‘Vandalism of police infrastructure affects security’

  Southern Region Commissioner of Police Demester Chigwenembe has bemoaned vandalism of police infrastructure by communities, saying it affects operations. Speaking last week at an executive committee (Sec) meeting at Kanjedza Police Training School in Blantyre, the commissioner said security lapses in some townships are a result of ransacking  of police units. “Communities should present…

Comsip clusters excite  Chiradzulu communities

  Communities in Chiradzulu District have commended Community Savings and Investment Promotion (Comsip) clusters for improving their livelihoods. Speaking last week during a media tour to Chimwankhunda Comsip Cooperative in group village head (GVH) Njeremba, Traditional Authority (T/A) Likoswe, one of the cooperative members, Eneless Kamoto, said they are empowered economically through easy access to…

HHI remembers Livingstone

    Malawi Scotland Partnership (Masp) executive director Vera Kamtukule has said Dr David Livingstone deserves honour because he contributed a lot to the development of the country. Speaking on Monday, during remembrance of the early missionary’s birth at Henry Henderson Institute (HHI) Primary School in Blantyre, Kamtukule said Livingstone’s birth signifies wonderful relationship between…

Do not be abused by political  parties—Blantyre Synod

The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Blantyre Synod has warned youths of Blantyre City Presbytery against inciting political violence in the next year’s Tripartite Elections. Blantyre Synod moderator, Reverend Masauko Mbolembole, said this last Saturday at Limbe CCAP church after a youths’ big walk dubbed Jesus March based on Ephesians 5:1 [‘Be ye imitators…

Govt warns contractors against shoddy work

  Ministry of Transport and Public Works has warned contractors, involved in construction of bridges to improve public road network in districts, against compromising quality. Speaking after the launch of construction works for Nsuwazi Bridge in Chipungu Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mbawera in Thyolo, Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango, said any contractor…

Jacaranda Foundation improves reading culture in BT

  Jacaranda Foundation has reaffirmed its commitment to improve reading culture among pupils in Blantyre by opening libraries in public schools. The foundation’s executive director Luc Deschamps said this on Thursday during the official opening of Mr Luc’s Library at Bangwe Catholic Primary School in the city. This is the ninth library under Jacaranda Outreach…

Investor partners local entrepreneurs in BT

  The Netherlands-based management consultancy firm, Accesserator, has started offering start-up capital and business skills to local entrepreneurs with agribusiness ideas in Blantyre District. Speaking during a media briefing on the progress of the investment plans meant to boost the country’s agriculture sector, Accesserator Malawi country director Patrick Namakhoma called for more agribusiness ideas from…

Making wood fuel renewable

Unreliable power supply is increasing the smoky appetite for charcoal and firewood across the country. At Kameza Roundabout in Blantyre, trucks and bicycles bringing charcoal into the city come in quick succession from all directions. This is typical sight as just 10 percent of the population has access to electricity and only one of these…

Relief guidelines excite  Machinga communities

Communities in Machinga District have expressed satisfaction with the new identification criteria for beneficiaries of a food assistance programme. The communities expressed the sentiments on Friday in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkola in the district where a consortium  of non-governmental organisations registered vulnerable households to receive cash to buy food items. The consortium has embraced new…

Adapt to climate change—Cepa

  Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (Cepa) has challenged farmers in Dedza and Salima to adapt to climate change if they are to achieve socio-economic development. Addressing farmers during a participatory scenario planning training last Friday, Cepa programmes officer for climate change Bernadettah Zimba said communities should read and interpret seasonal forecasts to boost…

Jacaranda Secondary School wins French drama competition

  Jacaranda Secondary School in Blantyre was crowned winner of the French drama competition on Saturday at Bangwe Secondary School in Blantyre. The fluency in French, originality and well coordinated theatrical play Conflict of Interest made Jacaranda outshine six other secondary schools that made the finals a highly contested affairs. For the feat, the winning…

‘Shortage of infrastructure affects police duties’

Southern Region Deputy Commissioner of Police for Blantyre Urban Chikondi Chingadza says shortage of infrastructure in police stations affects officers’ delivery of duties. Speaking on Friday in Thyolo, where Makande Prison in partnership with Crops of Love Ministries handed over a five-office block at Luchenza Police Station in Thyolo, the commissioner said performance is below…

14 yrs for exhuming an albino body

Senior resident magistrate Viva Nyimba yesterday convicted and sentenced three men to 14 years imprisonment for conspiracy to exhume a corpse of an albino in Chibade Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Njema in Mulanje. The three are Thomas Ndini, 36, from Gladstone Village, 32-year-old Deziu Ogala from Sathawa Village and Enock Banda, aged 26, all from…

Cries of Makhanga ‘islanders’

  Makhanga, a food basket in Nsanje, remains cut off two years after  floods destroyed roads and railway infrastructure in the Lower Shire Valley. The setback is slowing down their rise from the impoverishing effects of the January 2015 disaster. “People are sliding into abject poverty. Businesses are collapsing,” says Mlolo Area Development Committee (ADC)…