Four Nigerians arrested over car park thefts

Four suspected thieves who seemed to master the art of springing open peoples’s locked car doors and apparently stealing valuables from the vehicles, have been arrested by police in Lilongwe. All the four, who were arrested at City Centre on Friday, are Nigerians. They are Joseph Okoye, aged 28, Erick Ochuku, 35, Daniel Edeiguru, 37,…

Fire destroys Area 13 Market

Property worth over K36 million is feared to have gone up in smoke on Thursday night when a raging fire swept the Area 13 Market in Lilongwe. The unofficial estimation was given by distraught market chairperson Chikumbutso Ngwira on Friday as market officials assessed the damage caused by the fire. The fire is said to…

Blantyre children to lead typhoid vaccine trial

  Up to 24 000 children aged between nine months and 12 years in Blantyre City’s populous Ndirande and Zingwangwa townships are set to kick-start Africa’s first typhoid conjugate vaccine trial, authorities have confirmed. Ministry of Health officials and researchers at the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLWT) said yesterday the trial will be a culmination of…

Police arrest 2 over fake K2 000 notes

Don’t be so sure that the K2 000 notes you are using are all genuine, for an unknown amount of suspected fake notes have been ‘spirited’ into circulation. This is the warning police in Lilongwe issued on Friday after they arrested Grevazio Nyirenda, 48, and Peter Andiwilire Mshani, 35, whom they accuse of using some…

Blackouts pose food poisoning threat

Power outages are increasingly exposing consumers to food poisoning as fresh foods get bad in refrigerators in major supermarkets and homes, The Nation has established. This week, The Nation spoke to some medical doctors who confirmed that the current electricity blackouts may be causing bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites to be multiplying in domestic and…

APM, Chakwera share olive branch

Weeks after engaging in a verbal tirade, President Peter Mutharika and leader of Opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera shook hands and cheerfully smiled into each other’s eyes at a national event in Lilongwe yesterday. Ironically, the occasion at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) was the commemoration of International Day of Peace where Malawi officially launched…

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…

‘Malawians now know that they deserve better’

Th opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) registered a resounding victory over the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the October 17 by-elections, by winning all three parliamentary seats and two, of three seats, for councillors. Our Lilongwe Bureau Chief SAM CHUNGA caught up with the party’s president Lazarus Chakwera to find out if he was…

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…

ACB fire did not destroy key documents—official

Fire that broke out in one of the top-floor offices of the crime-busting, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Lilongwe yesterday morning did not destroy case files and other key documents, the ACB has said. ACB deputy director Reyneck Matemba told Nation on Sunday the fire, which started at around 6am on a wall housing several electrical…

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…