Prisoners vote, grope in the dark

  Inmates at Chichiri Prison in Blantyre yesterday went to the polls to elect councillors and parliamentarians who they scarcely knew as all candidates are not allowed to campaign in correctional facilities. The inmates’ leader, Kondwani Kampondeni, said they had it easier to elect presidential candidates as they followed their campaigns and debates on television…

Street children removal gradual—minister

Government will withdraw children from the streets gradually, Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Cecilia Chazama said in Blantyre on Friday. Speaking during a press conference held in Blantyre in commemoration of the International Day for Street Children, the minister said government seeks to abide by last month’s order from the Ombudsman which…

Kadzitche writes again

Katakwe. That is not just a name. It is about being a crook. And writer Lawrence Kadzitche brings out the crooked never-do-gooder character in his weekly Chichewa column. What else can you say of a man who, caught in a sex escapade escapes through the window stark naked. When he flees to his house, he…

Kambalu takes nyau to the world

In 2008, the United Nations Science and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) inscribed Gulewamkulu in the intangible cultural heritage of humanity list. Performed after harvest, during weddings, funerals and chief installations among the Chewa people of Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi, Gulewamkulu is believed to have come on the scene in the 17th Century. Samson Kambalu is one…

Tamanya-Waka breaks barriers

For many, reggae music is for the wild and wayward of this world. And, the roots reggae hallway is male-dominated. For that matter, few Malawian artists, if any, have played reggae with an international appeal. Not for Tamanya-Waka. She treads where most women fear. And, she does it with such agility that she breaks physical…

No holds barred for taqwa

He has rocked the scene with his on-the-edge rap, bagging himself several accolades. And, he believes being a person with albinism is no boundary for one to sail the ocean that is Malawi urban music culture. Today, Taqwa, real name Takiwa Issa, believes only artistic unity is the vehicle to fight the ills people with…

Tuku: A Malawi feel

Last December, the Afro-music spirit, as it often does, was on me. I don’t know what made it so intense this time around for me to go back to the great African music souls. It was a playlist that swept the length and breadth of the continent. I listened to Ismael Lo’s Dibi Dibi Rex…

Chilembwe descendants seek government support

As Malawi commemorated Chilembwe Day yesterday, some descendants of John Chilembwe, the fallen national liberation icon, have asked government to support them, saying they are living in dire poverty. But while admitting Chilembwe was a patriot, Minister of Information and Civic Education Henry Mussa said government has no programmes for individuals claiming to be his…

Kaya zidali zoona, kaya zabodza, zimamveka kuti nthawi imene Bakili Muluzi ankafuna mpando wa upulezidenti adalonjeza zinthu zingapo. Iye adalonjeza kuti aliyense adzakhala ndi nsapato. Onenawo n’kumatinso Muluziyo adalonjeza kuti adzapereka fetereza wa ulele. Komatu atatenga mpando, Muluzi, Atcheya, adanenetsa kuti sadalonjeze nsapato. “Nanga ndingadziwe kuti munthu wa ku Chitipa amavala sayizi yanji?” adazizwa. Ndipo…

Blazing Bushiri bushfire

That Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is undoubtedly one of the most famous Malawians in history is a given fact. His appeal on the global arena in religion, business and, as it is becoming increasingly clear, the arts, he is in the clique of global icons. Yet, for many, he remains an enigma. Like wild bushfire, his…

Dying for love

In the song Sindilola, little known artist Chikumbutso Nansanganya expresses love to a girl. He talks of that ‘till death do us part’ cliché. And, sadly, the artist on Sunday October 7, purportedly died for the love of his life and persona in the song: Lonely Manda. Chikumbutso, according to Blantyre Police deputy spokesperson Dorrah…

Ethel triple launch in November

  Gospel artist Ethel Kamwendo Banda says all is set for the launch of her three albums in November. In an interview, Ethel said she is set for the triple launch on November 30 at the Bingu International Conference Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe before taking the albums to Blantyre’s Sunbird Mount Soche on December 7.…

Malawi fish depletion worries experts

  Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Joseph Mwanamvekha has said Malawi’s dwindling fish resources have led to a decline in fish consumption. He was speaking when he opened the five-day Sixth Pan-African Fish and Fisheries Association (Paffa) global conference at Sun and Sand Holiday Resort in Mangochi yesterday. Said Mwanamvekha: “Per capita fish…

Saving women from ruptured wombs

In 2016, Margaret Kawala was 41 years-old when she gave birth to her third child. Kawala, who was married in 1992, knew no better happiness. But three months later, the joy turned into grief for Kawala, who lives in Mponela, Traditional Authority Dzoole in Dowa. She was pregnant, again. “It was confirmed that I was…

Between 2016 and 2017, the United Children’s Fund (Unicef) rolled out mass screening of children for early diagnosis and treatment of malnutrition. Although there was high rise in children getting screened at community level and children being referred to health facilities for free services, there is low access and utilisation. Unicef engaged the Applied Development…

Between 2016 and 2017, the United Children’s Fund (Unicef) rolled out mass screening of children for early diagnosis and treatment of malnutrition. Although there was high rise in children getting screened at community level and children being referred to health facilities for free services, there is low access and utilisation. Unicef engaged the Applied Development…

France honours MP Sangala

  France on Saturday decorated Blantyre Malabada legislator and former Cabinet minister Aaron Sangala with the Knight of National Order of Merit for his efforts in promoting French language and culture in Malawi. French Ambassador Richard Boidin, decorating Sangala as the first Malawian to get the knighthood that was previously awarded to Senegal’s independence president,…

Musings on Malawi music

For some time, I have kept myself off Malawi music commentary. I have no reason, no excuse for that incessant blackout, but hey, we need some time to view things from other perspectives. Don’t we? While I was away, in that desert, I was still listening to the songs that are part of us. There…

France honours Sangala

The French Government will tomorrow honour Ndirande Malabada parliamentarian Aaron Sangala with the Knight of the National Order of Merit. A press release from the French Embassy yesterday ambassador Richard Boidin will decorate Sangala with the honour at the Maison de la France and Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre. According to Internet sources, French President Charles de…