Vanguard sponsors 36km to Kambewa

Vanguard Life Assurance Company on Friday sponsored cyclist Francis Kambewa’s 33km cycling to Lilongwe to raise funds to support Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Mothers Fun Run in Ntchisi this year. Company’s marketing manager Ndamyo Mwakikunga said they received a request from Kambewa for the sponsorship and also because of the nature pg the event, the…

Tributes pour in for CCAP cleric Chimkwezule

Tributes poured in yesterday for immediate-past moderator of the Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) the Reverend Rabson Chimkwezule who died Wednesday night in Mangochi. In their tributes, clerics who interacted and worked with Chimkwezule, described him as a spiritual and father-figure. Family member and former Blantyre Synod secretary general the…

Police in Blantyre rescues abducted albinism boy

  Police in Blantyre on Tuesday rescued an eight-year-old boy with albinism in Bangwe Township who was abducted. Souther Region police deputy spokesperson Beatrice Mikuwa said in an interview the boy comes from Nkhukuteni Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Machinjiri in Blantyre. She said at around 2 pm, police found the businessperson (name withheld) from Chikumba…

Must hosts UK-Malawi disaster management workshop

Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) is hosting a five-day international technical workshop on climate change and disaster resilience involving several universities both in Malawi and the UK. Speaking during the opening ceremony on Monday, Must deputy vice-chancellor Professor Jonathan Makuwira said the workshop has brought together scientists, researchers and students to discuss and…

Admarc partners cane growers in cotton farming

State produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) has partnered with Nchalo Smallholder Cane Growers Association through Green Belt Initiative in cotton production to help farmers realise better earnings. Admarc acting chief executive officer Margaret Roka Mauwa said during a field day in Nchalo, Chikwawa on Wednesday that through the partnership, Admarc will increase…

Committee urges govt to prioritise child development

  Parliamentary Committee on Social and Community Affairs on Tuesday asked government to prioritise and invest in early childhood development (ECD). Committee chairperson Richard Chimwendo Banda made the call after touring Chimpambana Community-based Child Care Centre in Traditional Authority Ngabu in Chikwawa courtesy of Sightsavers  who are implementing a project called Leave No Child Behind.…

Mwanza communities impress  Australian NGO

Australian Caritas, an international non-governmental organisation which funds Catholic Development Commission (Cadecom), says it is impressed with Mwanza communities’ participation in the implementation of Integrated Community Development (ICD) project. Caritas programme coordinator Scot Martins said this on Wednesday when he visited some projects in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kaunduku where communities from Kaulemu and Ziyenderana villages…

St. Andrews signs MoU with Chanco

  St.Andrews International High School in Blantyre on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with School of Education at Chancellor College to offer the college’s trainee teachers three-months attachments. After their teaching practice, the trainee teachers  may be considered for recruitment if there is a vacancy at the school. The agreement will start in…

Toyota Malawi donates K2.5m to Paralympic

  Toyota Malawi on Monday donated K2.5 million to Malawi Paralympic Committee (MPC) to boost its programmes in the country. Making the donation, Toyota Malawi general manager corporate affairs Andrew Katimba said Toyota Motor Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding to partner World Paralympic as their ambassadors. “In Malawi, we have partnered with MPC to…

Mangochi farmers drilled  in fall armyworm control

  Smallholder farmers in traditional authorities (T/As) Chimwala and Chilipa in Mangochi District were on Monday drilled in how to control fall armyworms. Malawi Lake Basin Programme (MLBP) under the Emergency Fall Armyworm Management Project conducted the training. In an interview, MLBP natural resources management officer Kelvin Guta said the training sought to educate farmers…

Hunger Project in tree  planting exercise in Neno

  The Hunger Project Malawi has advised people of Neno District to take care of the trees planted along Lisungwi River. The organisation’s project manager Thandiwe Noah said this during a tree planting exercise along the river which gets flooded every year, killing people and destroying their crops. “Lisungwi is one of the tributaries of…

UK botanist impressed with  MJ Cedar restoration project

  Queen Elizabeth II botanist Stephen Blackmore has expressed satisfaction with how communities in Mulanje and Phalombe districts are managing Mulanje Cedar nurseries. Blackmore, who is also Darwin Initiative chairperson, said this on Tuesday after visiting Kazembe Cedar Nursery in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkanda in Mulanje. The nursery is being taken care of by 14…

World Vision rolls out  K30bn malaria project

  World Vision Malawi (WVM) has rolled out a two-year $40.3 million (about K30 billion) malaria project that will see 10.9 million mosquito nets distributed to 3.5 million households nationwide. Speaking in Blantyre yesterday during a meeting where district commissioners, directors of planning, council chairpersons, district health officers attended, WVM director of programmes Charles Chimombo…

BWB, others in afforestation drive

Blantyre Water Board (BWB) in collaboration with a number of organisations on Saturday planted trees in its Mudi Catchment Area in Blantyre. The board, in conjunction with various stakeholders, has embarked on a restoration drive of its more than 600 hectares of the catchment area. On Saturday, the water utility was joined by Mudi Sacco,…

Dapp encourages youth to patronise health services

  Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in the country have been challenged to access youth-friendly health services if they are to make informed decisions on their health. Dapp Malawi country director Lisbeth Thomsen made the call yesterday during Dapp open day organised jointly by Ministry of Health and National Aids Commission (NAC) in Thyolo.…

K7.9bn public works programme starts

Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has rolled out a K7.9 billion Public Works Programme (PWP) under Masaf IV which will see 450 000 households nationwide benefiting through cash-for-work projects. The ministry’s head of development and communications, Booker Matemvu, said so far, money has been disbursed to 32 councils in the country through the…

EAM speaks on Road to 2019

Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) on Tuesday challenged leaders of its affiliate churches to encourage their flock to vote for people of high integrity in the 2019 Tripartite Elections. EAM deputy secretary general Reverend Grey Mwalabu made the remarks on the sidelines of a launch of the Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) Policy in Blantyre. The…

Malawi awards best filmmakers

  Forum for Ability Society (Foas) in partnership with NOVA Employment on Sunday awarded best film makers during the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival 2017 in Blantyre. The 2017 winner, a student from The Polytechnic, a constituent college of University of Malawi, Tawina Maluwa, who was the only female filmmaker with her Like Any…

Chirimba Madodana Choir launches first album

Ten-member Chirimba Madodana Choir of Chirimba Church of the Central Africa Presbyterian  (CCAP) of the Blantyre Synod will on December 2 launch an album titled Mtamandeni Ambuye. Choir director Henderson Dalili said this would be the choir’s first album since its inception in 2013. Some of the songs in the album are; Saulo Undilonderanji, Atimenyera…