Industrial hemp final trials complete—officials

  Researchers at Chitedze Research Station in Lilongwe have completed the final round of industrial hemp trials pending a final decision by experts, Business News has learnt. Industrial hemp is cultivated for industrial purposes and contains low amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a substance that makes people ‘high’, when smoked. The crop can be used to…

Prepare nutritious food, parents told

German Ambassador  Juergen Borsch has asked parents in Mzimba District to prepare nutritious meals for their children and to teach them ways of preparing the same. Borsch made the call on Wednesday when he toured the Nutrition and Access to Primary Education (Nape) programme at Kamwamphimbi Primary School in Mzimba South. “I would like parents…

CFTC probes FMB’s acquisition of OBM

  The Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) is probing the impact of the takeover of Opportunity Bank of Malawi (OBM) by Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE)-listed FMB plc on competition. CFTC’s move comes after FMB finalised the notification process to fully take over OBM. In line with the Competition and Fair Trading Act, CFTC is…

NFB powers Mzuzu Health Centre

New Finance Bank donated a generator and solar lamps worth K1.7 million to Mzuzu Health Centre. Despite experiencing frequent power outages, the congested clinic in Mapale Township has been operating without a back-up generator for six months. The on-off power supply posed a constant threat to women in labour, newborns and patients, according to the…

Mzimba Hospital to have K40m guardian shelter

  Health officials have asked M’mbelwa District Council to allocate Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for the construction of a guardian shelter bathrooms and toilets at Mzimba District Hospital. About 80 guardians at the hospital, which serves nearly 608 000 Malawians in Mzimba South, sleep in a two-room structure which is dilapidated, congested and unhygienic. The…

Rabies scare in Chitipa

  Chitipa District Hospital has been hit hard by an influx of people bitten by stray dogs, a major cause for rabies. Chitipa district health officer (DHO) Ted Bandawe confirmed that health workers at the hospital are treating no less than six cases of dog bites every day, but ruled out a possible outbreak of…

Nthalire Road irks Speaker

  Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya has urged government to upgrade the Rumphi-Nthalire Road which is in bad state. The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) vice-president backed Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe’s cry for a better road when they travelled to Chitipa to attend the burial of Traditional Authority Nthalire. They urged government to fulfill President Peter Mutharika’s…

Mzimba Ngoni open up  to empower women

  The Ngonis of Mzimba District appear to have bowed down to pressure from women’s rights defenders to empower women against a background of a culture that regards men as superior to women. For the first time in the history of the Jere Ngoni of Mzimba, during this year’s annual cultural festival, Umtheto, the theme…

NGO pushes for prisoners’ registration

  A Mzuzu-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) has joined other human rights defenders in calling for the registration of prisoners in the ongoing national identity (ID) card mass registration exercise. According to president of the Confederation for Legal Representation, Advocacy and Awareness, Vitumbiko Msowoya, the issue needs urgent action. “These are citizens just like anybody else.…

Parks, Wildlife officers  outline challenges

Officers working in the Department of National Parks and Wildlife in the Northern Division have outlined challenges affecting the department’s work. The officers said this on Thursday when Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Aggrey Masi met them. Speaking during the meeting at Mzuzu Nature Sanctuary, the division’s manager George Nxumayo said the division…

Chief urges govt to expedite  road rehabilitation

Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe of Rumphi has asked government to fast-track upgrading of Rumphi-Nyika Road to bitumen if the Nyika National Park is to have an impact in the tourism industry. The road that passes through the park is in bad condition and becomes almost impassable during the rainy season. Speaking during the translocation of 34…

Government permit delays installation of K366m mining machinery

  Government’s delay to grant Nyala Mining Company, an international mining consortium that exports gemstones, a permit to install a new production machine is preventing the creation of 150 new jobs. In an interview, the company’s project geologist Thomas Mussa-Mbewe said they want to migrate from exploration to full commercial production through acquisition of a…

Aford hits at DPP over quota system

  The Alliance for Democracy (Aford) has said the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) plans to blindfold northerners that it will abolish equitable access to public universities, popularly known as quota system. A statement signed by Aford president Enoch Chihana’s spokesperson Saulos Thindwa says President Peter Mutharika wanted to make such a pronouncement yesterday when he…

I am not tribalistic,  says Mutharika

  President Peter Mutharika yesterday dismissed assertions that he practises nepotism, stressing that he is not tribalistic and his Cabinet has no minister from Thyolo, his home district. Without mentioning his critics, the President said he does not care where one comes from when appointing people to high positions because he believes in one Malawi.…