The wave of violence that ensued in Liwonde demonstrates how much out of hand the intolerance is getting. It is bad that religious bigotry and animosity have grown to levels that we will all live to regret. Reports indicated that Muslims and Christians engaged in a bloody fight over a decision by the education administration…

Phalombe’s lessons of survival

Cyclone Idai hit Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe hard during last year’s rainy season. Over 2 million people were affected with gushing winds and torrential rains that led to heavy flooding. Our Staff Writer KONDWANI KAMIYALA looks at how people in Phalombe are coping with the effects of the disaster, and looking ahead. Malawi and other…

On July 12, the leadership of the Malawi Law Society (MLS) wrote its first epistle to all those involved in the Malawi debacle. The letter was addressed to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chair Jane Ansah, President Peter Mutharika, MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera, UTM president Saulos Chilima, Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Gotani Hara, among…

There have been pictures and clips that have been trending on social media. I was particularly interested in several that were showing Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda, launching a smartphone manufacturing company and another one producing cars. It also showed Kagame laying foundation stone for a mega airport in the country. In sharp contrast, there…

October 10, 2019 That Malawi is currently a volatile State goes beyond doubt. Events this week show how far we are going in tolerating intolerance. It appears no one knows how to stop this roller-coaster. At first glance, you would think the Blantyre Secondary School (BSS) students had it all wrong for trying to march…

September 19 2018. Oh what a week! President Peter Mutharika and other African leaders and their people witness the interring of former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. Before you get over it, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera starts giving his testimony in a case where he is challenging Mutharika’s legitimacy and Malawi Electoral Commission’s…

September 19 2018. Oh what a week! President Peter Mutharika and other African leaders and their people witness the interring of former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. Before you get over it, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera starts giving his testimony in a case where he is challenging Mutharika’s legitimacy and Malawi Electoral Commission’s…

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…

Bridging extension gap with videos

For close to a decade, Phemiya Mpombwe has been farming rice in Chiumbuzo Village in T/A Kaduya’s area in Phalombe. Yet, it is in the last three years that she has seen her yield rise drastically. Previously, Mpombwe said she used to harvest 70 bags. But today, on the same plot, she harvests 160 bags.…