400 villages declared open defaecation–free in Dowa

  Over 400 villages in Traditional Authority (T/A) Dzoole in Dowa have been declared open defecation free (ODF) by the Ministry of Health, thanks to a Concern Universal project. Speaking during certificate presentation to Senior Chief Dzoole at Chisanja Community Ground, Concern Universal chief water, sanitation and hygeine (Wash) adviser Masauko Mthunzi said they embarked…

Teacher dies after excessive beer drinking in Karonga

A 31-year-old teacher at Maghemo Secondary School in Karonga died  on Monday after  excessive beer drinking, according to police. Karonga Police Station spokesperson Enock Livasoni identified the teacher as Iraq Mlauzi. He said the incident happened at around 1pm when Mlauzi went to Nthulawitule  Bar while already drunk. “When he arrived at the bar, he…

Machinga court convicts charcoal sellers

  Machinga Magistrate’s Court has sentenced three men to nine months imprisonment each for being found in possession of charcoal contrary to Section 68 of the Forest Act. Police prosecutor Rodrick Kamuona told the court that Matchani, 50, Kenneth Saveya, 35, and Kaunda Wailesi, 42, were found in possession of some bags of charcoal at…

Salima communities hail Wolrec for women empowerment

  Communities from Fisi in Traditional Authority (T/A) Maganga in Salima say ignorance is affecting the socio-economic empowerment of women in the area. They said this on Thursday during the commemoration of International Day of Rural Women which Women Legal Resource Centre (Wolrec) organised. One of the members, Adam Saidi, said awareness campaigns can unlock…

EU impressed with women empowerment in Salima

  European Union (EU) head of delegation to Malawi Marchel Gerrmann has commended Salima National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust for its efforts towards women involvement in political, economic and developmental activities. Speaking after touring Salima Nice offices, Gerrmann said besides women empowerment, there is need to enhance citizen voices and promote duty-bearers and…

10 years for human trafficking

  Chitipa Magistrate’s Court has sentenced  Felix Mkisi, 44, to 10 years imprisonment for human trafficking. Police arrested  Mkisi at Iromba-Mbirima Roadblock in Chitipa  after being tipped off by well-wishers  that he was trafficking a 17 -year-old boy to Chunya in Tanzania to work in a tobacco field. Mkisi pleaded guilty and asked for forgiveness.…

Ntcheu clinic yet to open 15 years after completion

  A European Union (EU) funded Chikowa Health Centre in Traditional Authority (T/A) Phambala in Ntcheu is yet to open 15 years after its completion. The clinic has facilities  such as laboratory, consultation room, maternity wing, waiting area for patients and pharmacy, among others. “We wonder why government has not deployed staff to the hospital…

Rumphi youths decry high unemployment levels

  Youths at Bolero in  Rumphi have decried high unemployment levels and  lack of  vocational skills. The youths expressed their sentiments on Saturday at Bolero Trading Centre during a training on youth-friendly health services organised by Life Concern Organisation (Lico). “Many youths have no jobs or vocational skills that would help them fend for themselves.…

Youth group cleans Cape Maclear

It’s 7:30am on the southern shores of Lake Malawi in Mangochi. Mondays are supposed to be slow days in Monkey Bay, one of the numerous eminent tourist destinations in the country. But the beach is rather lively. Sixteen boys and girls have gathered at Chembe—a scenic shoreline village at the heart of Cape Maclear. The…

Trained to kill, skilled to heal

  He has fought in Mozambique. He has been to the volatile jungles of war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Sergeant Harvey Mafuta, who was trained and armed to defend his country, says his military  career has taught him the value of life. It all started in the early 1990s when he graduated from the…

Ntcheu Nice calls for knowledge boost

  National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust says only knowledgeable duty-bearers can effectively develop their communities. Speaking on Wednesday at Masasa in the district after a two-day citizen assembly meeting for 48 development structure members, Ntcheu Nice district civic education officer Alinafe Chikakuda said duty-bearers should be conversant with local government procedures to effectively…

Mzimba councillors doubt programme success

  Councillors in Mzimba fear that shortage of teachers in primary schools will affect the successful implementation of the National Reading Programme (NRP). The councillors expressed their concern  on Wednesday at Mzimba Community Hall during a council meeting. The council’s education committee presented a report on the NRP  which, among others, would see learners in…

Animal magic: A safari holiday to Liwonde

  Liwonde National Park has hogged international headlines following the start of a process of moving elephants to Nkhotakota Game Reserve. Daily Star reporter MALCOLM TATTERSALL visited the tourist destination in August and he gives a different viewpoint through the eye of an adventure-seeker from abroad. I do not want to sound like I am…

Makawa wins Airtel Golf, donates prizes

  Nickson Makawa ended his long wait for a major title after winning the Airtel Malawi Golf Tournament at Thyolo Sports Club (TSC) on Sunday with 45 points. Makawa, who is Airtel Malawi zone manager for Eastern Region, overcame a field of 78 golfers and pushed seasoned golfers Sopie Kayira (44 points) and Willet Kalonga…

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:…