Aford may hold ‘two’ conventions

  Two Alliance for Democracy (Aford) warring factions have stood their ground that they will hold conventions at their convenient time, meaning that the party could have one convention in December 2017 and another one in April next year. The party’s president Enoch Chihana and other members want a postponement of the convention that was…

TNM Mpamba Trust donates to Mzuzu, Mzimba

  Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) Limited on Friday handed over a K13 million double classroom block to Ekwendeni Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Mzimba and medical equipment worth K6 million to St John’s Hospital in Mzuzu. Speaking at the donation, TNM chief officer of consumer services Daniel Makata said TNM is committed to supporting…

Pastors in trouble over gay case

  Mzuzu-based lawyer George Kadzipatike has given 14 days to Young Pastors Coalition to pay K10  million legal fees for a case  they challenged government’s decision to stop prosecuting homosexuals. The youthful pastors engaged the private practice lawyer last year to question the legality of the moratorium affirmed by Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs…

Malawi honours war heroes

  President Peter Mutharika, Vice-President Saulos Chilima and Cabinet minister Anna Kachikho yesterday led Malawians in honouring war veterans who fought in two major wars, World War I and World War II. In Mzuzu, venue for the main event attended by the President, hundreds gathered for the function despite prospects of rain at Mzuzu Stadium…

tuberculosis cases drop at Mzuzu Prison

Only six inmates have undergone tuberculosis (TB) treatment at Mzuzu Prison this year, down from 14 last year. Medical officer Moses Chigayo, who works at the prison, announced the drop yesterday during a TB awareness meeting organised by Story Workshop with funding from Global Fund through ActionAid and Project Hope. Overcrowding, poor ventilation and undernourishment…

25 councils operating dangerously—Ministry

About 25 Local Government Councils risk being challenged in their day to day operations as they have not reviewed their by-laws to match with the current Local Government Act. Officials from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development made the revelation on Wednesday during a Malawi Local Government Association (Malga) peer review meeting for…

Council to upgrade Chiweta-Mlowe Road

  Rumphi District Council has said the upgrading of Chiweta-Mlowe earth road in Rumphi will start next month. Government has allocated money for  the construction of a tarmac road to wean the shoreline population from using unlicensed boats which are often overcrowded and prone to accidents. The need for the road came under spotlight in…

Aford convention Dec 16

  Alliance for Democracy (Aford) plans to hold its make-or-break convention next month to elect its presidential candidate for 2019 Tripartite Elections. This is the first time Aford members are going to elect the party’s leaders since the announcement of a movement to revamp the party run by its sole legislator, Enoch Chihana. Aford last…

EU demands Malawi corruption report

The European Union (EU) has called on government to finalise and circulate a report on corruption to enable stakeholders to take action. In April this year, the Malawi Government held a high-profile conference on corruption where stakeholders discuss how to combat corruption in the country, among other issues. However, government is yet to finalise the…

RBM decries pension funds non-remittance

Employees risk losing out on their pension investment as some employers are not remitting the same to insurance companies with arrears hitting as much as  K7.4 billion, it has been learnt. Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM), which is the registrar of financial institutions and Nico Pension Limited, a subsidiary of Nico Life Insurance Company, have…

Health services resume at Mlare

  Karonga District Health Office (DHO) has deployed a medical officer at Mlare Health Centre which was closed when a resident clinician went on leave 11 days ago. The absence of the sole skilled worker forced some patients to go home without being attended to while others had to travel almost 20 kilometres to Nyungwe…

Winds wreak havoc in Rumphi

  Mzokoto residents in Rumphi had a rude awakening yesterday morning when heavy winds damaged buildings at Phwezi Boys Secondary School and surrounding villages. According to head teacher Bright Banda, the storm affected a hostel, staffroom, two classrooms and two teachers’ houses at the school. There were about 70 students in the hostel, but no…

22 arrested for damaging police unit

Police in Mzuzu have arrested 22 people on suspicion that they were part of a mob that damaged Enukweni Police Unit in Mzimba District and injured three police officers on Friday. The mob attacked the facility after police came to the rescue of Geoffrey Nkhambule, 23, suspected to have stabbed to death, Jeradin Chirwa, 25.…

Henwood empowers NB farmers

  Henwood Foundation has rehabilitated Luvuwo Irrigation Scheme to boost livelihoods of 100 families in Nkhata Bay. Apart from the K6.5 million renovations, the social arm of the New Apostolic Church has offered the growers farm inputs worth K3 million and drilled a borehole valued at K3.7 million. During handover of the scheme on Friday,…

NRB officer dies in car accident

Registration officer Harrison Chidiso died in a car accident at Chizaula in Rumphi on Tuesday. The National Registration Bureau (NRB) official died of severe head injuries at Mzuzu Central Hospital hours after a Toyota Land Cruiser, belonging to Mzuzu City Council and driven by Zakeyu Simwaka, overturned twice at a bend. According to Rumphi Police…

More vendors arrested in MCC arson

  Police on Tuesday arrested four more vendors in connection with the burning of Mzuzu City Council (MCC) offices and vandalism of mayor William Mkandawire’s house last month. This brings the number of detained suspects to eight. Detectives rounded up half of the detainees in their homes on Sunday. Northern Region Police spokesperson Peter Kalaya…