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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…

Chiefs against death penalty

  Majority of chiefs in the country no longer prefer death sentence as punishment for murder suspects, according to the Malawi Traditional Leaders’ Perspective on Capital Punishment Survey report. Since the dawn of multi-party democracy in 1993, no Head of State has signed a death warrant despite the law providing for the same. The report,…

Unicef lobbies for increased funding in education

The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has lobbied government to increase allocations to early childhood development (ECD) and secondary school education to enable children realise their full potential. In its proposal to the Malawi Government through the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Unicef—which works to save children’s lives and defend their rights—lobbied for…

Bwaila Rotary Club inducts new members

  The number of Rotarians performing charity work in Lilongwe has increased to 39 following the induction of three new  members who joined the club recently. This is an indication that there will be more charity work. On Saturday night, Bwaila Rotary Club inducted Phyroser Ishmael, Thokozani Juma and Richmond Chatose Chinula as its new…

Malawi urged to learn from Tanzania graft fight

  Economics professor Ben Kaluwa has urged Malawi to learn from neighbouring Tanzania in applying extreme anti-corruption measures that punish those who plunder hard-earned public resources. Kaluwa, who teaches economics at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, said this in reaction to government’s efforts towards fighting graft by strengthening and introducing Institutional Integrity Committees (IICs)…

Forum consults on  MPs K4bn funding

  Forum for National Development (FND) has embarked on national electorate consultations to solicit views from 193 constituencies that are meant to benefit from the K4 billion parliamentary allocation. Last week, the initiative gave a platform to about 20 chiefs in Salima North Constituency to air out their views on the money, with the chiefs…

World Bank, govt sign  $100m LWSP agreement

  The World Bank and the government of Malawi yesterday signed a $100 million (about K73 billion financing agreement to let the Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) and Lilongwe City Council (LCC) start implementing the Lilongwe Water and Sanitation Project (LWSP). On December 20 last year, the World Bank approved LWSP project whose objective is to…

Cama slams Escom on  prolonged blackouts

  Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has taken a swipe at Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) and Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) for extended load shedding despite the provision of diesel generators. In an interview yesterday, Cama executive director John Kapito said the country is sailing through troubled waters despite having diesel generators which were…

KU communities hail  K29bn DfID project

  Communities in Kasungu on Tuesday hailed the Enhancing Community Resilience Programme (ECRP) for bailing them from abject poverty during the six years of its implementation. ECRP, which was co-funded by Department for International Development (DfID), Irish and Norwegian governments but implemented by Christian Aid, ran from 2011 to 2017 with a total budget of…

MHC says working on Area 18 broken sewers

  The Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) has said it is working to rectify  the Area 18 broken sewers that led to residents drinking contaminated water recently. The corporation was responding to Lilongwe Water Board (LWB)’s claim that the corporation took a lax attitude on matters of concern. In an interview yesterday, MHC spokesperson Ernestina Lunguzi…

Unilia closes over staff strike

  University of Livingstonia (Unilia) has closed down two colleges following a strike by academic and non-academic workers demanding a 60 percent pay hike and better working conditions. Yesterday morning, management of the university, owned by CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, ordered students to vacate Ekwendeni and Robert Laws campuses in Mzimba. The students were at…

Mzuni to introduce sports management course

  Mzuzu University (Mzuni) has unveiled plans to introduce a degree programme in sports management to be run by its Tourism and Hospitality Management Faculty. The University believes the programme, whose first intake will be in September this year after government approves its curriculum,  will help enhance sports management, especially on the economy. Speaking at…