Chihana demands K17m from party faction

As the Alliance for Democracy (Aford) gears up for a convention slated for April 28 and 29 2018, another wrangle has emerged within the party over costs for previous court proceedings. The party’s president Enoch Chihana is demanding K17 million from party’s secretary general Christopher Ritchie and team who sued the party over dates to…

A city stuck in traffic jam

    Mzuzu is the country’s fastest-growing city, with an annual growth rate of 4.4 percent. However, it appears the evergreen city’s roads are failing to cope with population boom. During peak hours, the country’s major transport tarmacs—M1 and M5, which form a ribbon in the city’s central business district (CBD)—are always clogged with motor…

Used, abused and at risk

  At 17, she has already lost count of men she has slept with. But she recalls sleeping with at least three men a day for the past four years. We will call her Mary. She ventured into sex work at Euthini Trading Centre in Mzimba District when she was 13. “Mine is a deadly…

Govt resumes Mzuzu dual carriageway project

  The Ministry of Transport and Public Works says it has resumed its earlier plans to construct a one-kilometre dual carriageway in Mzuzu City which was scrapped off from the K16.7 billion Mzuzu-Nkhata Bay Road rehabilitation project. In December last year, the ministry announced that the road section from Katoto Roundabout to Mzuzu Court House…

The return of Sonyezo

Urban artist Sonyezo has released an Extended Play (EP) titled Somewhere in Africa which is available online for free. In a statement made available to The Nation, Sonyezo says he has already released a video No One which he collaborated with singer Tuno. “I haven’t released a concrete project since 2011. All along I’ve been…

PAC board to meet over April 27 demos

The board of the quasi-religious group Public Affairs Committee (PAC) is set to meet “shortly” to discuss how to mobilise affiliates for the April 27 2018 nationwide demonstrations some civil society organisations (CSOs) are organising. The CSOs are organising the demonstrations to express displeasure over government’s handling of the K4 billion pay-out to members of…

Kuyimba 11 singles out on April 20

  Renowned reggae band, the Black Missionaries, says it has finished recording the much-awaited Kuyimba 11 album to be launched in June this year. Band leader Anjiru Fumulani said the group will release four promotional singles of the 11-track album on April 20 2018. He said the album will then be launched in Blantyre on…

NB new jetty takes shape

Construction of the new jetty at Nkhata Bay Port  is  almost complete.  The Port was constructed to ease challenges facing passengers when boarding and alighting ships. One of the ships, MV Chilembwe, was spotted on Monday docking on the new jetty, which is temporary,  for the first time since the project started last year. In…

‘Technical colleges not inclusive’

  Our Staff Reporter JOHN CHIRWA finds out why community technical colleges remain disability-unfriendly.   Gift Maseko, 23, never allowed his paralysed right arm to extinguish his burning desire to become a tailor. Now, he is struggling to learn welding and fabrication at Ezondweni Community Technical College in Mzimba. “I find it difficult to hold…

Lawi signs with South African music company

  Afro-soul musician Lawi has signed a contract with South Africa-based Gallo Africa Music Company which will promote and market his music worldwide. Lawi, born Francis Phiri, made the announcement during his performance in Mzuzu on Friday. He said the record label will also organise shows for him in different countries and on different platforms.…

Campaign mood grips DPP in Mzuzu

  Blue was the dominant colour in Mzuzu on Thursday when the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) dished out K3 million and party cloth to female vendors in an early campaign spree. The governing party has embarked on an early campaign spree ahead of May 2019 Tripartite Elections. In an interview, DPP regional governor Kenneth…

Temwa plants 200 000 trees in NB

  Temwa Organisation has planted over 200 000 trees at Chigwere in Nkhata Bay North to restore vegetation along rivers. Speaking during the event on Saturday, Temwa programmes manager Kondwani Botha said almost one in four trees the organisation planted have failed to survive due to lengthy dry spells in the area. “Despite challenges of…

Use CDF to boost agriculture—MP

  Mzimba East Constituency legislator Christopher Mnyenyembe has urged communities to allocate part of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) towards improving agriculture. The member of Parliament (MP) warned against “the narrow mindset” that CDF is only meant for construction of roads, bridges, school blocks and clinics. Setting the pace, his constituency has allocated K1.6 million for…

Synod launches research  on fall armyworms

  The CCAP Synod of Livingstonia Development Department (Soldev) on Tuesday launched a fall armyworm research project on whether climate-smart agriculture techniques may reduce fall armyworms’ impact on maize. Synod moderator the Reverend John Gondwe launched the project at Mhuju in Rumphi where Soldev, in partnership with University of Livingstonia (Unilia) and Lunyangwa Research Station,…

Scottish importer hail smallholder farmers associations

  Just Trading Scotland (JTS), a Scottish organisation that imports products from southern Africa, has hailed Malawi’s smallholder farmer associations. JTS chairperson John Riches made the remarks on Monday during a visit to Kaporo Smallholder Farmers Association (Kasfa) in Karonga to appreciate how the farmers’ access low-cost technological machinery and irrigation. He said associations such…

Aford’s shaky revamp

Power wrangles in the Alliance for Democracy (Aford) persist, with ‘returnee’ Frank Mwenifumbo announcing dates for the convention while the party’s politburo insists no date has been set for the elective conference. Our Staff Reporter JOHN CHIRWA engaged Mwenifumbo on his fresh push for a convention: Recently, the High Court ruled that Aford should, at…

Mzuzu coffee penetrates scottish market

  Mzuzu Coffee, which is produced by Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union Limited, continues to make inroads on the global market. Early this month, the cooperative’s officials exhibited the product at a two-week Scottish Fairtrade Forum. According to Scotland’s news outlet, Third Force News, the cooperative’s acting chief executive officer Bernard Kaunda and quality and…

Govt for safer mini-grids

  The mushrooming of off-grid power systems has jolted government to step in and start training innovators on how they can make mini-grids safer and more efficient. The Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining is working in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to equip innovative minds with skills to develop better off-grid…