Govt banks on inspectors to improve education

Government says failure to recruit education inspectors in the past years has heavily affected education standards in the country. Malawi has been operating with only 32 inspectors against a requirement of 208 inspectors to help evaluate the quality of education and identify shortfalls in the education system. Speaking yesterday in Mzuzu when opening a workshop…

CCJP joins post-election peace initiative

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Mzuzu Diocese has started senstise political parties, chiefs and faith leaders to prepare the masses for the presidential elections case verdict. The Constitutional Court has until February to determine the case in which Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and UTM Party’s Saulos Chilima are disputing the…

Project injects K647m to promote services in councils

The Local Government Accountability and Performance  (Lgap) programme has planned to invest  about K647 million in promoting good governance and quality service delivery in 28 local councils in the country. Lgap local government manager Mavuto Mkandawire said this last week when the institution interacted with civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Northern Region to brief …

HRDC to honour Chihana, July 20 heroes

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) plans to honour the late Chakufwa Chihana and people who died in the July 20, 2011 anti-government  demonstrations during World Human Rights Defenders Day celebrations. Speaking during a press briefing on Thursday, HRDC chairperson (North) Happy Mhango said Chihana and those killed in the July 20 protests played a great…

Govt urges companies to embrace value addition

Government has asked companies in the wood industry in Viphya Plantation to promote value addition on their products. Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining director of forestry Stella Gama said this on Friday when she inspected modern equipment that Consolidated Processing Industry (CPI), a Malawian- owned company, has procured to promote value addition in…

Body pleased with agriculture initiative

International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad) has commended Sustainable Agricultural Productivity Project (Sapp) for the impact it has made in women economic empowerment. Sapp project officer Kenneth Chaula, briefing the media on a tour of Nkhotakota District where they are implementing a Household Approach to Gender Mainstreaming programme, said Ifad honours those who do well.…

Mzuni students, staff hold joint protest

There was chaos at Mzuzu University (Mzuni) yesterday as students and members of staff held protests to force management address various issues affecting them. The students, who engaged in running battles with police after blocking the M1, are protesting management’s decision to bar students that have fees balances from accessing examination results and deny needy…

Egenco officials survive plane crash in Likoma

Three people including two Energy Generation Company (Egenco) officials have survived an airplane accident at Likoma aerodrome. The three, a pilot for Ulendo Airlink, Egenco spokesperson Moses Gwaza and Lyton Chauwa, an engineer at Egenco were on board the plane that operates between Lilongwe and Likoma via Mzuzu airport. Speaking in an interview soon after…

Community technical college delays opening

A community technical college in Likoma District is failing to open due to controversy relating to land acquisition.  Communities that claim ownership of the land have since blocked the opening of the college three years after its completion, in protest of the council’s decision to give the chiefs money for allocating land for the project.…

Rumphi chiefs strategise to foil demonstrations

Some traditional leaders in Rumphi District are reportedly planning to stop the anti-Jane Ansah and ‘Quota Must Fall’ demonstrations from taking place in the district. The development comes after recent demonstrations turned out violent—leaving shops looted, police and teachers houses destroyed and a number of businesses affected. The district’s demonstrations coordinator Moir Walita confirmed yesterday…

Mombera University projected to cost K54bn

Government has estimated that construction of Mombera University in Mzimba will cost K54 billion. President Peter Mutharika presided over the ground-breaking ceremony for the university about five years ago and indicated that government will be allocating money in the national budget for the university until it identifies a financier. However, in the proposed 2019/20 National…

Anti-quota movement sends last warning

Quota Must Fall Movement has given government 14 days to send home Form One students in public secondary schools and come up with a new selection failure which they will start holding vigils in the school. The movement, which held a peaceful march from Katoto Secondary School ground to Mzuzu Government Secondary School under heavy…

Govt warned on K500m youth centre allocation

Youth organisations have cautioned government on the continued allocation of funds to the construction of Mzuzu Youth Centre (MYC) while the project is not taking shape. This follows a K500 million allocation to the youth centre project in the 2019/20 National Budget. Government has been allocating money to the project since 2010. In an interview…

Vuwa triumphs in election battle

The High Court in Mzuzu on Monday ruled in favour of Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Symon Vuwa Kaunda, upholding him as winner of Nkhata Bay Central parliamentary seat. Former legislator  for the constituency Ralph Mhone petitioned the court to declare him winner or order a rerun, claiming there were irregularities during the…

Anti-quota group threatens secondary schools shutdown

The Quota Must Fall Movement on Thursday held a demonstration to warn government against upholding the contested secondary school selection and allowing students to report to school. Speaking during a press briefing in Mzuzu on Wednesday when the group announced it was going ahead with the demos, Quota Must Fall Movement secretary general Dan Msowoya…