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…

503 injured in demos—Red Cross

Malawi Red Cross Society has reported 503 cases of injuries among protesters during this week’s demonstrations to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign for allegedly presiding over a flawed electoral process. In an interview yesterday, Malawi Red Cross communications manager Felix Washon said the cases were spread across the three cities…

Ngolongoliwa laid to rest

The body of Lhomwe Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa was laid to rest on Wednesday at his Mtundawosema headquarters in Thyolo. Thousands of people from different parts of the country descended on the village tucked away in macadamia bushes to witness the last journey of the fallen traditional leader, who during the infamous blood suckers saga two…

VP’s convoy in road accident

Three vehicles on Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji’s convoy were on Saturday afternoon involved in a road accident on M1 near Lunzu Trading Centre as he was travelling from Lilongwe to Blantyre. Malawi Police Service (MPS) national spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed in a telephone interview yesterday but said the accident was treated as minor. He said when…

MBC ordered to surrender Callista defamatory recordings

The High Court in Blantyre has ordered Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to surrender alleged recordings of defamatory statements in a case in which former first lady Callista Mutharika sued the State broadcaster. Callista Mutharika sued MBC, alongside Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary general (SG) Greselder Jeffrey, in June last year, accusing the SG of defaming…

28 elections petitions pending in court

There are 28 pending petitions across the four registries of the High Court of Malawi challenging parliamentary and local government elections results in the May 21 Tripartite Elections, court records have shown. The number has reduced to 28 after 16 were completed from the initial list of 44 filed in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Zomba and Mzuzu…

Police, community forums hold meeting

Limbe Police on Wednesday met members of Nyaka and Makungwa crime prevention forums in Bvumbwe, Thyolo to discuss ways to strengthen working relationships with communities. Speaking at the event, Limbe Community Policing coordinator Cagetan Singano stressed the need for communities to render their support towards community victim support units and understand how they operate. “There…

Malawi unveils postcodes

Malawi has formally unveiled postcodes following their publication in the Malawi Government Gazette this week. The new postcodes, announced by Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra), among others, are expected to enhance service delivery in the post and courier industry following the introduction of a comprehensive system of property location, numbering, mapping and any associated processes.…

Malawi lacks experts in NCDs

Despite a growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country, research indicates that Malawi has a shortage of scientists to implement effective health interventions. A review paper on building research capacity, implementation and translation expertise on NCDs by Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Brite Consortium, shows that prevalence of various NCDs continues to rise in the…

MCP, UTM scoff at Nankhumwa offer

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party say Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-president (South) Kondwani Nankhumwa’s dialogue offer is ill-timed. But political analysts have given contrasting viewpoints on Nankhumwa’s call for dialogue, with some saying it was still relevant despite the elections petitions case in court. In an interview on Wednesday, MCP secretary general Eisenhower…

UK funds climate resilience

Malawi is among sub-Saharan African countries to benefit from a K250 billion (about 250 million pounds) funding from the United Kingdom (UK) to finance efforts to build resilience to climate change impact. In a statement made available to The Nation on Tuesday, the British High Commission in Lilongwe said UK’s International Development Secretary Rory Stewart…

Nankhumwa offers to initiate dialogue

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-president (responsible for the South) Kondwani Nankhumwa yesterday offered to initiate dialogue to end the ongoing post-election protests organised by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC). His appeal, made at Nyambadwe Primary School ground in Blantyre where the party held a rally, comes against a background of the decision by HRDC to…

HRDC says won’t pay  for demos damage

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), organisers of nationwide peaceful protests that turned ugly last week, insist they will not pay for damage to any public or private property. In a written response yesterday, HRDC vice-chairperson Gift Trapence claimed that those who engaged in violent acts in the course of demonstrations were not part of the…

Survey shows 57% back elections

Malawi is among three African countries with the least support for elections at 57 out of every 100, a new Afrobarometer survey has shown. The survey, published on Thursday last week, was conducted from 2016 to 2018. Besides Malawi, which lies third from the bottom of the 34-country list, the other countries with the least…