Chanco staff told off, strike to go ahead

  The University of Malawi (Unima) has dismissed demands by Chancellor College (Chanco) academic staff for harmonisation of pay with their counterparts at College of Medicine (CoM) as lacking basis. Unima’s position has hardened the staff’s decision to proceed with their planned strike. Unima registrar Benedicto Wokomaatani Malunga said in an interview yesterday that during…

Police probe Makhetha Primary School fracas

  Police in Limbe, Blantyre are investigating a fracas that happened at Makhetha Primary School on Wednesday following reports that head teacher, Roy Chikwakwa, had beaten a Standard Seven girl. The development led students and surrounding community members to vandalise school property and the head teacher’s house located within the school premises. But police disputed…

UNIMA pay disparity  Row resurfaces

  Academic staff at Chancellor College (Chanco) have vowed not to call off their strike unless their employer, the University of Malawi (Unima), addresses their grievances. Lecturers at Chanco, a constituent college of Unima alongside their collegaues at The Polytechnic, Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) and the College of Medicine (CoM), want Unima to resolve…

MPS call for patriotism

Deputy Inspector General (IG) of Police responsible for administration, Duncan Mwapasa, has called on Malawians to be patriotic as one way of ensuring child safety in the country. Mwapasa made the call at Kanjedza police training school in Blantyre, at the opening of the prevention of violence against children in emergency areas review meeting. Mwapasa…

Ward demarcation in 2020

  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has said demarcation of wards in constituencies which have been facing some anomalies will be conducted in 2020 after the second tripartite elections in 2019. MEC Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah disclosed this in Luchenza yesterday at a stakeholders consultative meeting the electoral body organised. Among some of the challenges being…

Incessant blackouts anger consumers

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) customers continue to express their dissatisfaction over extended blackouts that have resurfaced despite the country receiving heavy rains. Last year, Escom, which relies on water to generate electricity, warned its customers to brace for more blackouts as a result of low water levels in the Shire River where Escom…

BCC monitoring Midima Magistrate’s Court

Blantyre City Council (BCC) has said it is monitoring the current situation at Midima Magistrate’s Court in Limbe, following a warning that was written to the court to improve on their sanitation and hygiene. Last month, the council warned the court that it risks being closed for not having functioning toilets, running taps and if…

IG warns albino attackers

Inspector General (IG) of the Malawi Police Service (MPS) Lexten Kachama has said people who are attacking persons with albinism in the country will face stiffer penalties once caught. He was speaking in Chikwawa on Monday when he visited the home of two boys with albinism who were attacked in the wee hours of Friday last week.…

Lower shire to face food shortage

  The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) suggests households in the lower shire will experience hunger as they are yet to recover from the impact of two consecutive years of drought and the significant reduction in cotton production. In its February to September 2017 Malawi Food Outlook report, FEWS NET says this is…

Principal declarations officer for public education in the Office of the Director of Public Officers’ Declarations, Bright Chimatiro, has said listed public officers who have not declared their assets risk facing prosecution. He said as far as the laws regulating the assets body are concerned, officers who do not register their assets face expulsion, payment…

Social media as platform to sell sex

The advancement in technological trends has played an integral part in the lives of many individuals with the emergence of social media. Unlike in the past where people wrote letters through the Post Office, people are now able to make cheap WhatsApp, Facebook and WeChat phone calls or send messages to distant places instantly. People…

Whose religion is it?

The issue of children and their choice of religion in families has been controversial, attracting mixed reactions from several quarters of society. While some people believe in the right to religion, others argue that children should follow religious beliefs of families they were born to. While appreciating the right to associate, Grant Nhlema advises on…

That act of corporal punishment

Corporal punishment can simply be defined as the punishment that is intended at causing physical pain towards a person. The type of physical pain inflicted on a person may take different forms, be it using bare hands or an item. Some parents, guardians and other advocates have championed for the total removal of corporal punishments…

His, hers or their finances?

The issue of finances in marriages can be controversial and may lead to the collapse of the institutions. The majority of couples prefer to control their finances, while others opt for joint accounts. Some individuals hide their earnings from their spouses, will not share bill payment and are not accountable to how they spend their…

That teacher to student relationship

Teacher and student relationships are not new. Girls, in particular, find it trendy, especially in institutions of higher learning education to engage in intimate relationships with their lecturers. A girl interviewed on condition of anonymity—from one the prestigious private colleges in Blantyre—says girls mainly engage in relationships with their lecturers to get good grades in…

Dealing with relationship insecurities

Insecurity can be attributed as one factor driving relationships apart. Several issues pertain to insecurity—driving people to make drastic decisions that negatively impact their relationships. We have witnessed several incidents in the country where men have been doused with acid, hot water or porridge, beaten or dismembered by their spouses Women, too, have suffered their…

Bridget Shumba: Youth activist and Dreams ambassador

Committing oneself to something must not always come with incentives, but rather, with true originality emerging from the heart that makes incentives avail themselves to you. For 22-year-old Bridget Ulalo Shumba, commitment is what defines her voluntary works of empowering adolescent girls and women that has earned her international recognition as well as a role…

Nkalabongo kills quite quick

As early as 5am, about 10 young men are already taking their daily distils at Chidikha Bar in Chileka—a dusty town west of Blantyre City. For these young Malawians emptying cups and bottles of cheap spirits, it is a day to drink “until we drop dead”, they say. Sip by sip, they loudly proclaim the…

German envoy commends Good Vision Glasses

German Ambassador Jeurgen Borsch has hailed Good Vision Glasses, a Malawian subsidiary of One Dollar Glasses, for offering glasses at subsidised prices for those who cannot afford expensive eye care. He made the remarks when he visited Good Vision Glasses in Ndirande to appreciate the initiative the company is currently implementing. “It simply blew me…