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…

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…

Malawi shines at global forum

Malawi was the centre of attention at the 2018 Partners’ Forum in New Delhi, India on Wednesday following a feature on the Chipatala Cha Pa Foni (CCPF) initiative in a publication which was launched at the forum. Appearing in The BMJ December 2018 specialsupplement proposed by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health(PMNCH) and…

African Parks to invest K18bn in wildlife conservation

  African Parks (AP), a private sector firm managing three of Malawi’s parks and wildlife reserves under a public-private partnership (PPP) concession with government, says it will invest $24 million (about K18 billion) in the next five years. Speaking during the 2017 stakeholders meeting on Wednesday in Liwonde, AP Malawi board chairperson Francis Mbilizi said:…

50:50 quota under siege

Achieving equal representation of men and women in political and decision-making positions continues to be a hot topic in the country. It has been since multiparty politics. In the run-up to the May 2014 Tripartite Elections, government, NGO-Gender Coordination Network and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) jointly…

Consolidating the fight against gender violence

Recently, Pan African Civic Educators Network (Pacenet), a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) whose main goal is to promote the participation of citizens in democratic against  governance, developed and launched a gender transformative manual for grassroots engagement towards women’s political empowerment. Last week, the organisation brought together various stakeholders such as political parties, civil society organisations…

‘Politics at centre of corruption

Today, December 9, is World Anti-Corruption Day, a day set aside by the United Nations (UN) to raise awareness about corruption and the role of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on October 31 2003. In this interview, our News Analyst MERCY MALIKWA engaged Danwood Chirwa, a…

Nowhere to run

The Malawian girl is crying for an end to atrocities inflicted by adults who ought to protect her, writes our News Analyst MERCY MALIKWA. Police officers are employed to protect people’s lives, rights and property—especially the defenceless. However, Collins Mwambiwa, from Limbe Police Station in Blantyre, has entered his second month in jail for defiling…

BT women urged to manage stress

  Leadership consultant Mary Mkandawire has advised women from Kabula Ministries, an arm of Kabula Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church in Blantyre, to manage stress instead of being overwhelmed when passing through stressful moments. Delivering a motivational talk during the women’s dinner at Sunbird Mount Soche on Sunday, she said stress in itself is not…

Being a family with albinism

When 24-year-old Lukiyasi Boniface from Chinkhu Village, Traditional Authority Kachere in Dedza District married his sweetheart about three years ago, little did he thought that theirs would be no ordinary marriage. While most couples in their village are usually found together going to the market, to the garden, to see relatives living in far away…

Arts meet albinism awareness campaign

  People in Senior Chief Nankumba’s area had a full dose of fun on Tuesday when an albinism awareness meeting, which took place in their area, was filled with artistic activities such as songs, dances and drama performances. The activity, whose main aim was to raise awareness on protecting the rights of persons with albinism…

Urine tests for faster TB diagnosis

  Diagnosis of TB among people living with HIV is not easy. In this article, our News Analyst MERCY MALIKWA highlights  trials that could reverse the trend   Tuberculosis (TB) continues to pose a significant challenge to the country’s efforts to end death of people living with HIV. Globally, the disease remains the main cause…