Parties ‘shun’ballots arrival

Despite being major stakeholders in the electoral process, political parties and Independent candidates shunned verification of arrival of ballot papers for the Tuesday May 21 tripartite elections in Mzuzu on Friday. Parties have since said they shunned the exercise after waiting in vain on Thursday, a day they were communicated to for arrival of the…

RBM eyes 6 months import cover

  The Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has unveiled plans to boost import cover from the current three to six months to ensure the country has enough foreign exchange reserves. But Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama), while welcoming the plan, argues it requires the intervention of various players. Speaking during a town hall meeting in…

WVM injects K14m in Mzimba-Karonga ECD

  World Vision Malawi (WVM) says it has invested K14.2 million in training 59 caregivers as part of its commitment to promote early childhood development (ECD) in Mzimba and Karonga districts. Speaking during a graduation of the caregivers on Friday, Mzimba WVM district manager Elarton Thawani said the institution wants all children to be educated…

RBM Governor says Cashgate tamed

Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) says it has contained Cashgate, the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill exposed in 2013, through strict scrutiny of government cheques. Speaking in an interview after a town hall meeting RBM organised in Mzuzu to interact with stakeholders in the city on Friday, RBM Governor Dalitso Kabambe assured the…

HRDC calls for arrest of Buleya cops

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has demanded the arrest of police officers implicated in the killing of Buleya Lule, a suspect in connection with the abduction of a person with albinism. A Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) report issued on Wednesday this week found that Lule, who died in police custody, was tortured before his…

Govt engages herbalists in TB fight

Ministry of Health has started engaging traditional healers in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) to ensure that more lives are saved and that the disease is eliminated. Speaking during a review meeting for TB activities and training for journalists in Salima at the weekend, National TB Control Programme (NTP) monitoring and evaluation officer (TB and…

Government releases K250m for protecting people with albinism

Government has released K250 million of the K3.1 billion allocated for implementation of the National Action Plan on Persons with Albinism aimed at protecting people with albinism. Both Association for Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) president Overston Kondowe and PS for Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Erica Maganga on Thursday confirmed…

More suspects arrested in Karonga fracas

Nine more people have been arrested in connection with the Karonga witchcraft-related fracas, bringing to 13 the number of suspects. Northern Region Police spokesperson Peter Kalaya yesterday confirmed the arrests, saying the 13, currently remanded at Chitipa Prison, are facing charges of theft, malicious damage and arson. He said the police are also working on…

Police commit to protect women in elections

Northern Region Police have said they will not tolerate any form of intimidation or violence against women taking part in this year’s elections. Speaking during training of station officers and operations officers on ending and responding to violence against women in elections, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Peter Chasweka said police will not condone…

Kyungu wants govt to ban herbalists

Traditional Authority Kyungu of Karonga has asked government to ban herbalists for allegedly promoting hatred among people and endangering their lives. The chief’s appeal comes after some families were attacked in the district on witchcraft allegations early this week. The attacks left 26 people, including 14 children, homeless. The victims had their homes demolished and…

Market vendors ban party flags in Mzuzu

Matabwa Market vendors in Mzuzu have banned flying of political party flags and other campaign materials in the market to ease tension between supporters of governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and UTM Party. Matabwa Market chairperson Gerald Maulana confirmed the development, saying they want to to avoid fights. “Supporters of the two parties have been…

Mzimba Solola candidates  to support local businesses

Parliamentary aspirants in Mzimba Solola have pledged to support local businesses by ensuring that materials for Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and other projects are sourced within the district. Eight candidates made the commitment on Tuesday when National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust and ActionAid Malawi organised a debate for them. United Democratic Front (UDF)…