Code gets support in malaria awareness drive

  The malaria tour, an initiative by Code Sangala to raise funds for the paediatric, accidents and emergency ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Qech) in Blantyre continued on Thursday evening. The musician officially launched the music tour called Music Against Malaria at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre with patrons filling almost every available space.…

Unima in research workshop for staff, students

  The University of Malawi (Unima), in collaboration with Africa Centre of Excellence in Public Health and Medicine (Acephem), is conducting a research methodology workshop in Blantyre to develop participants’ capacity in research methodologies. The five-day workshop, which started yesterday at the College of Medicine (CoM), is engaging students and lecturers from  Unima constituent colleges…

Winds, rainstorms displace 12 500

  The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) says about 12 529 people, representing 2 278 households, have been rendered homeless nationwide following damage to their houses in eight districts since October 12 this year. Responding to an enquiry from The Nation on the extent of damage caused by rains and heavy winds to date,…

Escom, Egenco meet CSOs

Twin State-owned power utilities Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) and Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) yesterday engaged civil society organisations (CSOs) and pledged that power supply will improve by January 2018. Escom and Egenco made the assurance in Blantyre yesterday during a meeting with CSOs to share progress reports towards addressing the problem of prolonged…

Trust concerned with UHC policy

  Development Communications Trust (DCT) has expressed concern over government’s failure to implement universal health coverage (UHC), saying people in rural areas face challenges in accessing health services. Speaking at a press briefing in Blantyre on Friday, DCT executive director Prince Mtelera said the State is obliged to provide adequate health care commensurate with the…

House committee asks CoF centres to improve

  Parliament’s Transport and Public Works Committee has given Toyota Malawi and Motor Service Centre in Blantyre three months to improve facilities or risk losing motor vehicle certificate of fitness (CoF) issuance licences. The committee made the recommendation in Blantyre on Wednesday after inspecting three private vehicle inspection stations the Directorate of Road Traffic and…

Uladi says he is still  PP acting president

Fired People’s Party (PP) acting president Uladi Mussa, who was also the party’s vice-president responsible for the Central Region, has said he still holds the position of acting president and vice-president despite his firing. PP national executive committee (NEC) fired Mussa from his positions in the party following recommendations made by the party’s disciplinary committee…

Mulanje villagers summon APM

Chiefs and villagers in the ‘bloodsuckers’ hotspot districts of Mulanje, Phalombe and Chiradzulu want President Peter Mutharika and senior government officials to address meetings to clear the mist. In an interview in Mulanje on Wednesday, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kaduya suggested that government must organise high-profile rallies, led by the President and government officials, to address…

‘Blood’ for Blood war

  As mob killings of ‘blood sucking’ suspects get out of control—with two more people murdered in Mulanje on Monday night—some rights activists say government is too slow to act decisively and stop the blood-letting. Yesterday, police in Mulanje said an angry mob at Namainja Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mabuka in Mulanje beat to…

No books for new school curriculum

  Implementation of the new secondary school curriculum, which Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) approved and rolled out in the 2015/16 academic year, has been dealt a body blow as there are no books for the initiative. Through random interviews with some secondary school teachers in Nkhotakota, Chikwawa, Blantyre and Mzimba, The Nation…

Missing girl found dead in BT

An eight-year-old girl who went missing at Khama in Machinjiri Township in Blantyre was found dead on Wednesday evening in a forest near Ndirande Hill in the township. According to a family member Leah Mbizi, the deceased, Felia Botha, a Standard Four learner at Mpata LEA School in the township, went missing last Saturday when…

Forestry office impounds trucks carrying charcoal

Blantyre District Forestry Office (DFO) on Wednesday impounded two trucks carrying hundreds of bags of charcoal in Blantyre. According Blantyre forestry officer Geoffrey Kanyerere, a 30 tonne truck registration number NU 7733/BJ2778 belonging to Chimalira Enterprise in Ntcheu which was driven by McDonald Galison was impounded Wednesday morning at GCD police roadblock along Blantyre-Lunzu road…

Fake immigration officers busted

Private security guards issuing border passes Demand money per documents Private security guards are doing the work of Immigration officers at a border post in Chikwawa, Weekend Nation has established. But Immigration Department national spokesperson Joseph Chauwa said no private company or individual is authorised to issue the border pass. The guards, who wear Kamu…

16 die in 2 road accidents

  President Peter Mutharika and First Lady Gertrude Mutharika have expressed sadness with  the death of 16 people in two separate accidents on the outskirts of Blantyre City on Saturday. The First Couple said it was saddened by the fatalities during the accidnts at Six Miles on the Robert Mugabe Highway between Mulanje and Limbe…

Angolan arrested with cocaine at KIA

Police at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe yesterday arrested an Angolan national for being found in possession and allegedly attempting to fly out of the country with cocaine concealed in male condoms and body lotion bottles. The suspect, identified as Joao Matateu Manuel, 44, was arrested at around midday after KIA’s main terminal X-ray…

Police, others to get pay late

Treasury says Malawi Police Service (MPS) and local government councils are among government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) set to get their August 2017 salaries later due to late submission of relevant documentation. In a statement published this week, Secretary to the Treasury (ST) Ben Botolo said out of the country’s 35 councils, only Likoma…

NRB drivers stage sit-in

  About 65 National Registration Bureau (NRB) drivers yesterday parked their vehicles at NRB offices in Limbe, Blantyre, to push for pay covering July 27 to August 11. The drivers are also demanding an increment in their wages, saying the K10 000 they get per day is on the lower side. NRB head driver Happy…

Govt takes blame on vendors

  Minister of Local Government and Rural Development  Kondwani Nankhumwa has admitted that some vendors shun new markets because they are not consulted at project planning stages. The minister said this in Blantyre on Wednesday after inspecting the construction of the new Lunzu Market. “Every project which government or an individual embarks on will always…