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…

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…