From November 25 to December 10, the world observes 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. UN Women states that the campaign spotlights the actions being taken to end gender-based violence—the scourge which many human rights campaigners say is one of the most prevalent human rights abuses in the world. The 16 days run from…

The act—defined as uploading or sharing intimate pictures or videos without the subject’s consent—has grown rapidly along with social media and the immediacy of phone applications. It seems quite exciting and in order to share nude pictures or videos of people that you are no so close to. Actually, there is a sense of gratification…

If there were any Malawians who thought climate change is not real, the 2015 floods that devastated the country, must have made them pay attention to climate change issues. But if still, one was not convinced beyond doubt of the reality and brutality of climate change effects, the past months and weeks must have definitely…

Country for sale, apply within. Now Cobell tell me what a gwan? I hear them sell off everything. Name your price if the bargain is right. Oh yeah, with the right connections, you can have anything that you like… I see no reason to laugh. They have been making promises. But all they doing is…

There is growing recognition of the untapped capacity and talents of women and women’s leadership. Over the years, the rate of women’s representation in national assemblies globally has been increasing—in the case of Malawi, this year’s tripartite elections, have reaped a good number of women parliamentarians and councillors. However, there was no woman in the…

On Thursday a learner died while two others sustained various degrees of injuries after being hit by a collapsing classroom wall at Fumbi Primary School in Mwanza. Last year, learners also died in Zomba after a school wall fell on them. My deepest condolences to the family of Levison Enock. I can’t begin to imagine…

A wise person once said ‘a good dancer knows when to leave the stage’. I was reminded of this saying in the past week with the news that Football Association of Malawi (FAM) president Walter Nyamilandu has had a change of heart and has decided to contest for a fifth-term. Previously, Nyamilandu, who has been at…

The Minister of Homeland Security, Nicholas Dausi is snoring on the job and is clearly not the right man to safeguard the security of Malawians. He is a jovial good fella, but that’s it, nothing more. In fact, Dausi should not have been entrusted with any ministerial position, save for the party one. Dausi, a…

So much has been said about the condition of Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. The stadium, which is used as home for Blantyre-based Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers, was once partially closed after an assessment report recommended that it shouldn’t be used because it posed a danger to people. It was declared unfit due…

 There is tremendous pressure put on married couples to have children soon after they get married. Often, questions such as when are you having a child, why are you not pregnant usually follow a month after one gets married. So often, it is the woman who is asked questions without any regard to the fact…

In 2015, I attended a women’s leadership training that focused on personal and professional rebranding which was organised and facilitated by life coach Tamara Chirwa. It was such a refreshing and eye-opening training. She not only taught, but also challenged our thinking. When I got the invite I almost excused myself from the training. I…

AFDB commits $100million for Malawi, Zim, Moz

The African Development Bank (AfDB) says it will set up a response and reconstruction programme of up to $100 million for Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe to kick-start recovery and rehabilitation following the devastating floods caused by Tropical Cyclones Idai and Kenneth early this year. Tropical Cyclones, Idai and Kenneth ripped through five African countries —…

President Peter Mutharika is a troubled man, no doubt about that. His speech in Mangochi, when he commissioned military ships this week, was a clear sign of a man who is slowly losing hold of himself and this country. As he delivered his speech, one could hear his voice crack. He went flat-out to attack…

Mutharika declares war on HRDC, MCP, UTM

…HRDC says it won’t sit and do nothing President Peter Mutharika says he will take all necessary measures to defend and protect the country’s airports and borders from those who want to disrupt the airports and the country’s borders. Mutharika has since directed the police and Malawi Defence Force (MDF) to stop “these demonstrations”. This…

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its leader President Peter Mutharika have come under heavy fire from disgruntled Malawians who are convinced that Mutharika’s did not win the May 21 elections. Following this, Malawi has seen a wave of demonstrations aimed at forcing the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah to resign. The…

It is not a man’s world. It is everyone’s world, man or woman, boy or girl, this is our world. Having passed the half-mark of the year, it is important to remind each other that this year’s International Women’s Day theme, #BalanceforBetter is a call for equal opportunities and to make our world a more…

It’s easy to feel exhausted or numbed by the sheer number of demonstrations that have taken place in recent months, and be skeptical of what they have accomplished. The protests were initially sparked by Malawi Congress Party (MCP), who are unhappy with the outcome of the May 21 Tripartite Elections. While focus has been on…

On Saturday, July 6, Malawi commemorated the 55th Independence Day. I would like to take this opportunity to again wish fellow Malawians a happy independence. I am hopeful that the commemorations will run for the whole month. To our forefathers and the heroes and heroines who put up a gallant fight and paid for the…

There is a ‘silent killer’ that has been let loose. This killer preys on vulnerable and sick people who are desperate for healing. The proliferation of people claiming to have discovered herbs that cleanse the body and cure all sorts of diseases is giving people false hopes that have led to many developing serious complications…

 The May 21 Tripartite Elections despite being immensely contested as evidenced by several court petitions against some results, has registered so many positives and a number of firsts. Malawi National Assembly has the youngest female member of Parliament (MP), and for the first time in history, Malawi has a female Speaker of Parliament, Catherine Gotani…