Mwawi Kumwenda marks Mothers’ Day under lockdown

SEPARATED BY LOCKDOWN—Mwawi hugs her mother during Mothers’ Day last year

Malawi National Netball Team icon Mwawi Kumwenda usually travels to her home village in Mzimba District every year to celebrate Mothers’ Day with her mom when Australia’s Suncorp Netball League is on off -season.

But the situation is different this year as she can only wish her beloved mom a happy Mothers’ Day on the phone from thousands of kilometres away.

This is the case due to the Covid lockdown in the Australian city of Melbourne where she plays for Melbourne, Vixens.


The lockdown was imposed after a rise in Covid cases as the Australian netball season drew to a close late August.

This meant that Kumwenda could not fly out to enjoy the off-season break and reconnect with friends and relatives back home in Malawi.

The former Diamonds star said it was sad that she cannot make it home to be with her mother.


“I would have loved to be with my mom on this auspicious occasion because I am so far away. But I have used technology to send her my best wishes. I have also sent her a special gift. I love her. My message to her is: Happy Mothers’ Day dear mom. You are the best mom in the world,” she said.

However, Kumwenda can afford a smile as the lockdown is set to be lifted next week when Victoria State, where Melbourne is, meets its key 70 percent target.

“Premier Daniel Andrews on Thursday confirmed the state would reopen – and Melbourne’s lockdown would lift – as soon as the target was met,” reads a report on

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