World Vision winds up programmes in T/A Nthondo

World Vision Malawi (WVM) is finally handing over development projects it has been implementing for the past 24 years in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nthondo in Ntchisi District. The organisation’s development facilitator Steve Macheso last week described the projects’ implementation as a success and that WVM is leaving the communities with knowledge on various skills they…

Malawi youths want safe abortion

The National Youth Network General Meeting held in Mponela in Dowa has resolved to lobby for the legalization of safe abortion. Chairperson-elect of the network, Chikondi Njaya said the youths have agreed to first present the idea at the International Conference on Population and Development slated for November in Kenya. “The problem is that we…

Unicef asks House to consider four statutes

The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has outlined four legislations it calls ‘critical’ for newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) to consider when they meet for the 2019/20 Budget Session. Addressing the MPs after a week’s parliamentary committees’ orientation in Lilongwe on Thursday, Unicef Deputy Country Representative Dr Tedla Damte said MPs should seriously act…

Mwapasa achoke—HRDC

Zipani za Malawi Congress Party (MCP) ndi UTM Party zati ziunika mwakuya ganizo la mgwirizano wa mabungwe omenyera ufulu wa anthu la Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) lomema aphungu kuti akakane Duncan Mwapasa kukhala mkulu wa apolisi. Mtsogoleri wa dziko lino Peter Mutharika adasankha Mwapasa ngati ogwirizira mpandowo potsatira kupuma kwa yemwe adali paudindowo Rodney…

Zionetsero zaima

Anthu zikwizikwi adabwerera manja ali m’khosi kuchoka m’malo a zionetsero Lachitatu pa 28 August 2019 atauzidwa kuti zionetserozo zalephereka kaamba ka chiletso cha khoti la Supreme mumzinda wa Blantyre. Izi ndi zionetsero zomwe a Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) adakonza kukachitira m’mabwalo a ndege komanso m’zipata zonse za dziko lino kwa masiku atatu kuyambira Lachitatu…

Lilongwe Council demolishes  structures in road reserve

Business at Nsungwi Market in Lilongwe came to a standstill on Thursday following the demolition of commercial buildings erected in the road reserve of the Area25-Nsungwi-Dzenza Road by Lilongwe City Council (LCC). LCC spokesperson Tamara Chafunya said the exercise, carried out on Wednesday night, followed a series of warnings and sensitisation meetings with the community…

Mtunda ulipo pa zokambirana

Mtsogoleri wakale wa dziko lino, Bakili Muluzi sali kutali kwenikweni ndi khumbo lake lofuna kukumana ndi atsogoleri a Human Right Defenders Coalition (HRDC) pa nkhani ya zionetsero koma atsogoleriwo ampatsa mtunda woti akwere izi zisadatheke. Mwa zina, Muluzi akuyenera kukambirana ndi mtsogoleri wa dziko lino Peter Mutharika, wapampando wa bungwe la Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)…

Group to counter protests

A group of civil society organisations under the banner Joint Civil Society Platform on Good Governance (JCSPG) says it will hold a series of nationwide mass demonstrations against organisers of anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations. The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has been spearheading nationwide demonstrations aimed at forcing the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah…

Evacuation centre opens in Salima

Secretary and Commissioner for Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) Wilson Mollen said an evacuation centre which the Government of China and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have constructed in Salima will help in times of disaster. He said Salima is one of the disaster-prone districts. Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji, who officially opened the centre…

Police arrest counsellors for unlawful wounding

Police in Mchinji have arrested two counsellors (angaliba) for allegedly performing male circumcision rites and unlawfully wounding Ibrahim Matola, 13, in the course of the rite. Mchinji Police Station deputy spokesperson Chikondi Kawaza confirmed the incident, saying six boys circumcised by the two suspects have been referred to Mchinji District Hospital for examination. “The boys…

TIP Act launched

The Ministry of Homeland Security has today launched the Trafficking In Persons Act: Regulations and Standard Operation Procedure and National Referral Mechanism. The launched was presided by the Minister of Homeland Security, Nicolas Dausi at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. Maxwell Matewere a member of the NGO coalition against Trafficking In Persons, said the Act will…

Govt optimistic on Dowa-Chezi Road deadline

Minister of Transport and Public Works Ralph Jooma says he is optimistic that the contractor working on the new 15.1 kilometres Dowa-Chezi Road will complete the project by October despite several hurdles. Speaking after touring the project site on Wednesday, the minister said he was impressed with the progress China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (Malawi)…

Muluzi moves to ease tension

Former president Bakili Muluzi has moved to quell the post-election tension in the country by inviting Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leadership to a meeting today to find “a civil solution” to protests. In a letter dated July 22 2019 addressed to HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo, Muluzi, who served as the country’s first multiparty president…

Amalawi abwerera kumsewu

Amalawi ena amene akufuna kuti wapampando wa bungwe la zisankho la Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Jane Ansah atule pansi udindo, dzulo adachita zionetsero zina m’madera ena a dziko lino. Polankhula ndi Tamvani kumayambiriro a zionetserozo mumzinda wa Lilongwe, wapampando wa mabungwe omwe akutsogolera zionetsero za dziko lonse la Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) Timothy Mtambo…

Ntchisi chief hopes to end gender violence

Traditional Authority (T/A) Nthondo of Ntchisi has said results of the pilot Spotlight Initiative have shown that his area will eliminate gender-based violence (GBV) within a short period. The chief said this yesterday when representatives of the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU), who initiated the project, visited the area to appreciate the progress…

Murder cases register 55% increase in Ntcheu

Records at Ntcheu Police Station show that the district has registered 11 murder cases between January and June this year compared to six registered during the corresponding period in 2018. The increase represents 55 percent. The records also show that 41 people have died in 30 road accidents recorded during the period this year while…

New technologies to improve construction industry

Construction expert from Maccaferri Southern Africa, Ricardo Sousa, has tipped local contractors on new technologies to use to improve efficiency in the industry. Speaking on Friday in Lilongwe during a workshop, he said reliance on traditional construction techniques is pulling the local industry backwards. “In the workshop, we introduced to Malawi contractors technologies in use…

KCH appeals for support

Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) director Dr. Jonathan Ngoma has appealed for financial and material support for improved service delivery at the referral facility. Ngoma made the plea over the weekend during the Bwaila Lions Club change-over event that ushered in new leadership for the term of office running from July 1 this year and June…