Cholera death toll rises to 8

  Cholera death toll has risen to eight from seven last week after one patient died yesterday in Salima. Besides, the number of cholera cases in the 13 affected districts has also risen to 512 as of yesterday from 488, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health (MoH). MoH spokesperson Joshua Malango in an…

Lights, camera, Zathu!

  It was a morning filled with bliss as Zathu Band yesterday made a special performance of songs from their debut album, Chinzathu Ichichi at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre. The performance, which is expected to be premiered on Malawi Broadcasting Corporation’s Television (MBC TV) and Radio 2 FM programme, Made on Monday hosted by…

Teachers give govt ultimatum

Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has given government up to March to address issues affecting teachers who constitute almost half of the 130 000 civil service workforce. Among the issues TUM wants addressed are clearing of outstanding arrears amounting to K1.7 billion that have arisen due to promotions, deployments and failure to reconcile bank details,…

Cholera cases now at 434

  The Ministry of Health (MoH) has said the number of cholera cases in the country has risen to  434 from 420 last week. As of Friday last week, 14 new cholera cases were reported from three districts—five in Lilongwe, one in Rumphi and eight in Karonga. Currently, 26 patients are admitted to treatment centres…

Cholera vaccine arrives today

  The Ministry of Health (MoH) has said the first consignment of a cholera vaccine targeting 108 000 people in Karonga District is expected to arrive in the country today. The arrival of the vaccine follows the ministry’s request to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to have the vaccine programme in the country. So far,…

APM asks Malawians not to panic

  President Peter Mutharika has asked Malawians not to panic over maize harvest, saying the country has about 234 000 metric tonnes (MT) of maize stock in grain reserves, enough to feed the nation. The President’s sentiments come at a time when there are fears that the country may face food shortage in the current…

Africa needs trade to develop—JB

  Former president Joyce Banda has underscored the need for developed countries to strengthen trade ties with African countries for their continued development. Banda, popularly known as JB, said this as part of a public lecture she delivered at Kansas State University in the United States (US) where she has been living in a self-imposed…

PAC to go ahead with demos

  The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) secretariat says it will go ahead with its plans to hold peaceful demonstrations following the shooting down of Electoral Reforms Bills during the last meeting of Parliament. But the quasi-religious grouping and governance watchdog will consult its board next week on the date of the demonstrations that were postponed…

Worms threaten Goodall’s hopes

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe should be a worried man as combined effects of prolonged dry spells and an outbreak of fall armyworms threaten food production and his growth targets in the agro-based economy. Reduced food production puts under threat Gondwe’s ambitious economic growth projection of between five and six percent.…

Ombudsman report faults govt

  The offfice of the Ombudsman has faulted the Ministry of Labour, Sports, Youth and Manpower Development for failing to establish the workers compensation fund and tribunal, 16 years after the Workers Compensation Act was enacted. This was revealed in a report released last Thursday titled Painful Processes, signed by the Ombudsman Martha Chizuma Mwangonde,…

Three ex-cabinet ministers, cleric join DPP

  The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday welcomed to its fold three former Cabinet ministers and a former general secretary of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Blantyre Synod. The ex-Cabinet ministers—Ken Lipenga, Henry Phoya, Brown James Mpinganjira, popularly known as BJ, and the cleric the Reverend Daniel Gunya—were welcomed at a rally…

Three ex-cabinet ministers, cleric join DPP

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Sunday welcomed to its fold three former cabinet ministers and former general secretary of the Blantyre Church of Central African Presbytery (CCAP) synod. The three-Ken Lipenga, Henry Phoya, Brown James Mpinganjira popularly referred to as BJ and retired Reverend Daniel Gunya were welcomed at a rally the governing…