Briton murdered in Mzuzu

British businessperson Allan Michael Fay, 58, was found dead in a bush near his Lakeview Lodge on the eastern boundary of Mzuzu City. He opened the hilltop resort in 2011 and workers remembered him as a friendly person. His body was found about 100 metres from the lodge. Northern Region Police spokesperson Peter Kalaya and…

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…

Brave villagers rescue trapped flood victims

Some community members in Nkhata Bay demonstrated courage when they swam in flooded water to rescue about 20 people trapped in the floods on Monday. In an interview on Tuesday, Nkhata Bay District Council spokesperson Aliko Munde confirmed the rescue of the victims who were trapped for hours in farms around Limphasa River in the…

Compensation claims split shot Rumphi girl’s family

Differences have emerged among family members over compensation claims for nine-year-old Trizah Vinkumbo who was accidentally shot by Rumphi Police station officer George Kaleso. The girl was shot when Kaleso allegedly attempted to kill a stray rabid dog which was apparently disturbing his puppy. The girl’s father,  William Vinkhumbo based in South Africa, has engaged…

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…

Mzimba Solola aspirant pledges charity fund

Independent parliamentary candidate for Mzimba Solola Precious Chisi has pledged to establish a charity to support the elderly and other less privileged people in the constituency. Speaking in an interview on Monday, the aspirant said the organisation will start this year. He said he will invest K50 million in the organisation and will also seek…

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…

Fight over witchcraft leaves 26 homeless

Twenty six people, including the elderly and 14 children have been left homeless in Karonga after a mob demolished and burnt their houses for allegedly practising witchcraft. The 26 were attacked on Sunday after one of them was accused of orchestrating the missing of his father Youngson Mwangaipe in February 2018. The victims, who have…

MDF, Raiply corner encroacher in Viphya Plantation

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers and Raiply officials have impounded a truck loaded with logs believed to have been stolen from Viphya Plantation. Northern Region Police spokesperson Peter Kalaya on Thursday confirmed the arrest of Donald Mwenitanga in the plantation by MDF soldiers and Raiply officials. He said Mwenitanga entered the plantation illegally and failed…

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)…