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Chilima Snub: Veep Opts For Church Instead of Attending Burial Of Four Learners

Chilima Snub: Veep Opts For Church Instead of Attending Burial Of Four Learners

National, Politics
Vice-president Saulos Chilima over the weekend opted to attend a church service after he snubbed the funeral of four learners who died after a school block wall fell on them in Zomba district. Chilima as Minister responsible for Disaster Management on Sunday opted to attend a Golden Jubilee of St Charles Luwanga Parish in same Zomba district, just two days after he delegated his junior officers to attend the funeral services of the deceased. Four learners of Natchengwa Primary School Sub-Traditional Authority (Sub-T/A) Ngwelero in Mayaka, Zomba died on June 6th, 2018 after a wall of a substandard school block fell on them due to heavy winds. Some learners who sustained injuries are currently in hospitals and at home. According to head teacher, Blazio Liviere, the incident has c...
Lost Paradise? 55 Illegal Immigrants Apprehended

Lost Paradise? 55 Illegal Immigrants Apprehended

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Immigration officers in northern region have detained 55 illegal immigrants, all Ethiopian nationals who tried to enter into the country without proper documentation. Immigration deputy publicist for the northern region Francis Chitambuli confirmed the arrest, saying that four Malawians have also been arrested for allegedly aiding the Ethiopians to enter into the country. “The 55 illegal immigrants, who are Ethiopian nationals, used water transport from Tanzania to Nkhata Bay, where following a tip from well-wishers, immigration officials were deployed to the district, and managed to intercept all of them at Tukombo,” Chitambuli explained. “Two minibuses which they were using, registration numbers KK6589 and MJ7124 have been impounded and four Malawians who had dangerous weapons li
Seek Of Fate: Kasambara’s Bail Application Hearing In March

Seek Of Fate: Kasambara’s Bail Application Hearing In March

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The bail application hearing for jailed former attorney general Raphael Kasambara and two accomplices Pika Manondo and Macdonald Kumwembe has been set for March 14, 2018. Registrar of the high court Agness Patemba has confirmed. Senior counsel Modecai Msiska representing Kasambara argued that his client was convicted just because he was accessing copy of  Curriculum Vitae (CV) of a judge, wondering when laws of Malawi started criminalizing access to a CV of a judge. “Unless the Director of Public Prosecutions tells us that accessing a judge’s CV constitutes a violation of bail condition, then she has a good reason to say Kasambara violated his conditions,” argued Msiska. DPP Mary Kachale pleaded with Justice Mwaungulu not to give bail to the accused arguing that the applicants had
Cholera Alert: Phalombe Vendors Bemoans Garbage

Cholera Alert: Phalombe Vendors Bemoans Garbage

Business, National
Vendors at Phalombe market have expressed fears of contracting cholera due to poor waste management. One of the vendors Ethel Kaleso bemoaned the failure by the authorities to provide the market with refuge bins. She further complained that the district council does not collect garbage which lies in piles. The development has left many traders in a state of fear due to the cholera outbreak across the country with about 400 cases reported so far. Mavuto Matope, another vendor, told local media that they are often compelled to hire cleaners to maintain sanity where they display their merchandise. There is no immediate reaction from the authorities as acting environmental desk officer for Phalombe district council, Fred Mphalo refused to talk to the media when contacted.NE
Fear Factor: Govt Suspends SIM Registration

Fear Factor: Govt Suspends SIM Registration

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Malawi government has suspended the mandatory SIM card registration exercise following pressure from the general public and Parliamentarians. Minister of Information and Civic Education, Nicholas Dausi told Parliament on Tuesday morning that the exercise has been suspended until raised concerns are addressed. Dausi said government will communicate on the next step soon. There has been general complaint that people were spending hours on queues just to have their SIM cards registered and that there was no enough civic education to help the public understand the importance of the exercise. Dausi said that the exercise will only resume until such a time when enough civic education is done. Some of the concerns from the public has been on suspicion that the on-going SIM card registration ...
Magistrate Bemoans Defilement Cases In CZ

Magistrate Bemoans Defilement Cases In CZ

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First Grade Magistrate (FGM) for Chiradzulu Magistrate court, Annie Chikhadzula has said cases of defilement are on the increase in the district compared to other cases. She made the remarks on Friday at Group Village Head (GVH) Kachingwe in Traditional Authority (TA) Mpama in Chiradzulu where Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) organized a meeting to sensitize people in the area on Gender Based Violence (GBV). Chikhadzula explained that women and girl are victims of GBV in the area compared to men and boys due to poverty as some failed to  come open to report the abuse as they are silenced by little amount of money. “We come to sensitize people on the dangers of GBV so that cases of GBV should do down in our communities,” she pointed out. Senior Chief Mpama confirmed th
Malawi First Country To Launch Nutrition Hotline

Malawi First Country To Launch Nutrition Hotline

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Malawi will become first country to in Africa to operate a national nutrition hotline. The hotline will be an extension of Health Centre by Phone or Chipatala cha pa Foni, which came through a community-based campaign for maternal and child health innovation, led by the Ministry of Health and Population. The initiative has been rolled out in nine districts but the service is expected to be expanded nationally by 2019. The expansion is part of the ministry’s [Health] plan to transition management of the service from partners to full-government ownership. Simply by calling the short code 54747 from any Airtel phone, the mobile phone health centre callers connect directly with qualified health professionals at a call centre, who are specially trained to answer questions on all general hea
Bt Police Net 24 In Sweeping Exercise

Bt Police Net 24 In Sweeping Exercise

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At least 24 people have been arrested by the Blantyre Police following a sweeping exercise conducted at Wenela Bus Depot and Blantyre City as a whole. Blantyre Police Station Public Relations Officer, Augustus Nkhwazi said the sweeping exercise which took place on Friday was aimed at bringing sanity at Wenela Bus Depot especially for people travelling to and from various destinations. Nkhwazi said the exercise was also meant to inspire confidence among city residents of safety and security of both their lives and property. “Two of those arrested during the exercise namely Gracium Mbewe, 28, of Lifa Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chigaru in Blantyre and Innocent Sitebo, 20, of Siweni Village in T/A Chapananga, Chikwawa will be charged with illegal selling of liquor which contrave
KA Student Teachers On Strike, Demand Unpaid Allowance

KA Student Teachers On Strike, Demand Unpaid Allowance

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Kasungu Teachers College students who are on teaching practices in different Central Eastern Education Division Zone districts are boycotting their work due to unpaid allowances. According to some of the student teachers they are supposed to receive a monthly allowance of K 20, 000, but it has been four months without getting them. In an interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA),  one of the affected students, Tuntufye Chiona said they are feeling the burden of not getting the allowances as they have no money to buy food and other stuffs in the schools they were placed. “We are disappointed with this because our fellow TTC students from other colleges like Karonga have received and they do receive every month," said Chiona. Central Eastern Education Division Manager, Billy Chikhwa
Govt Bans Maize Export, Vendors Hike Prices

Govt Bans Maize Export, Vendors Hike Prices

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Malawi government has again banned the exportation of maize amid fears of looming hunger due to the dry spell and fall armyworms attack. About 1.9 million Malawians are estimated to be needing food support due to the dry spell which has reduced maize production for 2017/2018 growing season by over 283,941 metric tonnes. Fall armyworms have attacked 18 districts. Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Joseph Mwanamvekha told Parliament on Monday that government has banned maize export. He said his ministry, in conjunction with the Food and Agriculture Organization carried a rapid assessment to quantify the effects of both the dry spells and the fall armyworms. According to him, about 40 percent of the maize produced in the districts affected by dry spells will be lost...