KK hospital staff raise alarm

Staff at Nkhotakota District Hospital have expressed concern over transport and water challenges, poor patient diet and poor procurement and internal communication systems which are affecting operations at the facility. According to a staff member who spoke on condition of anonymity, the staff had planned to stage protests on Thursday but were denied permission by…

NB women aspirants decry gender parity

Female candidates in Nkhata Bay have accused their male contenders of fuelling unfair competition by bribing  registered voters with handouts. They stated that the handouts, outlawed by the Political Parties Act activated last December, puts women at a disadvantage ahead of the May 21 Tripartite Votes. Chintheche Ward contestant Precious Simwaba said: “We were told…

Vote wisely—Bishop

Karonga Catholic Diocese Bishop Martin Mtumbuka has challenged the electorate to free themselves from “this slavery and dehumanising poverty” by voting for someone who can change the country’s direction. He made the call Tuesday during Chrism Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral Parish in Karonga, urging Malawians not to vote for corrupt leaders in…

Govt postpones MHRC commissioners’ swearing-in

Government has postponed today’s  swearing-in of the seventh Cohort of Commissioners for the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) following protests from the office of the Ombudsman and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC). The bone of contention is appointment of two individuals–media consultant Baldwin Chiyamwaka, who previously served in the commission, and Reverend Cecilia Kotima, whose…

Extension project excites Nkhata Bay farmers

Small-scale farmers in Nkhata Bay have said Better Extension Training Transforming Economic Returns (Better)-Kulima project has improved their knowledge and increased yields. Speaking during a field day on Tuesday in Senior Chief Fukamapiri’s area, Lifupa Farmer Field School chairperson Msatero Chirwa said many small-holder farmers now have improved skills and knowledge to increase agriculture productivity…

Nkhata Bay District Hospital gets ambulance

Contractors of the Mzuzu-Nkhata Bay Road on Saturday donated an ambulance to Nkhata Bay District Hospital. However, district health officer (DHO) Mwatikonda Mbendera said the donation brings the number of reliable vehicles to two. He said the district requires seven ambulances, and boats to ferry patients from areas where vehicles cannot reach. Said Mbendera: “This…

Suspect Lule killed—report

A forensic autopsy report issued by an independent pathologist Charles Dzamalala yesterday shows Buleya Lule, a suspect in the abduction of  a boy with albinism, died from electrocution. This is in contrast to an earlier autopsy commissioned by Malawi Police Service (MPS) which claimed Lule had died of natural causes. The Association of Persons with…

Government chokes Nice

Government has for 10 months failed to appoint members of the Board of Trustees for the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust, crippling its operations, especially in carrying out civic and voter education for the May 21 polls. Nice Trust executive director Ollen Mwalubunju said yesterday that the situation is “so difficult” as they…

Botched MHRC Appointments

 For seven months, the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has operated without a full bench of commissioners, but once again the newly appointed Board is raising eyebrows. The first process to nominate members was nullified after former Law Commissioner Getrude Hiwa took part in the process at a time her tenure had expired. Then there…

Police queried On k9.7bn deals

Four groups under the banner of United Against Serious and Organised Crimes have queried the award of K9.7 billion contracts in the Malawi Police Service (MPS) mostly to one contractor through restricted tendering. The consortium, which comprises Malawi Law Society (MLS), Youth and Society (YAS), Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Church and…

PP, others refuse to be threatened

The triple alliance of Malawi Congress Party (MCP), People’s Party (PP) and Freedom Party (FP) stormed Chibavi Primary School ground in Mzuzu yesterday with one message that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should stop threatening opposition leaders with arrests. MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera, who is leading the alliance, PP’s Joyce Banda and FP’s Khumbo…

‘JB rejected DPP’

 Who is fooling who? The ertswhile ruling People’s Party (PP) has claimed that it rebuffed an electoral alliance with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)which in retribution wants to arrest its leader Joyce Banda. The party has, in fact, challenged government to effect the said warrant of arrest for Banda if they have evidence linking…

Minister hands over house to child with albinism

Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappie Mhango, yesterday handed over a three-bedroomed house to the family of Noria Mhango, a two-year-old child with albinism whom unknown assailants attempted to abduct in February at Chitimba in Rumphi. Mhango, who visited the family after the abduction attempt, provided iron sheets, doors, cement, bricks, nails and paid…

Project reduces stunting, underweight

World Vision Malawi says the Malawi Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MMNeCH) programme has helped reduce stunting and prevalence of underweight in under-five children in selected areas of Mzimba and Nkhata Bay. The programme is also touted for increasing access to essential maternal health services in the first three months of pregnancy, capacity of communities…

NGO moves to curb gender violence in Mzimba

About 100 youths, mostly girls from traditional authorities Chindi and Kampingo Sibande in Mzimba have graduated with certificates in carpentry, tailoring, bricklaying, hairdressing and phone repairing as part of a project to end gender-based violence (GBV). Apart from the certificates, the graduands, who come from ultra-poor families, have also been provided with start-up tools, and…

Ministry closes health centre in Mzuzu

Ministry of Health, through the Mzimba North Health Office, has closed Mapale Health Centre in Mzuzu to pave the way for renovations that will take between six months and a year to complete. Consequently, most major services at the centre have been shifted to St John’s Mission Hospital and Zolozolo Health Centre in the city.…

K1.7bn released for Masaf 4 beneficiaries

The National Local Government Finance Committee (NLGFC) has released K1.7 billion funding to five councils for beneficiary wages of the Productive Public Works Programme (PPWP) under the fourth Malawi Social Action Fund (Masaf 4). The funds for Rumphi, M’mbelwa, Balaka, Nkhata Bay, Zomba Rural and Mwanza councils, were expected to be accessible in the councils…

Running mates’ final debates

Three presidential running mates last night battled out in the final debate organised by Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), tackling some sticky issues that produced varying responses.  The trio of Mohammed Sidik Mia (Malawi Congress Party-MCP), Frank Mwenifumbo (United Democratic Front (UDF) and Michael Usi (UTM Party) faced each other at the Grand Palace Hotel in…