‘Bloodsuckers’ saga spills over to Blantyre

Fear has gripped residents in some parts of Blantyre following the spillover of violent incidents alleged to be linked to “bloodsuckers” in Chileka, Machinjiri and Kachere. The situation comes barely days after President Peter Mutharika visited and heard testimonies of people who claimed to have been attacked by the alleged “vampires” in Phalombe, Chiradzulu, Nsanje…

MEC bemoans campaign violence

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has bemoaned violent acts that occurred between Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters during the by-elections campaign period. Speaking at the announcement of results at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre on Wednesday October 18 2017, MEC chairperson Jane Ansah said, although the commission registered such cases…

Respect mothers—Mutharika

  President Peter Mutharika has called on Malawians to respect, cherish and celebrate the role that mothers play in society. The President made the call yesterday as the country commemorated Mother’s Day and World Rural Women’s Day, which are both observed on October 15. Through his press secretary and spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani, Mutharika stressed that…

Malga backs councillors on development fund

Malawi Local Government Association (Malga), an umbrella body of councils in the country, has joined calls for councillors to administer Constituency Development Fund (CDF). The call follows Mzimba West member of Parliament (MP) Harry Mkandawire’s appeal to fellow legislators at a recent full council meeting to let councillors take charge of CDF to improve coordination…

BCC embarks on road rehabilitation

  Blantyre City Council (BCC) has appealed for patience amid the rehabilitation of some city roads and infrastructure. BCC public relations manager Anthony Kasunda said in a statement the council is upgrading the Naperi Bridge near Mustang Sally from single to two lane carriage, maintaining Kasungu Crescent and Moi (Chichiri Roundabout to Kwacha Roundabout) footpath…

Final Fisp coupons consignment  expected Friday—minister

  Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Joseph Mwanamvekha has said the final consignment of Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) coupons is scheduled to arrive this Friday from the United Kingdom. The minister made the remarks on Monday when he visited Blantyre Agriculture Development Division (ADD) to discuss with officials from the seven districts…

Teachers start receiving September salaries

  Public primary and secondary school teachers in 10 districts, who failed to receive their September salaries, can now afford a sigh of relief as they have started getting paid. Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development spokesperson Muhlabase Mughogho, while confirming the developments in an e-mailed response to a questionnaire, attributed the delays to…

Teachers’ September salaries delay again

  Teachers in about 10 districts are yet to get their September 2017 salaries, prompting Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) to express concern over the continued cases of delayed salaries. TUM general secretary Charles Kumchenga said a report from the Accountant General on the delayed salaries attributes the situation to late submission of General Paper…

Teachers owed K1.7bn arrears from 2010—TUM

  Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) says government owes public primary and secondary school teachers’ salary arrears amounting to about K1.7 billion through promotions, deployments and failure to reconcile bank details. TUM general secretary Charles Kumchenga said in a telephone interview yesterday that Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) confirmed knowledge of the arrears…

Maintain project infrastructure—EU

Head of Social Sectors and Infrastructure Section of the European Union (EU) delegation to Malawi, Fernando TrabadaCrende, yesterday challenged government and communities to maintain infrastructure that comes with projects. Speaking yesterday when Blantyre Water Board (BWB) launched a water supply and hygiene project at St Theresa Primary School in Machinjiri, Crende said it is important…

Villagers ransack Chaponda’s property 

Irate villagers at Chonde in Mulanje on Sunday evening descended on property of Olendo Chaponda, nephew to former minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda, on suspicion that he was sheltering suspected bloodsuckers at his home. Police have since arrested seven people in connection with the matter and charged them with malicious damage…

St Columba CCAP unveils 67 seater bus

St Columba congregation of the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) Blantyre Synod yesterday unveiled a modern 67-seater Yuton F12 bus valued at K90 million during their fundraising event held at the church’s premises. Speaking during the ceremony, St Columba CCAP moderator the Reverend Innocent Brave Chikopa said the bus was bought due to the…

Phalombe hospital project excites minister

  Minister of Health and Population Services Atupele Muluzi has expressed satisfaction with the progress being made in the construction of Phalombe District Hospital. Speaking when he toured the site yesterday, Muluzi said he was pleased to note that a lot has been accomplished two months after President Peter Mutharika laid a foundation stone. “I…

BWB engages contractor for Likhubula project

Blantyre Water Board (BWB) has put pen to paper with India-based SMC Infrastructure Private Limited to undertake works in the Likhubula Water Supply System Project expected to pump water from Likhubula River in Mulunaje to the commercial city. The K17 billion water supply project President Peter Mutharika launched  last November is expected to benefit people…

Police dismiss ‘bloodsuckers’ reports

The Malawi Police Service (MPS) has dismissed reports about the presence of human bloodsuckers in Phalombe and Mulanje districts. For the past two weeks, there have been reports of ‘bloodsuckers’ in the two districts, a development that is forcing some people to sleep outside their houses at night. The police statement comes barely two days…