Zomba prison inmates  advised on TB screening

  Story Workshop Education Trust (Swet) says the battle against tuberculosis (TB) at Zomba Central Prison can be won if inmates undergo regular TB screening. Swet monitoring and evaluation officer Emmanuel Nthara said this on Tuesday at the Zomba Central Prison, where the organisation, in collaboration with the Zomba District Health Office (DHO) held a…

Understaffing delays court  rulings—Zomba magistrate

  Zomba chief resident Magistrate Robert Makaika says understaffing is one of the factors delaying delivery of justice. The magistrate made the observation on Wednesday at National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice)Trust office in Zomba during a court users committee meeting attended by officers from the judiciary, police, prison, education, labour and civil society organisations…

Chancellor College  in expansion drive

  Chancellor College (Chanco) principal Richard Tambulasi has said the college is constructing new infrastructure as well as putting new furniture to boost service delivery. He said this on Thursday during a tour at the college aimed at appreciating a number of developments the institution is undertaking. Tambulasi said with funding from the World Bank,…

Liwonde water not contaminated—SRWB

  Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) chairperson Luther Mambala says the water it supplies to Liwonde Township and surrounding areas is not contaminated. The SRWB board chair made the sentiments in Liwonde, Machinga during a tour to appreciate the process of pumping water from Shire River and how it is treated for consumption. This comes…

Minister cautions chiefs on corruption

  Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa says corrupt chiefs delay socio-economic development of the country. The minister made the remarks on Sunday at Senior Chief Mlumbe headquarters in Zomba during the crowning of sub-Traditional Authority Nkapita. Nankhumwa said chiefs are cornerstones of development as they are mandated to lead their subjects…

Farmers advised to grow indigenous crops

  Farmers from Zomba, Phalombe, Blantyre and Neno districts have been encouraged to continue growing indigenous crop varieties. The call was made on Thursday by the Department of Agriculture Research Services (Dars)-Malawi Plant Genetic Resources Centre (MPGRC) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, popularly known as the Gene Bank, during a Crop…

Nice warns on defaulting national ID registration

National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has advised people of Zomba to register in the ongoing mass identity (ID) registration exercise which started yesterday in the district. Nice Zomba civic education officer Albertina Nsongolo said this on Wednesday in the district during a meeting with area civic education coordinators (Acec), zone coordinators and para-civic…

No police officer in sight

Almost 30 kilometres across Lake Chilwa from Kachulu Port are three communities—Sombi, Ngotangota and Lungazi—that have never had a police unit nor security patrols for the past 53 years of Malawi Independence. Thousands of Malawians in the far-flung fishing setting in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkumbira, Zomba, want an end to the breakdown in law and…

Prison fellowship in Balaka reforms 400 ex-prisoners

  Prison Fellowship Malawi (PFM) transitory home in Balaka has since its inception in 2005, rehabilitated about 400 ex-prisoners nationwide, it has been learnt. The facility has trained ex-prisoners in vocational, entrepreneurship, life skills and counselling. This came to light on Monday when Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Grace Chiumia visited the centre…

Zomba reduces crime by 9%

  Zomba Police Station says it has reduced crime rate in the district by 9.01 percent Zomba Police Station coordinator for community policing, Clement Mwale, said during the period under review, 1 150 criminal cases were recorded between January and July 2017 compared to 1 264 crimes registered in the same period in 2016. He…

Aquaculture as a business

Low production by majority of small-scale fish farmers remains a setback for more to venture into the trade as they are scared to lose time, energy and resources invested in fish ponds. National Aquaculture Centre (NAC) manager at Domasi in Zomba, Dr. Hastings Zidana, said the problems that affect fish production are the systems and…

Nice urges communities to monitor projects in ZA

National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has urged people of Zomba to play a leading role in monitoring progress of development projects to curb abuse of taxpayers’ money. Speaking in Zomba on Wednesday during a training of Citizen Voice Forum members from Chinamwali and Namilongo wards, Zomba Nice district civic education officer Albertina Nsongolo…

Soccer academy launched in ZA

  Football Association of Malawi (FAM) technical director (TD) John Kaputa says football academies are crucial in unearthing talents hidden in youths across the country. He made the sentiments on Saturday at the Malawi Police College stadium in Zomba during the launch of the Reform Enterprises Agro Dealers-sponsored Zomba Football Academy. “FAM is committed to…

Man gets 6 years for breaking  into diocese offices

    The Zomba Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court has sentenced Mathias Gama, 35, to six years imprisonment for breaking into six offices at Zomba Diocese Research and Development premises where Public Affairs Committee (PAC) spokesperson Father Peter Mulomole works. The incident happened on the night of June 5. State prosecutor Florida Tsateni Dzimbiri told the…

Chanco closure cripples businesses in Zomba

With no activity taking place at Chancellor College (Chanco) campus, the college resembles a ghost village with cemetery silence, but the ripple effects of the closure have not spared businesses in the university town. Some businesspersons in Zomba have said the continued closure of the college, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, is…

Women in politics need support—Wolrec

Women’s Legal Resource Centre (Wolrec) says earlier identification and empowering of women interested to contest in the 2019 Tripartite Elections is key to achieving the 50-50 gender balance campaign. Wolrec project coordinator Tisungane Ntonga said this on Friday in Zomba during the launch of Wolrec’s Women Empowered for Leadership (WE4L) Project being funded by The…