Smedi in capacity building of its officers

  Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute (Smedi) says small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are failing to succeed due to continued use of traditional ways of doing business. Speaking on Wednesday during the opening of a three-day training for Smedi officers on Agricultural Commodity Exchange (ACE) services at Mponela in Dowa Smedi director of business…

Dowa Police arrest 11 Ethiopians

  Police in Dowa have arrested 11 Ethiopian nationals for allegedly entering the country illegally. Dowa Police spokesperson Richard Mwakayoka Kaponda said the 11 Ethiopians were arrested at Dzaleka Refugee Camp on Monday following a tip off that some illegal immigrants had been locked in one of the houses within Dzaleka Refugee Camp. “Police arrested…

Drowning cases worry KK police

  Nkhotakota Police Station has expressed concern over increasing cases of drowning in the district. The concern follows two separate incidents on Thursday in which two children aged two and 10 drowned. According to the station’s deputy spokesperson Paul Malimwe, the first incident occurred at Manyamba Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwadzama in the district…

Pastor arrested for alleged defilement

  Police in Ntcheu last week arrested Pastor Phillip Palibe Ndipo, 50, for allegedly defiling a 10-year-old Standard Three learner. According to Ntcheu Police Station spokesperson Hastings Chigalu, the suspect committed the crime on Wednesday at Kalindira Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Njolomole in the district. “The suspect is a pastor of New Covenant Assemblies of…

Feeding SADC one tomato at a time

The tomatoes are proudly displayed in a market in Blantyre—round, plump and red. These new, locally grown tomatoes are emerging as one of the most important and effective ways which SADC is boosting food security in the region. Named after the Bvumbwe Research Station located south of Blantyre in Malawi, the new varieties are named…

42 health workers drilled in growth monitoring

  ActionAid, with funding from Rodger Federer Foundation, has trained 42 health surveillance assistants (HASs) in growth monitoring of under-five children. Speaking on Friday during the closing of a two-day training at Mponela in Dowa, Lilongwe Peri-Urban ActionAid programme coordinator Chimwemwe Gondwe said her organisation is implementing a 10-year programme to enhance access to quality…

Violence in high fences

  She was born and raised in affluence. Unlike most African women, she has lived in protected fortresses. But Josina, daughter to former Mozambican President Samora Machel, was not immune to gender-based violence (GBV), Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) reporter SUZGO CHITETE writes.   It was the 70th birthday of her mother, Graça Machel, but that…

Mwagomba tops chess North qualifiers

  Fishani Mwagomba produced a superb display to win the K1 million Northern Region Mdina Chess qualifiers on Saturday in Mzuzu. The competition attracted 26 contestants from Karonga, Rumphi and Mzuzu. Mwagomba finished on seven points after winning all his seven games. He defeated Rumbani Mkamanga in the decider. In the other games, he outclassed…

Nice cautions religious leaders on mass registration

  National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has advised religious leaders in Chiradzulu to encourage their followers to register in the ongoing mass national identity (ID) card registration programme. The call follows reports that some clerics in the district are dissuading people from registering, saying the exercise is one of the signs of the…

Drop that excuse

  Are you the kind of person who always finds excuses for his shortcomings? If so, it is time to find out why, start doing something about it and drop that excuse. Excuses are nails which failures use in building their houses; you cannot go far in life if you live a life full of…

Reclaiming rights from the jaws of HIV

  There is no denying that there is a cat-mouse relationship between HIV and Aids and human rights. Whenever HIV and Aids strikes, rights suffer.  Vulnerable groups such as poor women become the hardest hit. Forty-one-year-old Marita Kasonda from Traditional Authority (T/A) Khombedza in Salima knows well what HIV and Aids can do to the…

MP tells gender activists  to broaden scope

  Nkhotakota Central member of Parliament (MP) Peter Mazizi (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) has advised non-State actors advocating increased women participation in leadership positions to broaden their scope beyond elected positions. Speaking on Monday during sub-national launch of Women Empowered for Leadership Programme (WE4L) being implemented by the Governance, Gender, Justice and Development Centre (GGJDC) in…

Men who have sex with men, women

  When driving his taxi, you would not think Deidrick Geoffrey, a name he said we should identify him with, is both a woman and a man. He is happily married to a woman, yet, he has an affair with an aged white man who calls him his girlfriend. “This is an expression of my…

Chiradzulu youths shun family planning services

Health officials in Chiradzulu District have said cultural factors and long distances to health facilities are some of the reasons preventing youths from accessing family planning services. The observation was made on Wednesday in Traditional Authority (T/A) Ntchema during an open day to showcase youth friendly health services. Speaking at the function, Chiradzulu family planning…

    The year is 2022.  We are standing a few kilometres away from the Kasungu Drone-port in Malawi, watching a group of children playing football during a school break. A shadow passes over us, we look up and see what looks like a small airplane flying low overhead, circling once or twice around a…