All Malawians will  register for IDs—minister

Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Grace Chiumia yesterday assured that all eligible citizens will be registered in the mass registration campaign for the national identity cards (ID). The minister gave the assurance after her joint visit with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative Mia Seppo to three registration centres at Mgona, Kauma…

GY puts K6m in basketball tourney

GY Imports and Exports has injected K6 million into the King and Queen of the Court National Basketball Tournament scheduled Civo and Don Bosco Basketball courts  in Lilongwe this weekend. Sixteen teams from all the country’s regions will take part in the competition. According to tournament director, Lisungu Moyo, who is also Basketball Association of…

CHRR welcomes back executive director Timothy Mtambo

  Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director Timothy Mtambo has resumed his duties at the organisation effective Tuesday after 11 months of studies in Italy. In a press statement released yesterday, CHRR board chairperson Charity Salima said Mtambo is back in the country to lead the organisation. She expressed delight at the…

Chilima hails ‘Be More’ Race

  After mesmerising basketball fans with sublime skills a fortnight ago, Vice-President Saulos Chilima yesterday took part in the 21-kilometre (km) Standard Bank inaugural Be More race in Lilongwe. Sporting a blue and white Adidas cap, a matching jersey complete with a black short, the Veep appeared relaxed as he joined more than 500 participants…

U-17 retain bronze

  Alex Tsamba’s double against South Africa’s Amajimbo yesterday morning ensured that Malawi Under-17 l football team retained bronze medal at the Cosafa Youth Championship in Port Louis, Mauritius. It really couldn’t have been sweeter for the Junior Flames who recovered from a 0-2 semi-final showdown loss against Zambia’s Junior Chipolopolo to leave the Amajimbo…

Mwanamvekha gets k100m windfall

The Industrial Relations Court (IRC) in Blantyre on Tuesday ordered Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) to pay K100 312 273.58 to its former chief executive officer (CEO), who is now Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Minister, Joseph Mwanamvekha. On paper, it is MSB, to settle the payout  but the responsibility lies in the hands of privately-owned…

‘Everyone wants electricity  supply to improve’

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) resident country director, Oliver Pierson, is leaving Malawi after working for four and a half years in the country. During this period, Pierson has been instrumental in assisting Malawi to put in place all necessary structures, processes, procedures and overall create the necessary environment for the successful implementation of the Power…

Neglected horn of Malawi

No water. No female teacher. No regular visits by inspectors. Just pupils learning in a natural forest surrounding two ancient, dusty, cracking class blocks. Crumbling brick by brick, Ipula, one of almost 175 primary schools in Chitipa, is no pupils’ paradise. It is an accident about to happen, said group village head James Kameme. “We…

Man nabbed for possessing chamba

Police in Machinga are keeping in custody Mphatso Mlozolo, 30, for being found in possession of cannabis sativa commonly known as chamba. In an interview, Machinga Police Station spokesperson Davie Sulumba said on July 23 2017, police at Machinga Roadblock intercepted a minibus driven by Harris Maseya. He said they found two travelling bags containing…

Precious strike

  Be Forward Wanderers yesterday extended their lead at the summit of the 16-team TNM Super League to seven points after edging Blue Eagles 1-0 at Balaka Stadium. The high-flying Nomads now have 28 points from 11 games, having won nine, drawn once and lost once as well. Precious Msosa struck the lone goal in…

Online recruitment portal Myjobo.com goes commercial

Myjobo.com, the country’s online recruitment portal, will from August this year transition from a mostly free online recruitment services provider into a social impact Malawian business, a statement from the company has said. This means the firm will be providing paying job advertising and talent search services to employers looking for fast, modern and cost-effective…

Building livestock resilient communities

  In the 2014/15 rainfall season, floods ravaged some parts of 15 of the country’s 28 districts, causing devastation to humans, crops and livestock. This disaster was followed by drought the next season (2015/16) which worsened the problems people faced in the previous year. However, most disaster interventions have catered for humanitarian assistance despite the…

MCC seeks partnerships  for July 6 decorations

Mzuzu City Council (MCC) has requested the corporate world to partner it and help decorate the city as part of the country’s 53rd Independence Anniversary Celebrations. MCC public relations officer Karen Msiska said in an interview that the council has a budget of K15 million for the exercise, but it cannot raise the whole amount…

Man beaten to death in Zomba

  Police in Zomba are looking for two members of a community policing group suspected to have beaten to death a 38-year-old man for attempting to steal chickens. In an interview on Saturday, Eastern Region police spokesperson Joseph Sauka said the two, only identified as Joel and Maloya from Kaliyo Village in Traditional Authority (T/A)…

Agorosso makes Hungarian strides

He is one of Malawi’s precious music gems. Acoustic artist Agorosso plucks to precision and his apt lyrical content gives him an edge over the Malawi music pack. Right now, Agorosso, who is  in Hungary, is flying the Malawi flag high in performances for school charity. One can only imagine the artist strumming on the…

Nyasa takes over

  Delegates to the Nyasa Big Bullets extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in Lilongwe yesterday overwhelmingly agreed to change the club’s ownership from a trust to  a business entity to pave the way for sponsors Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC) to take over. Bullets, registered as a trust, has been operating as a non-profit making club but…

Workers’ pay sometimes determines their productivity. Always discuss salaries before work begins. We have heard it before: the less police officers earn, the more prone they are to bribery. This could be right though personal integrity counts, too. Now, how government could adequately remunerate frustrated supervisors and officers deployed for the national registration exercise underway…

Govt allocates K400m for Mzuni library

  Government has allocated K400million in this year’s budget for reconstruction of Mzuzu University  (Mzuni) library which was burnt down in 2015. The new library is estimated to cost $5million (about K3.75 million). The university envisages building a modern library in three years. Mzuni vice-chancellor Robert Ridley said the budgetary allocation is enough for preparatory…