Cold spell here to stay—Met

  Malawians should brace for more cold days and nights as the cold spell is here to stay, the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) has said. The department’s head of public weather services, Elina Kululanga, said in an interview on Monday the weather is normal during winter. In winter, the Southern Hemisphere…

Nchalo man allegedly impregnates step-daughter

Police in Nchalo, Chikwawa have arrested a man on charges of rape and defilement following allegations that he made his 16-year-old step-daughter pregnant. Nchalo Police station officer Albert Mwakikunga said the suspect identified as Joseph Liwonde, 41, is from Liwonde Village, (T/A) Nsamala in Balaka. According to Mwakikunga, Liwonde allegedly visited a traditional herbalist who…

Minister says human capacity key to transformation

Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa  says government believes the development of human capacity is a sure route to transforming Malawi. Nankhumwa said this at Hippo View Lodge in Liwonde, Machinga, on Monday during the opening of a training workshop for district information officers (DIOs) on broadcast reporting. He said government will continue…

MEC to assess first-past-the-post system

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) said yesterday it has embarked on reforms that include assessing the current first-past-the-post voting system. MEC commissioner Emmanuel Chinkwita-Phiri said this when he opened a Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (Bridge) Training on Electoral Systems in Blantyre yesterday. He said the training will provide knowledge and equip MEC commissioners,…

Rail transport key to economic growth—Minister

Minister of Transport and Public Infrastructure Francis Kasaila has said rail transport can improve Malawi economically. The minister made the remarks on Friday when he toured Central East African Railways (Cear) in Limbe to appreciate what the company is doing. Said Kasaila: “We are visiting Cear to appreciate the challenges they are facing, considering that…

Liquor sachets still rampant in Chitipa

Liquor sachets are still available in Chitipa despite government’s decision to ban liquor packaged in sachets to protect youths from harmful consumption of alcohol. Chitipa district information officer Ed-Grant Ndoza said in a telephone interview sachets are still being sold in secret. He said this is the case because vendors who purchased sachets in large…

Minister pledges to recruit teachers from private colleges

Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology Vincent Ghambi has said government will recruit teachers from private teacher training colleges (TTC) to bolster education standards in the country. Ghambi said this when he presided over the graduation of 504 female teachers at Maryam Girls TTC (MGTTC) in Mangochi on Saturday. He said: “Government recognises the…

Airtel, TNM customers to enjoy free Internet services

Facebook has partnered with Airtel Malawi and TNM to launch an internet.org application that will enable subscribers access free basic Internet services. Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement with the launch, internet.org is now available to more than one billion people around the world. “Giving people free access is the right…

Financial market players in bond awareness drive

  Players in the financial market have embarked on a campaign to sensitise individuals and corporates on the benefits of investing in long-term instruments such as bonds. Late last year, Malawi Government listed three bonds—debt instruments issued for a period of more than one year—worth K109.2 billion on Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE)  to provide differentiated…