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…

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…

Councils say lack of funds  crippling performance

Malawi Local Government Association (Malga) says local government councils have poorly performed because of inadequate funding. Malga president Wild Ndipo, who is also mayor of Blantyre City Council, said this at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi on Friday at the end of the 2019 Local Authorities Conference organised to review the performance of the councils…

There is panic at St. Martin’s Primary School in Malindi, Mangochi as the school authorities grapple to accomodate Standard Eight learners after a tree branch destroyed classroom and administration blocks. The school’s deputy head teacher Isaac Maclean Sosono said the incident happened around 11pm on Friday. “It was raining heavily and suddenly we heard something…

PS wants govt to pounce on illegal settlers

Homeland Security Principal Secretary Sam Madula has observed that government’s lack of seriousness and commitment to punish people who settle in disaster-prone areas in the country is worsening the impact of natural disasters. The PS has since urged officials from government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to pounce on such people, saying the country is…

Malawi has failed albinos—UN Malawi

United Nations (UN) Women has blamed Malawi for failing to stop killings and abductions of people with albinism, saying the continued brutal acts are a violation of human rights. UN Women country representative Clara Anyangwe was speaking yesterday in Mangochi during a stakeholders conference on albinism. In an interview, Anyangwe said it is sad that…

Cholera rumours stir panic in Mangochi

Rumours of a cholera outbreak have brought fear and panic among communities in Sub-Traditional Authority (ST/A) Lulanga in Mangochi. This follows two cases of children who were held for five hours for observation at Masasa Clinic after showing the waterborne disease’s signs and symptoms. Makanjira Cluster area environmental health officer Henry Banda, who is also…

Two children drown  in pond in Mangochi

Two children from Ngoyi Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mponda in Mangochi have died after drowning in a nearby pond. Mangochi Police Station spokesperson Rodrick Maida confirmed the incident and identified the deceased as Lavita Kazembe, 4, and Aisha Mtewa, 3. He said the incident occurred on December 31 2018 around 2pm. He said Mtewa…

Mangochi communities complain of abuse in hospitals

Women from traditional authorities (T/As) Chimwala, Jalasi, Nankumba and Mponda in Mangochi have accused female nurses of abusing them when they go for treatment. The communities say the most abused are pregnant women, especially during labour. The women expressed the concerns on Monday when the Malawi Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRHR) Rights Alliance, held an…