‘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…

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…

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…

Vuwa warns corrupt  lands officers

Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Symon Vuwa Kaunda has issued a stern warning against corruption in the allocation of plots, stating that graft is endemic in the civil service. The minister said the “perception out there is that Lands Department is one of the most corrupt” entities in the country; hence, the need…

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…

General Kanene’s no show costs local promoter K1m

Zambian celebrated musician General Kanene cancelled his performance in Mzuzu last weekend at the eleventh hour, a situation which has cost his Malawian promoter about K1 million. The musician was scheduled to perform at Squirrels Park on Saturday as the headline act in a music show dubbed Malawi ‘na’ Zambia. The line-up also included other…

As laws fail to converse, sanitation stutters

A conflict of laws and policies has led to malaise in faecal and liquid waste management in Malawian cities. For instance, city councils are mandated by the 1998 Local Government Act to provide and manage urban sewerage infrastructure. However, the 1995 Waters Works Act and the 2008 National Sanitation Policy give mandate to water boards.…

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…