Teachers arrested for exam cheating

Police in Mponela have arrested five teachers on suspicion that they facilitated cheating during the 2018 Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education examinations at Mafosha Primary School in Dowa. Mponela Police Station officer Innocent Kasongo identified the five as Bazilio Watson,48, of Chatewa Village; Wilbesi Chithonje, 49, of Mafosha Village; Michael Jester, 29, of Mphunju…

Nkhorongo community demands end to illegal bars

Group village head Longwe of Nkhorongo in Mzuzu has said at least one person dies monthly due to excessive drinking of local alcoholic spirits. The chief said this at the first political debate for ward councillors organised by the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust held at Nkhorongo Community Day Secondary School on Wednesday.…

Zomba residents owe city K2bn in taxes

Zomba City Council (ZCC) has urged its residents to pay taxes to enable it deliver its services. The call comes against a background of residents owing the council K2 billion in 2017/18 taxes.   ZCC acting chief executive officer Mussa Mwale said this during a budget consultation meeting on Tuesday to enable the residents have a…

Fighting HIV the oral way

For Fanuel Master, the thought of taking an HIV test was frightening. It scared the hell out of him that a medical practitioner would know his HIV status. But in an instant, it all changed. The 24-year-old bicycle taxi operator at Dyeratu in Chikwawa recently took his first HIV test using an oral self-test kit…

Ipor powers Zomba City sanitation drive

Institute of Public Opinion and Research (Ipor) has given Zomba City Council (ZCC) a skip loader and eight skips valued at K36 million as part of a project to improve revenue collection. The donation is part of a research that seeks to assess whether residents would be more willing to pay city rates when services…

Mzimba yet to roll out HIV self-testing

Mzimba is yet to roll out  implementation of HIV self-testing services because people assigned to distribute the kits are yet to be trained. In an interview  yesterday,  Mzimba district acting director of health and social services  Lumbani Munthali attributed the delay to lack of trained distributors. He said: “The HIV self-testing programme requires distributors, who…

Mzimba cattle vaccination needs K400m

The Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development says it needs about K400 million to vaccinate about 80 000 head of cattle in Mzimba South in the wake of the foot and mouth disease outbreak in the district. The development follows a statement the Ministry of Agriculture issued on February 26 this year banning slaughter…

Floods: What needs to be done?

Severe floods in Malawi have affected about a million people and claimed 56 lives. This is not uncommon in the country. Between 1946 and 2013, floods accounted for 48 percent of major disasters, and their frequency and severity is increasing. They have occurred in 16 out of the country’s 28 districts, in both rural and…

MaBlacks charity show raises K1.2m

A charity show organised by Blantyre Press Club (BPC) in collaboration with reggae outfit Black Missionaries in aid of flood victims has raised K1.2 million. BPC president Blessings Kanache said patrons at the show enjoyed a ‘great’ performance from Black Missionaries and Anthony Makondetsa. “It was unexpected to have a huge turnup bearing in mind…

Churches walk for violence-free elections

Faith leaders, the civil society organisations (CSOs), politicians and civilians held a peaceful solidarity march in Balaka on Thursday violence-free elections. The march drew participants from Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), United Democratic Front (UDF), UTM, People’s Party (PP) and traditional leaders from Lilongwe, Machinga and Balaka. The Centre for Social Concern…

Food safety, agriculture trade high at AU summit

Delegates from the 55 member states of the African Union have been meeting in Accra, Ghana during the week conducting the biennial review mechanism for regular country progress reporting on the Malabo Declaration. In 2014 heads of states and governments agreed in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea capital to transform Africa’s agriculture for shared prosperity and improved…

Dan Muyaya set to drop new album

Renowned reggae artist Dan Muyaya has said all is set for the launch of his new album titled Luso Lamuyebona on March 24 at M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe. The artist has come back in the limelight after being quiet since dropping a single titled Ndidzayimba in 2015. In an interview, Muyaya said the 11…

EthCo plants 2 000  trees in Nkhotakota

Ethanol Company of Malawi (EthCo), a subsidiary of conglomerate Press Corporation plc, last week planted about 2 000 trees in Nkhotakota as part of its environmental conservation drive. Speaking during the event, EthCo chief executive officer Lusubilo Chakaniza said the firm, which produces ethanol, feels duty-bound to extend its environmental conservation drive through participation in…

No nation can claim to be food secure if the food is not fit for consumption. If it is not safe, it is not food.  This simple but profound statement highlights the huge role food safety plays in achieving food security. Most people think that food safety and management systems only apply to food manufacturers.…

Unlocking profitable soya beans

, a 60-year-old soya farmer from Mchinji, is cheerful by nature-but he has never been this happier. Malawi will soon have higher-yielding soya varieties for farmers like him and the anticipation for the more profitable options in the soya value chain is euphoric. “Every time I look at my soy trial plot, I can’t stop…

Hope for Chitipa healthcare service

Just  when most of the country is affetced by dwindling standards of health service delivery, Chitipa District Health Office (DHO) can brag about its success story, thanks to introduction of standard operating procedures (SOPs) by Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) under Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of Karonga Diocese.   Formulated…

When a life costs K800 000

Sitting on the veranda of a grass-thatched hut, in a remote village in Dedza District near the border with Mozambique, Mercy Maulidi struggles to recount how her 14-year-old son with albinism, was abducted by masked men in the early hours of February 12 2019. “I was fast asleep when my son, Goodson, yelled from his…

Public procurement board gets to work

Newly appointed board of directors for the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) last week got down to business when they met the authority’s executive management to lay the groundwork for collaboration. The PPDA board members include Amos Nyambo, Madalitso M’meta, Constance Musopole and Engineer Martin Chizalema. The Chief Secretary to the Government,…

Mainstreaming football reforms into Sulom

Last December, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) approved a raft of reforms promulgated by Fifa relating to term limits, financial disclosures, separation of powers and promotion of women in football. Some proposals initiated by local clubs were shot down. However, the challenge now is to ensure that the approved reforms cascade down to FAM affiliates,…