Police detain chilima aides

Two personal assistants to Vice-President Saulos Chilima were on Sunday arrested at Balaka Police Station for “acting suspiciously” at the launch of Chiwanja Cha Yao in Balaka where President Peter Mutharika was in attendance. The two, Kushi Unyolo and Joshua Valera, were later released on bail after the Veep, who is also UTM Party torchbearer…

2 121 babies expected today—Unicef

An estimated 2 121 babies are expected to be born today, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has announced. In a statement issued yesterday, Unicef said that the New Year’s Day births projections were derived from District Health Information System II data (DHISII). It further urged Malawians to enforce children’s rights to ensure their survival.…

UTM changes  tune on fees

Just a week before presentation of nomination papers starts for the May 21 Tripartite Elections, UTM Party has changed tune on its leader Saulos Chilima’s promise that the grouping would pay nomination fees for all its candidates. In an interview, UTM director of publicity Joseph Chidanti Malunga walked back his boss’s words, claiming this week…

Voter verification enters third phase

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has appealed to registered voters to verify their details in the voters’ roll as the third phase of the voter verification exercise starts today. The third phase of the exercise will cover Mangochi , Balaka , Machinga , Zomba , Chiradzulu, Mulanje, Phalombe, Thyolo and Luchenza Municipality and is expected to…

UTM upbeat on day-long primaries

Newly registered UTM has announced an ambitious plan to hold its primary elections in all the 193 parliamentary constituencies and 462 local government wards at once on January 3. The announcement followed a UTM national executive committee (NEC) meeting held in Lilongwe on Monday this week where members resolved to hold the primaries on the…

Cama cautions against  excessive festive spending

Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has warned consumers against excessive spending during the festive season, urging them to prioritise budgeting before making any expenditures. Cama executive director John Kapito in an interview yesterday cautioned consumers against buying perishables in large amounts, heavy drinking and holding unnecessary gatherings that will make them spend more money, but…

Politicians preach unity on Christmas

Today, December 25, is Christmas Day when Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, widely regarded as their Lord and Saviour. For years, the spirit of Christmas has been characterised by love, sharing and peace. Perhaps in the same spirit of Christmas, political leaders in the country have taken time off to…

Confusion rocks DPP Chiradzulu East primaries

There was confusion on the outcome of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chiradzulu East primaries held yesterday where the party declared incumbent legislator Henry Mussa as the winner. Presiding officer Symon Vuwa Kaunda declared Mussa the winner, saying the member of Parliament, who is also Minister of Information and Communications Technology, had amassed 3 650 votes…

Technology chokes postal services

Malawi Posts Corporation (MPC) says the levels of social mail keep declining by three percent annually, due to advances in information and communication technology (ICT) a development which is affecting revenue base. MPC board chairperson Reverend Masauko Mbolembole said this in an interview on Tuesday after a meeting with Minister of Information and Communications Technology…

RBM dates clergy on financial literacy

Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has advised the clergy to follow principles of financial literacy as one way of attaining financial stability. The central bank made thesentiments during a workshop with the clergy in Blantyre where they discussed anumber of issues such as how to attain financial stability. During the discussions, the clergy was urged…

Castel risks fine for river pollution

Castel Malawi Limited, formerly Carlsberg Malawi Limited, risks being fined for discharging liquid waste into the environment and part of Mudi River. Blantyre City Council (BCC) officials yesterday said theyare yet to establish the impact of the waste on people, but said the dischargeof the liquid waste is posing a health threat as people use…

Ndirande gets boreholes

Government on Saturday gave 20 borehole committees in Ndirande K8 million (K400 000 each) to help in the maintenance of boreholes and other services as per required from time to time. The move is a strategy to enable people within Ndirande to have access to water free-of-charge as the committees that have been there had…

New system to improve health service delivery

A new health system launched by the community of Saint Egidio called telemedicine, is expected to improve health service delivery in the country. The system provides for an interactive mode of communication between local and international health personnel enabling sharing of health information on diagnosing and treatment of various diseases. The system is expected to…

Govt confirms hippo deaths from anthrax

  The Ministry of Health (MoH) has confirmed that about 22 hippopotamuses that were found floating on the Shire River in Liwonde in October died due to anthrax. This follows tests conducted at the Central Veterinary Laboratory, instituted by MoH, whose results indicated that there was Bacillus Anthracis in the hippos’ system, a virus that…