Chilima visits Kalindo at Zomba Prison

Vice-President Saulos Chilima yesterday paid a surprise solidarity call on UTM Party director of youth who remains incarcerated at Zomba Prison for allegedly insulting President Peter Mutharika. The Mulanje South legislator is expected to appear in the Zomba chief resident magistrate’s Court today, where Eastern Region Chief Resident Magistrate Mzondi Mvula will hear his bail…

Antibiotic resistance costs wombs

In Malawi, women’s wombs are removed to stop infection, a life-changing operation that does not always work, MADLEN DAVIES, the health and science editor at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, writes. In a hospital room in Thyolo, Angelina Chikopa unwraps her chitenje to reveal a long wound filled with pus. The cut stretches from her…

Brothers in alleged abduction in Dedza, force mother to leave

Police at Nkhunga in Nkhotakota have arrested five men for allegedly abducting two children and for being responsible for the missing of their mother whom they chased away. Nkhunga Police Station spokesperson Ignatius Esau said the suspects— Kumzinda Phiri, 60, Halini Phiri, 34, Christopher Phiri, 33, Chipulumutso Phiri, 28, and Joseph Phiri, 19—are alleged to…

NGO calls for more investment in early childhood development

An international child affiliated organisation, Help a Child (HAC) Malawi says more investment is needed towards the support of early childhood development (ECD) programmes in the country. In an interview after visiting some community-based childcare centres (CBCCs) in Nkhata-Bay and Mzimba, HAC country director Erine Dijkstra said government and other stakeholders need to increase funding…

No contraceptives in sight

Anne Chafera used to walk over 10 kilometres(km) to access her number one family planning method at Malomo Health Centre in Ntchisi. But lately, she has grown tired of returning home empty-handed. The long walks and lengthy stock-outs discourage the 23-year-old and her neighbours from using modern family planning methods. This is happening at a…

Kim of Diamonds drop new single

One of the country’s music artists Kim of Diamonds has announced the release of her new single titled Something New. The single, which is full of sarcastic lyrics and of international standard, is a blend of disco/funk vibes; upbeat tempo and easy to catch chorus.In an interview, Kim, real name Kimberley Kaunda, said she decided…

After 7 years in children’s home

Mary Lingisoni, 11, lives with her two older sisters, Agnes and Ellen, her father and stepmother in a township on the edge of Lilongwe. The familyrents a two-bedroom house, with a sparsely furnished lounge and front porch.The father does odd jobs in construction. But Mary’s life has been anything but normal. Her mother died soon…

Ron CZ: Music video master

With technological advancement, it is easy for anyone to venture into video-making using their cameras. Yet, it takes special talent and skill to produce music videos that stick to the mind. Ron CZ, born Ronald Chikumbutso Zeleza, is eking a niche for himself as a force to reckon with when it comes to production of…

Firm invests K110 bn in Mzimba energy project

  German firm Droege Energy will in January 2019 embark on a two-year windmill project at Chipumulo in Mzimba to boost energy supply in the district. Briefing village development committees, community members and pupils on Monday, the company’s chief executive officer (CEO) Gustavo Droege said the $150 million (about K110 billion) project will generate electricity…

Martha Kasambara, Thoko Katimba in stunning show

  Gospel artists Martha Kasambara and Thoko Katimba on Wednesday evening staged a stunning performance at South Africa-based Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) prayer house in Mzuzu. During the service, which attracted hundreds of people that came for the deliverance prayers, Bushiri thanked the musicians for performing at his service and sending gospe…

124 000 face food shortage in Dowa

  Dowa District Council says 124 000 people are at risk of food shortage in the district. Speaking during a district council committee meeting at the boma, Dowa District Council environmental development officer Yusuf Laki said government will take the lead in the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) response programme for this year unlike last…

Child marriages defy age law

In the corridors of Capital Hill, the seat of government in Lilongwe, decision-makers envisioned that no more Malawian girl would be getting married before her 18th birthday. In February 2017, Parliament amended Section 22 (7) of the Constitution to outlaw marriages involving a boy or girl aged below 18. Both legislators and policymakers expected the…