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…

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…

Seven heart surgery beneficiaries return home

  Seven children, who were in India for heart surgeries, have returned home after successfully undergoing treatment with support from Rotary Club of Lilongwe and their Indian counterparts, Chandigarh Rotary Club. Speaking at Kamuzu International Airport on Tuesday where Rotarians and government officials welcomed the children, Ministry of Health chief of health services Dr Charles…

No date yet for chanco opening

No date has been set yet for opening of Chancellor College (Chanco) following a standoff between University of Malawi (Unima) Council and academic staff with government’s intervention only managing to convince the two parties to meet on Tuesday. Chanco has remained closed for close to seven months after the academic staff demanded harmonisation of salaries…

‘Malawi is not out  of the woods yet’

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Country Representative for Malawi Jack Ree has singled out inflation rate as one of Malawi’s key challenge that is undermining the country’s economic growth. Both Malawi’s headline and annual average inflation have remained stubbornly high in double digit lane since 2012. In this exclusive interview with our reporter JACOB NANKHONYA,…

APM back from Europe

President Peter Mutharika returned from his European tour yesterday stating that the prestigious Oxford University in England has expressed interest to partner local universities, especially in the area of research projects. However, in his brief response to a question from taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA), the President was mum on…

Mafikizolo dazzles Lilongwe fans

Dazzling. That is how one can aptly describe South African Kwaito outfit Mafikizolo’s energetic performance at the Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe on Friday night. The duo comprising Nhlanhla Nciza and Theo Kgosinkwe lived up to fans’ expectations as it kept them entertained wave after wave, all the way to the very end. Before…

Mafikozolo show proceeds for Luanar classrooms

As Malawians are buying tickets for the Mafikizolo and Tay Grin show at Bingu International Convention Center (Bicc) tonight, they need to know that their contributions will be used to enhance higher education. The proceeds will be chanelled towards construction of classrooms at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) where students are learning…

China tips Malawi on youth development

  China has stressed the need for Malawi to focus on human resources development targeting the youth if the country is to move out of the poverty trap and attain rapid development. Chinese Ambassador Shi-Ting Wang said in Lilongwe on Monday that this is one of the strategies his country employed to rise to the…

Japan to revamp Nacala Corridor

  Japan has expressed interest to support the development of the Nacala Corridor to connect Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique to facilitate the movement of goods and people, within, to and from the three countries. For Malawi as a land-linked country, the critical element in developing the corridors has been to connect to sea ports for…