Group takes former ADC chair to task over public funds

Kilupula Public Expenditure Tracking (PET) community members in Karonga District have taken to task the immediate area development committee (ADC) chairperson Nelson Mwakisulu for allegedly misappropriating K11 million. The community-managed social funds were meant for rehabilitation of Kaporo Rural Hospital out-patient department (OPD) wing. Three ADCs of Wasambo, Mbande and Kilupula summoned the former office-bearers…

NGO trains farmers to make manure

Foundation for Community Support Services (Focus) has trained farmers from nine villages in Paramount Chief Kyungu’s area in Karonga District on how to make manure from cow and chicken dung. The organisation has also advised farmers to practise conservation agriculture in the wake of climate change to improve their farm produce. Focus project coordinator for…

Mchinji-Mkanda Road to boost agribusiness

Farmers from areas along Mchinji-Mkanda Road expect a speedy economic transformation through agribusiness following the upgrading of the road. Random interviews with the local people when Minister of Transport and Public Works Ralph Jooma toured the Kawere-Mkanda Road section on Friday showed that people are eagerly awaiting the completion of the road. “We have been…

Mzimba DC warns primary school teachers

Mzimba district commissioner (DC)Thomas Chirwa has warned primary school teachers who do not report for duties in the district. The DC said he was concerned with reports that some teachers do not report for duties, a development that contributed to poor performance in this year’s Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examination. “When teachers…

Top modern-day African festivals

Africa is known for some amazing traditional festivals that showcase the rich and diverse cultures found across the continent. But it is also home to a growing number of modern-day festivals, created in the current era and celebrating the vibrancy of music and arts in Africa now. Kelly White, writing on his blog, takes a…

Dedza Border Post project stalls

 The project to costruct a new Dedza Border Post has stalled five years after its launch. Spot checks at the project site established that the project was launched in September 2014 as part of improving the border post infrastructure programme. However, on the ground there is no activity. Tamandani Nalasi, a businessperson, said the situation…

‘Include women, youths in local structures’

Small Producers Development and Transporters Association (Sprodeta) says it is committed to promoting women and youths’ rights in Mzimba District through advocating for their inclusion in local development and governance structures. The organisation has since started engaging the district’s chiefs and other local leaders in restructuring village development committees (VDCs) and village tribunals to incorporate…

Neno agriculture fair impresses farmers

Farmers in Neno have expressed satisfaction with the district’s first agriculture fair orgarnised to create a platform for smallholder farmers to access market connections. The two-day event held at Neno Community Stadium last week, brought together different farmers, cooperatives, agribusiness companies and development partners to address key issues in farming entrepreneurship, including access to market…

Wolrec donates phones to young women

Women’s Legal Resources Centre (Wolrec) has donated eight phones to Young Women in Active Groups (Ywag) in Mzimba and Rumphi districts to facilitate reporting of abuse cases to authorities. In an interview, Mzimba and Rumphi Wolrec project officer Prisca Nyasulu said four groups in each district, comprising 30 members—five men and 25 women,  have received…

Wolrec urges citizen participation in Neno

Women’s Legal Resources Centre (Worlec) has conducted meetings in Neno focusing on citizen participation following concerns that majority of development activities in the district lack consultation and involvement of the beneficiaries. The meeting was attended by Neno North legislator ThokoTembo, Chilibondo Ward councillor Montfort Bwanali and 50 women representatives from Senior Chief Dambe’s area. Worlec…

Dowa media drilled in Ebola reporting

Journalists from different media houses in Dowa District on Friday underwent training in reporting Ebola outbreaks. Speaking in an interview, Dowa district health officer Peter Makoza said it is important for journalists to be knowledgeable about Ebola because they relay messages about the disease to the public. “If journalists are enlightened on the disease, they…

Govt to construct Nthalire-Mpata Road

Chitipa South legislator Welani Chilenga has said government plans to construct the Nthalire-Mpata Road to ease transportation problems for referral patients from Nthalire, Wenya and Mahowe health centres to Chitipa District Health Hospital. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)legislator said this at the 2019/20 health budget meeting organised by the Malawi Health Equity Network (Mhen) on…

Community structures vital in child labour fight—Winrock

Winrock International education and capacity building specialist Ludoviko Matias says vibrant community structures have an important role to play in fighting child labour. He made the remarks on Wednesday at Kayembe Teachers’ Development Centre in Dowa at a training of community structure leaders for the Achieving Reduction of Child Labour in Support of Education (Arise)…