Criminals escape, steals money at Chikwawa Police

Seven criminals escaped from Malawi Police cells at Chikwawa Police Station on Tuesday taking with them money amounting to K ($200)100, 000. According to Chikwawa Assistant Commissioner, Macmillan Nyirongo, the incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Nyirongo said the thugs escaped through the roof in presence of officers on duty adding that…

561 houses destroyed by rains in Blantyre

At least 561 households in Blantyre District have been affected by the stormy rains since the rains started in October. Assistant District Disaster and Risk Management Officer for Blantyre, Alibewake Maulawo told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Wednesday that Tradition Authorities Nsomba, Chigalu, Kuntaja and Kapeni were the most affected areas. “So far we have…

Heavy rains, floods to hit Malawi in two weeks

Malawi’s Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has warned of high rainfall amounts which will eventually trigger flash floods. The departnment warned that flooding in potential flood prone districts should be anticipated in the next two weeks. Jolam Nkhokwe, Director of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has told Malawi News Agency (Mana) the trend…

Over 200 households in some parts of Chikwawa District have been displaced by floods due to heavy rains on January 2 2015. According to a report released by the Chikwawa district commissioner’s (DC) office, areas affected by the floods are under Paramount Chief Lundu and include group village heads Mafale, Sekeni and Chipakuza. The report…

District commissioner (DC) for Ileje in Tanzania Rosemary Staki Senyamule has said Ileje and Chitipa districts can easily attain socioeconomic growth if they engage in joint planning and implementation of development programmes. She made the remarks on Wednesday during New Year’s cerebrations held at Chitipa Secondary School Hall at Chitipa Boma. Senyamule said the need…

2014/15 Fisp registers success, says official

Unlike in the previous years, the 2014/2015 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) seems to have registered success story as more than 90 percent of the farmers countrywide have received the subsidised fertiliser. A visit to various districts in the Central Region last week indicated that a good number of farmers have received the commodity while…

Some chiefs in Blantyre have complained against use of crude language by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (Wash) projects and have since called on the projects’ stakeholders to check their verbal communication. The concerns were raised during a council meeting for Blantyre District recently when the chiefs and other stakeholders were being briefed about Unicef’s K60…

Hippo kills one in Vwaza Wildlife Reserve

One person died after being attacked by a hippopotamus in Vwaza Wildlife Reserve early Tuesday morning where she had gone for fishing in Lake Kazuni. Rumphi Police and Vwaza Wildlife Reserve official confirmed the incident in separate interviews and identified the deceased as Dorica Banda, 36, from Chauluntha Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mpherembe in…

Salima District Council chairperson Peter Kadammanja has appealed to civil society organisations (CSOs) working in the district to sensitise members of Parliament (MPs) and civil servants on the roles and mandates of councillors. Kadammanja made the sentiments during a meeting between CSOs and councillors that was organised by National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust.…

Malawi, China sign mobile solar power deal

The governments of Malawi and China on Friday signed an agreement to fund mobile solar power systems worth about K5 billion for the health sector in the country. Speaking during the signing ceremony in Lilongwe, Chinese Ambassador to Malawi Zhang Qingyang said the mobile solar power will ease power shortage in rural health facilities. He…

The National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (Nasfam) says farmers’ literacy is a catalyst for agricultural development. Operations manager for Nasfam, Snowden Mbalafana, was speaking on Thursday when he presented certificates to 748 local farmers who have completed a six months adult literacy course. He observed that in most cases, farmers lose profits due to…

Airtel Malawi donates K0.5m to Nyika Media Club

Airtel Malawi on Thursday donated K500, 000 to Nyika Media Club for it to fulfill its social responsibility programmes this festive season. The mobile phone network provider made the donation in Mzuzu during a cocktail it organized for the northern region based journalists. Airtel Malawi’s Public Relations Manager Edith Tsilizani said the company appreciates the social responsibility…

Labour strategic sector to drive productive—Mussa

Minister of Labour and Manpower Development Henry Mussa has said government designated the labour sector as a strategic and priority area to champion job creation and skills development. He said governmen embarked on the initiative considering that a skilled labour force contributes to economic growth and improved living standards. “The country’s leadership has elevated the…

Journalists free to take pictures—Deputy IG

Malawi Police Service (MPS) Deputy Inspector General (DIG) responsible for administration Lexten Kachama has said journalists are free to take pictures of any dramatic scenes during police operations without seeking permission from officers on site. Kachama said this on Tuesday at the National Police Headquarters in Area 30, Lilongwe during a special interface between police and the…