Storm kills girl,  injures 3 in KK

A heavy storm yesterday killed a 13-year-old girl and injured three others in Malemia Village in Nkhotakota. The district’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) acting desk officer Victor Chithabwa said the deceased, Zione Kaole, and others met their fate when the house they were in collapsed. He said as of Monday, 100 households in…

Pregnant women demand a clinic

Pregnant women in Chisi, Karonga, keep dying while giving birth at the hands of traditional birth attendants (TBAs) due to lack of passable roads to take them to the nearest clinics, it has been established. The hard-to-reach hilly population in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kilupula still relies on the banned birth attendants as motorbike operators charge…

Firm moves to revamp dying cotton sector

Malawi Cotton Company, a Chinese firm, in collaboration with Cotton Council of Malawi have engaged an extra gear to revamp the cotton sector through input support initiative. The initiative, which is receiving support from the Chinese government, will target close to 6 000 cotton farmers in the pilot phase. In an interview, the firm’s representative,…

Lilongwe IDs ready for distribution

  Lilongwe District Council says it is ready to distribute national identity cards (IDs) through traditional authorities (T/As). Lilongwe’s consignment of IDs arrived last Saturday through Kamuzu International Airport and was taken to Lilongwe District Council offices for sorting and delivery to T/As. Lilongwe district registration officer, Thandi Chiumia, said distribution will be done through…

Malawi hosts 41st Aripo meeting

  Solicitor General Janet Banda has said geographical indication (GI) is important in adding value to agricultural products. The solicitor general made the remarks when she presided over the official opening of the 41st Session of the Administrative Council of African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (Aripo) member States meeting at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc)…

Macra drills Northern Region broadcasters on digital migration

  Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has advised Northern Region community radio stations on the need to acquire licenses to allow them to migrate from analogue to digital transmissions. Macra acting director of legal services Daniel Chiwoni was speaking on Thursday at Sunbird Mzuzu when he briefed community radio broadcasters on the advantages of using…

NSO ready for 2018 electronic census

  The National Statistical Office (NSO) says it is ready for the first ever 2018 Electronic National Population and Housing Census (PHC) estimated to cost K21 billion. Speaking on Saturday in Zomba during this year’s African Statistics Day commemorations, Commissioner of Statistics, Mercy Kanyuka said the 2018 PHC will be different from previous exercises because…

New timber processing firm to create jobs

  President Peter Mutharika says the $12 million (K9 billion) Export Processing Zone (EPZ) factory at Raiply Malawi Limited in Mzimba District will help to create jobs and spur socio-economic growth. Speaking after opening the factory on Saturday, the President said the factory will also generate foreign exchange and help boost the economy through taxes.…

Lawi whistles again

After a four-year hibernation, musician Lawi, says he has undergone a rebirth, refinement, achieved growth, learnt a lot, importantly he has seen the ‘sunset in the sky’ and is back with a new album. During this time, the musician says he has been on a journey that has seen him achieve some of his wildest…

Over 70 000 people are diabetic

About 70 000 people in the country are registered to be diabetic, an indication that more might be affected by the disease. Speaking in Lilongwe on Thursday at the Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) stakeholder review meeting, national diabetic educator, Joseph Phiri, pointed out that the numbers diagnosed with diabetes is alarming, yet little attention…

Nsanje records first cholera case

Nsanje District has recorded its first cholera case this year, health authorities have confirmed. In an interview on Thursday, Nsanje district health office public relations officer, Felix Simbi said one cholera case has been reported as per preliminary results after the initial tests. He explained that the case has been recorded at Hapalikusala Village, in…