Camp court bails out suspects in Nsanje Prison

Three homicide suspects who were given bail are still in Nsanje Prison as they cannot afford a K30 000 bail surety. This was disclosed at Nsanje Prison on Friday during a camp court organized by Sant Egidio. Lawyer Alexious Kamangila from Reprieve, who volunteers for Sant Egidio, told the camp court that Paul Misolo, Standford…

Mulli denies receiving money from govt

Mulli Brothers Limited (MBL) managing director Leston Mulli has denied receiving any money from government, and accused some Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leaders of creating stories to tarnish him and his business. He said this at a press briefing at his office in Chigumula, Blantyre on Friday following reports on social media that government…

Mulhako wa Alhomwe for three days

Mulhako wa Alhomwe says this year’s commemoration will take place for three days from October 11, with climax activities on October 13. Speaking during a preparatory meeting at Chonde headquarters in Mulanje on Saturday, organising chairperson James Chuma said the cultural group has planned a number of activities to take place during the time. “We…

Project helps Chikwawa girls

Chikwawa district social welfare officer Rosemary Mahata says Goat for Girls project which Stephanos Foundation is implementing in the district has helped many girls to continue with their education. She said this at Ngabu in the district on Friday when Stephanos Foundation presented certificates to beneficiaries of the project that wrote the Malawi School Certificate…

Mulhako wa Alhomwe to honour Bingu, others

This year’s Mulhako wa Alhomwe cultural festival will take place on October 19, the group has announced. Making the announcement at Chonde headquarters in Mulanje on Saturday, Mulhako wa Alhomwe chairperson Leston Mulli said during the celebrations, they will honour the group’s first patron, former president Bingu wa Mutharika, former chairperson Bright Mangulama and Paramount…

‘Protect girls from bad cultural practices’

Girls Empowerment Network (Genet) has asked parents in Mulanje to ensure that cultural practices do not affect girls’ education in the district. Genet project officer Oyamba Jimjim made the appeal at Chisitu in Mulanje on Wednesday during the closing of a two-day training of child protection committee members. Genet and Plan Malawi are carrying out…

Families recount ordeal in DPP celebration tragedy

Families of three children that died in Thyolo on Monday while celebrating the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) election win have said they are devastated with the deaths. Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) declared President Peter Mutharika as winner of the May 21 Tripartite Elections on Monday. The children—Rachel Dyson, 9; Felix Steven,12; and Chikumbutso Kapesi,12–had joined…

50:50 Campaign outlines setbacks

The 50:50 Campaign Management Agency says despite improved numbers of women winning in this year’s tripartite elections, the women faced a number of challenges. Presenting a statement in Blantyre yesterday, ActionAid Malawi women’s rights theme manager Chikumbutso Ngosi Ndaferankhande said patriarchy that is deeply entrenched in society which regards women as unfit to lead is…

Free, fair polls critical, Wolrec tells Neno voters

  Women’s Legal Resource Centre (Wolrec) has told voters in Neno District that free and fair elections play a critical role in democratic transitions and encouraging political liberalisation. Neno Wolrec Women Enhanced Active Citizenship and Economic Empowerment project officer Facio Gavern said this in the district on Saturday during a voter civic education financed by…

Chief urges politicians  to honour promises

Group village head Chaweza of Zomba has accused politicians of making promises which they do not fulfil after winning elections. He made the accusation at St Paul’s Primary School in the district on Sunday during a debate National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust organised for Matiya Ward candidates. In an interview, Chaweza said development…

Candidates trade barbs in debate

A debate organised by National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust in Machinga Likwenu Constituency candidates has exposed bad blood between former legislator David Lally (United Democratic Front-UDF) and former councillor Mc Donald Makanjira. During the debate in Liwonde on Saturday, Lally accused Makanjira of deliberately frustrating development activities when he was councillor to decampaign…

Parties dodge LBGTI debate

Politicians keep sidestepping the thorny question about same-sex relationships a decade after Tionge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were jailed. The country’s laws criminalise same-sex marriages and the then president Bingu wa Mutharika pardoned the country’s first gay couple “on humanitarian grounds” after a court handed them a maximum sentence of 14 years in jail. “These…

8 dead in Chikwawa floods

Chikwawa District Council says eight people have died as a result of floods in the district. The council’s director of planning and development (DPD) Douglas Moffat said this on Monday at Ngabu in the district when Stephanos Foundation distributed 150 bags of maize to some of the affected people. “In addition, about 120 000 houses…

‘Abambo zawakanika, yesaniko amayi’

Bungwe lomwe likumenyera kuti amayi akhale m’maudindo la Ligowe Community Development Organisation (Licodo) lamemeza anthu a boma la Neno ndi Mwanza kuti ayesereko kuvotera amayi. Mkulu wa bungwelo, Henry Machemba adati chidwi chawo nkulimbikitsa amayi m’mabomawo kuti apikisane nawo m’maudindo a khansala ndi phungu wa nyumba ya Malamulo. Machemba adati amayi akudziwa mavuto omwe anthu…

MCP faults bodyguards call at primaries

  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has questioned a call by the party’s Lakeshore Regional Office to ask aspirants to be accompanied by personal bodyguards to primary elections set for this Saturday. MCP spokesperson the Reverend Maurice Munthali said in an interview yesterday the arrangement was strange and promoting something the party does not believe in.…

Ministry to assist Chiradzulu, Phalombe female aspirants

  Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has assured women aspirants in Chiradzulu and Phalombe districts of support in their campaign for parliamentary and ward councillor positions in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. Chief gender officer Peter Yeresani gave the assurance in Phalombe on Thursday after meeting female aspirants. “We know that…