Immigration nets 30  illegal immigrants

The Department of Immigration has, in a four-day sweeping operation, netted 30 foreign nationals in Blantyre for staying in the country illegally, Nation on Sunday has learnt. In an interview on Friday, the department’s deputy national spokesperson Wellington Chiponde confirmed the arrest of the immigrants, whom he said were from Ghana, Burundi, Pakistan, Rwanda, India,…

Hostess dies in bus accident

An Axa bus hostess died on the spot on Friday when the driver lost control of the vehicle and overturned twice at Zalewa in Neno. Southern Region Police spokesperson Ramsey Mushani said 40 of the 45 Kamuzu Academy students who were on the bus (in the picture) enroute to Blantyre were treated at Lisungwi Health…

ECM asks Catholics to join PAC marches

Catholic bishops in the country have asked their faithful to pray for, and patronise, peaceful marches organised by PAC on December 13. Although, as learnt elsewhere in this edition, that the Electoral Reforms Bills, which the marches are organised for, are nowhere near being taken to Parliament, the peaceful marches are to force government to…

FUM blasts govt for  ‘politicising’ maize purchase

Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) has accused government of ‘politicising’ this year’s maize procurement, saying the buying process has benefited few maize traders and farmers. The accusation comes following the decision by the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) to stop buying the grain from traders, and instead refer them to State produce trader, Agricultural Development…

Code gets support in malaria awareness drive

  The malaria tour, an initiative by Code Sangala to raise funds for the paediatric, accidents and emergency ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Qech) in Blantyre continued on Thursday evening. The musician officially launched the music tour called Music Against Malaria at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre with patrons filling almost every available space.…

Unima in research workshop for staff, students

  The University of Malawi (Unima), in collaboration with Africa Centre of Excellence in Public Health and Medicine (Acephem), is conducting a research methodology workshop in Blantyre to develop participants’ capacity in research methodologies. The five-day workshop, which started yesterday at the College of Medicine (CoM), is engaging students and lecturers from  Unima constituent colleges…

Winds, rainstorms displace 12 500

  The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) says about 12 529 people, representing 2 278 households, have been rendered homeless nationwide following damage to their houses in eight districts since October 12 this year. Responding to an enquiry from The Nation on the extent of damage caused by rains and heavy winds to date,…

Escom, Egenco meet CSOs

Twin State-owned power utilities Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) and Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) yesterday engaged civil society organisations (CSOs) and pledged that power supply will improve by January 2018. Escom and Egenco made the assurance in Blantyre yesterday during a meeting with CSOs to share progress reports towards addressing the problem of prolonged…

Trust concerned with UHC policy

  Development Communications Trust (DCT) has expressed concern over government’s failure to implement universal health coverage (UHC), saying people in rural areas face challenges in accessing health services. Speaking at a press briefing in Blantyre on Friday, DCT executive director Prince Mtelera said the State is obliged to provide adequate health care commensurate with the…

House committee asks CoF centres to improve

  Parliament’s Transport and Public Works Committee has given Toyota Malawi and Motor Service Centre in Blantyre three months to improve facilities or risk losing motor vehicle certificate of fitness (CoF) issuance licences. The committee made the recommendation in Blantyre on Wednesday after inspecting three private vehicle inspection stations the Directorate of Road Traffic and…

Uladi says he is still  PP acting president

Fired People’s Party (PP) acting president Uladi Mussa, who was also the party’s vice-president responsible for the Central Region, has said he still holds the position of acting president and vice-president despite his firing. PP national executive committee (NEC) fired Mussa from his positions in the party following recommendations made by the party’s disciplinary committee…

Mulanje villagers summon APM

Chiefs and villagers in the ‘bloodsuckers’ hotspot districts of Mulanje, Phalombe and Chiradzulu want President Peter Mutharika and senior government officials to address meetings to clear the mist. In an interview in Mulanje on Wednesday, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kaduya suggested that government must organise high-profile rallies, led by the President and government officials, to address…

‘Blood’ for Blood war

  As mob killings of ‘blood sucking’ suspects get out of control—with two more people murdered in Mulanje on Monday night—some rights activists say government is too slow to act decisively and stop the blood-letting. Yesterday, police in Mulanje said an angry mob at Namainja Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mabuka in Mulanje beat to…

No books for new school curriculum

  Implementation of the new secondary school curriculum, which Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) approved and rolled out in the 2015/16 academic year, has been dealt a body blow as there are no books for the initiative. Through random interviews with some secondary school teachers in Nkhotakota, Chikwawa, Blantyre and Mzimba, The Nation…

Missing girl found dead in BT

An eight-year-old girl who went missing at Khama in Machinjiri Township in Blantyre was found dead on Wednesday evening in a forest near Ndirande Hill in the township. According to a family member Leah Mbizi, the deceased, Felia Botha, a Standard Four learner at Mpata LEA School in the township, went missing last Saturday when…

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