Paris pledges €1 million to Green Climate Fund

Malawi and other developing countries stand to benefit from the €1 million (about MK634 290 399) Green Climate Fund (GCF) which the city of Paris has pledged towards climate change response. The pledge was announced on Thursday during a meeting between Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo and GCF’s Executive Director Héla Cheikhrouhou, at the Paris…

We want big polluters out!

A group of demonstrators at the COP21 conference, Le Bourget Exhibitions Center in Paris, France, protesting against the presence of big companies such Shell, and Chevron which are in the fossil oil business. Our Online Editor, Sellina Nkowani who is currently in France, says protesters are demanding climate justice which means that those who pollute…

Waiting for Santa at COP21

It is quite chilly and windy in Paris but that is expected. A few weeks after the terror attacks that claimed lives of at least 130 people, business has somehow normalised. The streets and stalls are bustling again, Christmas promotions and decorations all around. At last, Parisians can smile and are clearly looking forward to…

We created climate change—Obama

US President Barack Obama has admitted that most extreme weather conditions experienced across the globe such as droughts, heat-waves, floods, rising sea levels and shorter or prolonged rainy seasons are all a creation of worthy nations. Speaking on Monday during the opening of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention…

I want to delve into something which is gradually turning our country into a state of lawlessness, mob justice. I have watched and read how oftentimes suspected criminals are bruised and tortured to death by an irate mob that feels the suspected criminal deserves the harshest punishment. The irritated mob takes the law into its…

  More than three million Malawians are likely to face hunger this year, so say food security experts. Out of the 28 districts in Malawi, only three are food secure. The floods that hit the country early this year exacerbated the already bad situation—the country experienced months of drought before the heavy downpour that resulted…

  A lot has been said and written about the State Opening Address speech delivered by President Peter Mutharika on November 6. The speech which ended in a record time of 23 minutes shocked many for various reasons. There are those who found it shocking that the president delivered one of the shortest speeches in…

“Yes, yes, government will table the Access to Information bill”. And with these remarks, President Peter Mutharika ended his speech delivered during the opening of the 46th Session of Parliament on Friday. Mutharika’s remarks came barely three days after the country was informed by Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Jappie Mhango and Leader of…

Without beating about the bush, activist Billy Mayaya is the man. He is the only Malawian so far that I have seen that is able to stand up to government whenever there are injustices. He does not mope about economic or social ills prevalent in the country on Facebook, Twitter or within the confines of…

  For once I want to applaud President Peter Mutharika for cancelling the Third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS III) trip. It was a last-minute call as he was expected to leave yesterday for New Delhi where the summit is taking place. I am happy that at least the President has come to his senses that…

Paris deal must not be punitive like Kyoto Protocol

After 20 years of on-going climate change negotiations, there is need for a climate change framework that is not punitive and does not prescribe solutions to countries rather, the new framework should let countries prescribe what they can do, European Commissioner of Climate and Energy Miguel Arias Canete has said. The Kyoto Protocol which Canete…

President Peter Mutharika needs to have a candid talk with his communication team. It is obvious that the team misled him if the anger he displayed at the press briefing last week is anything to go by. I do not see anything wrong in asking the President to explain why Malawi had such a big…

Africa can achieve sustainable growth

The former United Nations General Secretary, Kofi Annan, on the day of the launch of Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) last month, said Sustainable development goals can only be successful if they are successful in Africa. The SDGs, which build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) whose mandate ends this year, represent a collective global…

  More than three million Malawians are likely to face hunger this year so say food security experts. Out of the 28 districts in Malawi, only three are food secure. The floods that hit the country early this year exacerbated the already bad situation—the country experienced months of drought before the heavy downpour that resulted…

Africa not experimental ground for climate change solutions

  Africa is not an experimental ground for climate change solutions that have been developed elsewhere. Rather, Africa should be left to develop its own initiatives to enhance the climate resilience of its people while contributing to the global effort to defeat the challenges of climate change.   These remarks were echoed by Africa Union…

  News flash: Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, Major One, Papa is in town. The Major one landed at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe on Thursday to an elated crowd of people, mostly his followers—we cannot completely rule out, though, some curious on-lookers and those who simply wanted to ascertain that the Major One indeed flew…

  Do you remember back in the days when tobacco farmers were the envy of the community? Even children knew when it was tobacco selling season. The communities suddenly lit up, business both in the cities and trading centres would pick up as demand for various goods, mostly radios and bicycles, soared. I have fond…

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…