By public demand, I am writing again about the Lonely Hearts section in the Sunday Times that caught my attention recently. Usually I skip that page but, on this particular day, I was drawn by the number of messages from men—mostly in their early 20s looking for sugar mums. My initial reaction was that of…

Lutepo slapped with 11yrs IHL

Those he implicated to be investigated Deputy Director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Reyneck Matemba said the State is satisfied with the ruling that Judge Redson Kapindu has meted out on businessperson and main cashgate convict Oswald Lutepo. Lutepo has been slapped with 11 years imprisonment with hard labour for being found guilty on his…

  Some visitors just don’t know when to leave. The signs might be out there for all to see that the host has grown weary of you but they will hang on. A good visitor should know when to leave before the host is left with no choice but to rudely ask them to hit…

  Blantyre Water Board (BWB) is mandated to supply potable water to residents of Blantyre city and surrounding areas, at least that is what the Malawi Water Works Act 17 of 1995 says. The board’s mission is to provide reliable and affordable water for domestic, industrial, institutional and commercial use. That is on paper. But…

“My name belonged and so I belonged, drawn into a web of relationships, alliances, and grudges I did not yet understand,” Obama wrote in his memoir, Dreams: From My Father, about the airport encounter when he first visited Kenya some 30 years ago. He was astounded that a woman recognised his name and was able…

In recent weeks social media has been awash with stories of a South African pastor who fed live snakes to his congregants. As a miracle worker, and since many are out there looking for quick and instant miracles, it was easy for the pastor to convince them the snake tastes like a bar of chocolate.…

hat does July 20 remind you of? I am reminded of the brave Malawians who took to the streets in large numbers to express their displeasure at the regime that had become too arrogant for their liking. Things had escalated to indescribable and agonising levels. Men and women spent days and nights at filling stations. Prices of…

A staggering 2.8 million Malawians are likely to face hunger this year, so says the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) report. Out of the 28 districts in Malawi, only three are food secure. The floods that hit the nation early this year exacerbated the already bad situation—the country experienced months of drought before the heavy…

It is no longer a rumour as it was few weeks ago, Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) and Indebank have been sold. I wish I could extol government for selling MSB, which many claim was on verge of collapsing—thanks to political interference (read toxic loans) in the bank and politically connected people who ransacked and left…

Last week, as I walked from home to Ndirande Market, I was taken aback by the caustic remarks by a man whom I estimated to be in his late 30s. The man was standing facing the brick wall of a house that is still under construction. He was standing close to where I was supposed…

In May this year I attended a women 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…

Noise levels can be a real problem in any neighbourhood and there are many issues surrounding noise pollution in a residential area that are covered by city council and municipal by-laws. These include what you can and cannot do, what steps you can take to minimise problems caused by potentially excessive noise, and what action…

Last week, as I browsed through one of the Sunday papers, something caught my attention. It was the Lonely Hearts section in The Sunday Times. Usually, I skip that page, but on this day I was drawn by the number of messages from men—mostly in their early 20s—looking for sugar mums. My initial reaction was…

Africa is the hungriest —Hamdok

Regardless of achievements in economic growth, Africa remains the hungriest continent with nearly 300 million people who go hungry almost everyday. This was revealed by Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, Deputy Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) during the opening ceremony for the three day Fourth Climate Change for Development in Africa (CCDAIV). As if going…

Pacja launches climate change academy

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (Pacja) has launched media academy for African journalists reporting on climate change and environmental issues called The ACCER Awards Finalists Academy (Taafa). Mithika Mwenda, Pacja secretary general announced this today at the launch of the academy in Nairobi, Kenya. The first group of Taafa fellows of 21 journalists has…

Malawi attends first-ever UNEA meet

Malawi has joined over 100 countries at the first session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) which has been inaugurated in Nairobi, Kenya, the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Environment Assembly becomes the universal body and replaces the Governing Council, which had limited members. Over 1 200 delegates at the…

Govt to introduce health scheme for public servants

President Peter Mutarika says for the first in the history of Malawi, government will introduce a health insurance scheme for all public servants and will also explore possibilities of health insurance for all Malawians. Speaking during the opening of the 45th Session of Parliament where he also delivered the state of the nation speech, Mutharika…

JB should bury the past—Mutharika

Newly elected Malawi President Peter Mutharika has said former President Joyce Banda should bury the past and help him rebuild the country. Speaking soon after receiving the sword of honour from army commander General Lieutenant Henry Odillo, officially becoming the Commander In-chief of the Malawi Defence Force, Mutharika repeated the call he made on Saturday…

One dies in Mangochi demostration

One person is reported to have died in Mangochi and several others are being treated at Mangochi District Hospital following demonstrations that started today morning. Our correspondent Ayamba Kandodo who is in Mangochi says the situation is far from calm as people continue to burn kiosks and tyres in protest. The demonstrators say they do…