Illomba bud massaged too long

Government has on two occasions tried to cancel Illomba Granite Company’ mining licence, suggesting failure to comply with the Mines and Minerals Act. Today, the company is fighting with the community, while the owner thinks community members are making unreasonable demands. As JOSEPH MWALE writes in this last part, the mine has been re-opened, but…

Residents of Likoma and Chizumulu islands will soon heave a sigh of relief, following installation of four new Perkings Engine generators that will produce 1.760 megawatts (MW), under the Malawi Rural Electrification Programme (Marep). There will be two generators of 560 kilowatts (KW) each on Likoma while Chizumulu, will have two generators of 320 KW…

Govt gets more pressure on land

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has given government up to December 2 2019 to put in place an action plan with clear timelines on how it intends to deal with encroachment on public land. In a statement yesterday, HRDC leaders Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence said the group is compiling a docket that will be…

Malawi denies DRC boy  diagnosed with Ebola

Health authorities have denied that an eight year-old Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) boy who showed Ebola-like signs and symptoms at Songwe border in Karonga suffered from the deadly disease. Instead, Karonga district health officer (DHO) David Sibale said in an interview yesterday that the boy was diagnosed with malaria. Despite the fact that the…

Wovwe feasibility study ready

The Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) says the draft copy of the feasibility study on whether Wovwe Power Station in Karonga can produce an extra 4.5 megawatts (MW) of electricity will be ready next month. Egenco signed an 18-month agreement with a German firm Fichtner early last year to carry out the study, which would culminate…

Govt split on Aggreko, Egenco gensets proposal

Government is divided on the recommendation by the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change that Aggreko Power Solutions be relieved from the contract of supplying energy in favour of Egenco. While the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) insists that the proposal is technically and practically not doable, the Cabinet Committee on Energy welcomed…

Young women want space in politics

Young women in Mzimba and Rumphi districts have expressed concern over few women participants in politics. Participating in Young Women in Politics (Ywap) project through Young Women Active Groups (Ywag), the women were motivated by Machinga South East legislator Fyness Magonjwa to support and vote for fellow women in elections. Phoka Ywag chairperson Aureen Mkalira…

Modern slavery soars in Malawi—report

The Global Slavery Index (GSI) of 2018 shows that about 63.2 out of every 100 persons in Malawi are vulnerable to modern slavery, with a staggering 131 000 persons affected. International Labour Organisation (ILO) says modern slavery covers a set of specific legal concepts, including forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, slavery and slavery-like practices…

Finally, Likoma runs for mothers

There were tears of joy yesterday as Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and its partners, under the Mother’s Fun Run (MFR) initiative, donated assorted medical supplies to St Peter’s Health Centre at Likoma Island. Among other items, the project donated drip stands, stretcher beds, light stands, oxygen concentrator, Suction machine, patient monitor, water tank and wheelchairs.…

Heartbreaking

…as NPL donates to Likoma Hospital Just helpless! Due to electricity woes, the water system is not reliable; when women go for delivering, everybody nearby can hear them groaning; the few beds in the post-natal ward are old and dilapidated! The labour ward, which is too small and has just two improvised delivery beds, lacks…

Land laws operational 2021—ministry

The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development says the new land laws that Parliament passed in 2016 will become fully operational after a piloting process is completed in 2021. Commissioner for Lands, responsible for physical planning Felix Tukula said this yesterday during a public lecture at Mzuzu University where he observed that chaos on…

Blue Night case mediation Dec 4

The High Court in Zomba has set December 4 2019 for mediation in the case some CSOs are demanding a refund of money some State organs donated to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) July 29 2017 Blue Night at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe. The institutions are Lilongwe Water Board (LWB), Lilongwe City Council (LCC),…

Malawi off track on TB fight—WHO

The 2019 Global Tuberculosis (TB) report has placed Malawi among 30 countries with high-burden for TB and HIV, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) stating that such countries are off track to reach the 2020 milestones of the End TB Strategy. But Ministry of Health spokesperson Joshua Malango says the country is strengthening screening of…

MLS rebukes politicians

Three months after asking political leaders and other stakeholders to stop post-election tension, Malawi Law Society (MLS) has written President Peter Mutharika and opposition politicians, that the political impasse can degenerate into more chaos if no decisive action is taken. In a letter dated October 20 2019 co-signed by the society’s president Burton Mhango and…

Chikulamayembe installed

Drama, confusion, and violence characterised the installation of Mtima Gondwe as Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe, as a rival camp stoned and destroyed the chieftaincy office at Bolero, Rumphi in protest against the installation. After failing to conduct the ceremony at Bolero and Rumphi Stadium where the rival camp of Joseph Bongololo Gondwe had camped, the ceremony…

SA lab clears Malawi ‘Ebola’ case

 Results from a South African laboratory have confirmed that the 37-year-old man  who died at Karonga District Hospital last week did not succumb to Ebola, allaying fears that the deadly disease has hit the country. In an interview yesterday, Ministry of Health and Population chief of health services Charles Mwansambo confirmed the development, saying findings…

Communities ask govt for road, hospital

 Communities of Mlowe and Tchalo in Rumphi East Constituency on Friday took advantage of Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji’s visit to ask for the construction of Chikwina-Mlowe Road and a health facility. The Veep was visiting people affected by floods in April this year, where he also distributed bags of maize and iron sheets as part of…

ECD Advocacy Week launch ends in chaos

Some people who attended the launch of ECD Advocacy Week at Tukombo primary school in Nkhata Bay have confisticated tents over failure by organisers to feed children and provide allowances. The irate people accuse the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare of failing to promote the welfare of people especially children. Throughout the…

Synod prays for Ansah, court case

The CCAP Synod of Livingstonia says it is praying for embattled chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Jane Ansah to resign from her position. The Synod, through its moderator Douglas Chipofya and general secretary Levi Nyondo, claims Ansah is the architect of the current woes in Malawi and must honourably leave her position so…