Growers fear low tobacco prices

This year’s tobacco production estimates by the regulator, Tobacco Control Commission (TCC), have confirmed a 35 percent over production, a development that has stirred panic among growers who fear it will lead to poor prices. Briefing journalists in Lilongwe yesterday, TCC chief executive officer Kayisi Sadala said the final crop assessment exercise, conducted from February…

Mablacks in charity fundraiser

Chileka-based reggae outfit Black Missionaries will tomorrow host a charity show at Mibawa Hall in Blantyre organised by Blantyre Press Club (BPC) to raise funds for flood victims. BPC president Blessings Kanache says the funds will be used to buy relief items to be distributed to some of the victims of natural disasters which affected…

Sanitation for health

Did you know that over half of outpatients in the country’s hospitals seek treatment for diseases caused by poor sanitation? This is the reason Ellen and Maxon Malijeni, from Msinja Village, were all smiles when the Ministry of Health certified that people in Traditional Authority (T/A) Masula have stopped defaecating in the open. “Previously, it…

Mchinji extends pig slaughtering ban

The Mchinji Agriculture Development office has extended the ban on slaughtering of pigs from March 22 to June 22 2019 in two extension planning areas (EPAs) of Kalulu and Mikundi due to an outbreak of African swine fever. The office banned the slaughtering of pigs in Msitu, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mavwere in January this year…

Solar power jolts Sitolo

Every day is a busy day in Sitolo Village in Mchinji. When one is approaching the border area in Traditional Authority (T/A)  Mlonyeni, it is clear that the village is putting on a new face despite being far away from Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) power lines. Although Sitolo is not connected to the…

Calling a spade by name

Inspired by the #MeToo movement, a campaign against sexual harassment as well as borrowing from Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, Theatre For a Change (TFaC) on Friday held an event dubbed the Chitenje Changa Monologues. The monologues were real stories of Malawian women told to an audience of both men and women at the Bingu International…

MDF in Bua troops search

The search for three more Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers and two civilians who are feared dead in Bua River ended in vain yesterday as troops deployed for the exercise only recovered one body yesterday morning. Four soldiers and two civilians were swept away by running water at Bua Bridge, which borders Ntchisi and Kasungu…

Govt consoles Zim accident victims

Government has consoled families and relatives of victims of a road accident that occurred on Thursday in Zimbabwe involving a bus belonging to Ulemu Bus Company carrying Malawians on a trip to South Africa. One person died on the spot and two others got seriously injured when the bus with 57 people on board overturned.…

RA to fine motorists for road damage

The Roads Authority (RA) says road users will now be fined for damaging road infrastructure to enable the authority maintain and replace such infrastructure. RA spokesperson Portia Kajanga made the announcement during an engagement the authority had with Lilongwe City Council officials, Gravam Construction Engineers, the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS), Traffic…

Zambia camp in South Africa for Malawi game

Zambia Under-23 national football team has travelled to South Africa where they will fine-tune for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi at Kamuzu Stadium this coming Wednesday. Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) said the team is scheduled to play a friendly match against little known South African side Dube International Football Club…

DPP won’t take part in election debates

Malawians should forget about having President Peter Mutharika and his running mate Everton Chimulirenji articulating their development agenda through political debates as the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says the duo won’t participate. In a statement signed on behalf of party secretary general Grezeldar Jeffrey yesterday, DPP said the two would not take part in…

Stakeholders welcome MBC’s opening up

Electoral stakeholders, including opposition political parties, have welcomed a decision by taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to open up to all contesting parties and candidates in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections to level the playing field. MBC, which in previous elections has come under fire from stakeholders for its biased coverage towards the political…

Stable economy: Who is benefiting?

Forty-year-old Ellen Botha has done it all. In the past decade, the Rumphi-based citizen has acquired skills in carpentry, motor vehicle mechanics and now she is into painting. She hopes the skills will reap her benefits despite taking longer than she had envisaged. Botha recounts her experience: “There are limited opportunities here and I thought…

The police in Malawi are hunting street children like rats, sending them to jails meant for adult criminals. In confinement, they endure sexual abuse and are exposed to criminality by hardened criminals. There is also a gang of vendors who apprehend, injure and bring to police these children, accusing them of pick-pocketing, car-breaking and other…

MDF, Police lead K21bn defaulters

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) and Malawi Police Service (MPS) top the list of government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) defaulting on bills owed to the country’s five water boards, thereby crippling the water utilities’ operations. Collectively, MDAs owe the five water boards—Blantyre Water Board (BWB), Lilongwe Water Board (LWB), Northern Region Water Board (NRWB), Central…

RBM seeks to set up community banks

Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has started soliciting input from the business community on its plans to introduce community banks. Speaking at a consultation meeting on Thursday in Mzuzu with Malawi Confederation of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) members, RBM chief examiner for policy integration sector Sopani Gondwe said the central bank is…

MCP promises to redesign the economy

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) on Saturday launched its 2019-2024 manifesto, highlighting five critical areas that will propel economic growth and development if it is ushered into power in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. In the manifesto launched in Lilongwe, MCP has singled out economic management and development, agriculture development and food security, energy access…