Miss Malawi auditions gaining momentum

  The organisers of the Miss Malawi beauty pageant have said auditions to shortlist potential contestants are gaining momentum with many girls turning up. The auditions, which took place on Saturday in Lilongwe, saw girls from different backgrounds taking part, trying their luck to grab next year’s   crown of Miss Malawi. Speaking in an interview,…

Unicaf supports NPL Mother’s Fun Run

Unicaf University has donated K999 999 towards this year’s Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Mother’s Fun Run, an initiative that mobilises resources to support safe motherhood. Speaking yesterday during the symbolic presentation of the cheque, Unicaf rector Joseph Kuthemba-Mwale said the well-being of mothers is at the heart of the university since they are the ones…

Press Trust donates K2m towards Mother’s Fun Run

  Press Trust yesterday raised concern over the failure to maintain equipment in public hospitals. Speaking after donating K2 million in Lilongwe towards this year’s Mother’s Fun Run initiative by Nation Publications Limited (NPL), the trust’s acting executive secretary Gibson Ngalamila said a number of stakeholders have donated to public hospitals to  help government solve…

Luanar staff strike for 20% pay rise

Employees of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) yesterday downed tools to push the institution’s management to implement a 20 percent salary increment. Speaking on behalf of staff comprising both academic and support, Winchester Mvula, who is president of the University Workers Trade Union (UWTU) for Bunda Campus, said they have resumed…

Marriage no child’s play

At 17, Samatha Mwase is a mother of a three-year-old. She married a fisherman at 14 when she was in Form Two at Viboko in Nkhata Bay. Her parents were convinced she was ripe for marriage. “I wasn’t necessarily forced to marry, but I did what many girls in my community do,” she says. For…

Don’t use force to resolve Judiciary strike—Chakwera

Leader of opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera has cautioned the Executive against using force to end a four-week strike by Judiciary support staff demanding housing allowance, among other grievances. Briefing journalists in Lilongwe yesterday, Chakwera, who is Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, also faulted government over the use of force to resolve the strike by…

Chakwera tours Area 18

  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera says residents of Lilongwe’s Area 18, who were supplied piped water contaminated with sewage three weeks ago, need a psychologist to talk to them over the issue. During a tour of the affected households in Area 18A yesterday, Chakwera, who is also leader of Opposition in Parliament,…

Youth take on experts over SRH

Youth from the Central Region took time to challenge and question experts on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) issues during an interface meeting with the First Lady Gertrude Mutharika and SRH stakeholders. Over 500 youth from the region were mobilised by Family Planning of Malawi (Fpam) to participate in the meeting which took place at…

Area 18 residents resort to bottled water

Residents of Lilongwe’s Area 18 have resorted to consuming bottled water in the wake of contamination of water supply with sewage in the area two weeks ago. The residents are mostly buying water in five-litre bottles. Speaking in an interview, one of the residents, Lilian Sisya, said that she resorted to using the bottled water…

Cedep, CHRR back donors on water project

The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) have dismissed fellow activists’ criticism of donors over the manner the Salima-Lilongwe Water Project contract was awarded. In a joint statement, the two institutions argued that there is no need to blame the country’s development partners over delays of…

FUM wants Crempa to be independent

Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) wants to empower Central Region Milk Producers Association (Crempa) to become an independent entity. The farmers’ grouping says it wants individual milk producers within the Central Region to benefit from their business. In an interview on Monday, FUM director of agribusiness and marketing Jacob Nyirongo said when Crempa is run…

National ID will be forge-proof —UN

  The National Registration Bureau (NRB) has said although Malawi delayed in introducing a national identity, it is emerging as one of the most versatile and forge-proof documents in the region. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) chief technical adviser Tariq Malik said this when editors and bureau chiefs were oriented in Lilongwe yesterday on the…

‘Economic growth is slow’

In this interview with our reporter JACOB NANKHONYA, the African Union (AU) regional delegate to Southern Africa, Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Dr. Auguste Ngomo comments on the political and socio-economic situation in Malawi as the country clocks 53 years of independence next month. Excerpts: How…

College, MHC in land dispute

  Lake Malawi Anglican University’s  College of Christian Ministries in Lilongwe, a constituent college of the and Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) are involved in a fight over a piece of land. According to the college, three developers have encroached a piece of land they say was dubiously allocated by MHC. Lawyer representing the college, Gift…