14 Rastafarians arrested for misconduct

  Police in Mchinji have arrested 14 rastafarians for misconduct at a police station following the arrest of their fellow rastafarians. Guillime Police Unit in the district on Wednesday arrested two rastafarians for cultivating Indian hemp in their gardens. But this did not go down well with other rastafarians in the area who mobilised themselves…

Irish envoy supports tree planting

  Irish Ambassador Gerry Cunningham has said tree planting is key to increasing resilience of smallholder farming systems to climate change and related risks. He said this on Wednesday when he presided over the launch of National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (Nasfam) 2017/2018 tree planting programme in Lilongwe. Said Cunningham: “Students need to learn…

Youth enrolment in Tevet  institutions at 2.2%–report

  Despite recent government investments in technical colleges, findings of a youth inclusion study have revealed that only 2.2 percent of the country’s youths enrol in public vocational skills training institutions yearly. The report, by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), has attributed the development to high education level requirements for one to enrol…

NRWB boosts profit by K224 million

Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) says it has collected about K1.1 billion in six months, making a net profit of K278 million. This was revealed on Wednesday in Lilongwe at a meeting between the NRWB and the Parliamentary Committee on Commission, Statutory Corporations and State Enterprises through a report which the board presented. When NRWB…

Parliamentary committee pushes for regulation in tobacco growing

The Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Corporations and State Enterprises has urged the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) to ensure that farmers produce only the required volume of tobacco. Speaking on Wednesday when TCC management appeared before the parliamentary committee, the committee vice-chairperson Aboo McNice Naliwa said the TCC report indicates that the country under-produced by…

Escom busts illegal connections

  The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) yesterday disconnected power to 24 households in Lilongwe after finding tenants in alleged illegal electricity connections. ‘Dubai’ Flats in Area 2 Township, housing 18 households, was one of the structures caught out with the illegal connections, which had two Escom power sources. This arrangement ensured the tenants…

Government  budgets K9bn for army worms fight

Efforts to contain fall army worms, which have affected 133 083 farmers in the country, have been estimated at K9 billion to avert the threat of poor harvest of maize and other crops in affected districts. In an interview in Lilongwe yesterday, controller of Agriculture Extension and Technical Services (Caets), Albert Changaya, said the threat…

Kwataine urges chiefs to be impartial

Traditional Authority (T/A) Kwataine has urged fellow traditional leaders to desist from taking political sides during the campaign period ahead of the forthcoming 2019 Tripartite Elections. The chief was speaking yesterday at the review of Multiparty Liaison Committee (MPLC) guidelines meeting in Lilongwe. He said: “I urge my fellow traditional leaders to provide a conducive…

Fisp hitches worry MPs

Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday morning showed concern over what some have called delays in the distribution of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) inputs. Referring to questions, Machinga East MP Esther Jolobola (Independent) asked the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development  Joseph Mwanamvekha to explain as to why some of the inputs…

Don’t lose faith in democracy—Deputy Speaker

  Deputy Speaker of Parliament Esther Mcheka-Chilenje has urged Malawians not to lose faith in democracy. Speaking on Saturday at the International Day of Democracy commemorations in Mchinji, Mcheka-Chilenje said Malawians should not lose faith in their leaders but should hold them accountable for their work. She said voter apathy and low turnout in important…

Area 24 women get 4 years

  Lilongwe senior resident magistrate Paul Chiotcha has sentenced three Area 24 women to four years imprisonment for acts intended to cause grievous harm and insulting the modesty of a woman. The three—Flora Chinguwo, Nora Chatsika and Gertrude Banda— ganged up on Bridget Kunchulesi (complainant) on October 20 this year, wounding her for allegedly having…

  Ireland Ambassador Gerry Cunningham has called on every Malawian to play a role in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) in the country and across the world. He made the remarks at Kauma in Lilongwe during commemorations of 16 Days of Activism Against GBV where he said the country can make progress in other…

Macra, Marine Dept partner on wireless communication

  Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) and Department of Marine Services have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote vibrancy of marime wireless communication. Speaking in Lilongwe during the official signing of the MoU, Macra director general Godfrey Itaye said communication systems are critical in the water transport system for safety of passengers and…