Mixed views on HRDC demos

As Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) braces to resume nationwide demonstrations this week, the Attorney General (AG)’s office has insisted that the protests are premature. However, but legal experts have said the rights body is free to protest. In a telephone interview yesterday one of the lawyers for the AG’s office Neverson Chisiza faulted HRDC…

Thugs bomb Tobacco Commission vehicle

A vehicle belonging to the Tobacco Commission (TC) was in the wee hours of yesterday petrol-bombed by unknown thugs, both police and the tobacco industry regulator have confirmed. The vehicle, a Toyota double-cabin registration 18 SC 40, was petrol-bombed at around 2am while parked in front of TC’s head office at Kanengo in Lilongwe. National…

Apam contradicts minister on K600m houses

Association of People with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) has contradicted Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Symon Vuwa Kaunda’s claim that government will construct 600 houses from the K600 million allocated for persons with albinism (PWA’s) in the 2019/20 Budget. The minister told The Nation in an interview on Thursday that government will construct…

Sand Fest beefs up headline acts

Sand Music Festival organisers have beefed up the list of international headline acts for this year’s event following the addition of four more names. Sierra Leone’s artists M.I.C, Future K, Rox P, and Reggae Sisters from South Africa join the list of headliners announced last week. Zimbabwean DJ Stavo, who has performed at the last…

Traditions inspiring Mbenje fishery

Since 1951, Mbenje Fishing Island in Salima on the southern shoreline of Lake Malawi has gained special recognition for its unique, sustainable traditional fish management strategies. The collective efforts to conserve fish contrast sharply with the situation in other parts of Malawi’s largest lake where overfishing and use of illegal equipment has left catches falling.…

K186m debt haunts Karonga DHO

Karonga District Hospital administrator Clement Gonthi has said the facility has accumulated about K186 million in debt, largely from water and electricity bills. He made the remarks on Tuesday during a meeting with community members at Mwenitete under Kilupula Area Development Committee (ADC) on issues affecting quality health service delivery in the district. “Apart from…

ICT centre excites Dowa communities

Communities in Traditional Authority (T/A) Dzoole in Dowa have expressed excitement over Mauni Telecentre that Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani commissioned on Wednesday. Speaking during the commissioning of the centre, one of the youths from Kapichi Village, Janet Kamtondo said the development will go a long way in ensuring that…

Maize price rise hits dairy sector

Escalating maize prices coupled with low prices of liquid milk could threaten the resilience of the industry, players have said.  In Thyolo, for instance, prices of maize husks have gone up by 75 percent to K7 000 per 50 kilogramme (kg) bag from an average of K4 000 while milk processors are buying a litre…

MCTU speak on wage hike

Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU) says the revised minimum wage  of  K35 000 offers no hope as workers will fail to meet basic needs. MCTU secretary general Denis Kalekeni told Business News that the rate doesn’t make economic sense as the cost of living, recorded at K196 450 as at June 2019,  has also…

Communities erect dykes to mitigate floods

Communities in Nsanje and Phalombe districts have embarked on an exercise that seeks to mitigate floods affecting their farms. In Nsanje, the people are using sand and sacks to construct local dykes along Ruo River to block water from flooding and to boost their irrigation schemes. A lead farmer from Sizanna Village in Traditional Authority…

Synod, CSOs in anti-quota demos

Organisers of demonstrations against equity-based university-selection system have said they will hold protests in the North on Thursday and Friday to force government to abolish the system. Coordinator of the movement Charles Kajoloweka, who is also executive director of Youth and Society (YAS), said they resolved to hold protests across the region because they feel…

On August 29, Silver Strikers Football Club hired Abbas Makawa, who resigned from Masters Security, to replace Peter Mgangira and enhance its chances of winning the TNM Super League title after five years. Resignation is the formal withdrawal of an employee from a position one bears. It affects employees’ behaviour and organisation work environment. Some…

Eagles win Bingu Ikhome Bonanza

Blue Eagles on Sunday beat Be Forward Wanderers 4-3 through post-match penalties to clinch the inaugural National Youth Council of Malawi (Nycom) Bonanza at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe. The two teams settled for a one-all draw in regulation time. Schumaker Kuwali put the Malawi Police Service side in front before Nomads’ Francis Mkonda equalised.…

Don’t call me, please dial 253—Chikuni

Lilongwe Water Board chief executive officer (CEO) Alfonso Chikuni has asked customers to stop calling him and other officials whenever they experience water challenges but instead utilise the board’s call centre—253.  Chikuni made the plea last week when the board in partnership with Nitel, a technological solutions company, briefed journalists about the newly introduced point…