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…

Aford VP rebuffs SG on NEC meet

Alliance for Democracy (Aford) vice-president TanilaniChipeta has rejected calls for a national executive meeting (NEC) to decide on the party’s convention. The calls have come from the party’s elections and campaign committee chairperson Dan Msowoya who asked the party’s secretary general (SG) Christopher Ritchie to meet Chipeta to call for the NEC meeting. However, Chipeta…

Aford leadership battles refuse to die

Leadership wrangles refuse to die in Alliance for Democracy (Aford) as the party’s secretary general Christopher Ritchie has warned party president Enoch Chihana of a legal action for allegedly undermining his position. Ritchie said in an interview on Wednesday Chihana is assigning duties of the secretary general to deputy secretary general Grace Tchupa despite that…

Msowoya demands Aford convention

Alliance for Democracy (Aford) Elections and Campaign Committee chairperson Dan Msowoya has called on the party’s secretary general (SG) to guide the party to a fresh convention, arguing the absence their leader Enoch Chihana is affecting plans for the indaba. Prior to the May 21 Tripartite Elections, the party held two different conventions which were…

Govt redeploys interdicted Kasungu municipal boss

Government has redeployed former Kasungu Municipality chief executive Stuart Ngoka who was interdicted in 2018 following allegations of abuse of office. A letter from Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development signed by Principal Secretary (PS) Charles Kalemba says Ngoka will now serve as the ministry’s desk officer for urban councils. Reads the letter: “This…

MDF, protesters in running battles in Mzuzu

Demonstrations to push for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah ended in running battles between Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers and some protesters who turned violent across Mzuzu City yesterday. The protesters were apparently against a peaceful march conducted earlier under the close watch of MDF soldiers after Mlawi Police Service…

Zambians, Malawians arrested for ivory deals

Police have arrested two Zambians and two Malawians for allegedly transporting pieces of ivory from Kasungu to Mzimba. Northern Region Police spokesperson Peter Kalaya yesterday confirmed the arrest of the four at Jenda in Mzimba and identified the Zambians as Jailos Banda of Khalira Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwase and Julius Thosi of Thosi Village,…

APM boos mar Mzuni graduation

Despite delegating newly appointed vice-chancellor John Kalenga Saka to preside over the Mzuzu University graduation on Friday, President Peter Mutharika’s name was booed each time it was mentioned. Mutharika, who is Chancellor of the university, delegated Saka to preside over the ceremony, which was shifted from Mzuzu Stadium to Mzuzu University football ground following electoral…

Irate vendors cause  havoc in Mzimba

Irate protesters suspected to be illegal vendors trading outside a designated market caused havoc at Jenda Trading Centre in Mzimba on Tuesday evening and allegedly smashed vehicles, looted shops and destroyed billboards. The people were allegedly protesting against a decision by M’mbelwa District Council to move them from an undesignated area along the M1 where…

Malawi warned on child labour

Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) and a non-governmental organisation have warned that Malawi risks not meeting the 2025 target to reduce child labour due to failure to implement measures to end the vice. The sentiments by MCTU and Winrock International, expressed during the commemoration of the Child Labour Day in Rumphi on Saturday, come…

Alliance talks tough on tractorgate apology

Alliance Against Serious and Organised Corruption has said government’s regret over the flawed procurement and disposal of archaic farm equipment purchased using $50 million (about K37 billion) borrowed funds in 2012, is not enough. Instead, the alliance comprising CCAP Synod of Livingstonia’s Church and Society Programme, Malawi Law Society, Centre for Human Rights Rehabilitation and…

Ministry commits to fund Mzuzu City Council project

Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has committed to allocate K1.5 billion annually for a period of three years to carter for construction of Mzuzu City Council office complex. The project is part of local council offices government promised to construct in some districts to ensure that councils have proper structures. Speaking in an…