Caregivers can avert social ills—NGO

Chisomo Children’s Club executive director Maggie Crewes has said the country needs more skilled caregivers in community-based childcare centres (CBCCs) to promote the Early Childhood Development (ECD) agenda. Crewe was speaking in Likuni, Lilongwe, on Thursday at the close of a two-week training of trainers for 20 caregivers drawn from peri-urban locations of M’gona, Ngomani,…

DPP drafts Chaponda, Dausi in PAC

Malawi’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has thrown in bigwigs Nicholas Dausi and George Chaponda into the Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament which is scheduled to interview the newly appointed Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) deputy director on a date yet to be announced. Their membership is effective last Friday. The two swap with Mulanje North…

Police in Kasungu have arrested 45-year-old Molen Zikieli on suspicion that he murdered a man he reportedly caught red-handed having sex with his wife. According to Kasungu Police assistant public relations officer Burton Mathewe, the deceased, 48-year-old Joseph Mazoni, was allegedly in a secret love affair with the suspect’s wife. “From the look of things,…

Lilongwe companies in attack scare

An anonymous gang is threatening unspecified random attacks on premises of several companies in Lilongwe, but the Malawi Police Service (MPS) has since called for calm amid claims that they are investigating. The companies on the hit list seen by The Nation include Puma Energy (Malawi) Limited, BAT, MultiChoice Malawi, Consip, Unilever and entertainment centre Mzansi. The…

Lutepo hands himself to police

Barely one week after declaring he was ready to face the law, businessperson Oswald Lutepo yesterday lived up to his word and handed himself over to police.Lutepo, upon arrival from an undisclosed location, drove straight to the National Police Headquarters at Area 30 in Lilongwe accompanied by his lawyer, Jai Banda. Malawi Police Service (MPS)…

Alliance One Tobacco Company says time has come for the country to consider adopting simple mechanisation to help boost the agriculture sector. The move has also been tipped to help eradicate child labour which stands to choke the country’s economic growth as the international community has intensified its campaign against trading in tobacco produced with…

‘Knowledge gap affects female condom use’

Health experts say there is need for collective, aggressive and sustained awareness campaign on the use of female condoms to help mitigate challenges facing the country’s reproductive and sexual health sector. Among others, the promotion of female condom use in the country is said to help scale down the spread of the HIV and Aids…

Malawi adamant on Fisp after AU appraisal

Malawi government has vowed to continue with the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) despite the initiative attracting continued criticism from various stakeholders. Recent reports on the programme highlighted nepotism, flaws in security, logistics and political interference as challenges ranking high. But speaking in an interview in Lilongwe on Friday, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Ulemu Chilapondwa…

Young Kenyan researcher wins World Food Prize

Thirty-eight-year-old Kenyan researcher Charity Kawira Mutegi has become the first African to claim the Norman Borlaug Award for field research and applications endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation. The award, also known as the World Food Prize, recognises researchers under the age of 40 who emulate the scientific innovation and dedication to food security demonstrated by…

AU, Agra sign pact to grow agriculture sector

The African Union (AU) commission has called on concerted efforts if Africa is to win its fight against hunger. AU commissioner for rural economy and agriculture Rhoda Peace Timusiime, made the remarks on Thursday in Maputo, Mozambique, during a signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Alliance for a Green Revolution of…

Maputo summit focuses on agribusiness

Over 150 world leading figures and experts in agriculture will convene today in Maputo, Mozambique, for this year’s African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). The forum will be graced by high level government officials, including African heads of State, farmers, business leaders and other private sector organisations investing in Africa’s agricultural future. AGRF is an annual…

Bible Valley Project in Malawi

What is Bible Valley Project all about? James Chimpweya talked to chairperson of the project’s communications and logistics Moses Kasitomu Officer to find out more. Tell us about this project. The project is an international Jewish-Christian initiative that began in May 2002. It envisions the reconstruction of 25 000 acres to relive various aspects of…

Rev Mhango to spice up Kilembe’s album launch

  Gospel artist Arnold Kilembe will this Sunday launch his recently-released third album, Ndikufuna, at Katoto Hall in Mzuzu. The Lilongwe-based gospel musician hopes to take the launch to Lilongwe a week later, before wrapping up with Blantyre on August 25 at Blantyre Cultural Centre. “I am planning for a double launch as I am…

  Central Region Gospel Musician Association (Cegma) has expressed reservations over conducting Gospel shows alongside secular artists. In an interview on Tuesday, Cegma president Lameck Soko warned that several cautions ought to be deployed prior to hosting such shows. His remarks come in the wake of “A date with the Stars” live music show which…

Deforestation is one of the chronic environmental challenges haunting sustainable development in Malawi. Despite multiple efforts exerted by various state and non-state actors to address the challenge, deforestation continues to reveal its ugly face. Although contributing factors are numerous and complex, the country’s over-dependence on firewood and charcoal for domestic cooking combined with inadequate alternatives…

Jacko Jana, Nyimbo deal turns sour

During the signing ceremony in January this year, the record label he signed a deal with said of him: “The musician who defines his genre as world music, but one cannot mistake the fact that this music is purely and genuinely Malawian.” Many have also described Jacko Jana as an artist who represents the revival…

SA Embassy, others donate on Mandela Day

South African High Commissioner to Malawi Cen Mbuyane-Mokone has said the world could be a better place if all humankind committed itself to uplift the lives of the underprivileged. She was speaking on Thursday in Lilongwe when she led a delegation of South African business community in the country in donating items worth millions of kwacha to…

‘My womb, my choice’

Sex is widely believed to be mainly for procreation; to produce offspring. Only a few species of animals, such as humans, Bonono monkeys and dolphins are said to have the privilege to have sex for pleasure. Otherwise, all the others, including plants, mate out of the primal need to produce offspring and increase the genetic…