Solar project to ‘rescue’ hospitals

  The Ministry of Health (MoH) has embarked on a K2.7 billion ($3.7 million) project to install solar energy at 85 health facilities nationwide. The initiative aims to ensure seamless delivery of health services in the face of prolonged power outages, according to MoH chief of Health Services Dr. Charles Mwansambo. Said Mwansambo in an…

Soldiers’ deaths is disastrous—APM

President Peter Mutharika has described the deaths of 21 Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers in a road accident at Mapanjila in Mzimba District on Thursday as a national disaster. The Commander-in-Chief of the Malawi Armed Forces was speaking at Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe on Friday at a sombre ceremony that paid respect to the departed…

By-elections today

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is today administering parliamentary and Local Government by-elections that will see an estimated 160 476 registered voters casting their votes. MEC said there are 38 969 voters in the Southern Region where by-elections will be held in Nsanje Lalanje Constituency and Ndirande Makata Ward in Blantyre Malabada Constituency. The electoral body…

Trader accused of duping farmers K50m produce

  Dozens of farmers are suspected to have lost produce worth over K50 million after their purported buyer allegedly closed his shop and disappeared before settling their balances. The businessperson, Assaf Muhammad based in Lilongwe, is said to have bought the produce from at least 40 farmers who were paid initial deposits with a promise…

Man, 84, dies seeking justice; govt accused of injustice

Forfeiture act victim and former renowned businessperson steven majighaheni gondwe died at the weekend aged 84 without getting his compensation for the loss of property during malawi congress party (mcp) rule. Reacting to gondwe’s death, human rights activist timothy mtambo, who is centre for human rights and rehabilitation (chrr) executive director, yesterday accused government of…

Stadium tragedy wake-up call—MHEN

Government needs to wake up to the need to provide special emergency funding that could enable the Health Ministry to have adequate ambulances and first-aid health facilities at public events. Malawi Health and Equity Network (MHEN) executive director George Jobe said this during an interview with Nation on Sunday in Lilongwe yesterday. He was reflecting…

Independence party tragedy

  President Peter Mutharika has condemned poor crowd-control tactics that killed eight people and injured 62 people during a stampede at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe yesterday. The incident happened ahead of a friendly football match to climax the 53rd Independence Anniversary Celebrations. Speaking at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) where he visited the critically-injured in…

Karonga residents petition House on refugees

About 30 members of Karonga-Chitipa Heritage yesterday sang and marched to Parliament Building in Lilongwe to present a petition that condemned government’s plans to relocate refugees from Dowa to Karonga.       “[The basis of] our stand against [the] transfer is [that] it is easier to control urban refugees and even to integrate them directly,” Karonga-Chitipa Heritage…

Doctor speaks against stigmatising children with HIV

  Baylor College of Medicine-Children’s Foundation Malawi (BCM-CFM) executive director Peter Kazembe says Malawi needs to urgently introduce by-laws to punish people who stigmatise against children living with HIV and Aids. Kazembe said this in Lilongwe during an exclusive interview with The Nation. He proposed that Parliament should pass a special vote to fund comprehensive…

Budget process has flaws—committee

Malawi’s Parliament is one of the weakest in southern Africa, partly because the Executive controls it and its budget is cast in stone, whereby cluster meetings and debates in the House merely rubber-stamp the government’s proposed economic blueprint. This was the shocking confession made by chairperson of the Parliamentary Public Accounts and Budget Committee Rhino…

NPL, ZBS pledge top standards in Miss Malawi contests

Media giants Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and Zodiak Broadcasting Corporation (ZBS) have pledged to maintain high standards  in the Miss Malaw pageant  that will identify beautiful and dignified girls with a passion to developing the nation.  NPL chief executive officer Mbumba Banda said this at the glittering Miss Malawi finale that saw Cecilia Khofi, a…

Miss Malawi now for beauties,  thinkers—First Lady

First Lady Gertrude Mutharika last night thanked organisers of the revived Miss Malawi beauty pageant for making girls to arise and shine through both in their looks and brains, as strategic thinkers in solving the country’s challenges. Mutharika said this last night in her speech as the guest of honour at the colourful finals of…

‘Cadets’ chase  LL deputy mayor

  Roughnecks identified as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cadets yesterday chased Lilongwe City Council deputy mayor Juliana Kaduya from a State function presided over by President Peter Mutharika at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc). Opposition party leaders and a social commentator have since condemned the harassment of Kaduya by the roughnecks she identified in an…

Kasungu ex-tobacco tenants query govt 

Push has come to shove. That is what Kasungu District Council officials realised yesterday morning when some 200 ‘homeless’ ex-tobacco estate tenants—representing over 10 000 of their colleagues and family members in Kasungu District—camped at the council offices. They demanded to be transported to Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa where they claimed government may treat…