When there is no place to call home

Twenty-two-year-old Famous Kumbaya lived in Blantyre streets for four years. He ran away from home in 2012 after his father threated to kill him for allegedly stealing a chicken. Life in the street was not easy, surviving through alms, with no proper place to sleep or clothes to cover himself during the cold nights. “We…

Chimulirenji in aid of Thyolo disaster victims

Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji has reaffirmed government’s commitment to assist people experiencing various challenges, including natural disasters in the country. He said this on Monday in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nsabwe in Thyolo  where he distributed food and non-food items to people affected by strong winds that blew off roofs of about 1 542 houses and five…

Three win FOA short film festival awards

Focus on Ability (FOA), an organisation that promotes achievements of persons with disability on Sunday held its third short film festival in Blantyre. The festival also saw three people awarded for their feats in production and acting in the films depicting achievements, contributions and efforts by persons with various forms of disabilities. Odala Banda produced…

Veep visits market fire accident victims

Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji says government will support victims of a fire that razed Blantyre Market last Tuesday night destroying property worth millions of kwacha. Speaking on Thursday when he toured the market, Chimulirenji said government through the Malawi Enterprise Development Fund (Medef) will give soft loans to affected vendors so that they return to business.…

UK envoy for police, public trust

British High Commissioner Holly Tett has bemoaned the loss of public trust in the Malawi Police Service (MPS), saying it affects service delivery. Speaking in Blantyre yesterday after opening a three-day training on investigations of trafficking in persons for 32 police and immigration officers, Tett urged the police to work on restoring the lost public…

Police open Msundwe inquiry

The Malawi Police Service (MPS) has instituted an inquiry into defilement, rape, torture and theft allegations against police officers in and around Msundwe, M’bwatalika and Mpingu trading centres in Lilongwe on October 9 2019. This follows a statement issued on Wednesday by the Non-Governmental Organisation Gender Coordination Network (NGO-GCN) which stated that some police officers…

Macra unveils new broadcasters’ regulations

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has completed a sensitisation campaign on the newly gazetted broadcasting regulations which, among others, require all broadcasters to use a profanity delay machine during live programmes. Macra communications manager Clara Ngwira said on Thursday that the device is meant to aid in blocking obscene, unwanted or offensive content. She said…

CCJP, MCP condemn post-election violence

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) and the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) campaign director Moses Kunkuyu have issued separate statements condemning continued post-election violence in the country. This follows an incident last Wednesday where suspected Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youths and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) protesters clashed during the anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations…

Govt cautions Malawians on xenophobic attacks in SA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has advised Malawians living in South Africa to stay away from communities where there are incidences of violence for their safety.  In a press statement issued Wednesday, the Ministry further cautions those under threat of any kind to present themselves to the nearest Police Station and immediately…

MIJ in short journalism training courses

The Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) says it will continue conducting short journalism training courses to advance journalism skills among the citizenry. MIJ broadcasting services manager Roselyn Makhambera was speaking in Blantyre when she presented certificates to 20 participants to a five-day training in broadcasting, news writing, reporting and media ethics, among others. She said…

Supreme Court bars demonstrations

The Supreme Court of Appeal has granted a 14-day moratorium against demonstrations in Malawi. Registrar of the High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal, Agnes Patemba confirmed the development in an interview this evening. This comes barely hours after the High Court in Lilongwe had granted an order for permission to commence judicial review proceedings…

Minister launches breastfeeding week

Malawi has joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World Breastfeeding Week with a call to mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies in the first six months to ensure proper growth. The World Health Organisation (WHO) set aside the breastfeeding week to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.…

Malawi falters in  corruption fight

The latest Global Corruption Barometer for Africa 2019 conducted by the Transparency International (TI) has showed that more than half of Malawians think corruption is getting worse in their country. A report entitled Citizens’ Views and Experiences of Corruption released in July 2019 shows that 72 percent of Malawians think corruption has increased in the…

MLS paints gloomy  picture of economy

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has painted a gloomy picture of the country’s economy due to the political impasse following the announcement of the May 21 Tripartite Election results. In a letter dated July 30 2019 titled Management of Electoral Complaints and Determination of Electoral Results Concerning Presidential Elections of 21 May 2019 addressed to…