Passport applications suffocate department

  The Department of Immigration has admitted having a backlog of passport applications due to an increase in applicants it receives on daily basis. Chief immigration officer Hudson Mankhwala said in an interview on Thursday the department currently prints passports in Blantyre only. “We face a big challenge to process passport applications for both old…

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is currently training returning officers and registration supervisors in Machinga to ensure credible voter registration exercise slated for September 11 to 24 in the district. MEC commissioner Wellington Nakanga said this during a training of 46 trainees drawn from Machinga East and Central East constituencies. He said the commission has the duty…

MRCS in trainer of trainers training

In an effort to create increased knowledge of first aid among Malawians, the Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) is conducting Trainer of Trainers Trainings which are underway in the country. Speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana), Malawi Red Cross president Levison Changole said they are conducting these trainings so that they…

BJ launches irrigation project in Machinga

Malawi’s Minister of Water Development and Irrigation Brown Mpinganjira on Wednesday launched the African Development Bank (AfDB) funded Small scale Irrigation and Value Addition Project (Sivap) in Machinga. Under the project Zumulu Irrigation Scheme alongside other schemes in four other districts will be rehabilitated to improve crop production and farm income among beneficiaries. Speaking at Chibwana Village,…

Deforestation causing more harm—experts

Carbon, which comes from charcoal burning, is said to be contributing to global warming more than any other factors, experts have said. Last Tuesday, experts from various sectors gathered in Lilongwe at a workshop organised by Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management where they discussed the way forward on Reduction of Degradation, Deforestation and…

Manet+ to hold PLHIV conference

The Malawi Network of People Living with HIV (Manet+) has begun preparations for a national conference on August 28 to 29. In a statement, Manet+ says the conference will be held in Lilongwe under the theme ‘Quality Treatment Now: Time for Action.’ “Under the said theme, the meeting is to highlight successes, achievements, gaps and…

Govt keen to safeguard public finances

Minister of Finance Ken Lipenga said the government has introduced Integrated Financial Management Information System (Ifmis) to promote accountability in public finance. Lipenga told journalists Thursday in Lilongwe that there are a number of weaknesses in the systems that have led to fraud and waste of resources. “It is necessary to put in place additional…

BBA winner to holiday in Malawi

  Despite both of Malawi’s Big Brother The Chase representatives exiting the competition, the country still has something to smile about as the Ministry of Tourism and Culture in collaboration with the Digital Satellite Television (DSTv) have agreed to offer the winner of the competition a holiday in Malawi. The agreement which will see Malawi…

Bingu Centre ready for the 33rd Sadc Summit

The Ministry of Tourism and Culture says the Bingu International Conference Centre (Bicc), venue for the 33rd Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) summit in Lilongwe, is ready to host the regional meeting. Principal secretary in the ministry, Tressa Senzani said the venue has been stocked with necessary facilities and other pertinent amenities required for occasions…

Malawi to commission 37 factories in rural areas

Malawi will by the end of this year commission 37 factories in rural areas as one way of economically empowering people living around the factories. Speaking during a development rally addressed by Malawi President Joyce Banda at Kapedzela Full Primary School in Kapedzela Village under Traditional Authority (T/A) Kalumbu in Lilongwe, Minister of Trade and…

JB break fast with Muslim women

Malawi President Joyce Banda on Monday treated Muslim Women’s Organization to Iftar, when she invited the grouping’s women to break the fast with her at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre. Iftar is held on the the 30th day of the Muslim month of Ramadan. In her remarks, the Malawi leader guaranteed all the faithfuls in the country freedom…

Caregiver’s volunteerism a sacrifice

Even though other villagers ridicule her for doing voluntary work, all that Lorena Chifumbi of Chaima Village, Traditional Authority Pemba in Salima cares about is nothing short of having most children from her home area trained with utmost expertise. Malawi News Agency’s (Mana) Kenneth Jali writes.   The renowned caregiver, with assistance of a few…

Govt pledges support to young researchers

Malawi Government says it will support the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) in its efforts to promote and empower young researchers in the country. Minister of Health Catherine Gotani Hara said this on Wednesday when she opened a three-day Health Research Capacity Strengthening Initiative (HRCSI) conference at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe. She said…

Likoma residents appeal for inclusion

Visually impaired Likoma Island residents have asked National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) to include them in civic education committees in the run up to the forthcoming May 20 2014 tripartite elections. The plea was made  on Wednesday during a voter registration awareness workshop which targeted the visually impaired at Likoma and Chizumulu islands. “We…