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.…

Tobacco raises in $172.3m in 13 weeks

Tobacco, Malawi’s main foreign exchange earner, has generated in $172.3 million (K126 billion) in 13 weeks of sales at an average price of $1.95 (K1 429) per kilogramme (kg), according to Tobacco Control Commission (TCC). The earnings are from 88 million kg of tobacco sold since the markets opened in April this year. This compares…

Minister ‘answers’ prayer

Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Grace Chiumia yesterday ‘responded’ to a prayer offered by CCAP Livingstonia Synod cleric the Reverend Maurice Munthali during the Independence Celebrations in Mzuzu. In the prayer, Munthali lamented the lack of a sustainable development plan for the country’s successive leaders to adopt instead of coming up with new…

‘Mudali mu basi ya National’

Shamuda Drake ndi mtolankhani wa wailesi ya Galaxy yemwe tsopano ali pabanja ndi mkazi wake Madalitso Moyo. Momwe Drake amayamba ulendo wake wochokera ku Lilongwe komwe amakaona mchimwene wake kupolisi ya Kawale, sadadziwe kuti n’kupeza nthiti yakeyo. Naye Madalitso, pamene amachoka ku Dwangwa komwe amagwira ntchito kukampani yopanga shuga ya Illovo ulendo wa ku Mzuzu…

Malawi finalises cross-border frequency agreements

  Malawi has become the first country in the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) to finalise the signing of cross-border frequency agreements with all her neighbouring countries. Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) said in a statement signed by communications manager Clara Mwafulirwa that the final Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the telecommunication and broadcasting services…

Aonjezera masiku a katemera

Mkulu wa oyang’anira zaumoyo mu unduna wa zaumoyo Dr Charles Mwansambo wati ngakhale ntchito yopereka katemera wa chikuku wa Rubella idayenda bwino, padali mavuto ena amene adachititsa kuti aonjezera masiku opereka katemerayo. Kuyambira pa 12 mpaka 16 June, boma lidapereka katemerayu ndipo ngakhale padali mavuto ena, ntchitoyo idayenda bwino. “Ntchito iliyonse imakhala ndi zokolakola moti…