The plight of tenant farmers

Kasungu District has over 22 000 tobacco estates which attract many people to work as tenant farmers. At one estate in Kadzimete Village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Chilowamatambe, one finds shacks made of grass and covered with mud. The shacks lie about two metres apart and each houses a family of between…

Kasungu discusses climate change, fall armyworms

  National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (Nasfam) last week organised a meeting with various stakeholders at Kasungu District Council to discuss how the district has been affected by fall armyworms and climate change. The meeting attracted chiefs, members of Parliament (MPs), councillors, government officials and other stakeholders, most of whom said the district has…

First Lady takes  cancer fight to KU

  First Lady Gertrude Mutharika on Wednesday took her cancer awareness initiative to Kasungu to drum up support for the reduction of deaths of women caused by the disease. Speaking in Kasungu at Chankhozi Primary School ground, Mutharika said as simple as it may sound, cervical cancer is claiming many lives of women in the…

Organisation faults by-laws enforcement

  White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) Malawi, a movement which promotes reproductive maternal and newborn rights, says enforcement of some by-laws by chiefs under Traditional Authority (T/A) Wimbe is not working in favour of women. The bylaws prescribe that those who deliver at home should be fined. However, WRA has noted that in the health facilities…

KU women against regionalistic politics

he tendency to associate a region with a political party is said to be a major reason most women failed to win local government elections in Kasungu. This was announced during a meeting which Governance, Gender and Justice Development Centre (GGJDC) held on Wednesday with women from various political parties to highlight challenges women face…

14 years imprisonment for possessing ivory

  Kasungu First Grade Magistrate’s Court on Friday sentenced a man to 14 years imprisonment after finding him guilty of illegal possession of ivory. The convict, Robert Jackson Gondwe, 52, was arrested in a joint operation by the police and game rangers on November 14 this year at Chinsanjire Village in the district following a…

Chief disappointed with subjects

    Senior Chief Kaluluma of Kasungu on Friday expressed disappointment over the lack of interest in development projects by people of Kapirimnyanga in his area. The chief said this when Plan Malawi handed over a village clinic and a house for health surveillance assistants worth K14 million which were completed behind schedule due to…

‘Traditional leaders crucial in attaining ODF’

Minister of Health Atupele Muluzi has commended traditional leaders and communities for their contribution to the attainment of open defaecation free (ODF) status in the country. Speaking when he declared Traditional Authority (T/A) Kaphaizi, Sub-T/As Mphomwa and Mangwazu on Wednesday in Kasungu, the minister said communities and traditional leaders can do more in preventing ill-health.…

NGOs empower KU sex workers

Kasungu commercial sex workers have hailed a project by Theatre for a Change (Tfac) and Good Health Youth Organisation (GHYO) for making a positive impact in their lives. The Tithandizane Project has helped change lives of sex workers at Chinkhoma, Santhe, Nkhamenya, Linga and Chatoloma trading centres and at Kasungu town. Some of the sex…

Kasungu waste reaches crisis point

  Management of solid and liquid waste in Kasungu Municipality has reached crisis point, preliminary findings of an assessment by Counterpoint Development Consultants has revealed. According to the assessment’s findings, people living in the municipality are not safe as there are no proper systems to manage both solid and liquid waste. The findings indicate that…

Delight in drones

  Noah Chipeta is a health surveillance assistant (HSA) at Chathunthu in the area of Sub Traditional Authority (STA) Chitanthamapiri in Kasungu. Chipeta is a hard working man who is always there to assist those who seek medical help and other health assistance. At Chathunthu Village Clinic where Chipeta works, there are several services that…

Plan Malawi eases ECD problems in Kasungu

  Plan Malawi has moved in to support Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiatives in Kasungu at the time many organisations are shunning ECD programmes in the district. Plan Malawi has assisted several ECD caregivers with training, learning materials and has also built community based care centres (CBCCs). Plan Malawi’s support follows an appeal for support…

Murky water flowing out of KU taps

  Kasungu Municipality residents have expressed concern over cloudy and smelly water being supplied by Central Region Water Board (CRWB). Jean Ndhlovu, a resident of Kasankha, said the water is giving her second thoughts as it appears to be contaminated. “The water is muddy and producing a bad smell. I am really sceptical about using…

Kasungu’s Mofati area gets piped water

  Despite being located in Kasungu Municipality  Council jurisdiction, people at Mofati have accessed piped water for the first time in their lives. The residents can now walk tall thanks to the piped-water that has been extended to their area. The people have been depending on shallow wells as the bye-laws do not allow sinking…

Kasungu Council embraces environment in its reforms

  Kasungu District Council has embraced environmental protection and sustainability as a key item in its reform areas. In its proposal to the Public Service Reforms Commission (PRSC), the council has indicated that it wants forest cover in most areas of the district. On Friday, Kasungu district commissioner Reverend Moses Chimphepo said in an interview…

MDF in tree planting exercise

  After being entrusted with patrolling protected forests in the country, Malawi Defence Force (MDF) through its Kasungu’s Engineers Battalion has taken another noble task of planting trees. During tree planting exercise at their base on Friday in Kasungu, Major Desmond Sikelo, who represented the Battalion’s Commanding Officer said the soldiers will plant over 10…

Plan Malawi encouraging communities to manage projects

  Plan Malawi has urged citizens in Kasungu to take a leading role in managing projects the organisation is implementing. Plan Malawi’s programmes and sponsorship coordinator for Kasungu Planning Area, Duff Phiri , said this on Friday when the organisation handed over three classroom blocks worth K17 million to Chimaliro Primary School. “What we provide…

Public tasked to put council finances in the spotlight

  Malawians have been blamed for not playing an active oversight role in councils amid reports of financial mismanagement and corruption. Speaking during a debate organised by Malawi Local Government Association (Malga) in Kasungu on Wednesday, National Local Government Finance Committee (NLGFC) deputy director Syak Mwamondwe said it was difficult to say whether there is…