Chitipa community torches shelters at granite mine

Disagreements between communities and investors at Ilomba Granite Mine Company in Chitipa refuse to cease as angry villagers around the company on Wednesday cut electricity supply cables and set ablaze two shelters. The people are protesting against Chitipa District Council’s refusal to close the mine. Communities in the area are worried over the investors’ alleged…

Community rebuffs investor’s plea to reopen Ilomba mine

Communities surrounding Ilomba Granite Mine at Mbirima in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwaulambya in Chitipa are refusing to allow operations at the mine unless their demands are met. Group village head Mwenembirima said this recently during a meeting between the community and the investor. “Since the opening of the mine, we have not seen any contribution,”…

Chitipa District needs bus depot

Chitipa is in need of a bus depot following the growth of business activities and proliferation of transportation companies in the district. The absence of a designated depot  forces bus operators to scramble for space on a car park at the boma. Currently, there are four bus companies  operating from Chitipa Boma to Mzuzu and…

Chitipa Prison sounds SOS

Warders at Chitipa Prison have asked government to complete an office block whose construction works stalled seven years ago.   The situation has since forced the warders to use inmates’ cells for offices, thereby creating congestion. The facility accommodates prisoners from Chitipa and neighbouring Karonga District. Speaking during the handover of prison uniform by Chitipa Court…

USA trust constructs girls’ hostel in Chitipa

Peachtree Trust in conjunction with the Peachtree Church from the United States of America has constructed a girls’ hostel at Sokola Community Day Secondary School (CDSS). Built in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwenemisuku, the hostel will accommodate 96 learners. Speaking during the handover of the facility to government on Friday, Peachtree country director Stella Kasirye said…

Ministry donates security gadgets to people with albinism

Ministry of Gender,  Children, Disability and Social Welfare has donated 83 security gadgets to people with albinism in Chitipa. Speaking during the donation in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwaulambia on Wednesday, Chitipa Police station officer Pax Thavi said government is doing everything possible to ensure that people with albinism are safe from abductions and killings. Enwell…

CCJP says 50:50 campaign  in Chitipa successful

  Catholic Commission for  Justice and Peace (CCJP) of the Karonga Diocese has described the 50:50 Campaign implemented in Chitipa as successful. Speaking during the round-up of roadshow campaigns in Nthalire, the commission’s Chitipa district desk officer Abel Malumbila said unlike the previous elections in 2014 which had only five female candidates, this year the…

CSOs in move to revive family planning in Chitipa

  Civil society organisations (CSOs) network in Chitipa has embarked on a sensitisation campaign on modern family planning methods whose demand, the say, has dropped from 65 to 40 percent in the past two years. Speaking during a District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting on Tuesday, the network’s chairperson Sidney Simwaka said factors contributing to the…

Kameme’s broken marriages

On that day, James Mwafulirwa, 30, arrived home at around 3am after drink ing chipumu, a strong local opaque beer popular in Chitipa. While wielding a panga, he asked his wife, Anna Mtinja, to pack her belongings and leave the house without delay. We found Mtinja, 26, at Kameme Magistrate’s Court with a divorce letter…

Chief asks experts to spread nutrition tips

  Traditional Authority Mwaulambia of Chitipa has appealed to stakeholders in nutrition to enhance provision of skills and knowledge on value addition and processing of food to communities in the district to combat malnutrition. Speaking on Saturday during an agriculture fair organised by Chitipa District Agriculture Development Office, the chief said despite registering high crop…

ActionAid pumps K22m into Chitipa

  ActionAid Malawi has donated K22.4 million to four community-based organisations working in governance, women’s rights and education in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nthalire in Chitipa District. Speaking during the presentation of the funds to Malumbo, Chigwirizano, Maukako Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and Nthalire Women Forum last week, ActionAid head of programmes and policy Peter Pangani…

Ministry gives K3.5 million for Chitipa ECD centre

  The Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has given K3.5 million to Chitipa District for the construction of Katutula Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwaulambia. Deputy Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and social welfare Clement Mkumbwa reiterated the importance of Early Childhood Development (ECD) when he presented a…

Chief Nthalire enthronement on Monday

  Government is pressing on to enthrone Ackim Kawonga as Chief Nthalire in Chitipa on Monday following advice from Attorney General (AG) Charles Mhango. Members of Chikunguweya royal family, who back claimant Judge Kawonga, obtained a court order against the installation of the acting chief from Zambwe family. The succession dispute between Zambwe and Chikunguweya…

Catholics open school in Chitipa

  Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese on Monday opened St Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School at Nthalire in Chitipa. The boarding school is situated almost 115 kilometres east of Chitipa Boma where students endure long walks to school. During the opening ceremony, the bishop said Umutaluwabo and Johanesbee foundations from Germany funded construction of…

Misunderstandings over  Nthalire chieftaincy

  A misunderstanding over succession has ensued among three royal families in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nthalire chieftaincy following the death of the office holder Rabson Capasi Kawonga on August 14 this year. The Chikunguweya, Zambwe and Chalaghala families recently contested in an election for the successor, which saw Ackim Kawonga of Zambwe family winning the…

CCJP calls for more accountability

  Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has expressed the need for civil society organisations (CSOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the health sector in Karonga and Chitipa districts to improve on their accountability. Speaking on Wednesday during the introduction of a Health Governance Transparency and Accountability Project to be implemented in the…

Being raised by mentally ill mother

  She calls herself Viwaya—a troublesome woman. She is in her 30s and mentally ill. For two years now, she has been living within Karonga District Hospital (KDH) premises because that is where she finds her daily food. Viwaya’s survival depends on leftovers, mostly from in-patients and their guardians. She has been living at the…

Flipside of community radios

  Lights, computers, microphones—all on! From the soundproofed studios of Tuntufye Radio Station in Karonga, word goes out:  “Fifty two years after independence, pupils at Kasimba Primary School in Paramount Chief Kyungu have been drinking stagnant water following lack of a safe water point at the school.” That is how Ephraim Nyirenda, a reporter at…

From WhatsApp with K1m gifts

  The rising popularity of information and communications technology (ICT) has sparked a heated debate over ethical use of smartphones and computers. While some say the social media is prone to abuse, others are harnessing the power of the digital connectivity to uplift their societies. On Friday, alumni of Bwiba Primary School in Karonga donated…

Synod unveils K21m emergency cash transfer

  Almost 300 households affected by last year’s dry spells in Karonga will receive cash from CCAP Synod of Livingstonia Development Department (Soldev). The emergency cash disbursement targets affected communities in Traditional Authority (T/A) Wasambo in Karonga. Speaking at the launch of the two-month cash transfer, Soldev acting director Mabvuto Lupwayi said many families in…

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