Regulate herbalists—Apam

The Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) has called for the enactment of laws to regulate and monitor herbalists if the country is to deal with killings and abductions of persons with albinism.  Speaking in Blantyre yesterday after a closed-door meeting with the Public Affairs Committee (PAC), Apam president Overstone Kondowe said with…

Strange illness scare forces school to close

Lunzu Secondary School in Blantyre has prematurely closed after some students are said to have been attacked by a strange illness. In a letter addressed to parents, school head teacher Collins Champiti said the school has been closed from Tuesday following the condition which is mostly attacking female students. Confirming the development, Ministry of Education,…

Macra in spectrum audit

The Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (Macra) will from Monday next week, embark on a spectrum and frequency audit and re-farming of the country’s Frequency Modulation (FM) band to manage interference and frequency congestion. Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting on the project in Blantyre, Macra director general Godfrey Itaye highlighted that the re-farming exercise will help…

Damaged roads, bridges need K4.6bn

Roads Authority (RA) says it needs K4.6 billion to rehabilitate major roads and bridges damaged mostly in the Southern Region by floods caused by incessant rains two weeks ago. Effectively, the rehabilitation costs push up to K16.6 billion the total recovery package from the disaster which prompted President Peter Mutharika to declare a State of…

10 million Malawians  now have National IDs

About 10 million out of the 17.5 million population Malawians are now registered and have been issued with national identification cards (IDs), the National Registration Bureau (NRB) has said. NRB chief director Harry Kanjewe said this in Blantyre on Friday when the bureau signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malawi Posts Corporation (MPC) where,…

Floods set to wipe out bumper harvest

Hopes for a bumper harvest as projected in the first round of crop estimates hang by a thread after last week’s floods in 14 of the country’s 28 districts threaten to reduce maize production. Interviews with four affected agricultural development divisions (ADDs) of Shire Valley, Blantyre, Machinga and Salima yesterday revealed that crops, particularly the…

New format for 2019 Presidential Debates

The task force responsible for organizing the 2019 Presidential Debates has changed the format of the debates to allow for what it calls a level playing field and a national platform for all nine presidential candidates. In a press statement signed by Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi chapter chairperson Teresa Ndanga, the change…

Delay angers Dausi

Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi yesterday expressed disappointment that nothing was being done on the section of the M1 cut off between Domasi and Dyeratu in Chikwawa. The road has been impassable since Friday afternoon. Dausi has since directed that a detour be made immediately on the road to allow flow of traffic. He…

Incessant rains cause havoc

Incessant rains this week have left families in pain following flooding that has washed away crop fields, roads and destroyed buildings, and left a 20-month old dead and four others missing. Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi yesterday said nine districts of Blantyre, Thyolo, Mulanje, Phalombe, Salima, Nkhotakota, Karonga, Mangochi and Zomba were the most…

APM appoints probe team

President Peter Mutharika has appointed a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the spate of attacks, abductions and killings of persons with albinism (PWAs). The appointment comes as a response  to demands by Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) for the same. The eight-member commission’s appointment is effective March 5 2019. It is chaired…

ACB arrests CDH Bank CEO

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday arrested CDH Investment Bank chief executive officer (CEO) Misheck Esau for allegedly failing to conduct due diligence and monitor business relationship and the transactions of Pioneer Investments with the financial institution. In an interview last evening, ACB senior public relations officer Egrita Ndala confirmed Esau’s arrest. She said the…

Mulanje launches development plan

Mulanje District Council has launched a five-year District Development Plan which will see proper coordination of development projects in the district. In the plan, the council has pegged its five-year budget projection at K68 billion, with tourism as its major focus. Speaking in an interview during the launch on Friday, district commissioner Charles Makanga was…