Chimunthu Banda narrowly escapes death

The former Speaker of the National Assembly Henry Chimunthu Banda on has narrowly escaped death in a road accident in Mchinji. Chimunthu-Banda’s car, a Toyota Prado VX series, is said have overturned several times due to a head-on collision with another car that had reportedly left its lane while over-taking other cars. Chimunthu-Banda was behind…

MPs dare public on Fisp flaws

Parliament has challenged the public to hold it accountable should there be further flaws in this year’s Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp). The remarks follow government’s giving in to many recommendations the House made for the programme ahead of the coming growing season; which included adopting the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture to be party to…

‘MEC has earned the confidence of the public’

On Tuesday, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) will conduct elections in Lilongwe Msozi North Constituency, Lilongwe City South East Constituency, Nsanje-Lalanje Constituency, Mayani North Ward in Dedza North Constituency, Mtsiliza Ward in Lilongwe City West Constituency and Ndirande-Makata Ward in Blantyre-Malabada Constituency. Our reporter FATSANI GUNYA engaged MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa on various issues that have…

MCA-M projects excite govt, US

The United States government has expressed satisfaction with the progress made so far in the power projects under the $350 million (K256 billion) Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) energy compact. The MCC compact is aimed at supporting Malawi to increase the capacity and stability of the national electricity grid and the efficiency and sustainability of hydropower…

Saving little Cassey

      Young Prince had to wait seven years to have a sister. But his family is worried that Cassey Chilumpha, born on May 3, may be gone soon. Medical doctors say she may not live two more months unless she gets specialist treatment abroad. “We haven’t told Prince about her condition. We just…

First Lady calls for prayer at SDA evangelism crusade

  First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has said the country’s administration needs prayers from its citizens to effectively run the country “as is expected of the office.” Mutharika was speaking on Tuesday evening at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe where the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church is conducting a month-long evangelism crusade ending September 30. Veteran evangelist Tony Yoramu-Nyirenda…

PIL gives Mzimba Hospital K5m medical equipment

The country’s major petroleum importer, Petroleum Importers Limited (PIL)has donated a K5 million worth consignment of assorted medical equipment to Mzimba District Hospital. It was double luck for the hospital within a space of a year as it was also the principle recipient of Nation Publications Limited (NPL)’s Mother’s Fun Run initiative in October last…

‘Malawi should break the poverty cycle’

Mia Seppo, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has completed her tour of duty in Malawi after four years and five months of leading the UN system in support of the Malawi Government national development agenda. Our reporter FATSANI GUNYA caught up with Seppo…

NPL Mother’s Fun Run gets K10m equipment boost

Beata Holdings executive chairperson Ben Phiri has said the country’s public health sector would not have been “this awful” had local companies and individuals been patriotic. Phiri made the remarks on Friday in Lilongwe when his group of companies donated assorted medical laboratory equipment worth K10 million towards this year’s Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Mother’s…

‘Egenco will add value to the Malawi energy sector’

In June 2016, Parliament passed the Electricity Amendment Bill which, among others, resulted in the unbundling of the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) into two entities; the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) and Escom (residual].  This is part of the $32 million Power Sector Reform Project (PSRP) being implemented by government with funding from the…

Media role in agricultural development critical

The success of agricultural development programmes in developing countries such as Malawi largely depends on the nature and extent of use of mass media to mobilise people. Planners in developing countries realise that agriculture development can be hastened with the effective use of mass media. But is the country’s media doing enough to help promote…

Lilongwe City needs water now than before

Stories of dry taps in the country’s cities and towns and broken boreholes in villages continue to make news. Some sections of the society think there is no need to celebrate 89 percent water coverage when most of the water sources are not functioning. Analysts in the water sector say there is need to understand…

‘Education system is still weak’

The Education Management Information System (EMIS) report of 2011, 2013, and 2014 rated Mangochi as one of the districts with the worst attainment indicators in terms of numeracy, literacy and dropout as well as low completion rates. Our reporter FATSANI GUNYA engaged executive director for Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) BENEDICTO KONDOWE, on the Result-Based…

Is exclusive breastfeeding old-fashioned?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for children until they are six months old and continued breastfeeding with appropriate complementary feeding up to two years. This, WHO argues, will ensure optimal growth and development of a child. WHO further argues that breastfeeding has both short and long-term nutritional benefits for children, adding nutrition…

Experts for effective agricultural science media

Effective agricultural science and research communication have been touted as a vital tool that Malawi “cannot do without” for the advancement of the agriculture sector in the region. The remarks were made on Monday in Lilongwe at the beginning of a week-long Journalist’s Training Workshop on Communicating Agricultural Science for Impact workshop organised by the…

Friends of Faith in fundraising big walk

In a bid to help Faith Mwangonde travel to India for treatment, well-wishers have organised a big walk tomorrow in Lilongwe to raise funds for the trip. Faith, who stays with her mother in Chilinde Township in the capital city, needs about K10 million ($13 700) after she was diagnosed with an inherited muscle disease…

NPL’s Mercy Malikwa wins disability award

Nation Publications Limited (NPL) journalist Mercy Malikwa has emerged winner of the Disability Journalist of the Year Award for 2016 in the print media. The awards were given out on Tuesday in Lilongwe during a media conference on disability and the elderly at Bingu International Convention Centre. Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare,…

Edna chilenje-manda- mathematical biology genious

Edna Chilenje-Manda graduated with a Master’s in Applied Sciences at University of Kwazulu-Natal with distinction. Using Mathematics models she was able to link immunological and epidomiological dynamics of HIV infection, yielding data useful in predicting the progression of the infection within and outside the host. In this interview she talks to FATSANI GUNYA. Who is…