SKC dares APM on rigging, violence

Vice-President Saulos Chilima has accused President Peter Mutharika of failing to curb political violence as the country moves towards the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. The Vice-President, who is also president of UTM Party registered after he severed ties with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) last June, also challenged Mutharika’s claims that opposition parties…

Keeping girls away from child marriages

Mchinji is a small district located 12 kilometres (km) from the Zambian border and 109 km from Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi. In every sense, Mchinji is a beehive of activity ranging from cross-border trade to agriculture, some of which impact directly on the welfare of girls and women. Because of this, it is…

Speaker dares police chief on violence

Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya has asked Inspector General of Police Rodney Jose to arrest all perpetrators of the recent political violence or resign from his position. The Speaker expressed his sentiments yesterday at a news conference on violence against women during the campaign period organised by the Parliamentary Women Caucus. He said: “We demand…

FAM sets deadline for BB Reserve 

GARRY CHIRWA, Sports Editor Football Association of Malawi (FAM) says it expects Nyasa Big Bullets to make a stand on their reserve side’s TNM Super League participation prospects by today. The People’s Team reserve side sealed the Chitetezo Mbaula Southern Region Football League (SRFL) Premier Division title on Sunday on goal aggregate after playing out…

Susan Chimbato: Pigeon pea farmer

When I got widowed in 2011, I quickly realised the need for self-reliance, begins Susan Chimbayo Chairman of the Nandolo (Pigeon pea) Farmers Association of Malawi. Having lost the bread winner in the family, she knew the reins were in her hands. Lucky for her she says all her children were all grown. Before her…

“An old woman is uneasy,” Chinua Achebe once wrote, “when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb.” You should; hence, understand why brutal murders of journalists, whether close to home or faraway, send shivers down the spine of those championing the cause for better and just societies. Whether it’s Jamal Kashoggi, the Saudi Arabia former…

Mozambican refugees back in Malawi

About 400 families of Mozambican refugees are back in Malawi just three months after government repatriated them, raising security concerns among hosting communities in the border district of Mwanza. In October last year, government repatriated over 2 000 refugees from Luwani Refugee Camp in Neno after hosting them for about two years. The refugees fled…

Five arrested for possessing human bones

Police in Liwonde-Machinga are keeping in custody five suspects including a village head for allegedly being found in possession of human bones.  Confirming the development, Machinga Police Station publicist Davie Sulumba identified the five as Dyton Makwesela 50, who is village Head Nsapato,  Lamilo Mambo 35, King Galagate 38, Witman Kadam’manja 29 and Mussa Kamba 30. According…

Unity of purpose

Going by the wise saying ‘United we stand, divided we fall,’ Northern Region TNM Super League teams have organised a bonanza to raise at least K10 million as their starterpack in the 2019 season. The competition’s organising committee secretary Donnex Chilongo said yesterday that Moyale Barracks Football Club (FC) and Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC, alongside…

Audit report exposes Yedef flaws

An Auditor General Performance Audit report on implementation of Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE) programmes has revealed some flaws in the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (Yedef), including the disregard of principles governing the programme. The audit, conducted by the National Audit Office in 2017 but whose results were released in October 2018, reviewed 461 Yedef loan…

MCP yet to resolve primaries woes

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is yet to sort out court challenges of its primary elections in several constituencies long after the issues were lodged in court. MCP is now planning to dispatch its legal team to ask the court to expedite a case in which aspirant for Dedza East aspirant Patrick Bandawe obtained an…

Court grants Kalindo bail

Eastern Region chief resident magistrate (CRM) Mzondi Mvula yesterday granted bail to UTM Party director of youth Bon Kalindo. The court had reserved the ruling on Friday to have enough time to examine the petitions that Kalindo’s lawyer Kondwani Kumitengo made to the court. Kalindo, who is Mulanje South legislator, was arrested on Thursday, January…

Bingu’s statue ready

While government has remained tight-lipped five months after Nation on Sunday revealed that it was secretly constructing a statue in South Africa in honour of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika, the sculpture has been completed. The first time we reported on the matter, government said it was not erecting the statue despite evidence presented,…

Court reserves bail ruling on Kalindo

Eastern Region chief resident magistrate Mzondi Mvula yesterday reserved to Monday his ruling on a bail application by UTM director of youth Bon Kalindo. Kalindo, the Mulanje South legislator, was arrested Thursday and charged with disorderly conduct contrary to Section 153 (1) of the Police Act as well as insulting the President contrary to Section…

Si zachilendonso kumva kuti andale adzetsa ziwawa pamwambo wachikhalidwe. Lamulungu, kudali gwiragwira kokhazikitsa mwambo wag ulu la Ayao lomwe likutchedwa Chiwanja Cha Ayao. Pamwambowo, wothandizira wachiwiri kwa mtsogoleri wa dziko lino Saulos Chilima adamunjata pomuganizira kuti amachita zokaikitsa. Anthuwo ati adali ndi mphatso yochoka kwa Chilima koma adalephera kupereka chifukwa cha zovuta zina. Izi zimachitika…

Cities risk dry water taps

Residents in the country’s cities should brace for acute water scarcity in the next five to 10 years if projects that are in the pipeline by respective water boards fail to timely materialise, industry players warn. The experts say the country’s water boards are facing challenges to meet water supply demands due to lack of…

We are 17.5 Million: What does that mean?

With clocks ticking past 2.30pm yesterday, the commissioner of statistics Mercy Kanyuka announced that Malawi’s population has swelled by a third of the 2008 count—hitting 17 563 749 four months ago. However, the untold story is that the population growth—estimated at 2.9 per cent a year—means that your annual share of the K1.45 trillion National…