279 displaced in Dwangwa floods

Heavy rains yesterday caused Dwangwa River in Nkhotakota to flood, leaving scores of people displaced and  affecting traffic as motorists were left stranded. Disaster Management Affairs officer George Zibophe said in an interview last evening that a preliminary assessment established that about 279 people have been displaced by the floods. He said the affected people…

Salima council staff protest over wages

Salima District Council employees yesterday downed tools in protest against the council’s failure to pay them their three month salaries. The staff comprising security guards, cleaners, drivers and revenue collectors also threatened to seal the council offices if the council failed to pay them. According to a letter dated February 4 2020, the disgruntled staff…

M5 closed, traffic re-routed

Heavy rains caused severe damage to the M5, which has become impassable between Nkhotakota and Salima, forcing the Roads Authority (RA) to close it to motorists. RA spokesperson Portia Kajanga said on Friday that the road has been cut off at Lingadzi Bridge, 29 kilometres (km) from Kaphatenga and 73km from Nkhotakota, after the bridge’s…

Public hospitals on cholera alert

With some parts of the country receiving heavy rains which have resulted in flooding, public hospitals in cholera-prone places say they are on high alert and are closely monitoring the situation for any possible outbreak. Spot-checks in Mangochi, Lilongwe, Nkhotakota and Karonga districts show that health authorities have stepped up efforts to detect and treat…

Don’t vandalise road equipment—RA

The Roads Authority (RA) says it is dangerous for people to vandalise culverts and bridges, because this may cause loss of lives through wash-aways and road damages, especially in rain seasons. RA spokesperson Portia Kajanga made the plea on Friday when briefing Nation on Sunday that incessant rains that fell in the past couple of…

Sleeping sickness kills 3 as Tsetse-flies plague Nkhotakota

Fear has engulfed communities living close to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve following the death of three people while others are in critical condition after suffering from sleeping sickness. The latest death is of 22-year-old Dorothy Banda from Tongole Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mphonde, who died on Friday at Nkhotakota District Hospital after being diagnosed with…

PS frowns at violence against children

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Erica Maganga has condemned violence directed at children in the country and reaffirmed their protection. Maganga said this yesterday at Nkhotakota District Hospital after cheering up nine-year-old girl, whose mother scalded her with hot water last Sunday, wounding her on the stomach and…

Fishers clash in Nkhotakota

There was commotion at Chipala Beach Village in Nkhotakota on Wednesday when a group of local fishers from Kapeta and migrant commercial fishers clashed over alleged sabotage. Three people from Kapeta were injured during the fight and were treated as out-patients at Nkhotakota District Hospital. When contacted, Nkhotakota Police Station deputy spokesperson Paul Malimwe said…

Government to distribute 8 129MT maize to avert hunger

Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji says government has set aside 8 129 metric tonnes of maize for a once-off food distribution exercise targeting households that are facing hunger in the country. A latest Malawi Vulnerability Assessment (Mvac) report indicates that 1 062 674 people face hunger and need urgent food assistance nationwide. Speaking yesterday when he visited…

Persons with albinism get security gadgets in Nkhotakota

Government  has distributed security gadgets to persons with albinism (PWAs) in Nkhotakota. The donation is part of the National Action Plan (NAP) for PWAs which President Peter Mutharika instituted early this year. Government has allocated K3.1 billion towards the implementation of the plan. The distribution exercise took place in Senior Chief Malengachanzi’s area on Thursday. …

Construction workers cry foul over wages

Workers on a girls’ hostel at Mwansambo Secondary School in Nkhotakota District have accused their employer of not paying them wages for 12 months. Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) is constructing a hostel, kitchen, a matron’s house and a hall at the school. The works began last year. However, a tour of the…

Dwangwa Round Table empowers visually impaired learners

Dwangwa Round Table 69 has donated braille materials and sport equipment worth K1 million to visually impaired learners at Nkhotakota Primary School. Speaking after the handover on Saturday, the tablers’ project officer Philip Mwanza said the donation will enhance the education capacity of learners with visual impairment. “We contacted Nkhotakota District Education office on how…

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…

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