CisaNet urges transparency in budget formulation

Civil Society Agriculture Network (CisaNet) has urged agriculture stakeholders to be transparent in formulating district agricultural budgets. CisaNet head of programmes Alfred Kambwiri said this in Mchinji on Monday during a presentation on the recently launched National Agriculture Investment Plan (Naip) . With funding from Oxfam Malawi, CisaNet is popularising Naip in Lilongwe, Karonga, Mzuzu,…

APM assures Salima flood victims of more support

President Peter Mutharika has assured flood victims in Salima that government will support them to bounce back to their normal lives. Mutharika said this yesterday afternoon when he visited the victims in Traditional Authority (T/A) Pemba’s area in the district. In the company of Vice-President Saulos Chilima, Mutharika handed over relief items, including 600 bags…

Magga stands against alcohol abuse

  Malawi Girl Guides Association (Magga) has condemned parents who abuse alcohol, saying the behaviour influences the youths who emulate it, in the process, affecting their future. Chief commissioner for Magga, Mary Ngwale, said this on Tuesday in Lilongwe during an annual campaign against drug and alcohol abuse which was held at Traditional Authority (T/A)…

Mangochi fishers vow to conserve environment

  Fishers at Msaka Beach in Mangochi have embarked on environmental conservation campaign to counter the impact of deforestation on the fish industry. Group Village Head Chimphamba whose area in Traditional Authority Nankumba covers the beach, said the fishers and the community have collaborated to replant trees and start using fuel-saving ovens for drying the…

Emily’s love for wood

Entering Emily Mpulula’s home at Area 47 in Lilongwe, you immediately notice an unbreakable bond that exists between this young woman and art. Unlike many homes which look completely ‘artificial’ because of the furniture they have, Mpulula’s home is ‘natural’—dominated by items which are made from tree stumps. Mpulula says: “I’m in love with wood…

Joining hands to curb GBV

  Government of Malawi and the United Nations (UN) agencies are working together in the fight against gender-based violence-a spirit togetherness that has led to revision of action plan that calls for stronger ties to end the malpractice. Recently, the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare joined forces with the UN family to…

Fighting HIV at Dzaleka

It is around 6pm at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa, precisely along the road called Blantyre, a name derived from Malawi’s commercial city located in the Southern Region. The road is busy with pedestrians and on the edges are women, selling locally brewed beer such as Kachasu, Mgoligoli, Ntonjani and Kanyanga. Ladies of all ages…

T/A Mwansambo area  declared ODF

The Ministry of Health has declared the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwansambo in Nkhotakota open defaecation free (ODF), bringing the number of ODF areas in Malawi to 29. Speaking on Friday during a field day WaterAid and Participatory Development Initiative (PDI) organised with funding from Australian Aid, the ministry’s zonal health officer Jane Namasasu…

Police recover stolen vehicle

  Police in Kasungu have recovered a vehicle which was stolen early this week after the suspected robber abandoned it. On Tuesday Kasungu Police Station deputy spokesperson Harry Namwaza said a taxi driver, Isaac Zimba, 27, was on Sunday driving a motor vehicle registration MJ 5646 when he picked a passenger who later stole the…

Police intercept 16 bags of chamba

  Police in Kasungu have arrested Noel Matimati, 25, Andrew Moshe, 29, and Harry Kadzandira, 25, for being found in possession of Indian hemp. Kasungu Police Station deputy spokesperson Harry Namwaza said police were tipped-off that a minibus travelling from Shayona towards Chasato was suspected to have carried Indian hemp. Namwaza said: “Police mounted a…

Whenever we talk about community or national development, media becomes a hub. Yes, media is the light. It enlightens and updates people on progress of various development projects either at national or community level. Imagine the world without media. People would be waking up and going back to bed without knowing what is going on…

Mchinji students urged  to have role models

Students at Misale Community Day Secondary School in Mchinji have been urged to have role models and avoid peer pressure so to achieve their goals in life. African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (Award) 2015 fellows Zione Kalumikiza and Veronica Guwela said this on Friday during a role modelling event at the school. On…

Lilongwe widows urged to be self-reliant

  Widows Hope Africa (WHA) has encouraged widows in Lilongwe to be self-reliant by engaging in various businesses. WHA executive director Elizabeth Banda said this in Lilongwe yesterday during a business skills training for widows. She said: “Widows Hope Africa believes that women are an important part of the solutions needed to truly overcome poverty.…

Mchinji applauds  social cash transfer

  People of Mchinji have applauded the social cash transfer programme (SCTP) which government is implementing, saying it is improving their lives. Speaking during the visit to the district by Social and Community Affairs Committee of Parliament on Friday, one of the beneficiaries, Patrick Chikopa, from Kapatuka Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mkanda said his life…

MHRC tips CSOs on gender equality

Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has told civil society organisations (CSOs) to nominate equal number of male and female potential commissioners when they are asked to submit nominees. MHRC chairperson Justin Dzonzi said this on Tuesday in Lilongwe during a sensitisation meeting on Gender Equality Act (2013) and the role of CSOs on nominating commissioners…

Fraudsters duping tobacco farmers

  Suspected fraudsters are duping tobacco farmers in some tobacco growing districts in the Central Region by collecting a booking fee for tobacco sales at Lilongwe Auction Floors. According to random interviews we conducted with farmers in Dowa, Ntchisi, Mchinji, Lilongwe and Kasungu districts, the fraudsters are collecting a minimum of K3 000 per farmer…

Magga tips parents on  being role models

  The Malawi Girl Guides Association (Magga) has urged parents from Mitundu in Lilongwe to be role models for their children by avoiding excessive beer drinking and smoking. Magga chief commissioner Mary Ngwale made the appeal on Saturday to 50 couples from Mpatsankhondo Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chiseka in Lilongwe when they went to the…