Mary’s Meals celebrates feeding one million children in Malawi

  Mary’s Meals, an international charity organisation, on Wednesday celebrated the success of its school feeding programme in Malawi having reached out to one million children since 2002. Speaking during the celebration at Chiraweni Primary School in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kapeni in Blantyre, Mary’s Meals International chief executive officer Janet Haugh expressed delight over the impact of the…

Kaliati survives road accident

UTM interim secretary general Patricia Kaliati on Friday survived a road accident near Mvera road bock on the Dowa-Salima Road. The accident, which happened at around 4 pm, left Kaliati’s vehicle a Toyota Fortuner registration BS 6562 damaged beyond repair. Dowa Police Station spokesperson Richard Kaponda confirmed the accident but said he was yet to…

Court sustains Mulli gag order

The High Court has sustained a gag order for human rights activist Charles Kajoloweka not to comment on an K8 billion compensation claim by business mogul Leston Mulli and two of his companies—Sunrise Pharmaceuticals and Chombe Foods Limited. Mulli obtained the order against Kajoloweka, who is executive director of Mzuzu-based Youth and Society (YAS), on…

Why did a surgeon weep?

  The birth of Catherine Sandifolo’s forth-born child Alinafe on July 3 2014 was a trying moment. Her husband of 10 years walked away and society ridiculed her—all because the new born had a rare condition called hydrocephalus. “The man lost interest in us the moment he saw the baby. He said he could not…

Rapid population growth worries Mangochi authorities’

  Authorities in Mangochi have expressed worry over the fast rate in population growth, saying the development is affecting quality service delivery. Speaking in an interview on Thursday during a media tour on sexual reproductive health and rights organised by Amref Health Africa, district deputy family planning coordinator Margaret Nyalugwe said recent statistics from the…

Chapananga bridge nears completion

    About 98 percent of construction works on the K8 billion Chapananga Bridge project across Mwanza River in Chikwawa has been completed. The bridge, which connects people of Chimwanjale and Chibisa wards in Senior Chief Chapananga and serves as a shortcut to Mwanza and Mozambique from Chikwawa, will be ready for commissioning by December…

Qech has no CT scanner

  Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Qech), one of the biggest public referral hospitals in the country is running without a computerized tomography (CT) scanner making treatment of various health conditions such as hydrocephalus and spina bifida difficult. A CT scan allows doctors to see inside the body. It uses a combination of X-rays and a computer…

Unima sit-in case in court today

  The Industrial Relations Court (IRC) is today set to hear the pay rise dispute between University of Malawi (Unima) support staff and the public university’s management. University Workers Trade Union (Uwtu) general secretary James Khando said in an interview yesterday they would continue with the strike until their demand is met. But when contacted,…

MCTU push for minimum wage increase

Barely two weeks after the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) revised upwards fuel pump prices, the Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU) is pushing for the revision of the minimum wage to match what it calls the current economic situation. MCTU Secretary general Denis Kalekeni argued that the fuel pump price increase has led to…

Admarc invests K800m  in cotton production

State produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) has invested about K800 million in cotton irrigation farming in Chikwawa to increase output and boost the cotton industry. Production of cotton, Malawi’s number four foreign exchange earner after tobacco, tea and sugar, has over the years been decreasing due to what experts say is lack…

Two arrested for selling DPP cloth

Police in Blantyre on Sunday arrested two men on suspicion that they were selling governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regalia meant for free distribution to party members. National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said in an interview that the two DPP members from the party’s Southern Region Committee were arrested following a tip-off. He identified the…

Mandevu farm in Mother’s Day galore

The Village at Mandevu Farm in Machinga has this year again organised activities to celebrate Mother’s Day to appreciate the role mothers play in the society. Among others, the farm has organised traditional dances, various types of traditional foods, competitions and sporting activities for both women and children. The farm has been organising special events…

Minibus operators raise fares

Less than a week after the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) adjusted fuel pump prices upwards, minibus operators in the country have started raising passenger fares. Mera announced the increase of fuel prices on Friday, claiming it noted sustained high Fuel On Board (FOB) prices of oil on the international market to ensure that importers…

ACB arrests former legislator

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested former Zomba Malosa legislator Anderson Undani and Pangani Nazombe on suspicion of corrupt practices. A statement issued on Wednesday, signed by ACB senior public relations officer Egrita Ndala, states that the bureau arrested the two on October 1 2018 after it established that they did not deliver materials for…