Mothers unite for vaccines

A simple vaccine can prevent a child from contracting polio and a host of other deadly diseases, but some children in Malawi hardly recieve all six shots. Some 30 women in Nthunduwala, Kasungu, are going door-to-door, walking up to 30km, to ensure every child gets vaccinated. “We are foot soldiers. We came together in 2013…

Demystifying school development fund

At the dawn of multi-party democracy in 1994, government introduced free primary education which doubled enrolment for learners. However, the increase in enrolment brought with it many challenges, including inadequate qualified teachers, shortage of teaching and learning materials as well as shortage of infrastructure. At Ezondweni Primary School in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mtwalo in Mzimba,…

Pains of detention without trial

In 2010, Parliament enacted the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Code (CPEC) that empowers the court to release suspects at the expiry of the pre-trial custody time limit. For murder cases, the limit is 90 days. But as our Reporter JOHN CHIRWA finds out, thousands of homicide suspects are suffering in jail without trial after their…

Irony of inclusive education in Malawi

In Malawi, all persons are accorded the right to education under Section 25 (1) of the Constitution. On the other hand, the Disability Act of 2012 provides the right to inclusive education to persons with disabilities. However, in this two-part investigation, our reporter JOHN CHIRWA finds that despite the favourable legal frameworks, persons with disabilities…

Breaking the silence

On Wednesday night, the Little Theatre at Chancellor College in Zomba was the centre of attraction for students and those living around the liberal arts college. truck Here, the stage was set for a performance of The Curse of the Hyena, a play created by Chancellor College theatre for development lecturer Zindaba Chisiza, and performed…

Teenage pregnancies rile Chitipa chiefs

Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwenewenya of Chitipa has expressed concern over rising cases of teenage pregnancies in the district, saying the situation is hindering youth involvement in economic activities. The chief was speaking on Monday during African Youth Day commemorations at Wenya in Chitipa. The chief said the country can achieve tangible economic growth if the…

Remembering Professor james David Rubadiri

September 15 passed silently without a national remembrance of Malawi’s hero, Professor David Rubadiri, who died on the same day last year. However, in this silence reigned a loud whisper at Chancellor College in Zomba as scholars hatched an idea to celebrate his heroics through publication of the Journal of Humanities as a special issue.…

NGO calls for disability friendly toilets

As Malawi joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Toilet Day on Tuesday, Rural Development Partners (RDP) reminded stakeholders not to leave behind the elderly and persons with disabilities on sanitation and hygiene. Speaking at Luhomero in Mzimba, RDP executive director Daniel Nyirenda said most sanitation approaches in the country exclude some vulnerable…

Malawi 2019 elections: Who is in charge of the circus?

Doroba Primary School teachers have vacated their houses for fear of the community who are accusing them of mismanaging funds under the School Improvement Grant (SIG). The school received K767 106 for procurement of learning and teaching materials and maintenance of school buildings. But Chikoya Village Development Committee chairperson Idah Ngulube said school authorities failed…

Misheck Mzumara cherishes US performance

Thespian Misheck Mzumara says his one-man show in the United States of America (USA) has opened up opportunities in his  acting career. Mzumara, a lecturer of drama at Mzuzu University, performed Tales of a Migrant at Virginia Tech State University on Monday. In an interview, the former Nanzikambe Arts actor rated his 45-minute performance highly…

Nico pension assets grow 10 times

Nico Asset Managers, a subsidiary of Nico Holdings plc, says assets for Nico Life Insurance and Nico Pensions have grown since the enactment of the Pension Act of 2010. Speaking at a client engagement seminar in Mzuzu on Friday, Nico Asset Managers chief investments officer Daniel Dunga said the assets have grown from K26 billion…

Youths embrace farming

Lack of good job offers has pushed some youths in Mzimba into farming as a business, but poor market linkages still haunt them, Our reporter JOHN CHIRWA writes. Moses Kamanga, 28, migrated to Mzuzu soon after leaving secondary school in 2010 with the hope of landing a white-collar job in the city. His quest landed…

Rumphi District hails synod’s projects

Rumphi District Executive Committee (DEC) has commended Synod of Livingstonia Development department (Soldev) for its projects in the district. Soldev is implenting projects focusing on sustainable agriculture, economic empowerment and environmental conservation. Speaking during a DEC meeting last week when Soldev and other organisations presented their projects, Rumphi District Council director of planning and development…

Meet Mzuzu fashion week designers

At least 20 local and international designers have registered to showcase their products at the Mzuzu Fashion Week (MzFW) to take place between October 3 and 6 this year. The four-day event will have main runway shows on Friday and Saturday evening at Macondo Camp, an intimate Italian restaurant and camp hidden in the hills…

Demos give protesters entertainment

The nationwide demonstrations to force Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Ansah to resign have turned out to be a haven for entertainment. Inside the street protests, The Nation has observed that there is also fun and entertainment, which is ironic. In Mzuzu, for instance, some protesters find solace in entertaining themselves through music, dance and…

‘Suppliers cheat govt in Malata, Cement Subsidy’

Taxpayers risk losing money to fraud following an allegation that some suppliers in the K7 billion Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme (Dahsp)  cheat government by delivering sub-standard materials with wrong specifications. Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Symon Vuwa-Kaunda said this in Mzimba on Friday when he inspected the programme’s progress. During the…

Rumphi DC bemoans dwindling education standards

Rumphi district commissioner (DC) Fred Movete has decried the dwindling education standards, citing the recent Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations results in which the district performed poorly. Speaking on Friday after officially receiving a community day secondary school constructed by Shepherd Bushiri Foundation (SBF), Movete said historically, Rumphi has been a star…

Bushiri hands over school to govt

South Africa-based preacher Shepherd Bushiri on Friday handed over to government Zolokere Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) he has been building in years. The ceremony was held at the school’s premises in Hewe, Rumphi, where Bushiri was represented by Duncan Zgambo, chief executive officer of Shepherd Bushiri Foundation (SBF). The ceremony was also witnessed by…