No nation can claim to be food secure if the food is not fit for consumption. If it is not safe, it is not food.  This simple but profound statement highlights the huge role food safety plays in achieving food security. Most people think that food safety and management systems only apply to food manufacturers.…

Unlocking profitable soya beans

, a 60-year-old soya farmer from Mchinji, is cheerful by nature-but he has never been this happier. Malawi will soon have higher-yielding soya varieties for farmers like him and the anticipation for the more profitable options in the soya value chain is euphoric. “Every time I look at my soy trial plot, I can’t stop…

Hope for Chitipa healthcare service

Just  when most of the country is affetced by dwindling standards of health service delivery, Chitipa District Health Office (DHO) can brag about its success story, thanks to introduction of standard operating procedures (SOPs) by Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) under Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of Karonga Diocese.   Formulated…

When a life costs K800 000

Sitting on the veranda of a grass-thatched hut, in a remote village in Dedza District near the border with Mozambique, Mercy Maulidi struggles to recount how her 14-year-old son with albinism, was abducted by masked men in the early hours of February 12 2019. “I was fast asleep when my son, Goodson, yelled from his…

Public procurement board gets to work

Newly appointed board of directors for the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) last week got down to business when they met the authority’s executive management to lay the groundwork for collaboration. The PPDA board members include Amos Nyambo, Madalitso M’meta, Constance Musopole and Engineer Martin Chizalema. The Chief Secretary to the Government,…

Mainstreaming football reforms into Sulom

Last December, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) approved a raft of reforms promulgated by Fifa relating to term limits, financial disclosures, separation of powers and promotion of women in football. Some proposals initiated by local clubs were shot down. However, the challenge now is to ensure that the approved reforms cascade down to FAM affiliates,…

Plan Malawi installs 44 rain gauges in Mzimba

Plan Malawi in collaboration with the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has installed 44 raingauges in extension planning areas (EPAs) in Mzimba. In an interview after handing over the equipment at Kazomba EPA yesterday, Mzimba district climate change and meteorological services officer Masautso Phiri said the instruments are crucial in enabling farmers to…

Energy minister hails mining meet

Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Aggrey Masi has hailed organisers of the 2019 Mining Indaba for their efforts in promoting the mining sector.  Delivering his keynote address at the 2019 Mining Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa last week, Masi commended the organisers for providing an enabling environment for countries involved in the…

UTM Mzimba candidate promises development

Mzimba Solola UTM Party parliamentary candidate Beatrice Nyakumwenda on Wednesday presented her nomination papers at Mzimba Labour Office Hall, promising to develop the area if she wins the May 21 Tripartite Elections. She arrived at the venue at 9:30am amid ululation and pomp from her supporters who followed in a minibus, a lorry and a…

Aspirant feeds widows, the elderly in Mchinji

Mchinji East Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) aspiring parliamentary candidate Lonzoe Zimba on Monday distributed bags of maize worth K2.7 million to the elderly and widows in the area. The aspirant said he was touched by the plight of the elderly and widows in the area. “I chose to help the elderly and widows because most…

VJ ken soars  in music videos

The 2018 UMP awards were held a couple of weeks ago, where the deserving in the urban music scene got their payback time. VJ Ken won the music video director of the year accolade. Our Correspondent Franco Mwachande explores his art: It needs so much effort for success to come your way. It all depends…

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…

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…

Limbe Leaf hands over K20m school block, materials

Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company Limited on Friday handed over a school block furnished with desks and some school materials worth K20 million to Chikazimasika Junior Primary School in Kasungu. Limbe Leaf sustainability manager Lloyd Barker said the donation will enhance learning and ensure that the quality of education at the school improves. “The students will…

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…