Floods leave hundreds destitute

  At least 16 people have lost their lives while over 13 000 households have been affected by floods and stormy rains that have hit some parts of the country, The Nation has learnt. In an interview yesterday, Department of Disaster and Management Affairs (Dodma) spokesperson Chipiliro Khamula said since October 12 last year, floods…

Chilima blasts engineer for poor work

Vice-President Saulos Chilima has condemned RBL Engineering who are the designers and supervisors of Tengani dyke for the poor construction work. The dyke is built under the Shire River Basin Management Project. Chilima today went to see the newly constructed dyke in the area of senior chief Tengani in Nsanje Central Constituency constructed with an…

Man nabbed over albino’s hair

Police in Chikwawa have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion that he demanded pubic hair from a 30-year-old woman with albinism. According to Chikwawa Police Station public relations officer Foster Benjamin, the suspect, Ephraim Thomas committed the offence in 2014 and fled to Mozambique to avoid a possible arrest. He said; “In that year, the suspect attempted…

Chief asks community  to go for HIV testing

Traditional Authority (T/A) Likoswe of Chiradzulu has urged people in the district to go for voluntary HIV testing to know their status. The chief made the appeal last week at Development Aid from People to People (Dapp) Mikolongwe Vocation School in the district where Tithandizane Supporting Group, a community-based organisation from group village head Mataka,…

Mera confirms power tariff hike

  When President Peter Mutharika commissions the 55 megawatts (MW) generators to add to the national grid today, electricity consumers should brace for an average 24.67 percent hike in electricity tariffs based on an earlier agreement. Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) chief executive officer Collins Magalasi said in an interview yesterday the use of the…

Mozambican mayor calls on Malawians to invest in Quelimane

  Quelimane Municipality of Mozambique’s (QMM) mayor Manuel de Araújo has asked Malawians who have the business muscle to invest in the country’s municipality, saying it has a lot of business opportunities. Araújo was speaking at a joint press briefing in Blantyre yesterday aimed at strengthening business relationship between Blantyre City Council (BCC) and QMM.…

Body lobbies for food fortification

  Blantyre Institute of Neurological Sciences (BINS), a neurosurgery unit project, has asked Malawians to consume fortified foods to reduce neurological diseases. BINS executive director Patrick Kamalo made the call at a news conference held in collaboration with Ministry of Health in Blantyre on Friday. He observed that food fortification, a process of adding macronutrients…

Atupele’s UDF appoints convention committee

Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) has appointed a committee to organise the party’s national convention ahead of next year’s tripartite elections. A press statement signed by the party’s secretary general Kandi Padambo, released yesterday, indicates that the committee will be chaired by Charles Kachikuwo who will be deputised by Mangochi South legislator, Lilian Patel. Reads…

Luanar Bunda campus re-opens Jan 22

The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) Bunda campus, which was closed on December 13, following students’ protest against blackouts will re-open on January 22. In a statement from the University, signed by registrar Phillip Kaonda, released on Friday says all students will be re-registered for the semester after meeting new registration requirements,…

Immigration nets 30  illegal immigrants

The Department of Immigration has, in a four-day sweeping operation, netted 30 foreign nationals in Blantyre for staying in the country illegally, Nation on Sunday has learnt. In an interview on Friday, the department’s deputy national spokesperson Wellington Chiponde confirmed the arrest of the immigrants, whom he said were from Ghana, Burundi, Pakistan, Rwanda, India,…

Hostess dies in bus accident

An Axa bus hostess died on the spot on Friday when the driver lost control of the vehicle and overturned twice at Zalewa in Neno. Southern Region Police spokesperson Ramsey Mushani said 40 of the 45 Kamuzu Academy students who were on the bus (in the picture) enroute to Blantyre were treated at Lisungwi Health…