APM pledges more development

President Peter Mutharika says his government is committed to further developing the country if voted back into power in the May 21 Tripartite Elections. Speaking in Lilongwe on Saturday at Chingondo Primary School ground in Traditional Authority (T/A) M’bwatalika, the President said he has fulfilled most development projects in his 2014 manifesto. He said: “Among…

Freedom of expression does not give one the right to insult those with whom they disagree, but rather to learn to agree to disagree. Events in the past months have been quite perturbing. In the past months the country has witnessed how politics of insults have taken centre-stage as the young, old, leaders and followers,…

MCP’s Kondi Msungama gets bail again

The High Court in Blantyre has granted bail to opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) parliamentary candidate for Blantyre City Centre, Kondi Msungama. The candidate, who is facing charges of theft and impersonating a public officer, was rearrested in Blantyre on April 9 2019 after he breached bail conditions set by Lunzu Magistrate’s Court. He was…

Former president, the late Bingu wa Mutharika popularised the mantra that Malawi is not poor but its people are. Alongside this, he would say Malawi cannot only be developed by Malawians. The import of his statement was Malawians-not donors-will determine their destiny. That Malawians needed to harness the energies (intellectual or otherwise) to exploit the…

DPP ikutolera  Nambala zovotera

Ziyangoyango pa chisankho! Anthu ena achipani cha DPP akuti akutolera nambala za ziphaso za unzika, komanso zovotera kwa anthu amene adalembetsa. Izi zikuchitika ku Phalombe, Mulanje, Balaka, Ntcheu, Kasungu, Mchinji ndi Rumphi. Ngakhale mlembi wa DPP, Greselder Jeffery ndi mneneri wake Nicholas Dausi adakana kuikapo mlomo pa nkhaniyi, mdindo wina m’chipanicho wauza Tamvani Lachitatu kuti…

Seven convicted for vandalising police

Chikwawa First Grade Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday sentenced seven people to between 10 months and five years imprisonment for vandalising Nsanje Police and Prison premises on January 18 this year. The angry mob was demanding the release of a suspect who had allegedly killed their relation, so they could deal with him. The convicts comprise…

Commission admits error in teachers’ promotion

The Local Government Service Commission has admitted that the recent promotion of over 20 000 secondary and primary school teachers to different grades was marred by irregularities. In a memo dated April 12 2019, sent to district councils, the commission’s executive secretary Juvensius Kumpata admits the error and further advises district education managers (DEMs) to…

Making secondary schools free

Tuition-free secondary education opens doors for young people, writes VERONICA HOUSER, from Unicef Rwanda Nestled in the lush, emerald hills of central Rwanda, Rubingo School boasts large, open playgrounds and bright classrooms. During the day, the surrounding village is quiet and the school grounds deserted. The children of the community are all occupied with their…

School girls going to waste

For Joyce Phiri, school is just a pastime. The 14-year-old, from Kang’oma Village east of Lilongwe City, is among young Malawians who have to choose between marrying young and remaining in school. “I never dreamed of going far. I just wanted to learn to read and write. Even if I was selected to secondary school,…

Many people have had bad time at work because of bad relationship with their boss. A bad relationship with the boss can make you not to enjoy your work and can affect your performance and delivery on your job. Eventually, this can even lead to job loss through either resignation, or being fired or indeed…

Chief calls for violence-free campaign

Sub Traditional Authority (ST/A) Onga of Chiradzulu has urged politicians to hold violence-free campaign and support the winner after polls. The chief made the appeal on Saturday in Mombezi Ward during a political debate for local government candidates organised by National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust. He said violence retards development and brings hatred…

APM raids MCP base

President Peter Mutharika yesterday took his re-election bid to Kasungu, widely regarded as a backyard for opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), urging people to support his governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the May 21 Tripartite Elections. Mutharika, who faces strong competition from his estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima on a UTM Party ticket and former…

Nkhotakota flood victims assured of support

Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) has assured people displaced by floods in various districts, including Nkhotakota, of government’s continued support to ease their plight. Dodma Principal Secretary Wilson Moleni said this on Sunday after visiting flood victims at Mkazimasika Primary School in Nkhotakota where heavy rains that fell on Friday have displaced about 800…

Phalombe flood victims still destitute

People affected by this year’s floods in Phalombe say they are still facing food and housing problems. Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of a food distribution exercise organised by the Kalibu Kwa Yesu Ministries in the district, the victims said their houses remain in ruins after the floods that hit 17 districts of…

Zomba Central aspirants debate on economy

Four Zomba Central parliamentary candidates on Friday gave constituents hope that they will improve the area’s economic activities during a public debate. UTM Party candidate Noel Masangwi set the agenda when he told constituents that if voted legislator, he will initiate economic boom by constructing multi-storey  markets that will increase market space for people to…

Nice urges voters to demand signed contracts

National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has advised Malawians to demand signed social contracts from contestants in local government and parliamentary elections in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. Nice Trust regional civic education officer (Centre) Christopher Naphiyo said the social contracts that candidates are signing with the electorates will enhance transparency and accountability…