Donors stop funding blood purchases

The Health Sector Joint Fund (HSJF) has stopped financing the purchase of blood and blood products from Malawi Blood Transfusion Service (MBTS) for the country’s central hospitals. A letter to all central hospital directors dated October 1 signed by Ministry of Health (MoH) Principal Secretary Dan Namarika states that central hospitals will now have to…

Macra fines Airtel Malawi K820mv

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has fined mobile network operator Airtel Malawi K820 million fine for allegedly breaching the Communications Act. Macra director general Godfrey Itaye told a news conference in Blantyre on Tuesday that Airtel Malawi paid a fine in July for breaching the law, but it remains in breach and will continue paying…

Vendors protest in Limbe

Chaos erupted in Limbe, Blantyre on Tuesday afternoon when street vendors staged protests against Blantyre City Council (BCC) efforts to relocate them to designated places. The development led to closure of shops and blocking of the Masauko Chipembere Highway from Standard Bank to Illovo Roundabout, with the protesters setting tyres alight on some parts of…

Govt petitions Speaker

Leader of Government Business in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa has accused Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara of alleged bias against the government side during debates and other business in the National Assembly. In a communication dated October 7 2019 signed by Nankhumwa, who is also Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, the government side…

Long walk to fighting breast cancer

As the world unites in commemorating breast cancer awareness month, a month designed specifically to raise awareness of the disease, Malawi still has a long way to go in addressing the burden. There are several factors that are being attributed as to the reason why the country still has a long way to go, according…

Motivation, engagement crucial in workplaces

Employers have been urged to engage and motivate their employees in their respective workplaces as this is key in the attainment of goals and objectives of the company. Clinical psychologist Chiwoza Bandawe said this during a workshop on developing strategies for effective employee engagement organised by the Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam) in Blantyre…

‘Pursue peace at all costs’

As dust refuses to settle in the aftermath of the May 21 Tripartite Elections, social and governance commentator UNDULE MWAKASUNGULA, says there is need that peace be pursued at all cost. His sentiments follow continued protests for calls for Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Jane Ansah to resign for allegedly mismanaging the outcome of the elections.…

Of relationships and success

People go into relationships for various reasons. While some may prefer to go into a relationship to find true love, some may prefer to be in a relationship just to have fun. Either way, it is imperative to understand that the relationships that we decide to get into have an impact on our partner’s well-being,…

For natural hair enthusiasts

Growing and maintaining natural hair nowadays seems to be the new type of ‘swagg’ mostly among ladies who opt not to use other chemicals to give their hair some refreshing touch. Well, of course, we can say some men, too, prefer to grow their beards and hair the natural way either for the love of…

Minister tells Macra to avoid politics

Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani has called on Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) management to avoid getting involved in politics. The minister was speaking on Tuesday after touring Macra head office at Ginnery Corner in Blantyre as part of his familiarisation tour. Botomani, who was accompanied by the ministry’s Principal…

Police still probing attacks

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera says the police are still investigating cases of petrol bomb attacks that have occurred in the country in the past few months. In a statement made available to Nation Online on Monday following reports of a foiled attack on Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) vice-chairperson Gift Trapence in Lilongwe, Kadadzera…

Children still vulnerable to abuse

Despite the existence of various childcare policies, children continue being subjected to various forms of abuse in their respective homes, a development that forces them to flee such homes. This was revealed at a training Blantyre Childcare Institutions Network, a grouping of about 43 childcare institutions organised for caregivers in Blantyre on Friday. The training,…

Maneb denies quota system allegations

The Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) has denied allegations that it applied quota system in the selection of candidates to public secondary schools in the Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations. In an interview with The Nation last week, Maneb executive director Gerald Chiunda said the examinations body has always maintained professionalism by…

Two arrested for  possessing weapons

Police in Mchinji on Wednesday last week arrested a Malawian and Mozambican for allegedly being found in possession of a rocket-propelled grenade. A rocket-propelled grenade is an offensive anti-tank military weapon system that fires rockets equipped with an explosive warhead. According to Mchinji Police Station spokesperson Kaitano Lubrino, the suspects, Botomani Kholowa, 34, from Chasa…

Maneb says 2019 MSCE success

The Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) has described the administration of the 2019 Malawi School Leaving Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations as more successful compared to previous years. Maneb executive director Gerald Chiunda, in an interview on the sidelines of an MSCE awards meeting held at Maneb headquarters in Zomba on Wednesday, attributed the success…

Dodma transfers functions to councils

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) has transferred some of its disaster risk management functions to district councils as part of government’s Decentralisation Policy. Commissioner for Dodma, Wilson Moleni said in an interview on Friday during a district consultative meeting in Blantyre that the development means disaster management will be more effective. He said…

PAC meets Chakwera today

The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) mediation team is this afternoon meeting Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera at the party’s headquarters in Lilongwe in the ongoing dialogue talks aimed at resolving the current political impasse. PAC executive director Robert Phiri and MCP secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka confirmed in separate interviews yesterday that the meeting…