DPP North endorses Goodall for VP

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials in the Northern Region have endorsed Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe as the region’s vice president at the party’s coming convention DPP will hold its convention on July 1 to choose leaders. The party endorsed-president Peter Mutharika as its presidential candidate but other positions will have…

Mzuni petitions IG over security lapse

  Mzuzu University  (Mzuni) students have petitioned acting Inspector General of police (IG) to intervene on robberies that are affecting universities and colleges. The petition, dated June 13 signed by Mzuni Students Representative Council (Muscrec) president Crispin Gama, is coming in the wake of rampant theft of laptops and cell phones at Mzuni.   In…

DPP governor makes u-turn on illegal vending

  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor (North) Kenneth Sanga, who was accused of breeding street vending in Mzuzu, has endorsed the idea of flushing out illegal vendors. The development followed a visit to the market and streets by Mzuzu City Council (MCC) and other stakeholders. The illegal vendors were uncooperative to move into designated…

High Court rebuffs residents’ injuction

  The High Court in Mzuzu has thrown out a residents’ application for an injunction to stop construction of a tarmac road in Mchengautuwa Township until Mzuzu City Council (MCC) compensates them. Thirty-five residents, through lawyer Leonard Mbulo, dragged MCC and Plem Construction Company Ltd to court for failure to compensate them after their property…

Siblings arrested for arson

  The First Grade Magistrate’s Court in Mzuzu has sentenced three family members for torching a house and a shop in Mzimba district. The court heard that on August 10 and 11 2017, Peter, Kamoza and Wedson Chione set on fire Julius Tembo’s house and grocery,  respectively, at Luhomero in the district. They were arrested…

Chihana talks on african parliament

  Early this month, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), during its sixth ordinary session in South Africa, elected Rumphi Central legislator Enoch Chihana as its vice-president for PAP Southern Africa Caucus. Our Reporter GEORGE SINGINI caught up with the Alliance for Democracy (Aford) parliamentarian to appreciate what the position in the regional caucus entails. Q :…

Government launches K550m bridge construction in Mzimba

  Government has launched construction of a K553.6 million Chakazi Bridge in Mzimba District after President Peter Mutharika intervened to alleviate transport problems in the area. The bridge will connect Mzimba Boma, Hora constituency and other areas where people face challenges to transport produce to markets and access hospital, schools and other social facilities  after…

Government , timber millers  in new deal

  Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mines has issued a special permit to Timber Millers Union  as one way of empowering it to repay its debt to the issuer. The new concession follows the union’s change of name to Reformed Timber Millers Union Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mines spokesperson responsible for environment…

Govt, CSOs clash over Education Act

Government says it is effectively implementing the 2013 Education Act, a claim which the Civil Society Education Coalition (Csec) has described as mere rhetoric. According to Csec, the Education Act of 2013, which is meant to improve education standards in the country, is gathering dust as government has not started implementing it. But Minister of…

K20m debt haunts Mzuzu City Council

  Sheriffs have impounded the official vehicle of Mzuzu City Council (MCC) chief executive  over a K20 million debt. According to court documents, the council in 2005 sold a house and a shop to Grace Mussa at K54 000 and K250 000, respectively. The structures were part of the houses the council had impounded from…

Special needs learners  cry for resources

  Mzuzu Government Secondary School special needs learners are going through a tough time in their studies as the school does not have books and equipment for special needs education. The school has 13 learners who learn in an improvised and poorly equipped resource centre. Speaking in an interview on Tuesday when Minister of Education,…

Mzimba records five murder cases in two months

  Police in Mzimba have expressed concern over increasing murder cases in the district. Since January 1 2018, the district has recorded five murder cases. Out of the five, three were recorded in February.  Ironically, the cases surfaced after police intensified campaigns against mob justice. Mzimba Police Station spokesperson Peter Botha said the deaths in…

Vuwa, lawyer resolve differences

Presidential adviser on unity and parliamentary affairs, Symon Vuwa Kaunda has settled the dispute with a lawyer who handled his case for a house anti-government protestors torched in Mzuzu City on July 20, 2011. Last week, lawyer Leonard Mbulo sued his client for failing to settle legal fees. They withdrew the claim for damages for…

Vuwa shelves K800m case

  Presidential adviser on unity and parliamentary affairs Symon Vuwa Kaunda has withdrawn a case in which he was claiming K800 million from government for his house torched by protestors on July 20 2011. He sued for compensation for the two-bedroomed house which housed the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) offices during the nationwide anti-government…

More woes for Vuwa Kaunda

  Barely a week after he was duped into paying K1.4 million in a land sale agreement, presidential advisor on unity and parliamentary affairs Symon Vuwa Kaunda has been dragged to court for failing to pay K800 000 in legal costs. He has been taken to court alongside his son Symon Kaunda who was representing…

Ghost projects irk RU chiefs

  Traditional leaders in Rumphi West have asked government to stop “taking citizens for fools” and making false promises. According to group village head Zung’uzu, chiefs will lead community members in a vigil to force government to construct Kamphenda Health Centre as promised in 2011. Treasury allocated funds for the project, but a contractor abandoned…