World’s tech giant, Google, wants to bolster its presence in emerging markets. The US-based user-friendly search engine, worth over $750 billion, eyes Africa  as a profitable, yet untapped and rewarding business destination. This is why the global tech giant was in Nairobi, Kenya, last week reaching out to potential companies to partner with. Interestingly, the…

For how long will government continue managing the national budget without a national development strategy? The last development blue-print, the second generation Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS II)—whose implementation period started from July 2011—expired in June 2016. This means that the current budget (2016/17) was built and implemented without a living strategic document. Right…

What we want and what we become is a riddle that gets best answered by time. Times know us better than ourselves. It is our greatest friend; it leads us to destinations we rightly deserve. Look here, Kamlepo Kalua always wanted to be a State President. This man, I can confess, loves Malawi and when…

The Malawi Network of Older Persons Organisations (Manepo) in partnership with Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) is implementing a disaster risk reduction (DRR) and emergency preparedness/response project targeting older persons in Phalombe and Chikwawa districts. Our reporter EPHRAIM NYONDO caught up with ANDREW KAVALA, Manepo national coordinator to find out more about the project and…

Breakpoint for gospel artist Papa Winnyman

A new spiritual voice has emerged with a sharp message that blends social and political woes with the gospel. Despite staying in Botswana, Papa Winnyman, after years in the underground, has reached breakpoint, poised to make a stamp on the country’s gospel music sheet. His music—which boasts of touching spiritual lyrics and traditional beats—joins the…

‘Valentine is about celebrating love’

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. In this interview, EPHRAIM NYONDO caught up with Levie Nkunika, Sunbird Tourism Limited group sales and marketing manager, to share notes on what the day is all about and how best it can be celebrated. What is Valentine’s Day? Well, Valentine’s Day also known as the St Valentine’s Day is an…

I am not saying government should purchase a presidential jet for President Peter Mutharika. What I am saying is that every Head of State needs a presidential jet to easily facilitate his or her travels. Hope this is clear, lest I get misunderstood. Look here, fellow Malawians. We can agree or disagree based on our…

Urban food insecurity: Can Malawi end it?

In this third part of urban poverty series, EPHRAIM NYONDO seeks expert opinion on what Malawi needs to do to deal with urban food security. Renowned researcher on Malawi’s urban poverty Dr Liam John Riley says many of Malawi’s food insecure population live in urban areas. Riley, who teaches at Canada’s University of Western Ontario,…

Stephanos distributes relief food in 3 districts

  Stephanos Foundation, a charitable non-governmental organisation (NGO), has distributed relief food items to 1 850 vulnerable households in Thyolo, Chikwawa and Blantyre. These are households of chronically ill guardians, whose crops were either swept away by floods or dried up due to dry spells as a result of climate change. Chikwawa disaster risk management…

I am not saying government should purchase a presidential jet for President Peter Mutharika. What I am saying is that every Head of State needs a presidential jet to easily facilitate his or her travels. Hope this is clear, lest I get misunderstood. Look here, fellow Malawians. We can agree or disagree based on our…

Starving amid plenty

In this second part of urban poverty series, EPHRAIM NYONDO looks at the anatomy of food insecurity among the urban poor in relation to those in rural areas. Mercy Mafunasi has just returned from Mbayani Market, Blantyre. She has bought a kilogramme of maize flour, 100 millilitres of cooking oil, some usipa wrapped in an…

Night of 8 beauties

  The Night of the Long Knives, in June 1934, was not about beauties. It was about knives, death, tears and darkness. Four million soldiers deemed not loyal to Germany dictator Adolf Hitler were butchered to untimely deaths. Tonight at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre, just like in 1934, is another long night of tears,…

Gwamba, Fredokiss steal show at youth symposium

  Musicians Gwamba and Fredokiss shared the stage and stole the show at a Christian youth business symposium in Blantyre on Saturday. The two collaborated, first for both, on Gwamba’s hit song Better, to a great surprise of the audience. Fredokiss appeared midway Better’s performance with lyrics from his hit single Changes which talks about…

Our learned lawyers are busy, on social media, debating the merits and demerits of the High Court in Mzuzu decision to grant an injunction restraining Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Minister George Chaponda from executing his duties. Well, it’s their field—we, the lay, should just sit, listen and learn a jargon, a lie and truth…

Congrats Bikoko!

  To be honest, I don’t know much about the newly elected Lilongwe City Mayor Desmond Bikoko. But, from his smooth face, you can tell he is fresh, ambitious and visibly assertive than the gullible, seemingly lost, elderly and sleepy former Mayor Willie Chapondera. You know there is a big reason why people such as…

‘Poets have not been bought yet’

How have poets fared in 2016? EPHRAIM NYONDO engaged Poetry Association of Malawi (PAM) president Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa to get his perspectives. We are on the tail of 2016. How are you poets ending this year? I guess there are more small victories to cherish than things that would make us mad for the poetic year…

IKS offers alternative world views

As part of searching for Malawi’s lost pre-colonial heritage, the Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) is rolling out a bachelors degree in indigenous knowledge systems and practice. EPHRAIM NYONDO engaged Dr Robert Chanunkha, executive dean of the Bingu School of Culture and Heritage at Must to find out more about the programme. Bachelor…

‘Universal pension scheme is possible’

  On October 1 this year, the Malawi Government together with Malawi Network of Older Persons Organisations (Manepo) jointly launched the report of a study into the feasibility of a universal old age pension in Malawi. The aim of the study is to address the knowledge gap of social pension schemes in Malawi to assist…

Tay Grin flies higher

Urban artist Tay Grin is living his moment of apogee as his music career continues to spread its wings to the sky. Last week, Kanda—the song he has recorded with Sonye and Nigerian artist Orezi—topped in the continental Trace TV Africa top 10 video chart. This is barely a month after the single he features…

In my young and tender years, I was so much into Lucius Banda, Tupac, novels and newspapers. I almost got addicted, mostly, to newspapers—of course. The Democrat and Weekend Nation were my favourites. That is the reason I chanced an article titled ‘When Chihana Coughs, Expect a Whirlwind’. That was in 2001 while in Form…