Parents want children out of streets

Concerned parents and guardians in Mangochi District have asked government and other stakeholders to protect children roaming the town council’s streets by taking them back to their homes. The call follows a wave of children, particularly girls, who roam the streets during school time while others engage in prostitution in street corners or beer halls…

Mangochi CSOs want open court session

Mangochi Civil Society Organisations Network  has asked the Second Grade Magistrate’s Court in the district to conduct in an open court  proceedings of a case involving three accounts officials suspected of stealing K43 million at the council. The demand comes after the three were granted bail last week in a “closed chamber”, a development which…

RBM Governor tells banks to finance projects

Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) Governor Dalitso Kabambe has called on commercial banks to start financing development projects or innovations that will boost the country’s economy. Speaking on Friday in Mangochi during the Institute of Bankers (IoB) Malawi annual lakeshore conference, the governor singled out manufacturing, mining and tourism as some of the sectors banks…

Chimulirenji hails World Bank

Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji on Saturday commended the World Bank for its support towards people who were affected by floods and drought in the country. He said this at Chantulo Primary School ground in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nankumba in Mangochi when he visited a flood resilient school block and a head teacher’s house constructed by the…

Minister says govt will prioritise local contractors

Minister of Transport and Public Works Ralph Jooma has underscored the need to start prioritising local contractors to empower them. The minister said this on Sunday at Tsangano in Ntcheu after touring the 132-kilometre Ntcheu-Tsangano-Neno-Mwanza Road which government is upgrading from earth to bitumen standard. Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Engineering Battalion, a local contractor, is…

VP warns ministers against corruption

Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji has advised newly appointed ministers and deputy ministers to avoid engaging in corruption, stressing that corruption is evil and retards development. He issued the warning yesterday in Mangochi when he opened a two-day orientation workshop for ministers and deputy ministers. Chimulirenji said the current administration detests corruption because it is evil. “Corruption…

UTM vehicle torched

Unknown assailants at dawn yesterday torched a UTM Party branded vehicle at a lodge in Mangochi ahead of a political rally addressed by the party’s president Saulos Chilima. This is the second time a UTM vehicle has been damaged by unknown assailants in the lakeshore district following a similar incident on the eve of the…

Dodma donates food to family of 9 accident victims

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) on Wednesday presented assorted food items to a Balaka family affected by a road accident in which nine of its members died in Machinga last week. Government also donated food items to about 3 000 other families from the area’s four group village heads (GVHs) Dailesi, Makwinja, Kuntiyani…

Mangochi youths sidelined in development projects

Mangochi district youth officer Kumbukani Manda has advised duty-bearers, non-governmental organisations (NGO) and other project implementers in the district to involve youths in their projects to empower them. The official said this on Saturday at Mangochi Town Council hall during a youth network advocacy meeting aimed at advocating for youth issues. His call came after…

Red Cross moves to curb stunting in Mangochi

Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) Mangochi district coordinator Francis Liyati Phiri has urged non-governmental organisations implementing various nutritional projects to work together to curb stunting in the district. Speaking on Saturday at Malombe Health Centre in Traditional Authority Chowe, the official said the district’s high prevalence rate of stunting, which stands at 45.4 percent, surpassing…

M’dinde CDSS gets K27m girls hostel

School dropout among girls at M’dinde Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Traditional Authority (T/A) Katuli in Mangochi is expected to be a thing of the past, thanks to the construction of a $36 000 (about K27 million) hostel. United States-based Fire Light Foundation constructed the hostel following a request from Namwera Aids Coordinating Committee…

Trust urges Mangochi  flood victims to go home

  Al-Barakah Charity Trust, a Mangochi-based non-governmental organisation, has expressed worry that some families affected by floods in Mangochi in March this year are refusing to return to their homes. The trust’s director of finance and administration Saeed Witness said they received reports that the flood victims want to remain in camps to continue receiving…

Farmers Union for youth nutrition projects

  Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) says the country should embark on nutrition projects that target the youth to enhance their nutritional levels as they grow into adulthood. FUM project manager Jacob Nyirongo said this in Mangochi on Friday during a Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) training his organisation held for Mwanza and Ntcheu district council…

APM brands critics failures

  President Peter Mutharika yesterday repeatedly branded people who originated social media claims that he was dead as failures and “critically ill” awaiting death in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. In a bitter tone and fuming, the President expressed his sentiments at Mangochi Stadium after he officially opened the 75-kilometre rehabilitated Mangochi-Liwonde Road financed…

Project retains girls in school in Mangochi

Girls in Mangochi can now attend school without worrying about their menstrual-related hygiene courtesy of Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) which is championing a Community Resilience Project to encourage girls to go to school. Moved by absenteeism of girls due to lack of sanitary pads, MRCS trained mother groups and teachers to make reusable sanitary…

Red Cross hands over borehole to Chowe communities

Malawi Red Cross Society has handed over a borehole it drilled in Ntuka Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chowe in Mangochi District. The society has sunk the borehole  with funding from Danish philanthropist Christian Bitz. Bitz  visited the village last year and noted that  it had no source of clean water, a situation that forced parents…