Yolanda Kaunda becomes Malawi’s first ever female captain

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Malawian Airlines pilot Yolanda Kaunda has become the country’s first ever female captain.

Kaunda has attained the rank of captain which is the highest level of responsibility.

Captain Kaunda’s jacket now has four bars on its sleeves, representing her new rank. While Malawi has had a female pilot before, Kaunda has become the first to reach the rank of captain.

Captain Yolanda Kaunda

Call her Captain Yolanda Kaunda

The first female pilot, Fellie Mkandawire stopped flying while she was a senior first officer, which is a lower rank when compared with captain.

Mkandawire was among many Malawians who used social media to congratulate Kaunda. Posting on her Facebook wall, Mkandawire also dispelled confusions surrounding the announcement of Kaunda as Malawi’s first ever female captain.

“While I was the first female Malawian Pilot, there are, within the pilot profession, different ranks. I stopped flying some years back with the rank of senior first officer. Yolanda has just attained the rank of Captain.

“This is indeed a landmark achievement in Malawian aviation history. Congratulations captain,” wrote Mkandawire.

Poet Qabaniso Malewezi said: “The first Malawian Female captain… Congratulations Yolanda Kaunda. Friends in high places.” Travel Magazine also congratulated Kaunda writing: “ Malawi is proud to have the first ever captain and it is you madam. “You are a role model to many women and young ladies. Wishing you all the best.”

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  3. Gud model gal! Not aeroplane model which practically is useless.in chitipa someone already had that project but we r more learned to regard that as realistic because we know an aeroplane cant be manufactured at somebody’s veranda! We cant even regard people wearing costumes of animal faces as actual animals! Arise malawi!!!!

  4. Gud model gal! Not aeroplane model which practically is useless.in chitipa someone already had that project but we r more learned to regard that as realistic because we know an aeroplane cant be manufactured at somebody’s veranda! We cant even regard people wearing costumes of animal faces as actual animals! Arise malawi!!!!

  5. This akumpoto this akumwera that apakati empty heads! ameneyu anaphunzira masukulu akumpoto? bishop mackenzie saint andrews zili kuti? zopusa basi.tingoyamikira kuti mwana wanzathu wachita bwino.zaumbuzi

  6. Ati ku mpoto kwatuluka ma captain anamandwa mizwanya ya mzeru. Pakati patuluka mikhatheya the first of its kind, local aeroplane invasion, kummwera kwatuluka a chalume mafana a pa town oziwa kudyera pakamwa Joe Gwaladi,,,, Proud to be a Malawian.

  7. Ati ku mpoto kwatuluka ma captain anamandwa mizwanya ya mzeru. Pakati patuluka mikhatheya the first of its kind, local aeroplane invasion, kummwera kwatuluka a chalume mafana a pa town oziwa kudyera pakamwa Joe Gwaladi,,,, Proud to be a Malawian.

  8. Ati ku mpoto kwatuluka ma captain anamandwa mizwanya ya mzeru. Pakati patuluka mikhatheya the first of its kind, local aeroplane invasion, kummwera kwatuluka a chalume mafana a pa town oziwa kudyera pakamwa Joe Gwaladi,,,, Proud to be a Malawian.

  9. Atumbuka amandinyasa kwambili. Federal goverment ija ikuchedwa. By the hw can they trust a thing that do breeds for almost 3 days without dieing. Any way

  10. Yolanda thank Jehova God 4 blessing u wth such high rank. That’s a response to ur prayers, effort and dedication. I say keep it up!!! Congraturation.

  11. Yolanda thank Jehova God 4 blessing u wth such high rank. That’s a response to ur prayers, effort and dedication. I say keep it up!!! Congraturation.

  12. Now that is sooo wonderful, you are an inspiration to all girls in Malawi. You have made the country proud, may God bless you more and more, Amen.

  13. Now that is sooo wonderful, you are an inspiration to all girls in Malawi. You have made the country proud, may God bless you more and more, Amen.

  14. Ma awards onse achizimayi akungopita kumpoto. Ndie tikamati kumeneku nkwamaphunzilo wona uzi fweeeee mizingokhalila yomweyo yonyoza pomwe chilungamo nchakuti Kumpoto ndikunkhokwe yamaphinzilo pa Malawi

  15. Ma awards onse achizimayi akungopita kumpoto. Ndie tikamati kumeneku nkwamaphunzilo wona uzi fweeeee mizingokhalila yomweyo yonyoza pomwe chilungamo nchakuti Kumpoto ndikunkhokwe yamaphinzilo pa Malawi

    • Maphuzilo ndi amenewo koma kudako mumatinyasisira Malawi kkkkk kumangokhala ngati akuposhani ndi kiwi ndi kukushainani hahahahaaa zikang’a ndi mkamwa momwe

    • Maphuzilo ndi amenewo koma kudako mumatinyasisira Malawi kkkkk kumangokhala ngati akuposhani ndi kiwi ndi kukushainani hahahahaaa zikang’a ndi mkamwa momwe

    • Nkhanga zaku kunyoza too much ine kuno ndikunkhala ndi nkhanga zaku Bt za kudako too much ndiye iweyo mbuzi ukunyazo azako ophuzila kuno ku Rsa nkhanga kuti zilowe vepi because of atumbuka ngati waka uyu ndi mchewa sangalowe chifukwa nkhanga zimaba kwambiri timayesa kuuza mzungu kuti ndi mtumbuka ngati wati ndi nkhanga sangamutenge chifukwa achewa too much kuba makwelekwele inuyo nyini za mayi anu?

    • Nkhanga zaku kunyoza too much ine kuno ndikunkhala ndi nkhanga zaku Bt za kudako too much ndiye iweyo mbuzi ukunyazo azako ophuzila kuno ku Rsa nkhanga kuti zilowe vepi because of atumbuka ngati waka uyu ndi mchewa sangalowe chifukwa nkhanga zimaba kwambiri timayesa kuuza mzungu kuti ndi mtumbuka ngati wati ndi nkhanga sangamutenge chifukwa achewa too much kuba makwelekwele inuyo nyini za mayi anu?

    • uja wakoza ndenge ku dowa mwina ndiwakumpoto eti? Nanga ku mchinji wina akonza nsima cooker and was given award ndi wakumpoto? Tamaikani nkhani zoti tisamagawikane mudakalabwanji atambuka

    • uja wakoza ndenge ku dowa mwina ndiwakumpoto eti? Nanga ku mchinji wina akonza nsima cooker and was given award ndi wakumpoto? Tamaikani nkhani zoti tisamagawikane mudakalabwanji atambuka

    • Anthu aku north ndi central nde amalawi enieni, kwinako kaya anthu ake ndi aku mozambique kaya. Chifukwa president wao kukhala ngati ndiwa mozambique. Paja pa misonkhano yao ya mlhakho kumabwera TA mutharika yaku moz.

    • chewa people r lazy people, blv me or not go to their villages and see their houses viwaya va mbuzi kkkk then go mpoto good houses. u r lucky coz goverment loves u. tileke kuwagulisa vingoma lero wanthu wakata awa

  16. Well done Northern girls, we are proud of you. We will always be the first. Or kwathu kusachokere president but we are miles away ahead of other regions.

  17. Well done Northern girls, we are proud of you. We will always be the first. Or kwathu kusachokere president but we are miles away ahead of other regions.

    • Am not the pioneer of tribalism, this thing started way back before democracy was introduced in the country. Everyone knows that there is tribalism in the country and it is here to stay.

    • anthu ngati inu ndi amene mumapangitsa kuti atumbuka tidzikunenani kuti ndinu ma educated salvages-we are all Malawians get alife

    • anthu ngati inu ndi amene mumapangitsa kuti atumbuka tidzikunenani kuti ndinu ma educated salvages-we are all Malawians get alife

    • olo tikhale ma edcated salveges, tizikuikanibe pa map ife akumpotofe… inu ingolimbikirani chigololo chanucho, nyau komanso kumakhala pa facebook kumaona success ya atumbukafe a #TNM anakuganizirani ndi free data coz mayunitsi simungakwaniseso kugula

    • olo tikhale ma edcated salveges, tizikuikanibe pa map ife akumpotofe… inu ingolimbikirani chigololo chanucho, nyau komanso kumakhala pa facebook kumaona success ya atumbukafe a #TNM anakuganizirani ndi free data coz mayunitsi simungakwaniseso kugula

    • Hahahaha Jacob i like it, can an educated savage fly a plane? Kuti mfufuze mpeza kuti anthu amene amutenge Yolanda as role model ndi akumpoto kwinaku anthu amatanganidwa ndi marternity. Za xul simbali yao.

    • Hahahaha Jacob i like it, can an educated savage fly a plane? Kuti mfufuze mpeza kuti anthu amene amutenge Yolanda as role model ndi akumpoto kwinaku anthu amatanganidwa ndi marternity. Za xul simbali yao.

    • We know it pains you when you see tumbukas succeeding in life. Education tikunena ndiyomweyi umaiziwa iwe constable. Palinso ina kapena? Chabwino nchiti kukhala osasamba koma ophunzira nkukhalanso pantchito yabwino, or kukhala osamba koma osaphunzira nkumagulisa majumbo, mapeyala, nthochi ets usankha wekha constable.

    • We know it pains you when you see tumbukas succeeding in life. Education tikunena ndiyomweyi umaiziwa iwe constable. Palinso ina kapena? Chabwino nchiti kukhala osasamba koma ophunzira nkukhalanso pantchito yabwino, or kukhala osamba koma osaphunzira nkumagulisa majumbo, mapeyala, nthochi ets usankha wekha constable.

    • Izi ndi zomwe zikukanidwa pa Mw pano,,, nthawi zina kutukwanidwa ndi kunyozedwa kwa inu atumbuka mumachita kufuna I can see,, kodi osangosangalala kuti ndi Malawian amene wachitabwino bwanji pangakhale chovuta??

    • Izi ndi zomwe zikukanidwa pa Mw pano,,, nthawi zina kutukwanidwa ndi kunyozedwa kwa inu atumbuka mumachita kufuna I can see,, kodi osangosangalala kuti ndi Malawian amene wachitabwino bwanji pangakhale chovuta??

    • Waku mpoto akachita bwino mmati ndi mmalawi koma pakakhala vuto mmati atumbuka inu nde timve ziti. A tumbuka is a tumbuka. Like me, i am a tumbuka first be4 a malawian. I dont care kaya pali wina odziwa kunyoza, anyoze am a proud tumbuka the blessed tribal group.

    • Waku mpoto akachita bwino mmati ndi mmalawi koma pakakhala vuto mmati atumbuka inu nde timve ziti. A tumbuka is a tumbuka. Like me, i am a tumbuka first be4 a malawian. I dont care kaya pali wina odziwa kunyoza, anyoze am a proud tumbuka the blessed tribal group.

    • Nkhanga ntchito yawo ndi kuba pa Malawi ndili nazo nkhanga za ku #Bt kuno Rsa 5 day nkhanga osasamba nkhanga ikuti mwamuna azinunkha pa Malawi ngati pali mtundu osadziwa ku samba ndi nkhanga kapena achewa makwelekwele?

    • Nkhanga ntchito yawo ndi kuba pa Malawi ndili nazo nkhanga za ku #Bt kuno Rsa 5 day nkhanga osasamba nkhanga ikuti mwamuna azinunkha pa Malawi ngati pali mtundu osadziwa ku samba ndi nkhanga kapena achewa makwelekwele?

    • Bola anzathu a chewa koma zakumweraku ndi worse. Amati ndiosamba koma ambiri mwa iwo sali pantchito kaya ndalama ya soap amaitenga kuti kaya. Kapena amasamba kopanda soap. These vultures they bore me.

    • Bola anzathu a chewa koma zakumweraku ndi worse. Amati ndiosamba koma ambiri mwa iwo sali pantchito kaya ndalama ya soap amaitenga kuti kaya. Kapena amasamba kopanda soap. These vultures they bore me.

    • mtumbuka ananyanya kuda eeh kkk,, akakhala pa dima amaoneka mano okha hahahahaaa musamabwele ku mwela kuzaona Bt mutiipisila Mw wanthu okongolayi, am proud to be southerner kkkk

    • mtumbuka ananyanya kuda eeh kkk,, akakhala pa dima amaoneka mano okha hahahahaaa musamabwele ku mwela kuzaona Bt mutiipisila Mw wanthu okongolayi, am proud to be southerner kkkk

    • Ika photo ya mai ako apa tisiyanise ndiya yolanda tione angaoneke bwino. Mai ako sakupanga business yogulitsa minkhaka iwe. Akati asamba nde kuti asambira ufresh.

    • Ika photo ya mai ako apa tisiyanise ndiya yolanda tione angaoneke bwino. Mai ako sakupanga business yogulitsa minkhaka iwe. Akati asamba nde kuti asambira ufresh.

    • Bt ndiya zonnse momwemo,, ntchito, ndalama , nyumba zabwino, anthu a smart osamba ndie kuno ku Bt,,, kuma farm kokhala ng’ombe asati anthu ndie ku northerner kkkkk ndipo mpopano muziyendela ma passport mukafuna kubwera kuno ku Bt hahhaaa we are the bigger n better

    • Ukanayamba wafunsa kuti kuma farm amagwirako ntchito ndani. Chifukwa anthu ambiri ogwira ntchto yodyetsa ng’ombe ku mpoto ndi akumwera. Ambiri olima fodya mmafarm ndi akumwera moti ine ndilinso naye mmodzi waku thyola kkkk. Ife we can manage a passport bcoz tikabwera ku blantyre timazagwira ntchitp zabwino pamene abale ako amene amanka ku mpoto kukasankha ntchito nde kuti ndiyolima kapena za ng’ombe zomwezi. Town ya blantyre maiko ena ndika town ship. Town yoti mwina kukula kwake ndi 2 km square nkumati tili ndi town. Town yongomanga munjila mokha kuseri kuli zinyalala. Town yongodutsamo ndi njila. Town yoti utha kumaliza kuizungulira within 30 minutes nkumati blantyre town. Town yoti mpaka pano miseu siikukwana akumangabe ina ndiya fumbi. In short we dont hav a town in malawi. Muzaiona tikazamanga yathu ku mpoto not slum like bt. Kusamba mmakasamba kuti poti blantyre pena imakhala mpaka two wks madzi kulibe? Mmasamba mzithamphwi kapena.

    • Mmmmh musamatero guys kodi ma award akunenedwawo mumavota ndi atumbuka nokhanokha?? I dnt thnk mutavota atumbuka nokhanokha u cn manage to grab it. U jux too lito in number

    • Mmmmh musamatero guys kodi ma award akunenedwawo mumavota ndi atumbuka nokhanokha?? I dnt thnk mutavota atumbuka nokhanokha u cn manage to grab it. U jux too lito in number

    • Ndege sizili ku malawi kokhayi, there rae alot of private flight companies in south africa, tanzania, Zambia etc. Its only malawi that relies on the national flight company.

  18. …….the 1st ever since the creation of earth and mankind..? yooooo..! anyway congraturations chemwa for breaking nyasa record, koma siwe oyamba chifukwa m’midzimu anzanu anayambakare kuyendetsa za usiku…

  19. …….the 1st ever since the creation of earth and mankind..? yooooo..! anyway congraturations chemwa for breaking nyasa record, koma siwe oyamba chifukwa m’midzimu anzanu anayambakare kuyendetsa za usiku…

  20. atsikana a chimalawi mwamuona nzanutuuyu ziwalo zoonse alinazo zokwanila monga momwe inunso muliri koma chiyambichake anakonda maphuzilo osat kumangotsopa milomo yaamuna ayii, mutengere chitsanzo chabwino ichi

  21. atsikana a chimalawi mwamuona nzanutuuyu ziwalo zoonse alinazo zokwanila monga momwe inunso muliri koma chiyambichake anakonda maphuzilo osat kumangotsopa milomo yaamuna ayii, mutengere chitsanzo chabwino ichi

  22. Wow, first it woz Mwawi kumwenda, joyce chavula, then Yolanda kaunda! big up my home gals, enawo azingokhalira kutukwana pa facebook ndikuberekana, Piksy wanuyo sawina anta, akanakhala Gwamba wakwathu bwenzi tikumuvotera am gone!!!!

  23. Wow, first it woz Mwawi kumwenda, joyce chavula, then Yolanda kaunda! big up my home gals, enawo azingokhalira kutukwana pa facebook ndikuberekana, Piksy wanuyo sawina anta, akanakhala Gwamba wakwathu bwenzi tikumuvotera am gone!!!!

    • Or u president utikanike koma tili patsolobe. Two female pilots all frm the north. This is wonderful am proud to be a northerner. Kwinaku muzatchukapo ndi chani. Kuchulukana kapena, president akumachokera kwanuko chifukwa chakulukana osati nzeru. U produce a president koma ma regions anu kukhala osaukanso kwambiri kuposa ku north. Malo okongola ndimu town mokha kumidzi kukadali manyumba a botolo.

    • Or u president utikanike koma tili patsolobe. Two female pilots all frm the north. This is wonderful am proud to be a northerner. Kwinaku muzatchukapo ndi chani. Kuchulukana kapena, president akumachokera kwanuko chifukwa chakulukana osati nzeru. U produce a president koma ma regions anu kukhala osaukanso kwambiri kuposa ku north. Malo okongola ndimu town mokha kumidzi kukadali manyumba a botolo.

    • Nde munatimva tikudandaula zaupresidentizo? kape iwe, by the way president mziko amakhala munthu mmodzi, iweo presidentio simbalewakoso, samakuziwanso, ndipo palibe chomwe umapindula directly coz president ndiwaku dela kwanu!

    • Nde munatimva tikudandaula zaupresidentizo? kape iwe, by the way president mziko amakhala munthu mmodzi, iweo presidentio simbalewakoso, samakuziwanso, ndipo palibe chomwe umapindula directly coz president ndiwaku dela kwanu!

  24. MAONA NGATI SHE’S YOLANDA MWAKHULUKHUNYA WAKU MOZAMBIAQUE, CONGRATS CAPTAIN, ASIYENI ENAWA AZIPUSA NDI GONDOLOSI BASI!!! INE NILIBE NANU PULOBULEMU KAPTENI.