Film on Malawian boy going world places

Since its April world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Festival, Buddha in Africa—a documentary telling the story of a Malawian orphan torn between his roots and his Chinese upbringing—is yet to be screened in Malawi. The film has been to film festivals in Australia, South Africa and, only last Saturday, it enjoyed acclaim…

September 12 2019 So Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Joseph Mwanamvekha tabled the 2019-2020 National Budget this week. Like any other budget, it has its ups and downs. The K1.7 trillion financial plan has received mixed reactions. The most surprising proposal government made, like I said last week, has been the inclusion of…

Group donates ambulance

A grouping of people from Chiradzulu South Constituency, Zakwathu ku Namitambo (ZKN), on Saturday donated a K12 million ambulance to Namitambo Health Centre. Speaking during the handover, the group’s chairperson Daniel Kamoto said the endeavour is one of the group’s projects to develop the area. “We are about unity in uplifting the living standards of…

Up Mt Mulanje, and back

September is tourism month in Malawi. As the clock ticks towards the month, the destinations are wide. In the national parks and game reserves, the vegetation is dry, making game watching easy. The heat makes a trip to the lake worthwhile. But, as Kondwani Kamiyala finds out, hiking is one forgotten area. He writes: Friday,…

29-08-2019 The Supreme Court of Appeal issued a 14-day moratorium restraining the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) from holding demonstrations against the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson, Jane Ansah. The moratorium came on the eve of mass protests calling for the MEC chair to stand down. In the ruling, Justice Lovemore Chikopa called on concerned…

In July, the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) started buying maize from farmers. The corporation got a K2.5 billion loan for the purchase of 16 000 metric tonnes of the staple. Farmers, nonetheless, shunned selling their maize to Admarc, which was buying at K150 per kilogramme. The farmers were opting to sell to vendors…

Jazz: Salt of minds

I  don’t know where exactly I picked it from, but I have always believed lovers of jazz are the real salt of the earth. For years, this notion has always boggled my mind, wondering why someone chose to play around with the biblical ‘you are the salt of the earth’ locution. For so long, I…

August 15 2019 Thursday morning, Malawi woke up to the news that Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) chairperson Timothy Mtambo’s house was petrol-bombed in the wee hours. It was not known, by then, who was responsible for the arson. That arson comes on the heels of the burning of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) vice-president Sidik…

Jazz session strums Blantyre high

Drizzles characterised Blantyre on Friday, but that was no reason enough for jazz lovers  not flock to Blantyre Sports Club (BSC), where the Lilongwe Jazz Session rocked the night. In fact, the set was sold out, with several patrons saying when the session comes to Blantyre again, they should consider the BSC ground, not the…

In its letter to players in the post-election fiasco, the Malawi Law Society (MLS), for one, pointed out that the Malawi Police Service (MPS) was failing to discharge its duties in handling the anti-Jane Ansah protests. The society called on MPS to investigate and publicise the underlying reasons for the continued destruction of property during…

MLS yalasa!

Bungwe la akadaulo a za malamulo m’dziko muno la Malawi Law Society (MLS) ladzudzula zipani za ndale, mkulu wa bungwe la Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), apolisi komanso okonza zionetsero pa mkokemkoke umene wabuka kutsatira zolengeza za chisankho cha pa 21 May. Bungwe la MEC motsogozedwa ndi Jane Ansah lidatulutsa zotsatira za chisankho pomwe lidati mtsogoleri…

July 17, 2019 It is amazing that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-president for the South Kondwani Nankhumwa told a rally in Ndirande he was ready to meet Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and UTM Party leader Saulos Chilima over the political impasse gripping Malawi by the neck. Amazing it is, since Nankhumwa’s words…

July 11, 2019. My mind, of late, has been  on one time William Hanjahanja, the only MEC chair this far to have resigned. Hanjahanja, may his soul rest in peace, resigned from the position in March 1999, a week or so before that year’s general election. While calls for Jane Ansah’s resignation and others maintaining…

Dzaleka wows in French singing

Two Dzaleka students took first and second positions in the Chantons en Francais or Let’s Sing in French contest held at the Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre. Boaz Chancelien, the only student who used an instrument, carried the day with his schoolmate Devine Lobilo coming second while Thoko Gama of Jacaranda finished third in the…

Made from Malawi:‘Buddha in Africa’

It is not so long ago that Malawi made it into the global movie narrative with the release of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Now, another film, Buddha in Africa, is rocking the international scene. The movie in Mandarin and Chichewa with English subtitles had the world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International…