Survey exposes unsafe borehole water

 A nationwide water points mapping exercise by Malawi Government and other stakeholders has revealed that people are drinking unsafe borehole water in some parts of the country, putting their health at risk. Climate Justice Fund-Water Futures Programme (CJF) and Baseflow together with the Malawi Government recently conducted a survey in 23 districts of the Central…

SKC condemns Kalindo’s arrest

Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who is also UTM Party president, has condemned the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government for arresting Bon Kalindo, describing it as a ploy to scare opposition figures. He was speaking at a rally held at Matenje Community Day Secondary School ground in Salima North West Constituency of Jessie Kabwila who…

Kabwila dumps MCP

Embattled Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Salima North West parliamentarian Jessie Kabwila yesterday announced she was ditching the party for the UTM Party. She said yesterday when she held consultations in the community on her next move after the party declared she had lost primary elections that were held on December 17. Kabwila toured the constituency…

MPs in walkout drama

Members of Parliament (MPs) made use of their last full day in the Chamber yesterday by working hard, but not without the drama of a walkout by opposition members at one precarious point. First, the MPs passed a motion allowing the House to table a Bill on the provision of stipends for people above 65.…

ACB backs bill on new recruitment process

  Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director-general Reyneck Matemba has backed the proposed amendment to Section 5 of the Corrupt Practices Act, saying it will enable the efficient recruitment process of the bureaus’ director if passed in Parliament. Addressing  the press in Lilongwe yesterday, Matemba said the Bureau will soon start reviewing the 2008 National Anti-Corruption Strategy…

Explore alternative financing, APM tells Unima

President Peter Mutharika has challenged the University of Malawi (Unima) to explore alternative sources of financing instead of banking on government subvention. The President, who is Chancellor of Unima, made the appeal during Unima’s 2018 fourth cohort graduation ceremony at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe on Wednesday. He said it was time institutions…

Unicef donates vehicles worth K3bn to ministry

  The United Nations Children Fund (Unicef) on Wednesday donated 26 vehicles and 89 motorcycles to the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) of children in the country. Unicef Malawi country representative Johannes Wedenig said the vehicles, worth $4.2 million (about K3 billion), are meant to ease the Ministry of Health (MoH) transportation challenges during the…

Govt still owes Cham K296 million

For close to five years now, government has not paid Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) facilities K296 million as service level agreement (SLA) fees. Cham SLA manager Mafase Sesani, in an interview this week, said the amount is an accumulation of fees payable before government and Cham signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU)…

Govt admits drug shortages

Government has admitted that the 2016/17 financial year was marred by drug shortages in public hospitals, a move officials say affected the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) initiative. Minister for Health and Population Atupele Muluzi told delegates at the Annual Sector Review Conference on Wednesday in Lilongwe that public hospitals continue to face low levels of…

Chilima for VP status change

Malawi’s Vice-President and leader of United Transformation Movement (UTM) Saulos Chilima says if elected in 2019, he will facilitate the amendment of the Constitution to provide for functions of a Vice-President. Speaking boldly at the UTM launch in Ntcheu, which happens to be his home district, Chilima said he will move to amend the law…

DPP, UTM Mzuzu rallies raise violence fears

  The proximity of two rival political rallies held by governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Transformation Movement (UTM) in Mzuzu tomorrow could be a recipe for violence, a commentator has warned. In an interview yesterday, University of Livingstonia (Unilia) lecturer George Phiri proposed that either of the two groups should reschedule their meeting…

Critics hit at Muluzi

  Former president Bakili Muluzi has drawn criticism over his call for politicians to respect President Peter Mutharika with some commentators suggesting that respect is earned; hence, leaders should lead by example. In an address to the United Democratic Front (UDF) convention at Comesa Hall in Blantyre on Wednesday, Muluzi—the country’s second Head of State…

MEC upbeat on registration

  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says it is positive that phase three of voter registration will proceed smoothly devoid of the challenges encountered in the first and second phases. In an interview yesterday when the registration exercise moved to Lilongwe District, where about one million voters are expected to register, MEC chairperson Jane Ansah said…

Ministry urges protection of people with albinism

Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has called for collaboration in protecting people with albinism. Principal disability programmes officer in the Department of Disability and Elderly Affairs, Joshua Mkwehiwa, said this on Tuesday in an interview ahead of the 2018 International Day of Albinism commemoration. The event, to be celebrated under the banner…

Malawi considers  typhoid vaccine

  Malawi is considering the adoption of a new typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) which the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended as the most effective medication for fighting the disease. Typhoid fever patients exhibit symptoms of fever, headache, shivering and stomachache. Lately, typhoid fever has been prevalent in Malawi, with outbreaks reported in the southern…

Pregnant mother dies in hospital

An unidentified expectant mother died at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe on Sunday night due to alleged negligence of midwives who were on duty. Random interviews The Nation conducted on Monday at the hospital revealed that midwives did not attend to the woman in good time as she was about to give birth. Three guardians of…

ILO hails Luanar for child  labour fight initiative

  The International Labour Organisation (ILO)has commended Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) for including child labour issues in its programmes to end the practice in the country. In an interview on Friday, ILO national project coordinator Patrick Makondetsa observed that the initiative will help Malawians understand how child labour can be prevented.…

Parliament passes two bills

  Parliament yesterday unanimously passed the Digital Foundations Project Loan Authorisation Bill and Control of Goods Bills to allow government borrow from the International Development Association (IDA) and control the importation and exportation of goods respectively. Minister for Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe made the first, second and third readings of the Digital…