Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has called on the media to exercise caution when reporting on cases the bureau is investigating. Speaking in Balaka on Friday when the bureau met journalists from the Eastern Region to orient them on its operations, mandate and functions, ACB senior public relations officer Egritta Ndala said when wrongly reported, cases under…

Entrepreneurs challenged to embrace Buy Malawi Strategy

Buy Malawi Strategy  deputy chairperson Mike Mlombwa, says local producers and manufacturers need to be creative and active if the initiative is to make significant progress. Speaking in an interview on Monday, Mlombwa, who is also Indigenous Business Association of Malawi (Ibam) president, said successful implementation of the strategy depends on local producers being active.…

Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Living or Personally Affected by HIV and Aids (Manerela+) says religious and opinion leaders have helped to reduce aggression and hatred against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual [LGBTI] community. Speaking on Tuesday in Blantyre during orientation of religious and traditional leaders and law enforcers on Integrated Faith-based Response in…

Nice commends improved local governance in Balaka

National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust says health service charters can improve service delivery and relationship between patients and health workers. Speaking last Friday at Namanolo when he visited a Tilitonse Foundation funded project in Balaka, Nice executive director OllenMwalubunju said the initiative will reduce problems communities experience when accessing health services. He said:…

Liwonde National Park gets 17 rhinos

African Parks, a concessionaire of Liwonde National Park, says translocation of 17 black rhinos from KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, will enhance the size and genetic health of the rhino population in the country. Speaking on Tuesday during the release of the rhinos into the park, African Parks chief executive officer Peter Fearnhead said rhinos thrive…

NGO in fight against HIV in Balaka

Foundation for Civic Education and Social Empowerment (Focese), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has said nobody should be left behind in the fight against HIV and Aids in Balaka District. Focese executive director Christie Banda said this on Monday when the organisation presented a Pepfar-funded Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) HIV Prevention and Support project…

Mera speaks on border fuel purchases

The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) says Malawians who cross the border into Mozambique to buy fuel are breaking the law. Mozambican filling stations across the border at Biriwiri and Lizulu in Ntcheu are attracting Malawian motorists as their fuel costs about K100 less than in Malawi. Mera chief executive officer Collins Magalasi said in…

M’manga Primary School standoff continues

The stand-off between  Anglican Parish and the Muslim communities in Balaka refuses to die as M’manga Primary School remains closed for five weeks.  Last Thursday Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) officials, community members and the two faith groups met to resolve the differences. However, on Tuesday, learners from the primary and community day…

Ntchisi farmers advised to buy certified seed varieties

Farmers in Ntchisi have been advised to buy certified seed varieties if they are to produce bumper yields. The appeal was made on Wednesday at Chikwatula Extension Planning Area (EPA) under Ntchisi Agriculture Development Office when Seed Company (Seed-Co) sensitised farmers on Seedco products. Speaking during the  meeting, Seed-Co extension officer Chimwemwe Josia said they…

NGO trains women living with HIV and Aids in Balaka

 Positive Steps, a non-governmental organisation(NGO), has drilled women living with HIV and Aids (WLHAs) in business skills in Balaka District. The women, about 100, graduated on Saturday after undergoing a two-week business management training the NGO conducted with funding from Pepfar through the American Embassy. Positive Steps country director Clement Chiwala said the training came…

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…

Minister touts social cash transfer programme

Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Mary Navicha says government has introduced measures to enhance the Social Cash Transfer (SCT) programme by injecting more money into it. She said the programme was affected by natural disasters such as floods which led to hunger. Speaking at Nandumbo in Balaka on Wednesday when she interacted…

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…

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