NCIC stops K2.5 billion M’mbelwa Council office

The National Construction Industry Council (NCIC) has stopped construction of K2.5 billion Mmbelwa District Council office complex for allegedly violating some provisions of the National Construction Industry Act. NCIC corporate affairs officer Lyfod Gideon confirmed yesterday that the council had stopped construction of the office complex because the project did not have a superviser registered…

Oxfam in aid of Ntaja CDSS

Oxfam Malawi, through Malawi’s Women’s Rights Programme, has donated 100 mattresses to Ntaja Community Day Secondary School in Machinga to lessen the challenges girls face. Oxfam Malawi country director Lingalireni Mihowa said on Wednesday the gesture was as a result of efforts by legislator for Machinga East Esther Jolobala. She said as part of profiling…

FAM hails Silver for stadium renovations

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has hailed Silver Strikers management for taking the initiative to renovate and maintain Silver Stadium pitch, saying it is in line with club licensing. Silver Strikers management announced the closure of its stadium in Area 47 to pave the way for renovations. According to management, the maintenance will include the…

Textile firm appeals for govt support

China-Africa Textile Company says its $80 million (K61 billion) textile project in Salima needs government intervention to start production. The firm’s general manager Shi Jingran said in an interview on Tuesday they are ready to roll out textile production, but lack of electricity is a setback. He said machinery installation on one of the five…

RBM sees kwacha remaining stable

The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) Governor Dalitso Kabambe says the kwacha is expected to remain relatively stable against the dollar, observing that the recent local unit’s slip was just a “blip”. The governor said in an interview in Lilongwe on Wednesday that the local unit has now reclaimed its stability, which was lost recently…

Introducing Umunthu Cultural Heritage

Traditional dances are part of our heritage. They are also an effective tool of imparting information to the masses. It is for this reason that Umunthu Cultural Heritage was formed. It is used to educate the rural masses about girls’ and women empowerment. Our Arts editor EDITH GONDWE caught up with Umunthu Cultural Heritage founder…

Decongesting Kasungu Prison

At a glance, it is clear that Kasungu Prison is over four decades old. The high wall with one entrance has calm exteriors, with few uniformed men and women going about their business. These are prisoners and prison warders. The interior of the correctional facility is a different world for the inmates clad in white…

We can ignore the role of smart phones in relationships but the effects are evident. An average person will die protecting a phone password from a spouse or partners and I know a friend who left a marriage because of phone-related nuisances. This is one of the tendencies we learn overtime, and we can do…

Prisoners’ initiatives impress minister

Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi says he is impressed with developmental initiatives being undertaken by prisoners at Luwani and Mwanza prisons. The minister said this on Monday when he visited Luwani and Mwanza prisons in Neno and Mwanza, respectively, where he appreciated farming and livestock activities. At Luwani Prison, inmates are rearing pigs and…

Cepa bemoans lack of career guidance

Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (Cepa) says lack of motivational talks among youths in the country is preventing them from pursuing their desired careers Speaking during a motivational talk in Nkhotakota on Wednesday Cepa project officer Tionge Chirwa said youths in some parts of the country indulge in anti-social behaviour due to lack of…

Priest chased from St Michael’s Parish

The Karonga Diocese of the Catholic Church has ‘shut down’ St Michael’s Parish in Chitipa after church members last Sunday sent packing their parish priest, Reverend Father Charles Chinula. Church members accuse Chinula of adultery and mismanaging church resources, issues they argue do not make him fit to be their priest. Both parish pastoral council…

Karonga forum demands peaceful demos

A group known as Karonga Peace Forum (KPF) has urged the anti-Jane Ansah protests organisers to sensitise their supporters to desist from destroying and looting property during demonstrations. The group’s chairperson Tionge Chile said this on Monday during a press briefing in Karonga ahead of the planned nationwide vigils at airports and borders from August…

Cashgate scandal inspires movie

Every bad situation has potential to give birth to something positive and productive that people can draw lessons from. This is the kind of opening that US-based Malawian film maker Chawezi Munthali, popularly known as Chazz, has seen in creating a movie from the biggest financial scandal ever to rock Malawi. The financial plunder, cashgate,…