MCP quashes DPP manifesto

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera yesterday dismissed the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) manifesto as empty and self-contradictory. But reacting to Chakwera’s sentiments in an interview last evening, DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi said DPP’s manifesto is not empty, but “the one who said so is empty”. Chakwera expressed his sentiments during a…

Govt interdicts Nkhotakota DC

Ten months after Nkhotakota district commissioner (DC) Felix Mkandawire was sent on a forced leave, government has interdicted him over accusations of financial mismanagement and negligence of duty. Ironically, the beleaguered DC, through his lawyer, has dragged the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to court, alleging that “Mkandawire has been treated unfairly” throughout…

Vehicle rams into house, injures child

A lorry carrying bags of maize on Tuesday rammed into a house at Mpondagaga in Nkhotakota District, injuring a five-year-old child after it veered off the road.  Nkhotakota Police Station spokesperson Williams Kaponda confirmed the incident yesterday, saying the driver lost control of the vehicle before ramming into the house at around 6.30am. He said…

Floods cut off road, render 600 homeless in Nkhotakota

Correspondent Heavy rains have washed away a  road connecting Mpondagaga and Ngalatete villages in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mphonde in Nkhotakota, leaving about 600 people stranded. The road that passes through Bua Irrigation Scheme was yesterday submerged in water after  a week of incessant rains flooded Bua River and burst its banks. Scores of people were…

Project to reduce losses in fisheries

University of Malawi’s Chancellor College lecturer in food science and nutrition Charles Likongwe says the post-harvest fisheries management challenges are robbing the industry of its economic benefits. Speaking in Nkhotakota at a stakeholders meeting last week on a two-year Business Models for Scaling Improved Fish Processing Technologies in Malawi Project, Likongwe said proper fish processing…

Teveta tips private sector on varsity’s accommodation challenges

Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Training Authority (Teveta) board chairperson Gilbert Chilinde says demand for student housing in the country’s public universities and colleges should be regarded as a niche opportunity for investors. Chilinde made the remarks last Wednesday when Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Grace Chiumia toured Mbandira Community Technical College in…

Nkhotakota community  appeals for bridge

People living along Lokowa River in Nkhotakota have expressed concern over lack of a bridge on the river and have since appealed to duty-bearers to construct one. During a visit to the village by this correspondent, people were seen attempting to cross the flooded river using makeshift boats made from banana stems. A teacher at…

Nkhotakota District  Hospital rationing water

Nkhotakota District Hospital is rationing water following a shortage that has hit the facility, a development guardians say is negatively affecting their stay. The water problem has hit the maternity ward, the paediatric section, toilets as well as the laundry section. The hospital spokesperson Justice Malunga in an interview attributed the water shortages to power…

Chimunthu Banda wins DPP primaries

Former Speaker of Parliament Henry Chimunthu Banda has won the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primary elections in Nkhotakota North Constituency. The sitting Member of Parliament for the constituency, Frank Mphande, withdrew from the race. Chimunthu Banda has won the elections with 2 161 votes after beating two other contenders, Fyson Saenda who got 60 votes,…

Atupele says UDF not forming coalition

United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi has reaffirmed that he will be the party’s torchbearer in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections despite being in a working relationship with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). UDF is in a working relationship in Parliament with DPP and Muluzi is serving as Minister of Health in…

Education key to ending gender-based violence—NGO

  Network for Youth Development (NfYD) has warned that unless girls are empowered through education, they will continue to live in poverty and be victims of gender-based violence (GBV). The non-governmental organisation’s (NGO) national coordinator Agatha Silungwe made the remarks on Saturday during a debate and quiz competition held in Nkhotakota. The other participants came…

Met sounds floods, drought spell alert in Nkhotakota

  The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has predicted mixed fortunes in terms of weather in Nkhotakota with some parts experiencing floods and others dry spells. Presenting the district rainfall seasonal forecast on Monday, the department’s head of public weather services Yobu Kachiwanda said Nkhotakota will receive moderate-to-heavy rains which are likely to…

Community wants museum close to slave monument

  Communities around a monument in Nkhotakota where there was a stockade which housed slaves have asked government to construct a museum nearby to help boost tourism. In an interview, a community member, Karim Abdul Lasse, suggested that government should construct a museum at the place to sustain the country’s and the district’s history in…

UTM Nkhotakota office vandalised after rebranding

  The United Transformation Movement (UTM) had a rude awakening after unknown thugs damaged its office building in Nkhotakota in the early hours of Saturday. The incident came barely days after the movement moved into the building previously rented by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) at Nkhotakota Boma. UTM Nkhotakota district governor Leonard Chaunga confirmed the…

Govt extends DC’s suspension

  The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has extended the forced leave for Nkhotakota district commissioner (DC) Felix Mkandawire by three more months to pave the way for further forensic investigations. Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development spokesperson Muhlabase Mughogho yesterday said the extension of the suspension was made following recommendations from…

Police, locals clash in KK

There was commotion at Mkaika Trading Centre in Nkhotakota yesterday as an angry mob clashed with police as it attempted to break into a shop belonging to a Burundian national, accusing him of organising young men to have same sex. The suspected foreign national, Patrick Emmanuel, 42, allegedly hired a Malawian man identified as Andrew…

Kungoni Arts Festival for traditional dances

  People from all walks of life on Saturday converged at Kungoni Centre of Culture at Mua in Dedza for a cultural festival that featured traditional dances from across the country. The festival was organised as one way of encouraging people to maintain their culture and tradition through traditional dance and music. The well-patronised event…

Minister warns against selling voter IDs

Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Grace Chiumia has warned against selling voter identity cards (IDs), saying those caught will face the law. She was speaking in Nkhotakota on Friday at Chikwawe Primary School after touring some registration centres in the ongoing registration exercise by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC). MEC is conducting the…