Mtwara Development Corridor faces hiccups

A cold war has ensued between two government departments over a piece of land which is reserved for the expansion of Nkhata Bay Port in readiness for the regional Mtwara Development Corridor, Our Reporter JOHN CHIRWA investigates. A stone’s-throw away from the shores of Lake Malawi at Nkhata Bay Port, stands a gigantic one-storey building. It…

Masauko Chipembere’s self-titled album

United States-based Malawian musician Masauko Chipembere Jnr officially released his self-titled album on Sunday, June 16. The album is now available on various online music platforms. “We are celebrating our fathers with the release of the album Masauko,” screamed a notice on Chipembere’s official Facebook page to announce the release of the album. “This album…

Govt tipped on achieving UHC

Government should employ adequate health personnel if the country is to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as outlined in national policies, health experts have said. Speaking during a graduation in Mzuzu on Friday, St John of God College of Health Sciences principal Flemmings Nkhandwe said the 60 percent vacancy rate in the Ministry of Health…

Tama punches holes in new Tobacco Act

Tobacco Association of Malawi (Tama) has said despite the new Tobacco Industry Act being friendly to tobacco growers, it has some provisions that need to be revised. Speaking on the sidelines of a stakeholders outreach programme launch in Rumphi on Saturday, Tama chief executive officer Felix Thole said the new Act prohibits deduction of a…

Vote of no confidence for former Nkhata Bay MPs

  Voters in Nkhata Bay have expressed a vote of no confidence in five of the six former legislators who represented the district’s constituencies in Parliament. Former minister of Labour Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Grace Chiumia is among the casualties after losing to her long-time challenger Crispin Chanju Mphande of UTM Party. Unofficial results…

Hoes, ploughs and tractors

  Rice growers in Karonga illustrate how smallholder farmers in Malawi can use simple machines to simplify their back-breaking work. Owning an ox-drawn plough has made it easy for  Livingstone Mwangwela, 32, to till his three-acre rice field. In 2017, He bought the plough and two bulls at K450 000 to cut costs of hiring…

PP’s Ralph Mhone challenges results

  Former leader of People’s Party (PP) in Parliament Raphael Mhone has challenged unofficial results in the Nkhata Bay Central Constituency parliamentary election where he has lost with three votes. The former legislator, a lawyer by profession, is calling for annulment of the results and a re-run, failing which, he said, he will contest the…

What breaks farmers backs?

  Since he  ventured into farming in 2012, Brian Kumwenda has never used any other tool, except a hand hoe he inherited from his parents. The 35-year-old feels weary of the traditional way of farming. “Farming using a hoe is back-breaking,” he says. “It takes a month to till and make ridges in our crop…

Nkhata Bay farmers cry for markets

  Smallholder farmers at Makumbo in Nkhata Bay have decried lack of markets for their crops which they say is limiting efforts to take up farming as a business. Speaking during a field day on Friday, a groundnuts farmer Kachikuwa Mwale said Makumbo is an excluded area located away from conventional markets. He said vendors…

Luanar saves Rumphi livestock from thirst

  Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) has constructed a water point worth K30 million for livestock in Rumphi. Speaking after handing over the water point at Bolero at the weekend, Luanar vice-chancellor Professor George Kanyama-Phiri said the livestock lacked drinking water due to climate change which has led to the drying up…

Mzuzu City Council staff threaten strike

Mzuzu City Council (MCC) employees have threatened to down tools on Monday should the council’s management fail to pay their salaries dating back to March 2019. The employees took to the streets yesterday in a peaceful demonstration and presented their grievances  to management at the Mzuzu Civic Offices. Presenting the petition, MCC Workers Union member…

Luanar rescues livestock

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) has constructed a K30 million water point for livestock in Rumphi. The project has come as a reprieve to animals which used to cover over 10 kilometres in search of drinking water, a trek worsened by drought and other effects of climate change. Speaking during a handover…

Centre moves to counter rigging

The Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) has launched nationwide training sessions for 1 500 party monitors, with a call for them to be vigilant against rigging during the May 21 Tripartite Elections. Already, the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) has instituted an investigation into rigging allegations that President Peter Mutharika, who is Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)…

Gender parity on the farm

Catherine Mkandawire, 33, is a breadwinner of her family. The mother-of-four cultivates on a four-acre tobacco field in Henga Valley singlehandedly.  “I do all the farm chores, but it is my husband who pockets all the money from tobacco sales,” she says. Mkandawire also grows maize for food.  Despite her toil, she says she reaps…

Politicking with  Foundation stones

Recently, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) campaign director Ben Phiri accompanied Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango to lay a foundation stone for the construction of a jetty on Likoma Island District. Sceptics say the project is a campaign bait with just weeks to the May 21 Tripartite Elections. Our Staff Reporter JOHNCHIRWA caught…

Red Cross organises crowd control drills

Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) has organised trainings to equip its volunteers with first aid skills to handle stampedes and violence related to the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. Speaking in Mzuzu on Wednesday after opening the training for the Northern Region, MRCS secretary general McBain Kanongodza said the organisation is taking precautionary measures considering…

The CCAP Synod of Livingstonia Development Department (Soldev) says more farmers in Rumphi are adopting the climate-smart agriculture technique of conservation agriculture, but some resistance remains in the district. Speaking during a field day on Saturday, Soldev project coordinator Richard Sulu said the organisation has covered 480 hectares with conservation agriculture technology out of the…