Solar lamps banish paraffin fumes

A small solar panel and lofty antennae on a rooftop ridge gives a glimpse of a future Yohane and Virginia Chaoloka visualise when they leave their home and go farming. “We need power to keep energetic people in rural areas instead of fleeing to town where jobs are few,” says Yohane, from Chimtengo in Dedza…

Good people, the niceness of any venue does not lie in its vastness, but acoustics also matter. This is one of the lessons from Crossroads Hotel’s Sapitwa Hall in Lilongwe where we witnessed an array of traditional dances by Malawi National Dance Troupe at an international forum which could not just wrap up without a…

Climate adaptation  key to SDG—ministry

  Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Aggrey Masi has challenged least developed countries (LDCs) to prioritise community-led climate adaptation world leaders adopted in 2015 to end poverty by 2030. He was speaking in Lilongwe yesterday when he opened the day three of the 12th Community-Based Adaptation Forum (CAB12) which has brought together almost…

Biogas for smokeless cooking

  Turkeys gobble, chickens cluck, pigs grunt and goats bleat while cows moo and chew. The farmhouse of Yohane and Virginia Chaoloka in Chimtengo Village, Dedza North, is a cacophony of animals that offer more than just meat, milk, money and manure. The cows offer them something families in the rural setting can only envy.…

Activists for better health

    As the Special Law Commission on the review of the Public Health Act is conducting regional consultative meetings, delegates have given a united view on the need for Malawi to introduce mandatory health insurance to attain universal health coverage. At a meeting held in Blantyre yesterday, delegates argued that free delivery of health…

  Hundreds of Lilongwe residents, students, environmentalists and campaigners took to the streets on Saturday in a global push to end plastic pollution. The Association of Environmental Journalists (AEJ) mobilised people to pick plastic bags that litter the streets of the capital. However, the clean-up campaign was marred by lack of garbage collection trucks from…

Experts decry slow SDGs progress

  Commentators have asked government and the private sector to jump to the front in the push to end poverty, saying Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs} will be fruitless if left to the international community and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) alone. President Peter Mutharika and world leaders adopted the 17-point global goals to end poverty by 2030…

Good people, politics and art are intertwined. Some creative minds use their voices, spaces and works to discuss happenings or mishaps in the dirty game, just as musician Lucius Banda recently used his live performance in Dowa to speak against corrupt leaders. The self-styled Soldier of the Poor lives politics. Politics, if not music, is…

Malawi, Ifad sign K42b  financial access deal

  Malawi on Wednesday sealed a K42.1 billion agreement with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad) to offer at least 437 000 rural households improved access to financial services. The Financial Access for Rural Markets, Smallholders and Enterprise Programme (Farmse) deal was signed in Rome by Ifad president Gilbert Houngbo and Malawi’s ambassador to…

Luanar boosts milk production

New evidence in Dedza District suggests that empowering rural farmers with proper management of dairy cows could double milk output and reduce gas emissions that fuel global warming. Since June 2013, researchers at Lilongwe University of Agriculture Natural Resources (Luanar) have been working closely with dairy farmers in Linthipe and Mayani extension planning areas. They…

War for daddy’s contracts?

President Peter Mutharika, has launched an early campaign to hang on to the presidency, but his outbursts exposes a state of flux in a ruling party accused of indifference to corruption. The 79-year-old has embarked on a whistle-stop tour to convince Malawians that he has done nothing wrong to deserve a backlash from governing Democratic…

Good people, some people perceive the restoration of democracy in the country as the deathbed of Malawian literature. This damning verdict of everything good about the pluralistic politics has it that too much freedom numbs creative minds and buries them in indifference. It exalts flashbacks of imaginative writings of the legendary poet Felix Mnthali, Steve…

Menthol chills, tobacco kills

  Today is World No Tobacco Day. Our Staff Writer JAMES CHAVULA smokes out heart-rending myths about menthol cigarettes.   It is a chilly morning in Blantyre and a surge in passers-by wearing pullovers says it all. “Brace up for colder days in June,” says John Mwenda, 42, a security guard at Ginnery Corner. But…

G ood people, that some Blantyre-based imitators have hijacked, recycled and owned Collins Bandawe’s song, Tchekera Maluzi, is not surprising. But it is shocking. Like any daylight robbery, it must be denounced and terminated if originality and integrity still matters. Not that the hit from 2005 epitomised these virtues. However, the recycled version by Saint…

Chikwawa chief appeals for ambulance

  Traditional Authority (T/A) Makhwira in Chikwawa has appealed to government to provide an ambulance to Makhwira Health Centre, one of the oldest health facilities in the district. Makhwira made the appeal recently when Timotheos Foundation, a non-governmental organisation which supports less privileged and orphaned and vulnerable children (OVCs), donated 200 blankets and 10 kilogrammes…

Silent sobs of women with fistula

Fistula repair surgeries are liberating women dehumanised by the treatable birth-related condition which leaves them disgraced and discriminated. It is a sunny Thursday morning at the foot of the picturesque Mulanje Mountain, the second most visited tourist attraction in Malawi. It is sweltering in an overcrowded maternity section of Mulanje District Hospital at the bottom…

Good people, a good dancer knows when to bow out. They leave the stage while the applause lasts. This seems to be the art one-time bestseller Phungu Joseph Nkasa has not mastered yet. The musician, who has dumped his enriching singing in pursuit of songs that praise some political demigods with money to splash for…