Dealing with  land-related feuds

Southern African countries continue to be riddled with land-related feuds starting at community level rising to the national levels. The feuds have a history of having serious consequences to socio-economic development at individual, family, national and even regional level. The southern African regional office for the United Nations-Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) has initiated a…

Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Teveta) established in 1999 celebrated clocking 20 years last year. The authority which was established as a regulatory authority in the job sector has also been instrumental in provision of skills training in technical and vocational education in the country. Our reporter, JACOB NANKHONYA caught up with the authority’s…

Festive season road accidents up 27%

Police have recorded a cumulative 62 road accidents during the  2019/20 festive season from 49 registered the same period in 2018/19, representing a 27 percent increase. This is despite joint traffic law enforcement and road safety awareness campaigns by the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) and police which started on December 20…

Lilongwe City queried  over Area 49 roads

Area 49 residents have taken to task Lilongwe City Council (LCC) to fix roads in their area which they say are in bad condition due to lack of maintenance. In their letter co-signed by block leaders Hopeson Namuru and a Mrs. Bophani as well as development chairpersons Hugo Mlewa and Anthony Chiumia, the residents want…

‘MDF will ensure peace  after polls case ruling’

The Malawi Defence Force (MDF) has said Malawians should not be worried about possible unrest after the Constitutional Court delivers its ruling in the high-profile disputed presidential election case. MDF Commander General Vincent Nundwe said this at the MDF end of year ball at Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe on Monday evening. “As the military, we…

‘The youth bulge  is an opportunity’

A professor of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Delaware in the United States (US), Professor HARVEY WHITE, visited the country alongside other professors and scholars ahead of a Consortium for International Management, Policy and Development (Cimpad) conference that is to take place next year. White believes Malawi has great potential to develop…

Dzalanyama: The bird haven

The deep and low cry from a hornbill (namng’omba) served as a welcome into the Dzalanyama Forest on one wet, warm morning. It was as though the hornbill sensed that there were people pursuing it to have a good look at it as the sound continued being distant as if it was walking away to…

‘It’s time to cut back on food waste’

About 25 percent of food produced for consumption in the country goes to waste in the production chain. This status quo happens throughout the world prompting World Food Programme (WFP) alongside other international bodies to launch the Stop the Waste Campaign which is advocating for people to use food in a manner that will not…

APM inaugurates Poppy Week

President Peter Mutharika yesterday inaugurated the Poppy Appeal Week in which well-wishers help the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) raise funds by buying the poppy flower. The funds go towards care of World War I and II veterans who are being kept in MDF memorial homes. To launch the week, Mutharika bought the first poppy flower…

Newly appointed Unicef representative, RUDOLF SCHWENK, will oversee the current five-year Unicef Programme of Cooperation with Malawi which runs from this year to 2023. He takes over from the previous representative, Johannes Wedenig. In this interview with our reporter JACOB NANKHONYA, he shares his thoughts about the new role. Excerpts: Welcome to Malawi. How do…

Malawi needs $3bn for power access for all

Despite only 11 percent of Malawi’s population being connected to the national grid, there is an opportunity for all Malawians to have access to electricity by 2030, a sustainable energy study has established. The study, launched on Wednesday in Lilongwe, indicates that full access to electricity in the country can be achieved with financial support…

In its efforts to help solve maternal health challenges in the country, Press Trust has donated K10 million towards Mother’s Fun Run (MFR). MFR is an initiative by Nation Publications Limited (NPL) where funds are raised towards addressing maternal challenges in a particular district each year. For the first time, this year, MFR is targeting…

Ulendo Airlink moves to boost local tourism

Ulendo Airlink, a low-cost airline, has introduced special flying rates for Malawians and people resident in the country to boost domestic tourism. The move, according to the airline, is expected to promote tourism and provide an opportunity for people to visit tourism attraction places. The company’s commercial service agent Azaria Manda said one has to…

Lilongwe drifts into gloomy outlook

Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has acknowledged that the city’s outlook is drifting into a gloomy ambience as shop owners are barricading their shops with metal sheets and burglar bars. The shop owners are doing this to protect their property from looting emanating from recent spate of post-elections demonstrations. LCC chief executive officer John Chome has…

Judiciary arms court marshals

The Judiciary has created a special security section in a move that will see court marshals receiving special training that will enable them possess and use firearms. This section will reduce the number of security officers that the Judiciary normally hires from the Malawi Police Service (MPS) during high security cases. Malawi Judiciary Security Committee…

Music, karate on Lulu’s album launch

Lulu’s launch of an album, Better In Your Arms, which took place on Saturday night at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe, brought to light the other side of the musician. As soon as he got on stage, Lulu said that apart from teaching music to the youth, he also teaches karate. He said…

State changes prosecutor,  date in Trapence case

The State has changed its prosecutor and adjourned to September 11 a case in which human rights activists Gift Trapence and McDonald Sembereka are answering five charges, including operating a non-registered non-governmental organisation (NGO) and fraud. The new prosecutor is Nepier Chafikana who is head of prosecutions in the Malawi Police Services (MPS) and is…

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