proud owner of a carpentry and joinery workshop in Njovu village,  Traditional Authority (T/A) Khwethemule— Maliro—a first…

“I shall continue having children until all of them are out of my waist,” I heard one woman say. And for a long time, women have believed and still believe that their loins contain the babies they eventually bear. Hence, they will have as many children as when the loins ‘dry’ up and stop giving…

There is this mobile number making rounds on WhatsApp. One only has to get a message from a contact which reads’ “Save this number to see the profile picture.” Once saved, the atrocity that follows is beyond description. The entire modest of a woman is laid bare before the eyes of any viewer privy to…

February is the love month all because of Valentine’s Day. I know many are already anticipating the day, wondering what their loved ones will do for them. It is normal I guess, but a word of caution; do not count the chicks before they hatch lest you be disappointed. Nonetheless, the love is already filled…