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…

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…

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…

Communities, stakeholders blamed for Mangochi’s illegal mining

Civil society organisations (CSOs) and chiefs in Mangochi have accused communities and stakeholders in the district of lacking a “united front” to deal with illegal mining activities in Namizimu Forest Reserve. The CSOs have said lack of cooperation among communities and stakeholders around Namizimu, located in Traditional Authority Makanjira, is contributing to the illegal mining…

Post-election demos affect revenue collection in Karonga

Outgoing Karonga district commissioner (DC) Emmanuel Bulukutu says the continued wave of post-election demonstrations has affected the council’s economic landscape as it mainly relies on local revenue such as market fees. Speaking in an interview, he said the council’s general resource fund (GRF) only meets councillors’ honoraria, fuel and administrative issues while the local revenue…

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…

Social media report angers transport minister

Minister of Transport and Public Works Ralph Jooma has expressed concern over social media reports alleging that a primary school in his constituency is in a poor state. A picture purportedly of Luwi Primary School in group village head (GVH) Kasankha, Traditional Authority Nankumba in Mangochi has gone viral on social media.  The social media…

CCAP moderator urges faithful to fulfil vows

 Mangochi CCAP Pastor Reverend Manford Kutani has reminded his faithful to honour pledges of supporting the church, which they made with God early this year by ensuring that they make good of the same. Kutani said this last Sunday during church service. “This is the eighth month. We made vows in January this year, where…

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…