Sensitise supporters to biometric system—MEC

  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has asked political parties to sensitise their supporters to the biometric voter registration that will be used during registration for the 2019 Tripartite Elections. MEC commissioner for electoral services Jean Mathanga said this at Kamwendo in Mchinji District where the electoral body demonstrated to electoral stakeholders how the electronic biometric…

PS calls for quality work

  Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Kiswell Dakamau, has urged contractors engaged in local council projects to deliver quality work on time. Dakamau made the remarks on Thursday when he visited Mkanda Rural Growth Centre in Mchinji which is still under construction. The construction work on the site,…

Education office for universal education

  Mchinji District Education Division senior inspector of schools Jilly Mkwaila has urged school authorities to allow learners who have not paid project fees to attend classes. The inspector made the remarks on Thursday at a meeting organised by the Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) through its citizen participation and policy engagement project. Responding to…

Mchinji projects16% yield drop

  Mchinji has projected a 10 percent maize yield loss in the 2017/18 farming season due to dry spells and fall armyworm attack. The district experienced a dry spell from 26 December, 2017 to 12 January, 2018 coupled with fall armyworms which have affected maize and beans production. A report from the Service Committee on…

Chiefs pledge to fight early marriages

  Traditional leaders in Mchinji have called for stiff punishment for parents who force their children into early marriages. The chiefs were speaking on Monday after viewing a Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) film The Child Within which explores the effects of early marriages and pregnancy from a child’s perspective. In his remarks, Senior Chief…

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…

Reforms unit engages civil servants in Mchinji

  Chief director for Public Sector Reforms Management Unit in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), Seodi White, has asked heads of government departments in Mchinji to ensure that their reforms implementation plans transform the district. White made the appeal in Mchinji on Friday when she addressed heads of departments in the district…

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…