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Child For Sale: Couple Nabbed For Selling Own Son

Child For Sale: Couple Nabbed For Selling Own Son

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Police in Dedza district have arrested a couple for allegedly putting up their son for sale. The couple offered the 12-year-old boy to a Mozambican family. Dedza Police Spokesperson Edward Kabango confirmed on Wednesday that the suspects, Jemitala Alfred and his wife who is a traditional doctor, Mary Benard, offered their child on sale at K1.5 million. He said a Mozambican family came to the wife in Malawi to find out the cause of their child's death back home in Mozambique and was demanded to pay the amount, assuring them that their child would resurrect the next day. According to Kabango, the husband told his son to accept the particulars of the deceased in presence of the Mozambicans the next day. "The traditional doctor advised the Mozambicans that they shouldn't be surprised ...
Chiradzulu District Council Loses K6 Million Revenue

Chiradzulu District Council Loses K6 Million Revenue

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Poor management has contributed to a loss of K6 million in form of revenue at Chiradzulu District Council. Records from the council indicate that it lost the revenue in a period of four months. One of the council’s revenue collectors, Margaret Kanjuchi, told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Friday that since September 2017, she has been failing to collect revenue from businesspeople at a market near Chiradzulu District Hospital. According to her, the matter was reported to council officials, but nothing has been done. “I reported the matter to our office and all responsible persons were aware, but no action has been taken,” Kanjuchi explained, adding that she stayed for one and a half months without collecting revenue as there were conflicts between her and the vendors. Shire Market, whic
TCC Estimates 2018 Tobacco Production

TCC Estimates 2018 Tobacco Production

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The Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has embarked on a survey that will determine estimated production of the green gold this year. In every first quarter of the year the TCC conducts the survey which aides them in coming up with crop estimates for a new season. In a statement made available to the media, the TCC discloses that it has dispatched its personnel across the country in tobacco growing districts to collect data on the expected production. Last year Malawi produced 105 Million KGs, fetching MK153.8 Billion. For the past two years production of tobacco has been going down owing to increased demand of contract basis grown tobacco from buyers. However according to the TCC, they have already registered an international demand of 171 million KGs of the leaf in the 2017/2018 growi...
Ministry Intensifies Hygiene Awareness Amid Cholera Outbreak

Ministry Intensifies Hygiene Awareness Amid Cholera Outbreak

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The Ministry of Health is intensifying mass awareness messages on hygiene practices as cases of Cholera rise to 199. The death toll remains at 4, but there are fears that the outbreak may spread to more districts, during this rainy season. As of last week, the number of those infected by Cholera was at 122 but has risen to 199, in the past two days, with Karonga and Nkhatabay being the worst hit. 16 of the country’s 28 districts have been put on high alert of Cholera outbreak. Authorities in that country have put in place various preventive measures to control the outbreak, such as limiting hours of church and social activities, where people gather and share food, as well as banning street vending of food stuffs. Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has approved Malawi’s r
Malawi Launches Tree Planting Season

Malawi Launches Tree Planting Season

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President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has launched national tree planting season with a call for various stakeholders to actively participate in the cause. Speaking at Mwanza Catholic Primary School in Group Village Headman Nthache in Mwanza district, President Mutharika said he would like to see the country covered in green and therefore urged people to take care of all planted trees. He then announced that during this year’s tree planting season, over 60-million tree seedlings will be planted. On politics President Mutharika condemned those who want to bring anarchy in the country through demonstrations. He said time for demonstrations is over and therefore urged people to concentrate on developing the country. On development, the Malawi leader reiterated his government’s commi
Malawi Achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals

Malawi Achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Malawi President, Peter Mutharika has said Malawi is making tremendous progress in achieving the UN sustainable development goals. Professor Mutharika made the remarks during the official opening of the Maternal Child Health Board Conference at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe. President Mutharika said the country has managed to improve some selected health indicators such as in the HIV and AIDS sector. The Malawi leader also said the country has managed to reduce preventable deaths due to his government’s commitment in improving health sevirces. "Malawi is making steady progress in a number of Sustainable Development Goals. We have proved our potential to accomplish some of the goals. One area of accomplishment is in providing our citizens with legal identific
Parliament Endorses K117 Billion Bill

Parliament Endorses K117 Billion Bill

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Parliament on Wednesday authorized the government to borrow $160 million (about K117 billion) from the World Bank to finance an ambitious agricultural project in the Shire Valley. The project seeks to increase agricultural production through irrigation and support to farmer organisations. The Shire Valley Transformation Project is expected to run for a period of 14 years from 2017 at a total value of $575 million to be funded through loans from the World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Malawi. Tabling the bill yesterday, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe said the three pillars of the project were to put in place a reliable and sustainably financed irrigation programmes through a phased construction of schemes, supporting fa
Malawi’s Veep Urges Africa To Invest In Agriculture

Malawi’s Veep Urges Africa To Invest In Agriculture

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Malawi’s vice-President, Saulos Chilima has called on the African continent to invest in agriculture to intensify productivity and improve water management and technology. Chilima made the call on Tuesday at the inauguration meeting of the Malabo Montpellier Forum in Cotonou, Benin, which he is co-chairing alongside Benin’s Minister of State for Planning and Development Abdoulaye Bio Tchane. The Malawi’s vice-President told the forum that there is need to do more to achieve sustainable food and nutritional security on the African continent. “The importance of food and nutrition security cannot be overemphasized. Food and nutrition are a priority in their own right, [but they also] triggers activities in other socio-economic spheres. Food and nutrition is a matter of national peace, impr
Security Boost: APM Hands Over 100 Vehicles To Malawi Police

Security Boost: APM Hands Over 100 Vehicles To Malawi Police

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The Malawi Police Service has received an early Christmas gift of 100 vehicles from the People’s Republic of China. Receiving the vehicles on behalf of the government at Police Headquarters in Lilongwe, President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, praised the 10-year-old bilateral ties between Malawi and China saying a gift of 100 vehicles can only come from a true friend. Mutharika said the donation will help maintain security by making the police more efficient while ensuring that the police have good transportation. The President then urged the Inspector General of Police to ensure that the vehicles are taken care of and that they are distributed equitably. The 100 vehicles include three lorries, two buses, 10 minibuses, 60 pick-ups, 10 station wagons and 15 salons. Chinese represent
Stella Maris Teachers Faulted On Student’s Health

Stella Maris Teachers Faulted On Student’s Health

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A Form Two deaf and dumb student at Stella Maris Secondary School in Blantyre is at her home village in Mulanje recovering from a life-threatening condition that went unattended because of communication breakdown her and the school’s teachers. Seventeen-year-old Melia Jumbe is said to have fallen sick at the school, but teachers ignored her, claiming that she was lazy and not interested in school. According to her sister Diana Namacha, when Melia stopped attending classes because of her illness, the school administration summoned her guardian to collect her. “We received a call from one of her teachers telling us that Melia is sick. When we went there, we found that she was in a critical condition. She could not even walk. “But the most painful thing was that some teachers said she was