Too late for beach party

Delays in starting a pre-Sand Music Festival show almost spoiled a good event at Kabumba Hotel in Salima. Billed to start at 3pm, the show only started at 10pm to the disappointment of music lovers who had gathered for the event. The show was organised as a pre-event for the 2019 edition of the Sand…

Ministry hails Salima farmers for embracing research

  Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Food Security has commended farmers in Salima for championing research initiatives through farmer field schools under the European Union (EU)- funded Kulima Better project. Speaking on the sidelines of a farmer field visit in Salima on Friday, head of National Agriculture Investment Plan, Nelson Mataka, said localised research findings…

Minister warns chiefs against corruption

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa has warned local leaders against indulging in corruption. The minister cited reports that some chiefs are diverting public resources for personal interests.  Speaking on Monday in Salima during the elevation of Nelia Chazama Chibwe who was Sub-Traditional Authority (T/A) Salima to full T/A, Nankhumwa said corruption…

NGO distributes 60 bicycles in Salima

Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), through the Kulima Better project, on Saturday handed over 60 bicycles to village savings and loans agents from all 10 traditional authorities across the district to boost the saving culture and extension services. Speaking during the donation, EAM project district field officer Luster Mkandawanji said the project observed that most…

Forest by-law to improve catchment areas

Catchment area management interventions are expected to improve in Salima following the development of a forest by-law.  Presenting the law’s preliminary outcomes to Salima District Council, district forestry officer Adam Jason said the by-law has gathered enough information with emphasis on managing the district’s degraded catchment areas. He said: “We are optimistic that this by-law…

Salima candidates promise accountability

Local government candidates taking part in the ongoing debates in Salima have committed to promote transparency and accountability in the administration of development funds in local councils. The commitment follows concerns over mismanagement of Local Development Fund (LDF), Constituency Development Fund (CDF)as well as District Development Fund (DDF). Speaking during one of the debates on…

Apam to retain 100  students in Mchinji, Salima

Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) says it targets to retain 100 secondary school students with albinism in Mchinji and Salima through the K58 million Porticus funded Inclusive Education Project it is implementing in the two districts. Speaking during a meeting with parents of children with albinism in Salima on Saturday, Apam president…

Chief bars children from visiting island in Salima

Traditional Authority Makanjira of Salima has banned children from visiting Mbenje Island on Lake Malawi where over 500 fishers fish. Speaking during this year’s Mbenje Island opening ceremony on Saturday at Chikombe Harbour, Makanjira said the ban will give children of  school-going age space to concentrate on their studies. He said allowing children to venture…

Body for communication experts in hospitals

Visual Hearing Impairment Membership Association (Vihema), a body advocating for the rights of the deafblind, special needs persons, has expressed concern over continued lack of special needs communication experts in various public institutions such as hospitals. Vihema project coordinator Martha Momba raised the concern in Salima on Tuesday during a stakeholder consultation meeting ahead of…

Farmers lured to join cooperatives

Dedza district agricultural development officer Joshua Mphanda has urged farmers in the district to form groups and join cooperatives to boost their productivity and income. The officer made the remarks at Mtakataka on Thursday during a field day organised by Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli (Cisp) and Total Land Care (TLC) in Senior…

400 farmers graduate in farm business studies

About 400 farmers have graduated in farm business studies courtesy of the Malawi Lake Basin Programme in Salima and Mangochi districts. The graduating team underwent two-year practical sessions highlighting the use of gross margin, cash flows and other contemporary record devices in farm business. Speaking during the graduation ceremony in Salima on Monday, Malawi Lake…

Share practical manifesto—CCJP

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has advised Salima-based female aspirants to share realistic manifestos with the electorate as a strategy to win voters’ trust. CCJP head of commission Kondwani Mtonza said most legislators fail to retain their seats due to failure to fulfil their  campaign promises because they were not practical. Addressing the…

HIV/Aids low coverage worries body

Malawi Network of Aids Service Organisation (Manaso) has expressed concern over low media reporting on the new HIV and Aids Act, fearing it may affect knowledge sharing on HIV and Aids. Manaso development specialist Sarah Dale said this at a training workshop they organised for journalists in the district. She said the workshop sought to…

Land degradation alarming—Mzadd

Mzuzu Agricultural Development Division (Mzadd) experts have warned against increased land degradation, saying it erodes the country’s economic growth. According to Mzadd chief land resources and conservation officer McJum Thomas Chigowo, it is alarming that the country loses 29 tonnes of top soil per hectare every year. He made the remarks in Mzuzu on Wednesday…

Salima earmarks 834 hectares for afforestation

Salima District Council has set aside 834 hectares of degraded land to be restored under the Malawi Youth Forest Restoration Programme. Speaking during a full council meeting on Tuesday, Salima District Council Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee chairperson councillor Solomoni Dickson said the youth will plant and manage existing forests through clubs in their communities.…

Macoha urges positive disability reporting

Malawi Council for the Handicapped (Macoha) has urged the media to report positively on issues affecting persons with disabilities in the country. In an interview on Tuesday, Salima  Macoha administration officer James Chidzanja pleaded with the media to lead in changing people’s perceptions and attitudes towards persons with disabilities. He said despite making remarkable strides…

Salima community demands court

Residents of Traditional Authority (T/A) Makanjira area in Salima have demanded a court within their jurisdiction, saying they are tired of travelling 80 kilometres to the boma to access justice. They said their court stopped operations 38 years ago. The residents said they pay about K6 000 for a return trip to the court. The…

Over 400 000 ha of irrigable land idle

Despite being ranked as an agro-based economy, experts have revealed that most of the country’s potential irrigable land still remains unexplored. According to deputy director of irrigation Winston Sataya, over 400 000 hectares of land having a potential of being transformed into an irrigable land remains idle across the country. Speaking in Salima on Wednesday…

Group urges Salima locals to vote for women

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has urged Salima residents to vote for women in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections for the country’s meaningful development. CCJP Lilongwe governance officer Mwai Sandram said women aremore trustworthy in handling public funds than their male counterparts. CCJP Lilongwe governance officer Mwai Sandram said women aremore trustworthy…

Water, security woes hit Salima Secondary School

  Lives of 400 students at Salima Secondary School have become unbearable as the institution is facing water shortages and theft of students’ belongings. In a recent visit to the institution yesterday, it was observed that scores of students were scrambling for water from the only borehole at the school. Goats were seen roaming the…