Nkalabongo kills quite quick

As early as 5am, about 10 young men are already taking their daily distils at Chidikha Bar in Chileka—a dusty town west of Blantyre City. For these young Malawians emptying cups and bottles of cheap spirits, it is a day to drink “until we drop dead”, they say. Sip by sip, they loudly proclaim the…

German envoy commends Good Vision Glasses

German Ambassador Jeurgen Borsch has hailed Good Vision Glasses, a Malawian subsidiary of One Dollar Glasses, for offering glasses at subsidised prices for those who cannot afford expensive eye care. He made the remarks when he visited Good Vision Glasses in Ndirande to appreciate the initiative the company is currently implementing. “It simply blew me…

CCJP in justice delivery project

  Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of Blantyre Archdiocese has said it is committed to promoting justice delivery among vulnerable people through various programmes the commission is implementing. In February last year, CCJP launched paralegal clinics in the archdiocese to help marginalised people have access to justice as many of them had problems…

Misa, Cedep condemn  police officers’ action

  Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi chapter has condemned a move by Malawi Police Service (MPS) officers to restrict a Nation Publications Limited (NPL) journalist from doing his work. MPS officers on Wednesday prevented NPL photojournalist James Chimpweya from taking pictures of Minister of Agriculture and Water Development George Chaponda at Chileka International…

Analysts cast doubt on public sector reforms

  Political analysts have expressed concern over government’s decision to move public service reforms to the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC). The analysts have since said such a move is likely going to render the reforms ineffective. Speaking in an interview yesterday, Chancellor College political science lecturer Boniface Dulani said it was wrong…

Court adjourns BIU Students Union case

  The High Court in Blantyre has adjourned a case in which Blantyre International University (BIU) Students Union obtained an injunction restraining both the university and the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) from interfering with accreditation of the university. The case, which was supposed to be heard by Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda yesterday, has been…

Oxfam urges cooperation in maizegate probe

  Oxfam, a United Kingdom charity, has called on stakeholders who have information on the alleged corrupt practices in the purchase of maize by Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) from Zambia to desist from hiding it. In a statement made available to The Nation, Oxfam says the country is currently responding to the worst…

Admarc justified maize buying price

  A report released early last year by Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fewsnet) projected that maize prices were likely to rise as a result of no carryover stocks occasioned by the effects of El Nino weather phenomenon. But the recent increase in maize prices was received with mixed feelings with most civil society organisations…

Network glitches irk  Escom customers

Consumers have taken the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) to task over persistent network failures they are experiencing whenever they want to buy electricity prepaid units. The customers, some of whom have been queuing for hours at different designated selling points, have since expressed dissatisfaction with the way the network failures have been negatively…

‘Crop diversification programme a success’

  Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) has expressed satisfaction with the outcome of a crop diversification programme the union implemented to help farmers plant different crops yearly. The programme, which was launched three years ago, has benefitted farmers across the country as they are now able to harvest different crops in large quantities. In an…

Father Clement Chimwala dies

  Death has been announced of Reverend Father Clement Chimwala, who was the parish priest for St. James Catholic in Chilomoni in the Archdiocese of Blantyre. According to a statement signed by Reverend Father Henry Saindi, general secretary for the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), the late Chimwala collapsed on the night of Sunday, January…

2 arrested for impersonating police officers

  Two suspected criminals in Lirangwe, Blantyre, have been arrested for impersonating police officers, police have confirmed. According to Southern Region Police spokesperson Ramsey Mushani, the two allegedly went to one of the business tycoons in the area in the early hours of yesterday, demanding money. However, the businessperson got suspicious and alerted the people…

Fisp beneficiaries  share fertiliser bag

  Some beneficiaries of the 2016/17 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) have expressed dissatisfaction with the way coupons for redeeming inputs have been managed. They claim that in some cases they have had to share one 50 kilogramme (kg) bag of fertiliser. In random interviews, some of the beneficiaries The Nation interviewed claimed sharing one…