Clergy for peace

The clergy yesterday, Christmas Day, emphasised on the need for Christians to embrace peace, love and forgiveness as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The clergy’s call comes against a background of political tension in the country in the aftermath of the May 21 Tripartite Elections and the subsequent challenge of the presidential election…

North, South likely to flood—MET

The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (MET) says some parts of Southern and Northern regions will likely experience floods this week due to heavy rainfall. MET director Jolam Nkhokwe, in a statement made available to The Nation, says the floods will be orchestrated by a continued rainfall pattern, especially from Saturday. He said:…

Chingota assesses PAC tenure

Public Affairs Committee (PAC) immediate past chairperson the Very Reverend Felix Chingota has described his tenure as self-fulfilling and attributed his success to team work. In an interview on the sidelines of PAC annual general meeting that ended on Thursday in Blantyre, he said PAC made contributions to government and the country at large by…

Two MRA officials drown in Mulanje

Two Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) officials drowned on Friday after they slipped off and fell into a waterfall while hiking part of Mulanje Mountain. In a telephone interview yesterday, MRA head of corporate affairs Steve Kapoloma, said the two officials were part of a team which went to review their Automated System for Customs Data…

Blantyre City to spend K150m on damaged bridges

Blantyre City Council (BCC) says the two damaged bridges in Naperi and Chilobwe townships will  cost K150 million. BCC mayor Wild Ndipo said this yesterday when he inspected the bridges damaged by rains last week.   He also stated that contractors for the projects have been identified. He said the contractors, Tahiti Construction Networks and Dika…

PAC cautioned

Influential quasi-religious grouping Public Affairs Committee (PAC) is set to elect new leadership this week amid caution from a section of the clergy accusing it of leaning towards politics. Formed in 1992 by several religious groups initially to facilitate dialogue during the transition from one-party to plural politics with then president Hastings Kamuzu Banda through…

Use African media as news sources—SA Govt

The South African Government’s Communication and Information Systems (GCIS) department has emphasised the need for use of local media within Africa as a primary source of news. GCIS acting director general Phumla Williams, who is also the country’s Cabinet spokesperson, said this during the opening of a week-long media engagement tour of African journalists in…

Economists caution on maize imports

Economists have cautioned government to tread carefully on the decision to import maize, saying the move could cost the country more than buying locally. The sentiments were expressed by Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) president Chikumbutso Kalilombe and a lecturer in the department of economics at Catholic University of Malawi (Cunima) Gilbert Kachamba, in separate…

Govt hints at Maize imports

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has hinted that it will import maize if traders continue hoarding the grain to demand a higher price. In a telephone interview yesterday, the ministry’s Principal Secretary Grey Nyandule Phiri said the local traders have been given ample time to offer their maize for sale to State produce…

SAA cancels flights

Financially struggling South African Airways (SAA) is expected to lose over K2.8 billion revenue following cancellation of domestic, regional and international flights today and tomorrow due to a workers’ strike. In a statement signed by SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali, the airline said the cancellation followed announcement by South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) and National…

Wait for good rains, farmers cautioned

Hold on, wait for good rains to plant. This is the message from agricultural experts to farmers in some Southern Region districts that have received rains which indigenous knowledge assesses as fit for planting. In separate interviews yesterday, district agricultural development officers (Dados) in Blantyre, Machinga, Chikwawa and Chiradzulu said the farmers should continue with…

Fuel price increase stirs panic

After about 11 months of stable fuel prices, the Malawi Regulatory Authority (Mera) yesterday announced increased fuel prices, which have brought panic among motorists. The Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has since expressed fear that the adjustments will negatively affect consumers. According to the adjustments effective yesterday, as announced by Mera chief executive officer Collins…

‘Research key to achieving SDGs’

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine director David Lalloo has challenged universities and other research institutions to prioritise research as an important tool towards achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He said this yesterday during the opening of the ongoing two-day 23rd Research Dissemination Conference at the University of Malawi’s College of Medicine (CoM) in Blantyre.…

331 secondary school teachers down tools

Three hundred and thirty-one secondary school teachers in five education divisions nationwide are staging a sit-in to force government to pay them arrears and rural allowances. But Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has said it is not aware of the strike. Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) in April this year recruited 500 secondary…

Survey rates Malawians  on domestic violence

A recent Afrobarometer survey on domestic violence shows 28 percent of Malawians view wife-beating as justifiable. The survey, conducted between September 2016 and September 2018 in 34 African countries, found that about 71 percent of men and women in Malawi perceived wife-beating to be unjustified while one percent were neutral. Non-Governmental Organisations Gender Coordinating Network…

Four children drown at Tedzani

Four children drowned on the upper side of Tedzani III Hydro Power Station pond where they went to play on Sunday afternoon. A statement from the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) states that the children, who were together with two others that survived, were from surrounding villages and had gone to play at the area when…

Fire guts Kaphale’s house in Blantyre

Fire yesterday morning extensively damaged Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale’s house in Chileka, Blantyre. Kaphale in an interview said the exact cause of the fire was yet to be established, but he suspected it was caused by a child who was playing with matchsticks at the time. However, when asked what was in the house at…

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