Chief for dialogue to restore MRA road block

Senior Chief Kameme of Chitipa has asked government to engage relevant authorities to resolve issues surrounding the removal of a Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) check-point by irate residents. The call comes after Chitipa business community-led protests last month resulted in the removal of MRA officers at Ilomba Border Post over what they alleged is government’s…

Women harness climate science

Women in Malawi are breaking gender barriers to take on meaningful roles in science and technology. After years of marginalisation, more women and girls are embracing science to overcome challenges haunting their nation, where they constitute 51 percent of the population. Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which highlights their…

NGOs, agriculture experts bang heads on food security

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and agriculture experts in Karonga on Friday discussed how the district can attain food security. Speaking during a stakeholders meeting organised by Foundation for Community Services (Focus), Karonga District director of agriculture, environment and natural resources Raphael Mkisi told a United States-based NGO, Rise Against Hunger (RAH) that women are most burdened…

Body drills community leaders in mining issues

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of Karonga Diocese has challenged community leaders in the district to take a leading role towards ending wrangles on mining activities. CCJP extractive project officer Vincent Bwinga made the call at a mining training last week aimed at equipping the clergy, community-based organisations and civil society organisations with…

Business people welcome mobile network project

Karonga and Chitipa  business people have welcomed government’s plans to embark on a multi-million kwacha Last Mile Connectivity (LMC) project that will end phone network, radio and television signal challenges in hilly areas. The development came to light on Saturday when Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani with four other  Cabinet…

Market project delay irks communities

People in Traditional Authority Kilupula’s area in Karonga have taken to task the district council for the delay to construct a shelter at Pusi Market. The project stalled five years ago and has forced community leaders through Citizen Action in Local Government Accountability (Calga) project to stop the council from collecting market fees. In an…

Embangweni Mission Hospital to wear new face

Embangweni Mission Hospital in Mzimba District is on a path of transformation with major works in progress to renovate the referral facility. The works underway include construction of a theatre block with three operating rooms, a pharmacy unit and paediatric ward at an estimated cost of K250 million. The development follows the hospital’s clearance of…

Bridging gender gap in agriculture

For many years, Lufina Deodata, 44, was a frequent beggar in her village.  Not anymore. Thanks to new farming methods that place environmental consciousness at the heart of agriculture, she has improved her family’s welfare. Two years since joining a local producers’ cooperative, the mother-of-four from Nkhalabzulu Village has thrown away the begging bowl. “I…

Bishop weighs in on  Karonga witch hunts

Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese of the Catholic Church has revealed plans to introduce a music competition to restore peace and end mob justice in the district. The development follows the killing of four family members on Christmas  over witchcraft accusations at Lupembe in Paramount Chief Kyungu’s area. Making the revelations on Wednesday during…

Sexing-up youth cafes

Mercy Mashaba, 20, a mother of one, once lived a hopeless life from the time she fell pregnant at the age of 16. She had no knowledge about safe sex, including condoms, abstinence and partner reduction. For her, she thought, it was normal because in Noordhoek, South Africa, it was not strange for a girl…

Namadingo flies with ‘Ya Symon’

Patience Namadingo’s Ya Symon album is a tribute to a departed father who pushed his talents to the limit and made him a better man. And on Friday and Saturday, were the father able to watch the well choreographed album launch in Blantyre and Lilongwe, he would have been awed. Namadingo and his band stepped…

Lilongwe pupils drilled in oral hygiene

Teeth Savers International, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in partnership with Colgate Palmolive, has drilled pupils  from 89 schools in Lilongwe Rural and Urban in oral hygiene. Teeth Savers International country coordinator Fred Sambani said they want more pupils to acquire oral health knowledge. “Health should be in totality. The mouth and tissues are part of…

Lilongwe says God first

Thousands of music lovers from all walks of life on Saturday flocked to Lilongwe Golf Club to witness the grand launch of Gwamba’s second album titled Mama Said God First. In a typical Gwamba fashion, the award-winning artist roped in both gospel and secular musicians to support the groundbreaking event. Among others, the launch also…

Govt to construct one-stop border post in Chitipa

Government plans to construct a one-stop border post at Isongole in Traditional Authority Kameme in Chitipa to improve clearance of imports and exports between Malawi and Tanzania. The plans were unveiled on Tuesday during Chitipa District Council members’ learning visit at Tunduma-Nakonde One-Stop Border Post in Momba District in Tanzania. Speaking in an interview after…

Report exposes poor funding to child care in Mzimba

A Word Alive Commission for Relief and Development (Wacrad) budget tracking process on child development and protection conducted between November and December 2019 in Mzimba has exposed poor funding to child care initiatives. The process targeted government funds allocation towards early childhood development (ECD) programme and child protection in the past two fiscal years. “For…

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