Ministry commits to girls education

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) Principal Secretary Justin Saidi says the ministry needs girls and the youth to get educated and contribute to the country’s development and the Sustainable Development Goals. Saidi made the remarks at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe yesterday when he presided over the launch of the revised…

APAM’S k1bn joy

In this interview, our News Analyst MERCY Malikwa gets Association of Persons with Albinism (Apam) national coordinator Overstone Kondowe’s reaction to the K1.7 trillion national budget Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Joseph Mwanamvekha presented in Parliament last week. Q : In March this year, Apam held vigils to demand government’s commitment towards protecting…

Offering contraceptives when disaster strikes

We met Belita Tukulani Likhomo in a small village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Ngwelero, Zomba. The 23-year-old is among 975 000 people affected by the March 2019 floods which severely affected the southern Malawi. Soon after the floods devastated her village on March 8, the mother of two lost her home, property and the power…

Unesco launches campaign to  reduce early pregnancies

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has launched a campaign called ‘Let’s Talk’ to reduce early and unintended pregnancies (EUP) in 21 countries in eastern and southern Africa, including Malawi. Through the project, Unesco will work with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), SafAids and Save the Children Sweden in implementing the social…

Tribute to Dzalanyama martyr

Death of a community forest defender in Dzalanyama Reserve has sent ripples of fear in communities around the endangered forest, increasing demands for a military intervention abolished in 2018. “Heavily armed, illegal charcoal producers ran after the community volunteers. Unfortunately, Widson Samuel, 32, was caught, beaten and hacked beyond recognition. “He died on the spot.…

‘Man who burnt a bridge’

On market day, multitudes at Nkando Trading Centre in Mulanje march past Thuchila Bridge, forcing motor vehicles to give way. However, what seemingly goes unnoticed to these passers-by is the person once accused of ‘burning the bridge’. When the wooden base of the Bailey bridge went up in smoke last month, many laid the blame…

Motorbikes overtake bikes

In most trading centres in Malawi, operators of bicycle and motorcycle taxis, widely known as kabaza, scramble for customers. With most rural roads still rugged, the motorbikes offer the fastest alternative to walking and cycling. This is common on tricky terrains where motor vehicles seldom go when it rains. At Thunga Trading Centre in Thyolo,…

Bikes keep Nkando ticking

It is Saturday at Nkando Trading Centre in Mulanje, the second and final market day of the week. The first was on Tuesday. By 8am, the trading centre is filled with people of all ages and one wonders what time they left their homes for the buzzing market. These are people from various places. Some…

Early warning saves lives

First came the rains and it rained non-stop for three days, giving farmers a false promise of a bumper harvest. The persistent rains left Phalombe River, almost a kilometre away from Tereza Kondwani’s home, swelling. Then came a message from a village crier on March 5 around 6pm. “It was a warning that Phalombe River…

From Machinga to parliament at 24

Young people aged 15 to 30 constitute about a third of Malawi’s population of 17.6 million, but they are often excluded from politics. Sights of the elderly sleeping on the job in the country’s 193-seat National Assembly somewhat personify that the county’s political landscape remains a playground for the old. As most young people are…

Study finds no link between contraceptives, HIV risk

Results of the Evidence for Contraceptive Options in HIV Outcomes (Echo) study have shown that three popular contraceptive methods, namely copper-releasing intrauterine device (Cu-IUD), Jadelle Implant and Depo-Provera do not increase HIV risk among women. The findings were released yesterday at the South African Aids Conference underway in Durban and monitored through video teleconference. Reads…

1 200 share 3 toilets at flood victims camp

At least 1 206 people from 317 families are sharing three toilets and a bathroom at Mafale 2 Camp in Chikwawa after they were displaced due to recent heavy rains and flooding. Camp chairperson Grey Phazi, speaking on Friday when Habitat for Humanity Malawi distributed emergency kits to 600 families in Chikwawa, including the 317…

Dodma issues Zomba  City floods warning

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) has warned of possible flooding in Zomba City due to the weakening of Chagwa Dam on Zomba Mountain. In a statement issued last evening, Dodma said the dam, which is about 14 kilometres from Zomba District Council offices, is prone to flooding after one of its major embankments…

Journalists urged to understand science

African journalists have been urged to understand science, scientific processes and to communicate them effectively to their audiences. A planetary research scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, a national scientific research laboratory in the United Kingdom (UK), Dr. Hugh Mortimer said this in his presentation on earth observation and climate monitoring during a five-day training…

Beyond the art

Twenty-nine-year-old Anderson Alfred Chipwaila, popularly known as Mesho, is now behind bars. In one hunt for glory, he used art not to comment on or cement the social fabric that holds society. He used it to mock and attack that fabric which is tolerance.  Before him, Mwiza Chavura, courted criticism when, in another apparent target…

BWB urges stakeholders to manage planted trees

Blantyre Water Board (BWB) has urged stakeholders in  the reforestation of Mudi Dam catchment area to also help in management of the trees to ensure 100 percent survival rate. Speaking on Friday when members of Coordination Unit for the Rehabilitation of Environment (Cure) planted about 900 indigenous trees in the area, BWB water quality technician…

When ignorance is not bliss

Sometimes, ignorance, or lack of knowledge, is regarded as better than being knowledgeable. The assumption is that a person is happier when they are unaware of unpleasant realities. However, ignorance ceases to be bliss when it comes to a person sitting on signs and symptoms of a life-threatening disease whose treatment is readily available at…

Cancer is curable, seek medical care

As Malawi joins the global community in commemorating World Cancer Day, our news analyst MERCY MALIKWA writes how early detection and diagnosis is an enabler to precise treatment: One morning in 2012, Bertha Chimenya of Dziwe in Blantyre Rural received news of her sister’s admission to Ndirande Health Centre. She quickly set off to visit…

Ministry raises councillors’ perks

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has adjusted upwards councillors allowances from K80 000 to K100 000, reflecting a 25 percent increase. Councillors, through Malawi Local Government Association (Malga), submitted a petition to the ministry in June 2018 asking for an increment due to the high cost of living in the country. In…