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…

Atibera—Chakwera

Yemwe adaimira chipani cha MCP, Lazarus Chakwera, dzulo adati sakuvomereza chisankho cha pa 21 May, ponena kuti adaberedwa mavotiwo. Polankhula kwa atolankhani kulikulu la chipanicho ku Lilongwe, Chakwera adati akugwiritsa ntchito gawo 114, ndime (1) komanso (3) (d) ya malamulo oyendetsera chisankho a dziko lino. “Ine, Lazarus Chakwera, sindikuvomereza zotsatira zachisankho cha pa 21 May.…

Mutharika apempha bata

Peter Mutharika, yemwe adapambana pa chisankho cha pa 21 May, dzulo adapempha Amalawi kuti apite patsogolo ndi kukhala wogwirizana ndi a mtendere potukula dziko lino. Polankhula dzulo ku Kamuzu Stadium mumzinda wa Blantyre pamwambo wolandira ulemerero wa dziko lino kuchokera kwa asilikali, Mutharika adati Amalawi ayenera kuyanjana potukula dziko lino. “Tonse tiyenera kudekha ndi kuthana…

Voti yotengera zigawo ilipobe

Amalawi akadali ndi mtima wovota potengera chigawo chomwe amachokera ndi munthu kapena chipani chomwe akulumikizana nacho m’njira inayake makamaka mtundu. Mwachitsanzo, pa zisankho ziwiri zapitazi za 2014 ndi 2019, chipani cha DPP chakhala chikupeza ma voti ambiri ku mmwera, MCP m’chigawo chapakati pomwe kumpoto kudavotera kwambiri zipani za UTM and PP. Zotsatira za chisankho cha…

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…