Chief worried over chieftaincy feud

Senio Chief Mwankhunikira has expressed concern over the Tumbuka Paramount Chikulamayembe chieftaincy wrangle, saying it is intolerable in the Tumbuka culture. Speaking at Mchenga wa Henga Heritage celebrations on Saturday, the chief, who is also chairperson of the Mlindanyifwa Cultural Heritage, appealed to traditional chiefs to lead people in different development activities rather than wasting…

DPP hails Nkhata Bay communities for shunning demos

The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has hailed communities in Nkhata Bay for shunning the nationwide demonstrations to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign. The party’s senior officials from the Northern Region said this on Sunday at a rally in Chintheche. Speaking to the gathering, Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban…

Chijere pens gut punch

His name and character might be new in writing and creative space, however, he is a talent that has been hibernating for long and has now come out to feature among the elite Malawian writers that have seen the light of publishing. Joseph Mwenecho Mkandawire, writing under a pen name Chijere M.J Chijere, is currently…

Secondary schools project excites Karonga DEC

Karonga District Executive committee (DEC) members say government’s decision to construct seven additional secondary schools in the district will reduce long distances that students endure. Speaking on Friday during the DEC meeting, one of the teachers, Noah Simwaka, said enrolment  was expected to increase once the schools were built. “It is a good development to…

High costs of  Elections case

 Law experts have hinted that legal costs of the ongoing elections case may exceed K1 billion if the number of legal firms and lawyers engaged remains bloated for the entire four-month period. Two weeks ago, Judiciary spokesperson Agnes Patemba told Weekend Nation that the State is expected to spend K150 million of taxpayers  money in…

Kauma School turned into dumpsite

Kauma Primary School in Lilongwe has complained over the tendency of some people who have turned it into a dumping ground. The school’s head teacher Charles Sabe said this when he addressed a meeting at the school. “Apart from injuring pupils, the rubbish can also encourage the spread of diseases, especially during the rainy season,”…

Water shortage affects  Dedza Hospital

Expectant women at Dedza District Hospital have complained about water shortage at the facility which they say makes it difficult for them to observe hygiene. One of the women, Alice Chikhata said the scarcity has forced many to buy water from vendors, which others cannot afford as it is expensive.  “We, therefore, ask authorities to…

Beautifying the African woman

She has set no boundaries for her trade. In fact for her, the sky is never the limit. She is based in Indianapolis, the capital of the State of Indiana, United States of America (USA). Her life revolves around creating products that enhance the beauty of an African woman. Her name is Omega Nankhuni. Trading…

Community to drag contractor to court

Mpata community in Karonga led by Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), wants to drag Ziwuya Contractor to court for abandoning  K109 million maternity wing and waiting shelter construction works at Mpata Health Centre. During a meeting held at Manguzi Lodge, Mpata Health Centre Management Committee chairperson Joseph Mwasongwe hailed CHRR, saying the community…

Mobility challenges frustrate crime prevention in Mwanza

Community policing forums in Mwanza have said lack of transport is negatively affecting crime reduction efforts in the district. Kanduku Community Policing Forum chairperson Paul Tobias said this on Wednesday during a station executive committee (SEC) bi-annual meeting called to share members’ crime reduction performance report for the district from January to June 2019. “We…

Forestry initiative benefit youths

Charles Jekete hails from Malingunde in Traditional Authority Masambankhunda on the edge of the deforested Dzalanyama Reserve, the sole source of tap water for Lilongwe City. He is one of rural young Malawians whose colourful dream to go to university vanish due to poverty affecting their families. Jekete scored 26 points in Malawi School Certificate…

Tear gas, ugly scenes ruin Mzimba demos

Police in Mzimba were yesterday involved in running battles with demonstrators demanding the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah for allegedly mishandling the May 21 Tripartite Elections. The demonstration started peacefully as thousands of people, including the country’s former vice-president Khumbo Kachali, marched from Mnjili Community Day Secondary School to M’mbelwa District…

Fishers want new cutbacks

Fish in Malawi is an important natural resource supporting livelihoods of over 1.2 million  across its value chain. However, the fisheries sector is experiencing a downturn—with some species vanishing and catches of chambo and other commercially important species falling.     According to the recent National Economic Report, the country’s catch last year reached nearly 199 500…

Vocational skills, enterprise development boost households

SOS Children’s Villages has pledged to continue empowering and strengthening families through training, coaching and mentorship to enhance their socio-economic well-being. These sentiments were expressed after assessing 92 caregivers and peer educators in preparation for vocational training. In interview, Family Strengthening Programme field officer Willard Simeon said the project, sponsored by Grieg, seeks to economically…