Court grants Kalindo bail

Eastern Region chief resident magistrate (CRM) Mzondi Mvula yesterday granted bail to UTM Party director of youth Bon Kalindo. The court had reserved the ruling on Friday to have enough time to examine the petitions that Kalindo’s lawyer Kondwani Kumitengo made to the court. Kalindo, who is Mulanje South legislator, was arrested on Thursday, January…

Bingu’s statue ready

While government has remained tight-lipped five months after Nation on Sunday revealed that it was secretly constructing a statue in South Africa in honour of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika, the sculpture has been completed. The first time we reported on the matter, government said it was not erecting the statue despite evidence presented,…

Court reserves bail ruling on Kalindo

Eastern Region chief resident magistrate Mzondi Mvula yesterday reserved to Monday his ruling on a bail application by UTM director of youth Bon Kalindo. Kalindo, the Mulanje South legislator, was arrested Thursday and charged with disorderly conduct contrary to Section 153 (1) of the Police Act as well as insulting the President contrary to Section…

Si zachilendonso kumva kuti andale adzetsa ziwawa pamwambo wachikhalidwe. Lamulungu, kudali gwiragwira kokhazikitsa mwambo wag ulu la Ayao lomwe likutchedwa Chiwanja Cha Ayao. Pamwambowo, wothandizira wachiwiri kwa mtsogoleri wa dziko lino Saulos Chilima adamunjata pomuganizira kuti amachita zokaikitsa. Anthuwo ati adali ndi mphatso yochoka kwa Chilima koma adalephera kupereka chifukwa cha zovuta zina. Izi zimachitika…

Cities risk dry water taps

Residents in the country’s cities should brace for acute water scarcity in the next five to 10 years if projects that are in the pipeline by respective water boards fail to timely materialise, industry players warn. The experts say the country’s water boards are facing challenges to meet water supply demands due to lack of…

We are 17.5 Million: What does that mean?

With clocks ticking past 2.30pm yesterday, the commissioner of statistics Mercy Kanyuka announced that Malawi’s population has swelled by a third of the 2008 count—hitting 17 563 749 four months ago. However, the untold story is that the population growth—estimated at 2.9 per cent a year—means that your annual share of the K1.45 trillion National…

First irrigated cotton yields 800 tonnes

The first batch of irrigated cotton harvest in the country is projected to hit 800 metric tonnes which could earn the farmers about K250 million, agriculture authorities have said. The cotton irrigation project, under the Green Belt Authority (GBA), is being undertaken on a 300-hectare land in Chikwawa District. Currently, the harvest for the crop…

Gaba hopes for more game time

SouthAfrica-based forward Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango says he hopes to get more game time at his Premier Soccer League (PSL) club Bidvest Wits after scoring against Black Leopards recently Mhango told kickoff.com that he was thrilled to get a rare run against Leopards in the Absa Premiership. Mhango, 26, scored the game’s only goal after making…

Central High School decorates best students

  Central High School in Blantyre on Thursday awarded certificates to the best students at ceremony held at the institution. Guest of honour, The Polytechnic principal Grant Kululanga said the future of a nation depends on education of its youth. He said: “I am confident that these students will be precisely the kind of youth…

Nomads, Silver in crucial league tie

TNM Super League champions Be Forward Wanderers face Silver Strikers at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre this afternoon in a showdown that has the potential to determine their destiny in the three-horse race for the title. The Nomads lie third in the 16-team top-flight league with 45 points—six points behind second-placed Bankers. However, Wanderers have a…

FAM shelves meet

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has shelved plans to hold a football conference as part of dialogue with some concerned protesters who wanted Flames coach Ronny Van Geneugden (RVG) fired and the association’s president Walter Nyamilandu to resign. FAM promised to hold the conference this Saturday to resolve outstanding differences between stakeholders and provide solutions…

Unicaf cheers female patients at Qech

Unicaf University on Monday donated assorted items worth K500 000 to female patients at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Qech) in Blantyre to celebrate Mother’s Day. The items include soap, salt, sugar, rice and squash. Speaking after handing over the items, Unicaf University marketing officer Rhoda Kauka said the donation has come to celebrate with mothers in…

Fuel pump prices up

The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) has increased fuel prices effective Saturday a move that is likely to push commodity prices up in the country. The authority announced in a statement released on Friday night that it had increased the pump price of petrol by 5.01 percent and diesel by 5.02 percent to reflect the…

Commercialising Malawi fisheries

Last week, Malawi hosted the sixth Pan African Fish and Fisheries Association (Paffa) conference, bringing together about 300 global delegates, who included academicians, technocrats, civil society members, businesspeople, development partners and fishers. KONDWANI KAMIYALA caught up with acting director of fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Friday Njaya to explain why…

Two arrested for demanding SIM registration payment

  Police in Blantyre on Tuesday arrested two mobile phone agents for demanding payment from customers to facilitate their mandatory registration of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards as required by the Communications  Act. The suspects, Kondwani Marangoni, 34, and Hendrix Phwitiko, 47, allegedly asked customers who were desperate for SIM registration to pay K500. “When…