Police ups training

  Inspector General (IG) of Police Lexten Kachama says recent upsurge in criminal activity and the complexities of contemporary crime requires the police to step up their training techniques to adapt to the situation. He was speaking on Saturday at Police College in Zomba where he commissioned 35 officers who have completed a three-month Command…

  Christmas Day is supposed to be a period of quiet reflection—when Christians gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in prayer and food parties. Christians have used the period to renew their commitment to their faith by, among others, performing philanthropic activities such as cheering the sick and the elderly. But things have…

‘Give us space to get established’

  Newly-appointed executive director of Higher Education Students Loans and Grants Board (HESLGB), CHRIS CHISONI, speaks to our news analyst, ARCHIBALD KASAKURA, on the board’s plans and activities. Q What is the status of the board regarding the commencement of operations? A The board was put in place through a Parliamentary Act of February 2015…

Mulanje for open defecation free by 2017

  Efforts to make Mulanje District an open defecation- free area by 2017 are on course with the rolling out of a Plan Malawi run project in all traditional authorities (T/As) in the district. Plan Malawi country director Lilly Omondi over the weekend, encouraged chiefs, district council officials and other community leaders in Mulanje on…

‘Parliament meet was impressive’

Parliament rose last Friday after weeks of discussing a wide range of issues. Archibald Kasakura caught up with Chimwemwe Tsitsi, a political communication lecturer at the University of Malawi’s (Unima) The Polytechnic, to give his overall assessment of the meeting. Q : What is your impression on the overall performance of Parliament during the just-ended…

Watch Matafale’s Memorial show

Last Sunday, Malawians again invoked the spirit of the departed reggae icon, Evison Matafale, at Mankhokwe Ground in Chileka, Blantyre, for the 13th Evison Matafale Memorial Show. The crowd defied the drizzly weather earlier in the day to sample sounds from one of the country’s finest bands, The Black Missionaries.     Band members Buju…

Public toilet for K50

  Living in a city should be a source of pride. However, Selemani Katundu, a resident of Mbayani Township in Blantyre, living in the commercial city has not only become a liability, but also a source of shame. He is one of the thousands of people from the township who flock into Blantyre’s central business…

Malawi moves to enhance road safety

  Malawi on Sunday launched the National Road Safety Strategy as part of African Road Safety Day commemoration with emphasis on passengers to be proactive on issues of road safety. During the launch and celebrations at Nyambadwe Primary School in Blantyre, Minister of Transport and Public Works Francis Kasaila and Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume…

Govt is failing us, say doctors

  Medical doctors have accused the government of failing them in various ways and have since called for an emergency meeting on November 26 2015 to map the way forward. Through an open letter signed by Society of Medical Doctors (SMD) signed by its president Douglas Lungu, the doctors accuse government of ill-treatment and ignoring…

MBS action compels firm to re-iodise salt

  Malawi Bureau of Standard (MBS) officials on Monday inspected the re-iodisation of salt at Agora Limited warehouses in Limbe following the impounding of the commodity earlier due to failure to meet required standards. MBS executive director Davlin Chokazinga said the re-iodisation of over 900 metric tonnes of salt will also take place at Farmers…

Traffickers target disabled children

Police hunt for syndicate Police have embarked on a manhunt for a syndicate suspected to be trafficking children nationwide and using them, including some with physical disabilities, as street beggars in the country’s cities and towns. Police say the suspected syndicate members share he begging proceeds with the children’s parents, agents and the children themselves.…

Demystifying mental health issues

  When the stress and anxiety from the pain of losing his parents and later testing HIV positive took its toll on Ted Munthali, 37, from Traditional Authority (T/A) Jalavikuba in Mzimba, his behaviour took a turn for the worse. He left home, wandering about the peripherals of Mzuzu City where he was eating from…

When ART is delayed

  For Margaret Madeya—a 46-year-old mother of five from Group Village Head (GHV) Madeya in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chikumbu in Mulanje—testing HIV-positive was an opportunity to reclaim her sound health. Nevertheless, that remains a pipedream having been impeded from enrolling on antiretroviral therapy (ART) courtesy of the country’s ART management system which currently does not…

Flood victims cry for maize

People who were hit by floods in some districts in the Southern Region early this year are facing hunger due to low yields. A recent visit to Nsanje, Chikwawa and Phalombe, which were among the districts that President Peter Mutharika declared as disaster areas in the aftermath of the floods, revealed that many communities have…

Elephants on the rampage in Machinga

Barely a month after the Department of Parks and Wildlife withdrew its game rangers from Liwonde National Park, elephants have caused havoc in a number of villages in Traditional Authority (T/A) Amidu in Machinga District, residents have confirmed. The department, through its director Brighton Kumchedwa, has confirmed having withdrawn its rangers following a concession agreement…

NGOs, councils clash on projects for lack of MoU

Some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been accused of not using laid down procedures when starting operations in districts, a development that causes duplication of activities, among others. A tour to Nsanje, Mulanje and Phalombe districts last week revealed that district councils are struggling to keep track of some NGOs which implement projects without seeking approval…