NGO equips Mangochi with disaster risk reduction tools

  The Cooperazione Internazionale (Coopi) on Tuesday handed over hazard maps and disaster risk reduction (DRR) toolkit to Mangochi District Council. The toolkit includes booklets and compact discs on early warning signs, indigenous knowledge and climate adaptation. Coopi DRR officer Harry Solomon said the handover follows a project the organisation instituted aimed at establishing areas…

LL village takes  on malnutrition

  People of Kachikho Village,Traditional Authority (T/A) Tsabango in Lilongwe have united to end child malnutrition. Speaking in an interview on Monday, mother care group promoter Annie Zenasi said the area was prone to child malnutrition and parents and guardians did not know what to do. She said the community had little knowledge about balanced…

Mapa hails alcohol  manufacturers’ move

  Malawi Alcohol Policy Alliance (Mapa) national coordinator Nelson Zakeyu has hailed Alcohol Manufacturers Association (AMA) for recalling all liquor products that do not comply with laws governing production and packaging of alcohol. Mapa has been advocating for the ban of alcohol packaged in plastic bottles. In an interview, Zakeyu said this shows that companies…

Red Cross in disaster  response drill

  Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) has embarked on an exercise to empower its staff and volunteers on first aid response towards natural disasters in the country. The training sessions, which are targeting all staff and volunteers, started on Tuesday and are expected to continue throughout this month. Speaking on Friday during a training of…

MCA-Malawi spends  K3.2bn in compensations

Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)-Malawi says it has spent K3.2 billion to compensate 7 811 people affected by the electricity power generation, transmission and distribution project underway in the country. MCA-Malawi communications and outreach director Zilani Khonje told Mana that the number of project affected persons (PAPs) entitled to monetary compensation is at 7 850. “As…

Malawi’s rapid population growth worries minister

Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Nicholas Dausi has bemoaned the country’s rapid population growth since independence, saying it is exerting much pressure on resources and slowing economic growth. Dausi said this on Tuesday in Karonga on the sidelines of a district executive committee (DEC) meeting where he briefed members on recent developments under…

Two nabbed for forging NRB forms

  Police in Mchinji are keeping in custody two men for illegally photocopying and selling National Registration Bureau (NRB) national identity card registration forms. Mchinji Police Station spokesperson Lubrino Kaitano said the first suspect, Armstrong Nyirenda, 27, was arrested on June 13 following a tip-off that he was reproducing and selling NRB registration forms at…

Nkhata Bay DHO rues communication hurdles

Nkhata Bay district health officer (DHO) Dr. Mwatikonda Mbendela has expressed concern over lack of mobile network in some parts of the district which makes patients fail to access ambulance services. The DHO said this on Wednesday during a district executive committee (DEC) meeting attended by Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Nicholas Dausi.…

Milking their way to prosperity

Doreen Kengelemu cannot stop reveling in the sea of prosperity. She is a happy woman. Kengelemu, a member of Mpemba Milk Bulking Group (MBG) in Blantyre, has had her life transformed by one dairy cow. She is a beneficiary of a dairy cow pass-on programme under Shire Highlands Milk Producers Association (Shimpa), an organisation which…

Dedza West member of Parliament Phillip Chinkhondo says construction of Njonja Police Post will develop to the trading centre as investors will be assured of security. Speaking during the commissioning ceremony of the police post in Traditional Authority Kachere in Dedza, Chinkhondo said the post  will bring back businesses due to security. He observed that…

Njalo Island — a place with no basics

Welcome to Njalo Island—a place where basic necessities do not exist. These were welcoming remarks from Village Head Chalera as journalists and authorities from the district council disembarked from two boats that ferried them on a three-hour journey across Lake Chilwa to the island. With a population of 362 people, Njalo is a fisherman’s village…

AU outlines plans in disaster management

The African Union (AU) says it will continue helping its member States, including Malawi to better manage, plan and respond to natural disasters in a timely and more efficient manner. AU African Risk Capacity director of policy and technical services Ekhosuehi Iyahen said this on Friday during a sensitisation meeting on disaster management and response…