Luanar in fish project in Mchinji

  Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) is implementing I Love Fish Project to improve the nutrition status of communities in Mchinji. The project, which started in January 2016 and is expected to end in December 2018, is an action research project implemented through Department of Food, Science and Technology at Bunda Campus,…

Mchinji hosts Muslim Ijtmah

  Muslim women from across the country on Saturday gathered at Bua Community Day Secondary School ground in Mchinji to celebrate this year’s Muslim Women convention (Ijitmah). The convention is held annually to share Islamic teachings and women issues, among other things. Speaking when she presided over the opening of the convention, First Lady Gertrude…

Zambia hosts tripartite cross-border forum

  Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security chief director Kennedy Nkhoma says forums between countries sharing boundaries are important in ensuring integration and addressing cross-border challenges. Nkhoma was speaking in Chipata, Zambia on Monday when he led a Malawi delegation to the first tripartite cross-border forum for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. The meeting, which…

Govt launches 2017/18  Fisp programme

  Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Joseph Mwanamvekha on Wednesday officially launched the 2017/18 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) with a warning to suppliers to desist from selling substandard inputs to farmers. Speaking at Mzura in Mchinji during the launch, the minister said government would deal with all suppliers found selling expired fertilisers…

Mchinji District Council retains chairperson, deputy

  Mchinji District Council has retained Edson Josiah and Haile Tsirizani as chairperson and deputy chairperson, respectively, during an election that took place Friday. Josiah, who is councillor for Msitu Ward, beat Nathan Ndhlamini of Mkoma Ward with nine votes to seven while Tsirizani of Luwelezi Ward beat Dennis Lazaro of Msachembe with 11 votes…

Parliamentary committee hails plan to build TTC

Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Science and Technology have applauded government for its plans to build a teachers’ training college (TTC) in Mchinji. Speaking after visiting the construction site for TTC in Traditional Authority Zulu on Wednesday, committee chairperson Elias Chakwera said they are impressed that construction on the site has started. “As…

Chilima urges Malawians to preserve food

  Vice-President Saulos Chilima has called on people in the country not to waste food. Chilima was speaking at Ludzi Catholic Mission in Mchinji on Saturday when he attended silver jubilee celebrations for Sisters Veronica Massa, who is also Ludzi Girls Secondary School head teacher, and Beatrice Chidatha, Ludzi Community Hospital officer in charge. The…

Chilly weather affects ID registration in Mchinji

  Chilly weather is affecting the national identity cards registration exercise in Mchinji because the solar-powered equipment is failing to charge adequately. A visit to Rusa, Kalulu, Chankhanga, Gandali and Balitse in the district on Wednesday showed that there has been inactivity for three days due to lack of power. A registration clerk, who opted…

Companies urged to join tree planting campaign

Chief director in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Yanira Ntupanyama has called on organisations to support government in the ongoing tree planting exercise. She made the remarks on Sunday at Chimteka Village in Traditional Authority Simphasi in Mchinji during the launch of a tree planting exercise organised by Aret and Tobacco Association…

Army worm outbreak hits Mchinji District

  There has been an outbreak of army worms which has destroyed maize crops in four traditional authorities (T/As) in Mchinji, the district agriculture office has said. The army worm outbreak has also been reported in the eastern province of Zambia which borders Malawi. Mchinji district agriculture development officer Nevison Hlongo said worms known as…

Kumpalume visits RBF maternal programme in Mchinji

  Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume says his ministry has devised strategies to strengthen and improve primary healthcare at health centres to reduce congestion at central and district hospitals. He made the remarks after visiting facilities at Mikundi and Nkhwazi health centres in Mchinji on Friday under the Result Based Finance (RBF) Maternal programme. “My…

Businessperson  renovates health centre

  A businessperson, Simbi Phiri, on Wednesday handed over Tembwe Health Centre in Mchinji district[Central Malawi] which he rehabilitated at an estimated cost of K200 million. Phiri, who is also the executive chairperson of Khato Holdings, a civil engineering company in South Africa, said he renovated the health centre after noting the poor state it…

Government to distribute cuttings,vines in Mchinji

  In a bid to address food shortage and improve food security, the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development will distribute cassava cuttings and potato vines to 7 000 households in Mchinji District. Mchinji district agriculture development officer Nevson Hlongo told a full council meeting in Mchinji on Monday that government has allocated K64…

Minister commends Lilongwe tourism operators

Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education Jappie Mhango has commended tourism operators in Lilongwe for maintaing good standards. He said this after touring Ulendo Safaris, Ufulu Gardens, Hotel and Suites and Central African Wilderness, and holding meetings with tourism operators. Said Mhango: “The first impression is that these operators are doing a good job…

Ireland pumps K1.75bn to humanitarian response

Irish Ambassador Aine Hearns says her country is committed to supporting humanitarian response programmes towards vulnerable communities in the country. She said this at Mgubo in Mchinji last Thursday when she visited emergency cash transfer programmes different non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are implementing in response to the country’s food crisis. Hearns said Ireland has since contributed…

Mchinji woman kills her three children

  A 38-year-old Mchinji woman with mental illness on Wednesday killed her three children aged between 11 and five at her farm in Manthalu Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mavwere in the district. The woman, Violet Phiri, allegedly killed her children Chisomo (11) Limbani (nine), and Richard Mwale (five) by hitting them with a hoe handle…