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…

Mulanje council applauds NGOs, stakeholders’ roles

  Mulanje District Council has expressed satisfaction with the roles non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other service providers play in the district. The council’s vice-chairperson Samson Makwinja said this on Friday at Chambe Primary School in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkanda in the district during a democracy fair organised by National Initiative for Civic Education Trust (Nice)…

Mulanje magistrate advocates rule of law

  Mulanje magistrate Smart Maruwasa says despite rumours of bloodsuckers that affected some districts in the Southern Region, there is need to maintain law and order. The magistrate said this in Mulanje on Friday during a meeting National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust organised on blood sucking incidents and the rule of law. “No…

Nkando police extended structure demolished

  The extended part of Nkando Police Unit in Mulanje has been demolished allegedly because the work was substandard. During a tour of projects under Constituency Development Fund (CDF) projects in Mulanje West Constituency, which National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust organised in August this year, it was learnt that the unit was poorly…

BT Nice hails peaceful debate in Ndirande

National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has hailed candidates in Ndirande Makata Ward  in Blantyre Malabada Constituency for conducting a peaceful debate. Nice Blantyre district civic education officer Henry Gwedeza said this on Monday at Makata Primary School during a debate the organisation held for those contesting in the ward during the October 17…