Zomba Catholic SS closed indefinitely

Zomba Catholic Secondary School has been closed indefinitely following students’ fracas on Monday. The students revolted and damaged school property in protest of the school management’s decision to dismiss a form four student who was allegedly found drunk on campus. Meanwhile the Alumni of Zomba Catholic Secondary School (AZCSS) have condemned the students’ protests and…

Dowa men jailed for  possessing Indian hemp

  Dowa Magistrate’s Court has sentenced two men to 30 and 20 months imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) respectively after finding them guilty of possessing Indian hemp. Dowa Police Station spokesperson Richard Kaponda identified the two as Weluzani Singade, 35, and Kwame Banda, 21. They were arrested on September 1 and September 11 respectively at…

Man arrested for impersonation

  Police in Dedza have arrested a man for allegedly soliciting money  by trickery. Dedza Police Station spokesperson Cassim Manda  identified the suspect as Shadreck Banda, 46, from Pondani Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chikho in Ntchisi District. He said the suspect solicited the money from the Salanje family whose son was arrested for arson. The…

Court dismisses MCP case

The High Court in Lilongwe yesterday dismissed the case in which some disgruntled Malawi Congress Party (MCP) members were calling for an early convention in protest of party president Lazarus Chakwera’s style of leadership. In May this year, some MCP officials—including district chairpersons and committee members—dragged the party to court, demanding an emergency convention asserting…

Abandon disaster insurance schemes—committee

  The Parliamentary Committee on  Natural Resources has asked government to temporarily withdraw from all disaster insurance engagements following revelations that there will be no claim from K21 billion ($30 million) it bought from a continental agency to ease disaster recovery efforts. Committee chairperson, Werani Chilenga, said government should stop all the insurance agreements to…

US govt grants K9.7 million to mHub

United States of America (USA) Ambassador Virginia Palmer yesterday handed over a $12 945 (approximately K9.7 million) grant to mHub, Malawi’s first technology hub, to support the training and mentoring of 40 aspiring female entrepreneurs. The training seeks to empower innovative young girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in business management and basic information communication technology (ICT)…

Elephant kills three in Dowa, Ntchisi

  An elephant that escaped from Nkhotakota Game Reserve on Saturday killed three people in Ntchisi and Dowa districts before it was put down. According to authorities, the elephant attracted crowds of people near the reserve where it was seen loitering in the community, killing two people before it was later killed by game rangers…

7 die in Ntcheu bus accident

  Seven people have died and several passengers escaped with various injuries after a bus they were travelling in was involved in an accident in Ntcheu around midnight on Wednesday. The bus, a Scania registration NA 4430 belonging to Premier Bus Services was travelling from Blantyre to Lilongwe with about 60 passengers on board. Ntcheu…

Police recover stolen vehicles

  An extensive investigation into motor vehicle theft has resulted in the Malawi Police Service (MPS) recovering two cars in Mozambique that were reportedly stolen in Lilongwe earlier this year. Central Region Police spokesperson Ramsey Mushani said the breakthrough to recover the vehicles came after police arrested two men in connection with the theft of…

Ntchisi man killed in hit and run accident

A 30-year-old man in Ntchisi has died after a motorbike hit him last Wednesday night. Ntchisi Police spokesperson Gladson M’bumpha said the deceased Nelson Masulani of Mphalabungu Village in the area T/A Chilooko in Ntchisi was hit at Nine Miles along Ntchisi to Malomo earth road. M’bumpha added that Masulani was killed in a hit…

7 die in Ntcheu bus accident

Seven people died on the spot while several others escaped with injuries after the bus they were travelling in from Blantyre to Lilongwe overturned at Mlangeni in Ntcheu. According to Ntcheu Police Spokesperson, Gift Matewere, the accident happened around midnight on Wednesday. Matewere also alleged that the driver failed to negotiate a corner causing the…

CSOs demand suspension  of Unima fees hike

Some sections of the civil society organisations (CSOs) yesterday asked government to suspend the proposed hike in students’ financial contribution in public universities, notably constituent colleges of the University of Malawi (Unima). The CSOs also demanded the immediate reopening of Chancellor College (Chanco), a Unima constituent college prematurely closed two weeks ago after clashes between…

‘Prisoners frequently escape Maula’

A witness in the case of two Maula Prison guards who are accused of aiding the recent prison break of four inmates yesterday told Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court that prisoners escape the prison frequently. Sergent Gabriel Chipala, who was the guard commander on the night of July 10 when four prisoners escaped, was brought by the…

Fire guts shops in Lilongwe

Fierce fire gutted part of Kachikungu parking lot in Lilongwe completely burning some shops and property yesterday afternoon. According to eye witnesses in the depot the fire is suspected to be illegal connections as people discovered a dark smoke in one of the shops and very soon a fierce that could not be stopped erupted.…

LL city councilors in ICT engagement with residents

Lilongwe City Council has adopted a digital communication application called Mzinda Platform that attempts to facilitate service delivery by enabling residents to engage with their elected Councilors and service providers. The implementers of the platform; mHub and Citizens for Justice (CFJ) on Monday engaged the 24 Lilongwe City councilors to train them on how the web application operates.…

48 more ex-OBM workers seek compensation

Barely a month after 44 former employees of Opportunity Bank Malawi (OBM) claimed K800 million compensation for unfair dismissal during restructuring, 48 more retrenched staff have filed a claim for K500 million for the same. The 48 former employees were retrenched when the bank closed its agencies and branches in Livingstone, Lunzu and Kabula in…

Prisons transfer officers after prison break

Malawi Prison Service (MPS) has transferred two senior officials at Maula Prison in Lilongwe almost a week after four prisoners escaped from prison. The two senior officers received communication on Friday for transfers which prison authorities have described as normal. According to sources, officer-in-charge (OC) Senior Superintendent Kalilani Mwale has been transferred to Domasi Prison…

Four suspects escape from Maula

Four suspects remanded at Maula Prison in Lilongwe escaped Monday night in what prison authorities have described as a calculated operation aided by people outside the prison. Maula Prison public relations officer Donald Mkolongo confirmed the incident yesterday saying the suspects broke the door to the cell before tearing up a barbed wire surrounding the…

Travellers urged to acquire requisite  documents

  The Department of Immigration has urged Malawians planning to travel outside the country to ensure they have proper documentation and avoid using uncharted routes. Mwanza Border Immigration spokesperson Pasqually Zulu said this in an interview on Wednesday following the deportation of 60 Malawians by Zimbabwe immigration authorities. Zulu said the 60, mostly men in…