Teenage pregnancies rile Chitipa chiefs

Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwenewenya of Chitipa has expressed concern over rising cases of teenage pregnancies in the district, saying the situation is hindering youth involvement in economic activities. The chief was speaking on Monday during African Youth Day commemorations at Wenya in Chitipa. The chief said the country can achieve tangible economic growth if the…

Remembering Professor james David Rubadiri

September 15 passed silently without a national remembrance of Malawi’s hero, Professor David Rubadiri, who died on the same day last year. However, in this silence reigned a loud whisper at Chancellor College in Zomba as scholars hatched an idea to celebrate his heroics through publication of the Journal of Humanities as a special issue.…

NGO calls for disability friendly toilets

As Malawi joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Toilet Day on Tuesday, Rural Development Partners (RDP) reminded stakeholders not to leave behind the elderly and persons with disabilities on sanitation and hygiene. Speaking at Luhomero in Mzimba, RDP executive director Daniel Nyirenda said most sanitation approaches in the country exclude some vulnerable…

Malawi 2019 elections: Who is in charge of the circus?

Doroba Primary School teachers have vacated their houses for fear of the community who are accusing them of mismanaging funds under the School Improvement Grant (SIG). The school received K767 106 for procurement of learning and teaching materials and maintenance of school buildings. But Chikoya Village Development Committee chairperson Idah Ngulube said school authorities failed…

Misheck Mzumara cherishes US performance

Thespian Misheck Mzumara says his one-man show in the United States of America (USA) has opened up opportunities in his  acting career. Mzumara, a lecturer of drama at Mzuzu University, performed Tales of a Migrant at Virginia Tech State University on Monday. In an interview, the former Nanzikambe Arts actor rated his 45-minute performance highly…

Nico pension assets grow 10 times

Nico Asset Managers, a subsidiary of Nico Holdings plc, says assets for Nico Life Insurance and Nico Pensions have grown since the enactment of the Pension Act of 2010. Speaking at a client engagement seminar in Mzuzu on Friday, Nico Asset Managers chief investments officer Daniel Dunga said the assets have grown from K26 billion…

Youths embrace farming

Lack of good job offers has pushed some youths in Mzimba into farming as a business, but poor market linkages still haunt them, Our reporter JOHN CHIRWA writes. Moses Kamanga, 28, migrated to Mzuzu soon after leaving secondary school in 2010 with the hope of landing a white-collar job in the city. His quest landed…

Rumphi District hails synod’s projects

Rumphi District Executive Committee (DEC) has commended Synod of Livingstonia Development department (Soldev) for its projects in the district. Soldev is implenting projects focusing on sustainable agriculture, economic empowerment and environmental conservation. Speaking during a DEC meeting last week when Soldev and other organisations presented their projects, Rumphi District Council director of planning and development…

Meet Mzuzu fashion week designers

At least 20 local and international designers have registered to showcase their products at the Mzuzu Fashion Week (MzFW) to take place between October 3 and 6 this year. The four-day event will have main runway shows on Friday and Saturday evening at Macondo Camp, an intimate Italian restaurant and camp hidden in the hills…

Demos give protesters entertainment

The nationwide demonstrations to force Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Ansah to resign have turned out to be a haven for entertainment. Inside the street protests, The Nation has observed that there is also fun and entertainment, which is ironic. In Mzuzu, for instance, some protesters find solace in entertaining themselves through music, dance and…

‘Suppliers cheat govt in Malata, Cement Subsidy’

Taxpayers risk losing money to fraud following an allegation that some suppliers in the K7 billion Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme (Dahsp)  cheat government by delivering sub-standard materials with wrong specifications. Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Symon Vuwa-Kaunda said this in Mzimba on Friday when he inspected the programme’s progress. During the…

Rumphi DC bemoans dwindling education standards

Rumphi district commissioner (DC) Fred Movete has decried the dwindling education standards, citing the recent Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations results in which the district performed poorly. Speaking on Friday after officially receiving a community day secondary school constructed by Shepherd Bushiri Foundation (SBF), Movete said historically, Rumphi has been a star…

Bushiri hands over school to govt

South Africa-based preacher Shepherd Bushiri on Friday handed over to government Zolokere Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) he has been building in years. The ceremony was held at the school’s premises in Hewe, Rumphi, where Bushiri was represented by Duncan Zgambo, chief executive officer of Shepherd Bushiri Foundation (SBF). The ceremony was also witnessed by…

Rugged roads of Mzimba

Mbalachanda and Euthini residents in Mzimba are forced to commute at night to beat time-wasting bumps on the abandoned M1, our Staff Reporter JOHN CHIRWA writes. It is a chilly Monday morning at Mbalachanda Trading Centre in Mzimba. Silhouettes of people waiting to catch a bus to Mzuzu City can be seen loitering in the…

Livingstonia Synod in aid of disaster victims

The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Synod of Livingstonia, through its development department, has distributed disaster relief food items to drought and floods victims in Karonga and Rumphi districts. Speaking in Karonga on Tuesday, the synod’s general secretary the Reverend Levi Nyondo said the exercise was part of the church’s mission to help those…

M’mbelwa V tells men to speak out on violence

Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa V says men’s silence on gender-based violence (GBV) is contributing to increased suicide cases among them and the spread of HIV and Aids in Mzimba District. Speaking at a GBV workshop in Mzimba on Wednesday, the Ngoni Paramount Chief said more men face GBV, but fail to voice it out due…

Umthetho Cultural Festival kicks off

The Umthetho Cultural Festival kicked off on Wednesday in Mzimba with a two-day workshop for the district’s traditional leaders and their spouses. The festival is expected to continue today with traditional dances and a visit to gravesite of M’mbelwa I at Mzalangwe to pay homage to the fallen Ngoni leader who is considered the father…

Project helps Rumphi women farmers to double harvest

Some women farmers in Rumphi say they have more than doubled their crop harvest this year after adopting  climate smart agriculture technologies to mitigate effects of climate change. The women are reaping the benefits of a project by Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (Cepa) in collaboration with Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social…

Residents threaten demos over Njakwa-Livingstonia Road

People living along the Njakwa-Livingstonia Road in Rumphi have threatened to hold protests on Monday due to government’s alleged failure to compensate families affected by the road construction project which started four years ago. Speaking at Livingstonia on Wednesday during a meeting organised by Tilitonse Foundation, secretary for the concerned families, Harris Msiska, said they…

Chaos mar demos

Demonstrations pushing for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Ansah turned chaotic yesterday as marauding mobs went on the rampage, torching offices and looting shops and offices. While the Blantyre leg of the protests organised by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) was virtually peaceful, the situation was different in Mzuzu and Lilongwe. The…