Mobility challenges frustrate crime prevention in Mwanza

Community policing forums in Mwanza have said lack of transport is negatively affecting crime reduction efforts in the district. Kanduku Community Policing Forum chairperson Paul Tobias said this on Wednesday during a station executive committee (SEC) bi-annual meeting called to share members’ crime reduction performance report for the district from January to June 2019. “We…

Forestry initiative benefit youths

Charles Jekete hails from Malingunde in Traditional Authority Masambankhunda on the edge of the deforested Dzalanyama Reserve, the sole source of tap water for Lilongwe City. He is one of rural young Malawians whose colourful dream to go to university vanish due to poverty affecting their families. Jekete scored 26 points in Malawi School Certificate…

Tear gas, ugly scenes ruin Mzimba demos

Police in Mzimba were yesterday involved in running battles with demonstrators demanding the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah for allegedly mishandling the May 21 Tripartite Elections. The demonstration started peacefully as thousands of people, including the country’s former vice-president Khumbo Kachali, marched from Mnjili Community Day Secondary School to M’mbelwa District…

Fishers want new cutbacks

Fish in Malawi is an important natural resource supporting livelihoods of over 1.2 million  across its value chain. However, the fisheries sector is experiencing a downturn—with some species vanishing and catches of chambo and other commercially important species falling.     According to the recent National Economic Report, the country’s catch last year reached nearly 199 500…

Vocational skills, enterprise development boost households

SOS Children’s Villages has pledged to continue empowering and strengthening families through training, coaching and mentorship to enhance their socio-economic well-being. These sentiments were expressed after assessing 92 caregivers and peer educators in preparation for vocational training. In interview, Family Strengthening Programme field officer Willard Simeon said the project, sponsored by Grieg, seeks to economically…

Skills development for all

Violet Ndalapa, 27, personifies women’s potential to become self-reliant and spur national development if they get relevant technical and vocational skills. The last born in a family of five girls, from Chimaliro in Thyolo, went to Providence Girls Secondary School in Mulanje. After passing Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations, she applied for a…

Savings groups fight child labour

Grace Dzuwa’s home flows with milk. She has eight cows and four of them produce milk. The village savings and loans association (VSLA) member in Chipeni, Traditional Authority Mponela in Dowa, also owns a house with corrugated iron sheets, a motorcycle, goats and chickens. “I thank Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company for opening our eyes when…

Ntchisi communities get access to clean water

Communities in traditional authorities ( T/As) Kalumo, Malenga and Chilooko  in Ntchisi District have hailed Environment Water and Sanitation (EWS), a local non-governmental organisation, for providing them with potable water. Since May 2018, the organisation has drilled 23 Afridev pump shallow wells valued at about K16 million through Ntchisi Protected Water Project. Speaking during the…

Saying goodbye to gender-based violence

Winfred Khwangwala, 66, from Helemani Village, Traditional Authority Khwethemule in Thyolo has five children and four grandchildren. The man is a community-based facilitator and gender champion for Malamulo Farmer Field School (FFS) which comprises of 21 farmers—eight men and 13 women. He became a full-time farmer in 2017 following retirement from his profession as a…

Nasfam advises farmers to embrace new methodologies

  National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (Nasfam) has urged smallholder farmers in Mzimba to embrace climate-smart agriculture to avert hunger and avoid post-harvest losses due to climate change. The association is implementing a Smallholder Farmers Scaling Up Climate-resilient Solutions project in the district targeting about 10 000 farmers. In an interview after meeting smallholder…

Danes rescue Lwanjati

  Imagine a 22-year-old primary school without a permanent building, a public facility where learners are crammed in leaky shacks with walls and roofs made of glass. This is the story of Lwanjati Junior Primary School in Mzimba, whose photographs went viral on the social media and moved students at Osted High School in Denmark…

Youth manifesto goes to Rumphi

Activists behind Youth Decide Campaign have urged people vying for public offices in the May 21 Tripartite Elections to increase the youth’s chances in life by investing in quality education, job creation and agribusiness. Campaign coordinator Dalitso Mageregere said this in Rumphi during a meeting organised to disseminate the National Youth Manifesto made after nationwide…

Safe births in crisis times

Fasileni Kanyenga was in her eighth month of pregnancy when she fled heavy rains that displaced about 79 000 people in the southern half of Malawi in March. Each passing day, she was looking forward to a safe delivery at Chitekesa Health Centre in Phalombe. The mother of three was aware of all the requirements…

CSO appeals for increased nutrition funding, advocacy

Civil Society Organisation Nutrition Alliance (Csona) Malawi has challenged organisations (CSOs) implementing nutrition activities in the Northern Region to lobby for more resources for nutrition health. Csona programmes manager Bessie Ndovi said this yesterday in Mzuzu during the close of a three-day nutrition advocacy training that attracted CSOs in the nutrition sector in Mzimba, Rumphi…

Chilima seeks peaceful elections

UTM Party presidential candidate Saulos Chilima yesterday told Muslims who are observing the month of Ramadhan to use the period to pray for peaceful elections. His call during a rally held at St Augustine 3 Primary School ground in Mangochi comes at a time when political party followers in the country are vandalising campaign materials…