MDF troops  told to bring  peace in DRC

The Malawi Defense Force (MDF) is to continue receiving support from Britain for training and deploying troops to peacekeeping missions following the forces good track record, discipline and dedication. British High Commissioner Holly Tett said this on Thursday at Chikala Hills in Machinga during the closing of a pre-deployment training of 850 soldiers of the…

Crop diversity technologies excite Dedza farmers

  \Small-scale farmers from Senior Chief Kachere in Dedza say Malawi can achieve food security if the country invests in crop diversity farming technologies. Felia Harrison of Thambolagwa Village in the district said this last week during an Innovating Africa’s Future Project field day organised by the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College to appreciate the…

Legislator urges childcare centres to be resourceful

  Zomba Changalume legislator John Chikalimba (People’s Party-PP) has challenged community-based childcare centres (CBCCs) to be resourceful if they are to achieve their goals. He said this on Saturday at Sitima Village, in Senior Chief Mlumbe’s area in the district during a luncheon at Mwana wa Mmudzi Wathu Care Centre (Mwacc) to raise funds for…

Inmates told to change mindset

Zomba Central Prison inmates have been advised to change their mindsets if they are to be productive. Apostle Emmanuel Lumwira of Apostolic Prophetic Royal Assembly (Apra) in Blantyre proclaimed the message during prayers held at the correctional facility on Friday. He said despite being convicted physically, inmates should not convict their minds as well, but…

Grow drought resistant  crops, NGO advises farmers

  Project Concern International (PCI) says farmers in Balaka and Machinga districts can achieve food security if they grow drought-resistant crops such as sorghum. PCI chief of party Michael Ghebrab said this in Balaka where the organisation, in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Peacock Seed and Demeter Seed companies, held…

Zomba City elects new mayor

  Newly-elected Zomba City Council (ZCC) mayor Christopher Jana has pledged to sustain the projects her predecessor Melia Douglas initiated. He made the pledge on Friday in ZCC chamber after ascending to the mayorship with five votes against three votes that Douglas and councillor Eda Nkula each got in the race. “My objective is to…

Zomba chiefs urged to support women in politics

  Women’s Legal Resource Centre (Wolrec) says chiefs’ support of women in politics is vital in attracting more women to contest in the forthcoming 2019 Tripartite Elections. Wolrec project officer in Zomba Margaret Chilongozi said this on Wednesday in the district during a Women Empowered for Leadership (WE4L) meeting organised with traditional leaders and area…

Body advises police to observe human rights

  African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (Apcof) has urged police officers in the Eastern Region to observe and respect human rights when restoring order in places where people have assembled. Apcof representative Sean Tait said this on Wednesday at the Malawi Police Service (MPS) College Officers’ Mess in Zomba during a two-day public order training…

Thyolo communities challenged  to empower persons with disabilities

  University of Malawi’s Chancellor College (Chanco) has challenged Thyolo communities to empower persons with disabilities with various skills if the country is to achieve sustainable economic growth. Chanco Faculty of Law Legal Clinic disability rights coordinator Enoch Chilemba said this on Monday at Thyolo Boma during disability rights advocacy, outreach and clinical legal services…

Egenco to plant 16 000  trees along Shire River

  Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has expressed its commitment to planting 16 000 trees along Shire River banks to retain the degraded environment critical in water production for power generation. Egenco board member Mary Lorraine Nkando  said this on Tuesday at Chibwana Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Sitola in Machinga District during the launch of…

Two jailed 20 years each for abducting an albino

  Zomba Chief Resident Magistrate’s Court last week sentenced two men to 20 years imprisonment each for abducting a man with albinism with intent to murder. The two—Francis Dick, 23, and John Kapale, 35,—committed the offence on October 13 2017 when they abducted the victim from Zomba District and took him to Machinga District. Eastern…

EU urges investment in mining sector

  The European Union (EU) has said the consolidation of critical geophysical data is important for increasing the country’s knowledge of the mining sector. EU Ambassador Marchel Gerrmann said this in Zomba on Friday during a project site visit in EU-funded Mining and Governance Support Project (MGGSP) implemented by the Geological Survey Department (GSD) in…

Save the Children builds two schools in Zomba

  Communities from traditional authorities (T/As) Chikowi and M’biza in Zomba have hailed the construction of Bevlee and Tillie community day secondary schools (CDSSs)in their areas. Save the Children, under its sponsorship programme, has constructed the schools. Save the Children operations manager for Eastern Region Lexon Ndalama, said they thought of constructing  schools because of…

Zomba communities urged to foster safe motherhood

  White Ribbon Alliance national coordinator Nancy Kamwendo has urged women to report challenges they face in labour wards to foster safe motherhood. She said this on Tuesday at M’mambo in Sub-Traditional Authority Nkapita in Zomba during a safe motherhood meeting. The meeting was aimed at identifying challenges women face during pregnancy and labour in…

Kasichi water project  delights Zomba people

  People of Kasichi, Katuli and surrounding areas in Senior Chief Mlumbe in Zomba Lisanjala are expected to benefit from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF)-funded water project which is nearing completion. One of the locals, Christina Tiba of Kasichi Village, said on Friday that they have been drinking water from unprotected sources. She said this…

Wolrec prepares women  aspirants for 2019 elections

  Women’s Legal Resource Centre (Wolrec) project coordinator Tisungane Irene Ntonga has urged political parties and communities to start identifying and empowering women to contest in the 2019 Tripartite Elections. Ntonga made the call on Friday in Zomba during Wolrec’s Women Empowered for Leadership (WE4L) workshop under the theme Orientation of Potential Women Leaders. The…

Village banks help to eliminate GBV in MJ

Economic empowerment among vulnerable women and girls in Mulanje is one of the ways to reduce gender-based violence (GBV) in the district. Christina Yohane, 22, from Limbuli in Mulanje made the remarks on Wednesday during a meeting organised by Youth Net and Counselling (Yoneco) under the Adolescents Girls and Young Women Project. Yoneco is implementing…

Eastern Region GBV cases up 19%

Eastern Region Police Commissioner Martha Suwedi says gender-based violence (GBV) is a threat to the socio-economic development in the region. The police commissioner made the sentiments on Wednesday at Chinamwali Trading Centre in Zomba during Eastern Region Police Women Network Basadi Operation under the theme Peaceful Homes, Peaceful Workplaces. The operation, which started with a…