Balaka DHO receives epilepsy drugs

People living with epilepsy in Balaka have all the reason to smile after Sue Ryder Foundation in Malawi (SRFIM) on Friday donated phenobarbitone drugs for epileptic patients at the hospital. Speaking during the donation, SRFIM finance and administration manager Norman Chindiwo said they decided to donate the drugs considering the cordial relationship his organisation has…

China-Africa appeals for government support

China-Africa, the largest Chinese investment firm in Malawi, says its $80 million (about K60 billion) textile project in Salima urgently needs government intervention to start production. Speaking in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, Malawi Cotton Company (MCC) general manager Shi Jingran said they are ready to roll out textile production in Salima, but electricity supply…

Govt launches rural road  improvement program

Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji says the Rural Road Improvement Programme (RRImP) will enhance rural connectivity which has long been a problem facing Malawi’s farming communities. Speaking during the ground breaking for the construction of the 10kilometre (km) M1 Junction- Mphepozinai Road under the RRImP in Ntcheu on Thursday, Chimulirenji said the project will open up rural…

MoH integrates diabetes,  hypertension control

Ministry of Health (MoH) says integrating diabetes and hypertension control in the non-communicable disease (NCD) platform will improve people’s health by enhancing the national capacity to implement NCDs’ prevention and management strategies. Speaking to members of Balaka District Executive Committee on Wednesday, MoH assistant director of clinical services responsible for NCDs, Hastings Chiumia, said a…

Mine workers told to demand protective gear

Ministry of Labour, Skills and Innovation says miners have the right to protective clothing and should demand it not provided. Speaking on Friday during a meeting with mine workers around Ng’onga Hills in Balaka, the district’s labour officer Edson Luchapa said it is unfortunate that people still engage in mining activities without any protective gear…

K10m utility bills haunt Balaka District Council

Balaka District Council is haunted by water and electricity bills amounting to K10.3 million and has had its water supply disconnected for a K1.7 million outstanding bill. Balaka District Council spokesperson Mary Makhiringa confirmed in an interview on Wednesday that Southern Region Water Board disconnected water supply at the offices for K1.7 million unpaid bill,…

Ntcheu commended for embracing 50:50 Campaign

 Youth Initiative for Community Development (Yicod), a local youth-led organisation working in Ntcheu and Dedza, has commended people of Ntcheu for embracing the 50:50 representation. Speaking in an interview on Tuesday, Yicod team leader Andrew Bwanali said Ntcheu has been lagging behind in terms of electing women into political leadership positions as 10 years have…

Balaka achieves MPs’50:50 target

  Governance, Gender, Justice and Development Centre (GGJDC) has said preliminary results in the May 21 Tripartite Elections show that out of four constituencies in Balaka District, two women have made it to Parliament. Speaking in an interview yesterday in the district after independent candidate Ireen Mambala (Balaka South) and Bertha Ndebele of Democratic Progressive…

Climate change affecting small businesses

  Balaka district community development officer Carver Nyalugwe says small and medium enterprsies (SMEs) have to be equipped with business management skills to counter effects of climate change. Speaking during a Women’s Legal Resource Centre (Wolrec) Transformative Women Economic Empowerment Training sponsored by IM-Swedish Development Partners in the district last week, he said climate change…

NGO supports out-of-school young women

  Young Women Rise (Yowori), a non-governmental organisation, says enhancing technical and entrepreneurial skills training for poor and marginalised young women can improve their livelihoods. Yowori assistant executive director Ethel Mkandawire said this in  all villages in Traditional Authority (T/A) Ntchema in Chiradzulu last Saturday during the disbursement of loans to young women who underwent…

Muslim body against voting on religious grounds

  Qadria Muslim Association of Malawi (Qmam) has advised people to stop discriminating against political candidates based on religious background. Speaking in Balaka on Saturday when the organisation met widows to introduce a project to economically empower them, Qmam national vice- chairperson senior cleric (Mufti) Alhaj Mzee Mussa said religion does not make a person…

Balaka losing K170 000 revenue daily—DC

Balaka district commissioner (DC) Ali Phiri has conceded that the council has been losing about K170 000 daily in unaccounted for revenue through market revenue collectors. The scam, which led to the suspension of three revenue collectors, was discovered after Nkhadze Alive Youth Organisation (Nayorg) conducted a joint revenue collection exercise with council collectors and…

Police warn against victimising female candidates

Commissioner of Police responsible for the Eastern Region, Arlene Baluwa, has said many female candidates in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections have complained about harassment during campaign. Speaking in Balaka on Saturday during an awareness meeting, Baluwa said the Mangochi incident where a woman was stripped naked for wearing a UTM Party cloth prompted…

Balaka gets 14th Teveta community college

Balaka District on Monday received the K500 million Khwisa Community Technical College from Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta), constructed under the Malawi Government Community Colleges Programme. Teveta has so far constructed 13 colleges nationwide. Speaking during the handover, Teveta board chairperson Gilbert Chilinde said enhancing technical and entrepreneurial training for vulnerable…

Marep 8 completed, lights up 336 areas

Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Aggrey Masi says Malawi Rural Electrification Programme (Marep) Phase 8 has finished electrifying all the 336 rural areas earmarked. Speaking last week at Mwaye in Balaka during the switching on of Mwaye Powerline marking completion of Marep Phase 8, the minister advised people to avoid illegal connections. He…

Cavwoc raises alarm on sexual violence

Centre for Alternatives for Victimised Women and Children (Cavwoc) says the level of sexual violence perpetuated against school girls in the country is alarming. Speaking on Wednesday during an Oxfam-funded Combating Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls project activity, Cavwoc project officer Khumbolane Nyirenda said the project, implemented in 30 primary schools, seeks to reduce…

Counterfeit solar products flood the market—MBS

Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has advised consumers to seek guidance from experts before importing renewable energy products. The bureau has warned that the market is flooded with counterfeits. Speaking on Friday in Balaka during a renewable energy open day organised by Community Energy Malawi (CEM), MBS standards officer Chitani Kela said many consumers are…

Clergy sign MoU for peaceful elections

The clergy have urged politicians to commit to peaceful coexistence for free, fair and credible May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. Speaking on Friday in Balaka during the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), facilitated by Centre for Social Concern (CfSC) through a German-based Misereor-funded Interreligious Leaders’ Dialogue Project, Bishop Montfort Stima of Mangochi Diocese…

Saving girls from marriages

Child marriages in Malawi are rampant. According to the 2015 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey, about of 48 in every 100 women marry before their 18th birthday. For most of those who marry before the legal marriage age, the roads lead one way—out of school. However, many teen mothers carry the shame of sex out…