Youth organisation bashes Parliament on vehicles

Civil Society Youth Consortium (CSYC) has asked Parliament to stop using the K300 million worth of vehicles it bought. Malawi News of October 24-30 reported that Parliament bought four vehicles worth K300 million for Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya, his two deputies Esther Mcheka-Chilenje and Clement Chiwaya and Leader of Opposition Lazarus Chakwera. Msowoya reportedly…

Neno fire victims rescued

ActionAid on Tuesday donated relief items to 52 households in Kain­girira Village, Traditional Authority ( T/A) Dambe in Neno affected by a fire which burnt down 104 houses a few weeks ago. ActionAid programme coordinator Landani Masingati said they do­nated the items because Neno is part of their catchment area. He said the fire also…

MEC in dilemma

  Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is seeking input on the review of constituency boundaries but faces the dilemma of whether to increase the 193 constituencies. MEC chairperson Maxon Mbendera, speaking in Blantyre on Monday during the opening of a Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (Bridge) programme on Boundary Delimitation, said there is a…

Pesticide control board admits failure

  Pesticide Control Board (PCB) has admitted that it is failing to satisfy its mandate on controlling pesticides use in the country. In an interview on Monday, PCB acting director Misheck Soko lamented that although the board, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, is trying to do its best to control use…

Chief tells Card to walk the solar talk

  Traditional Authority (T/A) Chimombo of Nsanje on Monday took a swipe at organisations that launch projects but fail to implement them. Chimombo lamented that several organisations launched different projects in his area which are yet to take off. He said this in Blantyre when Church Action in Relief and Development (Card) launched a four-year…

BCC bans sand mining, moulding and burning bricks

  A month after the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining said artisanal and small-scale mining is not allowed in the country, Blantyre City Council (BCC) has banned sand panning and moulding and burning bricks. BCC public relations manager Anthony Kasunda confirmed in an interview that sand mining and moulding and burning of bricks…

MBTS appeals for blood donations

  The Malawi Blood Transfusion Services (MBTS) on Tuesday appealed for more blood donors to enable it to meet the annual blood requirement of 80 000 units. Speaking in an interview after a motivational talk at the Nation Publications Limited (NPL) headquarters the organisation’s public relations assistant Felton Ziyaya said MBTS currently gets around 50…

Access, ENT launch outreach programme

Access Communications in partnership with Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) last Thursday launched Timvane, a free outreach programme designed to treat people with nose, ear and throat problems. Initially, ENT was only conducting services at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), but the coming in of Access Communications will see the organisation conduct outreach programmes. Access…

Kidney Foundation Donates to  QECH

The Kidney Research Foundation on Thursday donated medical equipment worth over K250 000 ($460) to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), to help in the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Among the donated items are urine test kits, sample bottles, vacutainer needles, vacutainer needles holders, calmug supplements and carotenoid complex tablets. Speaking during the hand-over ceremony,…

DfID hails Malawi for medical researches

Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID) chief scientific adviser Christopher Whitty on Friday commended Malawi as one of the best countries in conducting strong researches across Africa. Speaking during a news conference in Blantyre, Whitty said researches conducted in Malawi are strong and approved not only for the policy of Malawi but also other countries…

Students fail to stop Polytechnic closure

Students at The Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima), on Thursday left campus after hours of negotiating with administration to rescind the indefinite closure of the school following Wednesday’s protests. The students on Wednesday protested over the delays in allowances and it took the intervention of the Police to calm them.…

Poly students take to the streets over allowances

  Students at the Malawi Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi in Blantyre closed part of Masauko Chipembere Highway at Ginnery Corner causing traffic chaos. The strike comes barely three days after the school opened on Monday August 10 2015. Rogers Nyirongo, secretary general for Polytechnic Students Union (PSU) said the demonstration…

Nico, Santam against insurance fraud

Nico Holdings Limited in partnership with Santam Forensic Services of South Africa on Monday held a fraud and forensic investigative training at Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre. Speaking at the training, Jerry Chetty, manager for forensic services at Santam, said they are committed to stopping insurance fraud in the country. He said the insurance fraud training…

German Embassy grants K4m to Jacaranda Foundation

German Ambassador Peter Woeste on Friday granted K4 million ($8000) for the development of Jacaranda Vocational and Technical School in Blantyre. Luc Deschamps, executive director of Jacaranda Foundation, said the Jacaranda Vocational and Technical School will create opportunities for students to access technical education and learn different skills. Said Deschamps: “Our partners and friends helped…

Muslims pray for forgiveness

Muslims in the country on Saturday joined their colleagues worldwide in prayers marking the end of Ramadan, asking for forgiveness from Allah (God). Nikah and Other Islamic Functions Association (Nifa) president Amani Kunje said during the month of Ramadan,  Muslims prayed for a number of things affecting the changing society. He said: “Those [of us]…

Chiradzulu TTC ready to open

Minister of Education, Science and Technology Emmanuel Fabiano says the opening of Chiradzulu Teachers’ Training College (TTC) will contribute to an increase in the number of teachers, thereby reducing teacher to pupil ratio. Fabiano said this during the handover ceremony of Chiradzulu TTC by financiers, the Swiss national committee for Unicef, in Chiradzulu yesterday. He…