CSOs decry rise in murder cases

Civil society organisations (CSOs) in Mangochi have decried the rise in murder cases from five in 2018 to 11 in 2019 in the district. The CSOs have since blamed the increase on knowledge gap in human rights, loss of trust in  enforcement agencies and corruption, among others. In an interview, National Initiative for Civic Education…

NGO hands over project to Mangochi communities

Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) last week handed over a community resilience project (Comrep) it has run  for the past four years in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chowe and Sub-T/A Chiunda in Mangochi. The organisation has since asked communities to sustain the interventions. In an interview during the close-out meeting, Mangochi district MRCS coordinator Francis Liyati-Phiri…

Machinga communities hail flood-resilient interventions

People of Traditional Authority (T/A) Liwonde in Machinga have commended flood-resilient interventions Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (Cadecom) implemented in the district. Speaking on Tuesday at Mangamba Primary School in the area during the project’s phase-out event, Losita Douglas, a community member, commended Cadecom for constructing flood-resilent houses for vulnerable people. “I lost a house…

Nice Trust chides lawlessness

National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust national programmes manager Gray Kalindekafe says continued lawlessness in the country is a catastrophe to both the country’s development and Constitution. He has since advised Malawians to love their country by avoiding causing chaos whenever they are aggrieved. Kalindekafe said this on Tuesday at Chikwawa Council Chamber during…

Disaster victims appeal for help

Some people from Traditional Authority (T/A) Sitola in Machinga who were affected by heavy rains and strong winds have appealed to government and well-wishers to help them with plastic sheets, tents and other materials to reconstruct their houses. Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds on November 19 this year left about 1 432 households homeless…

Govt launches Indoor Residual Spraying to fight malaria

Minister of Health and Population Jappie Mhango on Saturday launched Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) in Mangochi with a call to the communities to sleep under long-lasting treated insecticide nets and keep their surroundings clean to fight malaria. Government, with financial support from World Vision Malawi (WVM), has committed about K20 billion to implement the IRS,…

Heavy winds blow off M’dinde CDSS roof

Heavy winds last week blew off roofs of M’dinde Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) and a a girls’ hostel in Traditional Authority Katuli in Mangochi District. The school’s head teacher Witness Gomera said the winds blew off roofs of three classroom blocks and a girls’ hostel. “The winds were very strong and it was just…

Malawi told to invest in resilient infrastructure

 World Food Programme (WFP) country representative Benoit Thiry has advised Malawi Government and stakeholders to take collective action in encouraging people to construct strong structures to mitigate the impact of natural disasters. He said this on Sunday at Ntangaye Primary School Ground in Traditional Authority (T/A) Liwonde in Machinga District during the commemoration of this…

Friends of Chileka to promote education, environment

Friends of Chileka (FOC), a group of people from Chileka in Blantyre but living across the country, has embarked on activities seeking to promote education and the environment in their home area. FOC board of trustees chairperson Frederick Kamvazina said this on Tuesday at a ‘get together’ at Boadzulu Resort in Mangochi. “Among others, education…

Mangochi religious leaders  speak against political violence

A group of religious leaders in Mangochi have condemned continued political violence that has characterised the anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations since announcement of results of the May 21 2019 tripartite elections.  But Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) have reacted to the stance taken by the religious with indifference. MCP publicity secretary…

Ministry partners RBM on e-payments campaign

Ministry of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology has partnered the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) to sensitise people to the importance of embracing digital financial services. The ministry’s technical adviser Frederick Ndala said this on Saturday at St. Augustine Three Primary School in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mponda in Mangochi when the central bank launched…

Surveyors challenged to uphold tenets of profession

FDH Bank acting managing director William Mpinganjira has challenged surveyors in the country to uphold the tenets of their profession by being ethical to ensure maximum protection of their career. He said this on Thursday in Mangochi during the Surveyors Institute of Malawi (SIM) Annual Lakeshore Conference under the theme Ethics and Conflict of Interest…

External debt rise worries economist

University of Malawi economics professor Ben Kaluwa has expressed concern over rising external debt, saying it has the potential to destabilise the economy and burden future generations. His comments come in the wake of a World Bank report which shows that the country’s external debt stock continues to rise with fresh figures indicating an increase…

T/A Bwananyambi dies

Traditional Authority (T/A) Bwananyambi of Mangochi District, whose name was Atinga Sande and was well-known  for championing girl-child education, died on Monday morning at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Qech) in Blantyre. Ministry of Local Government  and Rural Development spokesperson Muhlabase Mughogho confirmed the death of the influential chief. According to the late chief’s younger sister,…

Mama Khadija School impresses education official

South East Education Division senior inspector of schools Maxwell Hezekia says he is impressed with  modern teaching aids introduced at Mama Khadija Girls Private Academy in Mangochi District, adding the method will promote quality education. He made the remarks after touring the school on Saturday where he also presented certificates to teachers who completed training…