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…

Egenco distributes cook stoves in Machinga

Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has distributed 3 000 environmentally friendly cook stoves to people in Machinga District to help conserve the environment. In an interview, Egenco chief executive officer William Liabunya said energy saver cook stoves are significant in rejuvenating the country’s degraded environment. The cook stoves, worth K3 million, were distributed in conjunction with…

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…

Zomba sex workers complain of harassment

Sex workers in Zomba say the fight against the spread of HIV can be won in the district if police officers and health workers refrain from sexually abusing them. A sex worker, Emmie Billy from Jali, made the remarks on Wednesday in the district during a meeting organised by Action Hope Malawi aimed at discussing…

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…