Crime escalates after police abandon unit

Crime rate in Mphepozinayi, Ntcheu, has risen after the Malawi Police Service (MPS) withdrew from the area following disagreements over a new structure that was supposed to house the unit. Four police officers were withdrawn from Mphepozinayi Police Unit in July this year after MPS said the structure was not fit for a police unit.…

Ntonda people want road upgraded

  People of Ntonda in Ntcheu want the Manjawira-Biliat Road upgraded to facilitate smooth transportion of foodstuffs to Blantyre. Speaking during a meeting for members of Parliament (MPs), councillors, district council officials and Local Advocacy Network (LAN) organised by Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) on Monday, Ntcheu South MP Damison Chimalira (independent) said he has…

Farmers urged to grow local seed varieties

  Trustees of Agricultural Promotion Programme (Tapp) has urged farmers in Ntchisi District to keep and grow local seed varieties to harvest bumper yields. Speaking during a seed and food fair at Makanda Primary School ground in the district on Friday, Tapp head of programmes Winfred Chanza said it is only when farmers keep different…

‘Poverty, hunger  fuelling prostitution’

  Positive Steps, a local non-governmental organisation (NGO), has said engaging sex workers in village savings and loan (VSL) groups and encouraging younger ones to return to school can help fight HIV and Aids. Speaking in Balaka on the sidelines of a meeting to solicit funds to send young prostitutes back to their respective homes…

Lack of mobility riles Salima DHO

  Salima District Hospital has appealed to well-wishers to help in alleviating mobility challenges that have hit the facility. Salima district health officer (DHO), Bongani Chikwapulo, said this on Tuesday during a full council meeting. He said currently, the hospital has only three ambulances that are serving 19 health centres in the district. Said Chikwapulo:…

Combating child sexual exploitation

  At 16, Lindiwe has a one-year-old baby in Chinsapo, a densely populated township in Lilongwe. Like many other young Malawians, she mirrors a tidal challenge the country has to surmount to give children and the youth a hopeful life. Two years ago, the girl gave in to peer pressure, quit school and often left…

Citizens forums expose accountability flaws

  A community irrigation project in Kampanikiza Village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Masasa in Ntcheu that was supposed to receive 20 bags of fertiliser ended up receiving 14 while the remainder was pocketed by Area Development Committee (ADC) members. The fertiliser was meant for members of Tsanthi, Chimvula and Manyenje community schemes.…

Binauli: No violence

  Ministry of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development acting Principal Secretary Godfrey Kafere has said responsive skills development is key to the socio- economic development of the country. But Kafere has lamented the presence of multiple national qualifications and assessment systems in the Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (Tevet) sector. He said: “This…

Mzuzu Academy students win regional competition

  A video about six Mzuzu Academy students teaching English and mathematics to their peers from a local community-based organisation (CBO) in Mzuzu has won a British Council regional award called Your World Competition. The winners, namely Rahim Michael Sadik, Matthew Mbale, Wongani Lungu, Kike Nyirenda, Tamara Msachi and Tupochele Chatuwa were on Monday honoured…

Returns to labour in Malawi: How do we compare?

  My recent posts in The Nation and other fora have discussed the need for legal reforms as a means to achieving greater societal good, enhancing the adjudication of socio-economic rights and ensuring that Malawians are truly governed justly and convicts are sentenced in accordance with guidelines that do not defy logic. On the economic…

Nurturing soya beans as an alternative to tobacco

  Discussions in various forums, exposing its declining role as the country’s leading foreign exchange earner, point to the need for the country to find an alternative to tobacco. The picture looks dimmer when you factor in the challenges associated with its production—destruction of the environment, poor prices, child labour which has attracted the attention…

Lack of irrigation tools  worries Salima farmers

  Salima-based farmers have expressed concern over lack of irrigation farming tools, saying the situation has led to the reduction of agricultural output in the district. The alarm was raised on Tuesday when Peacock Seeds Company gave the farmers 1 000 kilogrammes (kg) of maize seed worth K1.2 million to enable them engage in irrigation…

Flying the flag

Music lyrical hustling in hip hop, often referred to as rapping, has mostly been seen as a male domain with just a handful females breaking. When one talks of female rappers the names that come to the gore include Foxy Brown and TLC’s Left Eye in a musical domain dominated by the likes of 50…

Masamba, Bashil promise victory

  Malawian boxers Limbani Masamba and Anisha Bashil—who have been in camp in Zimbabwe and South Africa for the past six months—have promised their fans  nothing short of victory in their respective bouts this Friday night. Masamba squares up against Mbiya Nkanku of the Oriental Boxing Promotions stable, Zambia, in the main bout for the…

Rise in defilement cases by youths worry court

  First grade magistrate Billy Ngosi of Nkhata Bay Magistrate’s Court has expressed  worry over  the rise in defilement cases, saying most of them are  committed by youths. Ngosi made the remarks on Tuesday when he sentenced 22-year-old Patrick Kamwanja to 12 years imprisonment for defilement. “Since January, the court has registered 14 cases of…

YCW cheer Makande prisoners, donate items

  Members of the Archdiocese of Blantyre Young Christian Workers (YCW), a Catholic youth movement, last Sunday commemorated St Joseph the Worker Day by cheering inmates at Makande Prison in Thyolo. The day, May 1, coincidentally falls on the same day as the World Labour Day. Over 150 youths from Phalombe, Mulanje, Thyolo, Blantyre, Neno…

Drought-tolerant maize rescues Malawian farmers

  Arecent World Food Programme survey has said the current El Niño-induced drought has put scores of millions of people in southern Africa, including Malawi, at risk of being affected by drought which has devastated agricultural production in the region. But there is hope for Malawian farmers following introduction of drought-tolerant maize varities, courtesy of…

 Neno council staff seals offices over salaries

  Neno District Council industrial staff on Wednesday sealed off the district council complex, demanding their unpaid three-month salaries and six-month salary arrears. One of the staff, Patrick Kabuthu, who is also a senior security guard, said they engaged the council secretariat on the issue, but nothing positive came out. “We have decided to seal…