Blantyre, Mzuzu have mayors

Blantyre and Mzuzu cities yesterday elected mayors and their deputies to fill the vacancies that have existed since 2005 when local councils were dissolved. This came after Lilongwe City Council on Tuesday elected former primary school teacher and ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) councillor Willie Chapondera, 68, as mayor and 27-year-old entrepreneur and independent councillor…

Saved from the jaws of teen marriage

Every child, irrespective of status in society, has a vision. They dream big and always in colour. Similarly, 18-year-old Regina Mustafa of Makina Village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Lundu in Blantyre also had her infant dreams. She confesses they were always glittering to envisage. “In my village, there is a huge dam…

Lilongwe has new mayor

Members of Parliament and Ward Councilors from Lilongwe City have today elected ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) councilor for Kawale 1 Ward Willie Chipondera as the new mayor for the city. In a heavily contested election held at the Lilongwe Civic Centre, Chipondera floored Dr Desmond Bikoko of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) with 16…

Blantyre family destitute after fire guts house

A Blantyre-based family has been rendered homeless after severe fire reduced its residence to ashes at Chemusa Township yesterday, damaging property worth over K3 million. The house, located about 200 metres from Motel Paradise along the Zalewa Road, belongs to Wilfred Adami, a former employee of Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom). The fire is said to have originated from…

Police arrest suspect in Portuguese murder case

Police in Blantyre have arrested one of the suspected criminals who shot dead a 67-year-old Portuguese businessperson, Serafim Fernando da Silva, outside his office entrance at Manja light industrial site in Blantyre. Blantyre Police spokesperson Elizabeth Divala said in an interview yesterday the suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Ziwani Jassi of Chiwalo Village, T/A…

Water supply back at Blantyre Market

Blantyre Water Board (BWB) has reconnected water supply at Blantyre Main Market barely hours after The Nation reported that lives of thousands of people were at risk of contracting strange infections due to lack of potable water. The market had been without running water for the past three weeks after the water utility body disconnected…

No water at Blantyre Market, lives at risk

Thousands of Blantyre City residents are at risk of contracting strange infections for consuming food prepared or purchased from Blantyre Main Market due to lack of potable water. The market has been without running water for the past three weeks after Blantyre Water Board (BWB) disconnected supply due to an outstanding bill of K1.2 million…

Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) says it is against efforts to legalise abortion which is self-induced as doing so is outright killing of a living being. Speaking in Blantyre on Monday during a regional consultative meeting on the review of the abortion law, the church disagreed with the proposed reform…

Thugs kill entrepreneur, steal K2m

Five armed men on Saturday shot dead a 67-year-old businessperson outside his office entrance at Manja light industrial site in Blantyre, stealing K2 million cash in the process. Police have identified the deceased as Serafim Fernando da Silva, a Portuguese national and resident of Manja Township, who was a building contractor, but was also working…

Councillors told to improve sanitation

Residents of Luchenza in Thyolo District have urged their newly elected councillors to improve sanitation of the town to raise its profile befitting its municipal status. Speaking during a public debate organised by National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Public Trust at Luchenza Municipal Hall on Saturday, the residents decried the town’s state of sanitation…

CSTU keen on DPP’s improved welfare pledge

Civil Service Trade Union (CSTU) says it is waiting with curiosity on how quickly the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will start implementing its pledge to improve the well-being and perks of civil servants. CSTU president Service Sakala, in an interview this week, said the civil servants are looking forward to the Peter Mutharika administration…

Mist over Nampota’s hiring as AG

Mist surrounds President Peter Mutharika’s purported “appointment” of private practice lawyer and former director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Alex Nampota. Reports quoting unnamed State House officials have been rife since Sunday that the President had appointed the experienced Nampota as Attorney General (AG) to replace Anthony Kamanga SC, whose contract expired. News about Nampota’s…

Atupele says not an opportunist

United Democratic Front president (UDF) Atupele Muluzi says his acceptance of a Cabinet position as Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining does not make him an opportunist. Atupele, who has been roped in President Peter Mutharika’s first Cabinet, said in an interview in the capital, Lilongwe he is in Cabinet to serve and deliver…

Youth group engages minister today

Youth Consultative Forum (YCF) will this evening engage Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Grace Chiumia to facilitate a dialogue for increased attention to youth-related programmes in the country. YCF national coordinator Edward Chileka Banda said yesterday the engagement, organised jointly with Plan Malawi, will also bring together all members of Parliament (MPs) under the…

UDF says no pact with Mutharika government

Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) says the appointment of its president Atupele Muluzi into President Peter Mutharika’s Cabinet does not translate into a working alliance with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Mutharika appointed Atupele, who was one of the 12 presidential candidates in the May 20 Tripartite Elections, as Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining…

Mutharikas postpone their honeymoon

Contrary to tradition, Malawi President Peter Mutharika and his newly wedded wife, Gertrude, will not straightaway go for a celebratory wedding vacation, commonly known as honeymoon. Mutharika married his long-time fiancée, former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) parliamentarian for Balaka North Constituency, last Saturday at a wedding that was officiated at St. Michael and All Angels…

Khumbo mum on benefits

Former vice-president Khumbo Kachali is yet to decide whether to go for the Vice-Presidency retirement package or forfeit it for parliamentary benefits. Kachali was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Mzimba South West Constituency on People’s Party (PP) ticket and was one of the legislators sworn in last week before undergoing orientation at the National…

Loopholes in Declaration of Assets Act

When it was thought that the newly passed Declaration of Assets Act would simplify declaration by public officers, a private practice lawyer has exposed new loopholes, pointing out that the law does not make compulsory declaration of assets by public officers, including the President. Justin Dzonzi of Justice Link said in an interview on Wednesday when The Nation wanted…

Aford for federal system of government

Alliance for Democracy (Aford) president Enoch Chakufwa Chihana says he will push for members of Parliament to adopt a federal system of government in Malawi once the House resumes sitting next Tuesday. Chihana, the party’s sole legislator, said in an interview the country requires such a system because the one in use is very expensive…