Politicians, clergy, locals mourn Sam Mpasu

  Dirges, gun salutes and eulogies marked the last mile of veteran politician Sam Mpasu, who died three days ago at his Blantyre residence. The climax of the event came when the body was being lowered into the grave at Khuze Village, Traditional Authority Kwataine in Ntcheu District. The ngoma dancers tried their best to…

MEC chair warns against biases

    Justice Jane Ansah has threatened to instantly sack Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) workers who show political favouritism and rudely handle stakeholders, including voters. The MEC chairperson warned against political bias and misconducts when she opened a training for master trainers yesterday in Lilongwe. The commission expects the trainees to train new workers on…

MCP fires Kabwila, confirms suspensions

  Three days after convening a national executive committee (NEC) meeting, opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) yesterday came out of its shell and confirmed the dismissal of spokesperson Jessie Kabwila for alleged misconduct. During a news conference in Lilongwe yesterday, the party also officially announced the suspension of several top party leaders, including first vice-president…

Govt for Dzalanyama restoration

  Government has expressed optimism that the depleted Dzalanyama Forest Reserve in Lilongwe will be restored if the survival rate of trees planted in the 2016/2017 rainy season can be sustained. Government chief secretary Lloyd Muhara said tree seedlings that were planted last year survived by 78 percent, which gives hope that the once mighty…

Blockbuster, Riverside Hotel support 2018 Beauty Pageant

Hours before this year’s Miss Malawi regional finals for the Centre, electronic appliances and furniture merchant, Blockbuster and hospitality joint, Riverside Hotel on Friday showcased their support towards the event jointly managed by Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS). At functions held separately at the two companies’ offices in Lilongwe, Blockbuster handed…

A fishing village in trouble

A  Christmas dish turned out a nightmare for Charity Nkhoma when four family members started vomiting and opening bowels profusely. “We ate rice, meat and other treats befitting Christmas, but four people were hospitalised when they ate the remaining food without heating it first,” she said in an interview at Ngara fishing camp in Karonga.…

Beer, beef, beats and breast

Information and communication technology (ICT) in the education sector plays an important role, especially in the process of empowering the technology into the educational activities. Secretary for education in the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoEST) Justin Saidi has said technology such as the Internet if used appropriately can be the most effective way to…

Maize traders petition Parliament

Maize traders on Wednesday  petitioned the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture over the suspension of purchases of the grain by the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA). The suspension follows a government order to divert funds meant for NFRA maize purchases to State produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc). The traders presented their petition at…

US warns journalists against corruption ahead of 2019 polls

United States Embassy in Malawi has warned journalists against corrupt practices during the campaign period ahead of the 2019 Tripartite Elections, saying that could compromise the country’s hard-earned democracy. Addressing community radio station journalists on Monday in Lilongwe,  US Ambassador Virginia Palmer urged the media to adhere to ethical standards and not to be used…

UK says it cherishes military partnership with Malawi

  The British Government has said it cherishes its military partnership with Malawi which has lasted many years from the colonial era. Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of war veterans and ex-servicemen commemorations held at War Memorial Tower at Capital Hill in Lilongwe yesterday, British High Commissioner Holly Tett said the military relationship…

New MPs sworn-in, police block MCP supporters

  Three new members of Parliament (MPs), all affiliated to the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), were sworn in yesterday during a function that saw police officers blocking MCP supporters from entering Parliament Building premises. The MPs are Sosten Gwengwe (Lilongwe Msozi North), Ulemu Msungama (Lilongwe City South East) and Lawrence Sitolo (Nsanje Lalanje). They…

KA fundraises for junior’s orchestra

  Kamuzu Academy Orchestra on Sunday joined forces with Malawi Defence Forces, (MDF) Brass Band in concert to raise funds for buying music equipment for the school’s junior orchestra. KA director of music Donald Kaluwire said music interest is huge at the institution, hence, the need for new music equipment. He said: “The equipment we…

Sadc seeks to harmonise transport charges

The Southern African Development Community (Sadc) committee for ministers responsible for Transport and Meteorology says it is geared to start the process of harmonising charges transporters pay when passing through countries in the region. Committee chairperson Mmanare Mamabulo from South Africa said this in Lilongwe at the start of a week-long meeting. She said when…

New local movie set for premiere

Malawi is set to witness the coming of another movie to be premiered on November 25 at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe. The movie 16 Bars is a brainchild of Gilbert Moyo. According to Moyo, the movie tells a typical Malawian ghetto story of young people struggling to survive amidst HIV and Aids and social ills…