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…

50:50 campaigners fault Cabinet

  The 50:50 Campaign Management Agency, an institution championing gender equality in elected political positions, has faulted President Peter Mutharika for reducing the number of women in Cabinet from four to three in the 20-member team. But government has said women empowerment is more than being appointed to serve in the Cabinet. In a statement…

Court discharges Mzomera bankruptcy order

  The High Court’s Commercial Division in Lilongwe has discharged a bankruptcy order on Mzimba Hora legislator the Reverend Christopher Ngwira after he demonstrated ability to service the contested debt. Ngwira,  a former deputy Cabinet minister in former president Bingu wa Mutharika’s administration, was declared bankrupt in June this year after allegedly failing to pay…

Women must support  one another—Envoy

Through Icelandic International Development Agency (Iceida), Iceland is supporting the 50:50 campaign in Mangochi through the 50:50 Campaign Management Agency. The main focus is to have more councillors in the district although women can contest as members of Parliament (MPs). EDWIN NYIRONGO talked to Iceland charge d’affaires Agusta Gisladottir to explain about it and the…

Ntcheu chief admits failure in women empowerment

  Inkosi Champiti of Ntcheu has admitted that the district has failed to fight for equal representation of men and women in leadership positions. The chief said this in Ntcheu on Tuesday during an advocacy meeting with local governance structures which NGO Gender Coordination Network (NGO-GCN) organised through Gender Support Network (GSP). Ntcheu has no…

37 Neno women aspire for political positions

  Thirty-seven women in Neno District have expressed interest to contest in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections as members of Parliament (MPs) and councillors. This was revealed on Thursday when 50-50 Campaign Management Agency visited the district to encourage women to participate in the elections. Joyce Kachale from Neno North Constituency said people’s past…

Saved by goats

  Every time Caroline Alfonso, 17, hears goats bleating from a small kraal behind her home, she feels encouraged and empowered. This has been her feeling in the past few years. For three years now, Alfonso, from Tsebeta Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Ngabu in Chikwawa, has been kept in school by the goats in the…

Forum sees mindset change on LGBTI

The media forum on sexual minorities says there has been remarkable mindset change among Malawians on issues of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) which it attributes to improved awareness. The forum’s secretary Dalitso Chimwala said this in Thyolo on Saturday during a day-long meeting with journalists. “The media forum has helped to build…

Plastics ban: has government surrendered?

  One interesting thing about world order is that when security is mentioned, then it has to be physical. It should be security of a person, house or property. But one type of security threat that is generally ignored, or forgotten, is that of plastic bags. These things look simple, innocent and perhaps enticing. But…

Fire: Malawi’s children’s game?

  One thing that is difficult to understand is the politics of fire. Just like funerals in the advent of HIV and Aids, fire has made the country become hopeless such that it continues to cause havoc, destroying property worth millions of kwacha. For few examples, fire razed the office of former minister of Agriculture,…

Fertiliser plant to reduce fertiliser price

  Smallholder Farmers Fertiliser Revolving Fund of Malawi (SFFRFM) has unveiled plans to set up a fertiliser manufacturing plant in Blantyre as part of its five-year strategic plan. Speaking during the launch of the plan on Tuesday in Blantyre, the company’s chief executive officer Andy Kalinde said the plant will help to reduce the price…

Nice urges the physically challenged to register

National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has urged people with disabilities in Blantyre to register and vote in next year’s tripartite elections. Speaking during the meeting organised for  people with disabilities at Malawi Council for the Handicapped (Macoha) in Blantyre on Wednesday, Nice Blantyre Urban district civic education officer Henrie Gwedeza said people with…

Thyolo Teachers Sacco surplus up 200% to K51m

  Thyolo Teachers Savings and Credit Cooperative (Sacco) more than quadrupled its surplus to K50.9 million in the year ended December 2017 from the previous year’s K16.5 million, financial results show. Speaking at Thyolo Secondary School on Friday during an annual general meeting, the Sacco’s president Harold Namakhwa attributed the rise to growth in membership…

Phalombe shines in inclusive education

  Catholic Development Commission of Malawi (Cadecom) Blantyre Archdiocese has commended its Inclusive Education Project in Phalombe District primary schools for bringing together different children, including those with disabilities. Cadecom Blantyre Archdiocese introduced the project in traditional authorities Nazombe and Chiwalo where pupils mingle freely without any form of discrimination and segregation. Open Society Initiative…

Mulhako wa Alhomwe condemns column

  A Lhomwe cultural group Mulhako wa Alhomwe has condemned the Backbencher column which appeared in Weekend Nation of February 17 2018, describing it as insensitive to their culture. The article, titled Of Mutharikas and Tchopanomics, likened the country’s economy to what was known as Reaganomics when the United States of America (USA)’s economy was…

Understand local council budgets, urges Nice Trust

    National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has appealed to local government authorities to ensure that citizens understand key budget and public finance information. Nice Chiradzulu district civic education officer Boniface Phiri made the appeal at Mpama 2 Court in the district on Friday during a citizen budget distribution exercise meeting. Citizen budgets…

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