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Solved—why do boys and girls go astray?

Often times we hear heart breaking stories of boys and girls, teenage marriages—a boy has impregnated a girl and have been forced to cohabit, a boy in his cups has been ironed by a fast moving car, a boy has gone jungle after sniffing high quality Nkhotakota-marijuana, a daughter to the pastor has escaped home for Victoria hotel with...

Uncommon Sense: CONGRATULATIONS, MADAM OMBUDSMAN

In 2014 when Peter Mutharika became president, I was asked if I would like to become the Director of the Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB). I turned the offer down. I was not interested, I said. The Chinese have a farewell that says, “May you live in interesting times”. In my mind, the only “interesting times” in the Malawian politico-legal scene that...

Abida Mia distributes maize flour to 2000 households in Chikwawa-Nkombedzi

At least 2000 households affected by hunger in Chikwawa Nkombedzi Constituency have benefitted from the maize flour donation, which their Member of Parliament (MP) Abida Mia, who is also Deputy Minister of Lands, distributed this week. Mia reached out to the affected families at Group Village Headman Msomo and Group Village Headman Saopa, both under Senior Chief Ngabu in her...

Abida Mia donates solar-powered water tank for irrigation scheme in her Constituency

When President Lazarus Chakwera was recently celebrating the fruits of the Affordable Input Programme a couple of weeks ago, it was admitted that the crop yields in the Shire Valley Agriculture Development Area (ADD) won’t be as bumper as in most parts of the country due to the irregular rainfall pattern that the ADD received this year. As one way...

Martha Chizuma next ACB Tsar

After strenuous interviews for the position of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) CB Czar; Ombudsman Martha Chizuma emerged tops, Malawian Watchdog as learnt. Chizuma is not only the people’s choice but its also understood that she nailed the interviews as well, beating 9 males for the competitive role. According to scores that we have seen; Justice Anthony Kamanga came a distant second,...

Abida Mia groundbreaking gets Japanese funded clinic in her constituency started

Member of Parliament for Chikwawa Nkombedzi Constituency who is also the Deputy Minister of Lands, Abida Sidik Mia, on Tuesday, presided over a groundbreaking ceremony of Therere Health Clinic. The project will be funded to the tune of $90,000, a grant the Member of Parliament, secured from the Japanese Embassy.  In her remarks, Mia said the project will greatly...

Uncommon Sense: WHAT WE NEED IS UNITY AND RESOLVE

There are certain issues that are making me nervous and uncomfortable as far as the current direction of our politics, and ultimately, our goals as a people to develop this country are concerned. First and foremost, we seem to be in a state of perpetual politicking at the expense of developing the country. The idea of democratic politics is for...

Talking Blues: Indecisiveness, the kiss of death for Pres. Chakwera

“Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.”- George Canning, British premier, Apr-Aug 1827. I recently stumbled on a fascinating article titled the Anatomy of Military Incompetence. Its thrust is that failure to make any decision is almost as bad as making a poor decision. Expressed mathematically, indecision = lousy decision. The author supports this thesis with a whole platoon of hopeless war...

Gerald Kazembe vs Ralph Juma Monkey-Bay election case trial concludes

Trial of the first-ever parliamentary election petition of the 2019 chaotically managed tripartite election—ironically to be the last to be disposed of—involving Gerald Kazembe and Ralph Jooma of Mangochi Monkey-Bay Constituency concluded yesterday in High the court, Blantyre Civil Registry, before Judge N’riva. Gerald Kazembe who is currently the Second Deputy Secretary-General of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and was...

Talking Blues: Easter reflection – What will it take for Pres Chakwera to cross the Rubicon?

“Take we the course which the signs of the gods and the false dealing of our foes point out. Let the dice be cast.” – Julius Caesar In April 2016, we debuted in the Times Family; in the Daily Times of Friday 29 April 2016, to be specific, with an entry titled “Accidental leadership will be the end of Malawi”. Back...

Malawi by-election supervisory team advised not to compromise by-election

Mulanje district election supervisory team (Dest) has been urged to ensure the Chitakale Ward by-election process meets legal requirements and standards. Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) director of legal services David Matumika-Banda said this on Thursday when he opened a training for the team, returning officers and district election clerks on polling procedures and result management. “There are many changes you all...