Minister leads in tree planting

Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani on Friday joined Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) staff in a tree planting exercise on Mulanje Mountain. The trees that were planted included Mulanje Cedar which is popular for providing high quality timber, mibawa and mwabvi. Speaking during the function, Botomani commended the State broadcaster for…

Propagating clean energy concept

Mary Liwonde, 52, from Kandoje Village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Symon in Neno, is worried about continued deforestation in the district mainly due to charcoal burning and firewood businesses. She says the district is experiencing intermittent rainfall year in year out as well as depletion of other natural resources such as land,…

Macra lifts ban on new radio licences

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has lifted a moratorium on issuance of new radio frequency licences in the frequency modulation (FM) band for content services. Briefing journalists at the regulator’s head office in Blantyre on Wednesday, Macra director of broadcasting FegusLipenga said his organisation is now ready to implement a new plan developed for the…

Macra lifts moratorium on radio licences

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has lifted a moratorium on issuance of radio frequency licences in the FM band for content services. In June 2018, Macra suspended the issuance of radio frequency licences in the FM band to allow for re-planning of the band which had become congested and could not accommodate additional radio…

Motorcyclist accidents claim more lives

Malawi has recorded a total of 406 motorcyclist road accidents between January and June this year, representing an increase of 124 percent from same period last year, when 181 motor cyclist accidents were recorded. So far, this year, 68 fatal crashes involving motorcyclists have been recorded, which claimed lives of 40 motorcycle riders with 44…

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.…

Neno communities drilled in clean energy systems

Community leaders in Neno on Monday converged at Zalewa agriculture office where, among others, they banged heads on how they can promote the use of clean energy systems to preserve the environment. The training, conducted with financial support from the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (Pacja) in partnership with Christian Aid through Civil Society Network…

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…

Lilongwe South by-election registration October 10

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says registration of voters and inspection of the voters’ roll for Lilongwe South Constituency and Matenje Ward by-elections will run concurrently for two days on October 10 and 11 2019.  A statement signed by MEC chief elections officer Sam Alfandika says centres will open from 8am up to 4pm and will remain operational…

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…

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