Saving key to national development, says RBM

The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has urged Malawians to save for the rainy day and contribution to national economic growth. RBM consumer protection and financial literacy chief examiner Madalitso Chamba said this on Wednesday in Nkhata Bay District during a financial literacy community outreach meeting. She said most families lack financial discipline; hence, priorities…

NRWB reverts to postpaid billing

Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) is replacing prepaid billing water meters with postpaid ones following a breakdown of the board’s prepaid vending system. In a recent notice issued on its Facebook page, the board advised customers to use fire mode triggering methods which works only for six hours by pressing a button attached to each…

Breakthrough Christian Assembly  promotes charity, voluntary work

Breakthrough Christian Assembly, a Lilongwe-based ministry, on Tuesday launched a charity project to promote and assist venerable people within and outside the city. In an interview during the launch of the project, Prophet Vitumbiko Mhango Madhlopa, who is the project’s country coordinator, said charity activities are under the breakthrough Malawi Charities, which is an arm…

Mzuzu vendors refuse to relocate

Vendors plying their trade outside Mzuzu Main Market have vowed to continue selling their products in undesignated points despite Mzuzu City Council’s (MCC) asking them to move to the flea market. The vendors chairperson Jane Jere said they would continue selling in those areas as the flea market is isolated. “The council and police started…

Mulanje district to plant 1.8m trees

Mulanje District Council says it will plant 1.8 million tree seedlings in the ongoing 2018/19 National Tree Planting Season. District forestry officer (DFO) for Mulanje, Eric Mbingwane, told Malawi News Agency (Mana) in an interview on Thursday at the Boma that the council has partnered other stakeholders in the exercise. He said the trees will…

Machinga registers few women aspiring candidates

Only seven out of 58 aspiring candidates that have submitted their nomination papers to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) from the seven constituencies in Machinga District are women, representing 12 percent participation. The aspiring candidates are Chrissie Khembo, Madalitso Phiri, Ellen Nakanga, Justina Chimanda, Mercy Makwera, Fyness Magonjwa and incumbent legislator for Machinga East Esther Jolobala.…

Plan awards 11 chiefs for fighting child marriages

Plan International has awarded certificates to 11 traditional leaders in appreciation of their efforts to reduce and terminate child marriages across the country. Speaking during the ceremony at the Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe on Friday, Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Cecilia Chazama said child marriages deny girls their right to…

Woman convicted for wounding husband

Chitipa First Grade Magistrate’s Court has sentenced Monica Mtegha, 26, to 18 months imprisonment after finding her guilty of wounding her husband. The court heard from State prosecutor Lucy Kamkwete that on February 1 2019, Mtegha attacked her husband, Jeremiah Mlenga, with a broken glass bottle. She said Mtegha, on that particular day, went to…

Land tribunals not yet in place—Oxfam

Oxfam has said despite having the Customary Land Act of 2016, the country is yet to establish land tribunals to settle land disputes. Oxfam country director John Makina said this on Monday during the official handover of information, education and communication (IEC) materials to Customary Land Committees at Chibwe Primary School in Senior Chief Lukwa’s…

MEC turns down PP, UDF, Depeco candidates in Dowa

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has rejected nomination papers of some aspiring candidates in Dowa.   The aspirants include Steven Chingondo (People’s Party-PP) and Florence Banda (Democratic People’s Congress-Depeco) who were rejected for failing to pay nomination fees. MEC also turned down aspiring councillors Regina Chunga (United Democratic Front-UDF) and Steven Chidothi (PP).       Chunga was rejected…

Communities hail Nkhata Bay prison for rehabilitation

Local communities in Nkhata Bay have commended Nkhata Bay Prison for its rehabilitatition programmes that will enable inmates to be self-reliant after expiry of their jail term. The prison focuses on rehabilitation and reintegration by equipping  inmates with various skills including farming, construction, painting, tailoring, hairdressing and mobile phone repairing. One of the community members,…

Ntcheu to plant 1.8 million trees

Eastern Region deputy forestry zone manager Kennedy Adamson has urged people in Ntcheu to go an extra mile in conserving the environment by planting more trees.   The plea comes amid reports that about one million hectares have been degraded in the region’s forestry zone. Speaking during the launch of a tree planting season in…

Farmers asked to adopt agroforestry initiatives

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development director of administration Maxwell Tsitsi has challenged farmers in Karonga to adopt agroforestry to prevent soil erosion in their fields. The official said this on Monday during the launch of agroforestry campaign at Giliya Village in Traditional Authority Kilupula in Karonga. Tsisi said Malawi loses about 29 tonnes…

‘Agricultural commercialisation needs combined efforts’

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has expressed need for concerted efforts for the commercialisationof the agricutural to be successful in the country. Agricultural Commercialisation Project (Agcom) coordinator in the ministry, Ted Nankhumwa made the remarks in Blantyre during a meeting with the private sector aimed at strategising on the project. “The project is…