Staff shortage cripples council’s performance

Institutional capacity specialist at the Local Government Accountability Project (LGAP) in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Brenda Kacheche has singled out understaffing as negatively affecting councils’ performance. She was speaking in Nkhotakota on Tuesday during the project’s introduction to the district executive committee (DEC) members, where it transpired that in districts the…

Fire razes Mkaika Market stalls

Some traders are counting losses after fire razed makeshift stalls at Mkaika Market in Nkhotakota on Saturday night. The fire is reported to have started about 11pm and continued raging until 3am on Sunday morning, reducing property to ashes. On Sunday morning, traders at the market were seen rescuing what remained from the inferno while…

Nkhotakota Police seize Zim-bound cannabis

Police in Nkhotakota on Saturday seized cannabis sativa weighing 1 848 kilogrammes (kgs) which was reportedly being smuggled to Zimbabwe. Nkhotakota Police Station deputy spokesperson Paul Malimwe confirmed the interception of the illicit drug, saying two Zimbabwean nationals have so far been arrested. He said the contraband was seized from a truck at the boma…

NGO bemoans lack of SRH info among youths

Foundation for Community and Capacity Development (Foccad) has said lack of information on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV and Aids makes youths vulnerable to unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Foccad youth officer Moses Kaluvi said this during a two-day training of youth communicators in Nkhotakota District to empower them with knowledge on…

Water hyacinth haunts scheme rehabilitation

International Committee for the Development of People (CISP), an Italian non-State actor undertaking the rehabilitation of Chilingali Irrigation Scheme in Nkhotakota, has singled out water hyacinth (namasupuni) as an imminent threat to the scheme. CISP team leader Alufeyo Mwalukomo, whose organisation is rehabilitating 150 hectares, made the observation yesterday at a stakeholders’ meeting in the…

NGO reaffirms support to youths, women

Rebranded Youth and Community Development Organisation (YouthCode) has reaffirmed its commitment to promoting the welfare of youths and women. YouthCode executive director Robert M’baya said this yesterday at a news conference in Nkhotakota where the organisation unveiled its new name. He observed that the organisation has equiped youths with vocational training skills and pushed for…

NGO donates K11m items to flood victims

  Foundation for Community and Capacity Development (Foccad) on Saturday donated K11 million worth of relief items to about 200 children whose families were affected by floods in Nkhotakota. Speaking in an interview, Foccad executive director Dan Nthala said the non-governmental organisation reached out to the children because they were vulnerable, adding that their welfare…

Voting materials abandoned in Nkhotakota North East

Voting materials at Sanga PrimarySchool in Nkhotakota North East Constituency were yesterday left abandoned by polling staff, including security officers, who deserted the place. The polling station lies along the periphery of Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, about 10 kilometres off the M5 Road. A visit to the site at 12:05 pm found no Malawi Electoral Commission…

UTM Party aspirant proposes Sugar Act to protect farmers

UTM Party Nkhotakota North East parliamentary candidate  Andrew Katende has proposed the  enactment of a Sugar Act to protect sugarcane farmers from exploitation. The aspirant made the proposal on Saturday during a public debate organised by National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust in the constituency. During the debate, three of the area’s seven candidates…

Chiefs asked to promote rights of people with disabilities

Group village head Thanga in the area of traditional authority (T/A) Mwansambo  in Nkhotakota has asked fellow traditional leaders to promote the welfare of people with disabilities in their jurisdictions. The chief said this on Saturday when Evangelical Lutheran Development Service (Elds) conducted a sensitisation meeting on the rights of people with disabilities in the…

Track nutrition funds, lobby for more—CSO

Civil Society Organisations Nutrition Alliance (Cisona) has appealed to non-State actors advancing nutrition interventions to track resources approved for improving nutrition in district councils. The organisation made the appeal on Saturday at a Public Expenditure Training on nutrition funding at Mponela for its affiliates from Nkhotakota and Ntcheu. Speaking during the opening ceremony, lead facilitator…

Nkhotakota hospital staff  demand improvement

Fed up with challenges frustrating service delivery, some employees of Nkhotakota District Hospital yesterday petitioned the district commissioner (DC) to intervene and address the problems at the facility. In their petition, they mentioned transport woes, persistent water supply challenges as well as alleged flawed procurement processes as key issues to be addressed. In an interview…

UDF promises to transform Nkhotakota

United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential running mate Frank Mwenifumbo has pledged to give an Export Processing Zone (EPZ) status to four districts including Nkhotakota to ensure that more companies produce for export markets. According to Malawi Revenue Authority, an EPZ is an area approved by the Ministry of Industry and Trade for the purpose of…

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…

CCJP wants minor cases tried in informal settings

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) says it will engage the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to give a practice direction on Section 161 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Code to have minor cases  tried in informal settings. CCJP programme manager Enock Kamundi said this on Wednesday in Salima during a day-long…

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…