Catholics open school in Chitipa

  Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese on Monday opened St Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School at Nthalire in Chitipa. The boarding school is situated almost 115 kilometres east of Chitipa Boma where students endure long walks to school. During the opening ceremony, the bishop said Umutaluwabo and Johanesbee foundations from Germany funded construction of…

Misunderstandings over  Nthalire chieftaincy

  A misunderstanding over succession has ensued among three royal families in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nthalire chieftaincy following the death of the office holder Rabson Capasi Kawonga on August 14 this year. The Chikunguweya, Zambwe and Chalaghala families recently contested in an election for the successor, which saw Ackim Kawonga of Zambwe family winning the…

CCJP calls for more accountability

  Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has expressed the need for civil society organisations (CSOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the health sector in Karonga and Chitipa districts to improve on their accountability. Speaking on Wednesday during the introduction of a Health Governance Transparency and Accountability Project to be implemented in the…

Being raised by mentally ill mother

  She calls herself Viwaya—a troublesome woman. She is in her 30s and mentally ill. For two years now, she has been living within Karonga District Hospital (KDH) premises because that is where she finds her daily food. Viwaya’s survival depends on leftovers, mostly from in-patients and their guardians. She has been living at the…

Flipside of community radios

  Lights, computers, microphones—all on! From the soundproofed studios of Tuntufye Radio Station in Karonga, word goes out:  “Fifty two years after independence, pupils at Kasimba Primary School in Paramount Chief Kyungu have been drinking stagnant water following lack of a safe water point at the school.” That is how Ephraim Nyirenda, a reporter at…

From WhatsApp with K1m gifts

  The rising popularity of information and communications technology (ICT) has sparked a heated debate over ethical use of smartphones and computers. While some say the social media is prone to abuse, others are harnessing the power of the digital connectivity to uplift their societies. On Friday, alumni of Bwiba Primary School in Karonga donated…

Synod unveils K21m emergency cash transfer

  Almost 300 households affected by last year’s dry spells in Karonga will receive cash from CCAP Synod of Livingstonia Development Department (Soldev). The emergency cash disbursement targets affected communities in Traditional Authority (T/A) Wasambo in Karonga. Speaking at the launch of the two-month cash transfer, Soldev acting director Mabvuto Lupwayi said many families in…

Karonga Prison sounds SOS

  Karonga Prison officer-in-charge Prince Kasili has asked business persons in the district to come into rescue of the correctional facility as overcrowding has reached a critical stage. Kasili made the appeal when businessperson Leonard Kiyombo donated a cow and foodstuffs worth K500 000 to the inmates on Sunday. He said 102 inmates are housed…

Goodbye local potatoes!

The vision to turn the country from a predominantly importing and consuming economy seems to be up in smoke as truckloads of potatoes from Tanzania are arriving through Songwe Border in Karonga and Ilomba in Chitipa. The imports puts into question the touted Buy Malawian Strategy. Spot checks at the two border posts confirm a…

Five district councils lose ministry’s trust

    Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development says it has lost trust in five district councils whose failure to adhere to financial management regulations led to withholding of their funds under the Malawi Social Action Fund (Masaf) 4. The ministry has maintained its position that the concerned district councils—Karonga, Ntcheu, Mangochi, Mulanje and…

Councillors aiding corruption—CCJP

Dormant councillors are aiding the looting of public resources in Karonga, a new study has showed. The public expenditure tracking survey by the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) reveals that resources for uplifting poor communities will continue being plundered unless the councillors diligently provide checks and balances. The study was funded by Tilitonse…

Katili’s forsaken thousands

Anna Mtambo has never delivered with the assistance of skilled birth attendants. Twice she gave birth on the way to Karonga District Hospital (KDH), about 15 kilometres (km) from her remote area. ‘‘When I delivered, there was no nurse at Katili Health Centre. People tried to call for an ambulance from Karonga, but it was…

PAC trains leaders in conflict resolution

A spate of violent clashes in Karonga has compelled Public Affairs Committee (PAC) to start equipping traditional and religious leaders with conflict management skills. The faith-based organisation is convinced that knowing how to resolve community wrangles will help restore peace in conflict zones and pave the way for free and fair elections in 2019. Speaking…

Experts punch holes into Chiefs Act

  Experts have faulted the Chiefs Act for giving too much power to the Head of State to appoint and elevate chiefs, saying this has led to abuse of power. The comments follow the recent elevation of senior chiefs Ngolongoliwa of Thyolo and Kawinga of Machinga to Paramount Chief. Commenting on the issue, Chancellor College…

KA hailstorm leaves 1351 households in despair

  Nearly 5 000 Malawians are in dire need of food and shelter following hailstorms which destroyed houses in the northern part of Karonga last week, district commissioner Richard Hara has said. According to Hara, assessments by the District Civil Protection Committee revealed that 1351 households were left homeless in some villages under Paramount Chief…

Heavy winds displace hundreds in Karonga

  It never rains, but pours in Karonga. Barely weeks after a hailstorm destroyed nearly 60 houses on the southern part of the lakeshore district, heavy winds have blown away roofs of about 500 houses on the northern tip. The area under Paramount Chief Kyungu experienced heavy winds on Wednesday around 9pm. The nocturnal storm…

  The CCAP Synod of Livingstonia has unveiled a K300 million intervention to improve the health status of nearly 50 000 people in Karonga, Rumphi and Nkhata Bay districts. The Nyanja Project, spearheaded by the synod’s health programme, targets communities on the shorelines of Lake Malawi where women and children are at risk of dying…

KA hospital runs out  of essential drugs

  Ministry of Health has ordered the Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) to supply drugs to Karonga District Hospital, which has gone over a month without essential medicines. The hospital has been hit hard by the shortage of drugs in the Northern Region. Karonga acting district health officer Lewis Tukula said CMST stopped supplying drugs…

Flood victims embrace winter cropping

  A round this time last year, the family of six was among hundreds of Malawians displaced by chronic floods in the shoreline district of Karonga. Group Village Headman Mwakyusa in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kilupula sombrely remembers heavy rains that poured for weeks in February when North Rukuru River broke its banks, reducing his home…

Cedep rolls out HIV prevention project in Karonga

Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) has embarked on a K60 million project in Karonga to fight  HIV and Aids among gays and female sex workers. Speaking during a stakeholders meeting in Karonga on Wednesday, Cedep programmes manager Tiferanji Vizyalona said the percentage of HIV among sexual minorities is high due to inadequate prevention…