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Mutharika says he is enjoying an excellent health Esteemed Blues’ Orators, the “Daniel Phiri” saga, Daniel Phiri being the nom de plume assigned to the ‘flying’ carcass of former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika was by any standards, culture and tradition an atrocity. No two ways about that. When a person dies, Malawian culture dictates that whether we hated or loved the deceased, we should pay last respects and not final disrespects as done by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) gurus in 2012. Flying a dead person as “cargo”, to this or that place, under any charade, is impertinence of the worst type, no matter the rationale for the horrid act. Given that Bingu was very dead by the time he was being rechristened “Daniel Phiri”, to be shunted around by people he had trusted and loved, he shares no iota of guilt to the madness of April 2012. I pray that he continues resting in peace. Now, having offended us by disrespecting our deceased president in that manner, even in my worst nightmares, I never dreamed I would live to suffer that ignominy again. And for Christ’s sake, not from the same ensemble, no. Not after those ‘hearty’ confessions and ‘repentances’ by the likes of Henry Musa, Nicholas Dausi and company. Sadly, DPP’s obscenity knows no limits. These people will sink as low as gravity permits when personal survival (read: dodging imprisonment due to corruption charges) is at stake. Four plus years after the Daniel Phiri prank, here they are with yet another sick joke, the idiocy of claiming President Peter Mutharika is enjoying “robust health” when medical experts, family members, well-wishing Malawians, the Talking Blues community and the good Lord above, say and know otherwise! Blues’ Orators, I have never hidden the fact that I do not agree with the direction Malawi has taken under Mutharika. My views are well documented. But having said that, I cannot be a spectator when injustice, disrespect, needless torture and life-threatening antics a..
Poor results, coaching panel reshuffles and supporters’ revolt. All the negativity have been a constant occurrence at Be Forward Wanderers. But as if that is not torturous enough, Premier Bet Wizards are plotting to pile more misery on the Nomads. The two sides face off at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre this afternoon where Wanderers aim to resuscitate their wrecked Super League title bid while Wizards step up their relegation battle. Set to face his former team: Rafiq Namwera (with the ball)In an interview Thursday, Wizards coach Peter Mponda said apart from bagging the points, the victory over Wanderers would give his charges the swagger and confidence in their remaining matches. “Wanderers is a big team, so if we beat them the boys will have a feeling that they can triumph over any team, a mentality that can strengthen our survival bid,” he said. On the pitch the Nomads have been largely unimpressive recently having only collected three points from three games—the poor run of form which saw the club hierarchy replacing head coach Eddingtone Ng’onamo with Yasin ‘Titch’ Osman. Going into match, Wanderers lament on position eight with 32 points with eight games to play before wrapping up their season. Mponda feared that the unfolding drama at the Lali Lubani Road side could have lifted the pressure on the Nomads players. “Psychologically, Wanderers players might be at a point where losing doesn’t matter anymore because they have suffered a lot already. They will play without any pressure and that might turn out to be a disadvantage to my boys,” he said. Wizards are currently stuck in relegation mud with 19 points from 21 games, but Wanderers coach Osman said underrating them would be as dangerous as swimming in crocodile infested waters. “In football any team can cause you problems. We will approach the match with caution. But our target is to win,” he said. The Nomads might be without forward Amos Bello who hobbled off during Wanderers match against Kamuzu Barracks af..
Hon Folks, it beggars belief that the APM government, elected 20 years after the adoption of the Constitution which pegs the exercise of power of State to “the sustained trust of the people…only maintained through open, accountable and transparent government…”, manages public information no better than the one-party dictatorship we ditched in 1993. The bungled communication on the health status of APM is a case in point. The President and God-knows-how -many others fly to New York, saying no more than “we are attending a UN General Assembly. Minister of Foreign Affairs Francis Kasaila asked about the size and composition of the entourage—an issue in these hard economic times—does not just refuse to disclose but goes on to say government reports to Parliament, therefore, giving such information through the media would be “irregular” (Malawi News, September 24. P2). In this 21st century, Kasaila—the face of the nation to the international community by virtue of his portfolio—likens the media to a “parallel structure” to the three arms of government! Kamuzu Banda must be turning in his grave saying: “I told you so, Malawi isn’t ready for ’multiparty-ism’.” But my bones were shaken to the core Monday afternoon when I saw pictures of APM alighting from his chartered plane at Kamuzu International Airport, looking frail and sickly. The President could not even lift his right hand when waving to the multitude that came to give him a tumultuous welcome. He waved with both hands when departing for the US a month earlier. As if that was not enough, APM, who is indisputably right-handed, greeted dignitaries with his left hand. Yet, Malison Ndau, the Information Minister who doubles as government’s publicist, had just lied to Malawians days earlier that the President was “enjoying robust health”! Not just robust health, Ndau further said APM had to stay on after the UNGA to meet donors and investors. This is the kind of cook-up that definitely isn’t meant for the media. Kasaila ..
The MAMA weekend is upon us, and after todays press conference at the Hilton Hotel Sandton, we absolutely can’t wait for the main event tomorrow! Monde Twala, VP for BET, together with Alex Okosi, senior VP and Managing Director of Viacom International Media Network Africa, are both excited to have the MTV MAMA’s 2016 held in Johannesburg South africa, one of Africa’s dynamic media hubs.Our stunning cover girl Bonang Matheba graced the conference, looking absolutely chic and effortless in a black wide leg jumpsuit made complete with gold accessories, heels and a sleek ponytail. Nomzamo Mbatha (rocking a stunning orange House of CB dress) and Yemi Alade were annonced to join Matheba as co-hosts tomorrow.We also got a first glimpse of the beautiful new statue for this year’s award.Dj Cleo told us to expect a tribute to Kwaito veteran, Mandoza, who recently lost his battle with cancer.We can’t wait to show you all the red carpet fashion tomorrow, we hear everyone’s going all o..
Pop CultureCannabis in music and media, celebrity stories, as well as holiday ideas and other culture cues.Pop CultureHow ‘Bad Ink’ Co-Host Rob Ruckus Ended Up as a Las Vegas BudtenderWill HydeOctober 21, 2016If you’ve ever watched an episode of A&E’s Bad Ink, you might know co-host Rob Ruckus as the outspoken, tattooed, punk rocker that he is. But while he’d normally be speaking out against poor choices in body art, today he’s speaking up about something else: medical cannabis.When Leafly stopped by Inyo Fine Cannabis in Las Vegas, Nevada, we were pleasantly surprised to see Rob’s familiar face behind the counter and hear his trademark voice offering helpful suggestions to patients. To learn more about Rob’s passion for cannabis and his path to serving Las Vegas-area patients, we sat down with the man. He shared his take on cannabis’s potential as medicine and revealed what attracted him to budtending in the first place.Leafly: Can you give us a quick overview of your backgr..
Strains & ProductsCannabis strain and product insights with curated strain lists, new devices, and other fun facts.Strains & ProductsNew Strains Alert: Cali Jack, Ultra Banana, Blue Wonder, and MoreJeremiah WilhelmThis week’s New Strains Alert is stacked high with fruity genetics. Grape Calyx by Calyx Garden is a nuanced complex of strains that has been in development since 2012 and offers deep Kush and Cookies elements for the refined cannabis connoisseur. Ninja Fruit from our pals at Ocean Grown Seeds reeks of a phenomenal Haze and delivers sweet flavors of grape and grapefruit. Ultra Banana synthesizes the best of MK Ultra’s heady, psychedelic effects and effortlessly blends them with Banana Kush’s fruity relaxation. Grab a bud (or buddies), pinch off a stinky snapper, and indulge in the fantastic foliage of your favorite strain alongside fall’s changing colors.Cali Jack Cali Jack by Medicanna Seeds is a potent union of polar opposites. Jack Herer, the sativa-dominant king ..
Pop CultureCannabis in music and media, celebrity stories, as well as holiday ideas and other culture cues.Pop CultureStrains & ProductsMusic Video and Strain Pairing of the Week: “Marijuana” and Gorilla Glue #4Rebecca KelleyIf there’s one thing most cannabis enthusiasts love, it’s music. And what better way to enjoy a funky, trippy, surreal song (and its accompanying music video) than when paired with a strain that augments the experience?I asked my musically-inclined coworkers to share their favorite visually appealing music videos and explain why they love pairing them with some good bud. This week’s suggestion comes from our associate editor Lisa Rough. Her fitting kickoff for this series is “Marijuana” by Chrome Sparks, because “Chrome Sparks is super dope to listen to while high, and this song in particular is inspired by our favorite plant. The video is as trippy as the music and the whole thing is soothing to watch and listen to.”For a strain pairing, our editor and r..