Ghost projects irk RU chiefs

  Traditional leaders in Rumphi West have asked government to stop “taking citizens for fools” and making false promises. According to group village head Zung’uzu, chiefs will lead community members in a vigil to force government to construct Kamphenda Health Centre as promised in 2011. Treasury allocated funds for the project, but a contractor abandoned…

Mzuzu Council bans food sales

  Mzuzu City Council (MCC) has banned selling of ready-made foodstuffs in its markets to prevent a cholera outbreak. The country has registered 382 cases of cholera, including 257 in the Northern Region. MCC chief executive officer McCloud Kadammanja yesterday announced that the council will confiscate goods from vendors who defy the ban on selling…

Likoma islanders cry for safe vessel

  Likoma islanders and communities on the shoreline of Lake Malawi are facing transport challenges following the withdrawal of MV Ilala and breakdown of MV Chilembwe. This has compelled the cut-off populations to rely on unseaworthy boats that are risky. The setback has disrupted businesses and access to vital services, including healthcare, banking and basic…

Cashgate hits Rumphi

  Cashgate style abuse of public funds has stalled Kamphenda Health Centre in Rumphi for six years. In 2012, government approved construction of one health centre per district. However, a contractor at Kamphenda only dug a foundation and left. When this reporter visited the area, it was established the project site is obscured by overgrown…

Eva Demaya rescues RU students

  Eva Demaya has constructed a classroom block at Kamphenda Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Rumphi which  had no senior classes for almost 20 years. The school had forms one and two only due to lack of classrooms. After sitting Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) examinations, students were travelling almost 20 kilometres to neighbouring…

Cholera overwhelms Likoma hospital

The raging cholera outbreak has reached Likoma Island, where the main hospital is operating without rapid test kits despite having 10 suspected cases. National Statistical Office projects that there are about 10 500 people in the island district with one confirmed cholera case. The cut-off population is at risk as St Peters Anglican Hospital has…

Govt U-turns on T/A Nthalire’s installation

  Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa has backtracked from enthroning Alick Kawonga as Chief Nthalire of Chitipa despite an unresolved court case. Nankhumwa is in the Northern Region where he was expected to install the traditional authority (T/A) yesterday. Claimant Judge Kawonga, from Chikunguweya royal family, obtained a court order restraining…

Govt laxity costing education standards—Csec

Education activists have decried government’s lack of commitment to implement the Education Act of 2013 and other legal frameworks, saying it is affecting the country’s education standards. Malawi enacted the Act to address challenges in the education sector but since it was assented to, Capital Hill has not implemented it. Among other things, government was…

Mzuni’s new setback in Choma

Mzuzu University (Mzuni) has unveiled plans to relocate five of its six faculties to Choma where resurgent disputes over compensation have slowed down construction of a new campus. The university wants the new site  in the outskirts of the city to house the main campus which is presently at Luwinga where it displaced Mzuzu Teachers…

Government rescues Mzimba people

Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango on Friday launched construction of a K46 million Mongo Bridge across Kasito River in Mzimba. The bridge will ease travel problems for people in the remote locality under Inkosi Kampingo Sibande. The river usually floods during the rainy season,  said the chief. “Children could not go to…

Escom in gender violence fight

  Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has embarked on a campaign against gender based violence (GBV), noting the vice affects workers’ productivity. The company has since introduced a gender workplace policy and is now sensitising workers to the evils of the vice. Speaking during a GBV open day meeting that the company held in…

Murder cases rise in Mzimba

  Police in Mzimba have bemoaned a rise in murder cases in the district, saying more lives would be saved if people settled disputes through dialogue not machetes. According to Mzimba Police Station spokesperson Peter Botha, the district registered 37 cases last year—up from 28 in 2016. “Most of the cases were a result of…

Cholera burden: Daily count drops

  Ministry of Health (MoH) has spoken of some gains in containing the cholera outbreak as daily figures are dropping. Despite the slump in daily statistics, the nationwide count has jumped from 227 to 265 since last week. The outbreak has killed four people in Karonga which has registered 196 cases so far. According to…

Mzuzu in cholera campaign

  Mzuzu City Council (MCC) has embarked on a cholera prevention campaign to protect residents from an outbreak that has affected two districts in the Northern Region. Speaking when Plan International and Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) handed over communal water points at Dunduzu, Mzuzu City deputy mayor Alexander Mwakikunga urged residents to practise “high…