Musician Joseph Tembo gets arrested for beating up police officer

Musician cum politician Joseph Tembo was arrested on Friday evening for slapping a traffic police officer at Nathenje trading centre along Lilongwe and Dedza M1 road but Tembo denies the allegation, saying it was the police woman who slapped him when they reached their police station. Tembo told AIhNews.com: “It’s not true that I beat up a police officer let alone a woman officer, I have so much respect for our officers. It was a misunderstanding for which I…

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Mutharika to Facelift Country’s Cities

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika says government is determined to turnaround the outlook of the country’s cities through construction of sophisticated roads that include dual carriage highways. President Mutharika said this Friday when he toured construction works on the Area 49 — Area 18—Parliament roundabout dual carriage way. He said the country is set on the path to transformation under his administration, reiterating that his focus is to develop it to higher standards. “Like we said in our Democratic…

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When Parents Exchange Daughters For Smart Phones, TV Sets

By Yamikani Yapuwa, MANA Amina Mayilosi (not her real name), 16, from Namalaka Village in Mangochi was betrothed to a man based in South Africa last year. “My parents were carried away by tablet phones and a television set that my suitor’s parents brought as gifts from their son. “That time, I was in Standard Seven and I had to stop going to school because my fiancé directed so,” Amina says. But, luckily, Amina withdrew from the marriage arrangement…

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Early TB detection saves Dowa communities

By Muloyi Magenge  Early detection of Tuberculosis (TB) in communities of Dowa District through trained local peer educators who aren’t putting levels of the killer disease in check hence saving the lives of many people.  This is a three-year initiative being implemented by Action Aid Malawi, Dowa District Health Office and several other organisations with funding US$30 million from Global Fund. About 290 peer educators across Dowa have been trained in TB detection through community sputum collection points established…

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Matours Bus On Fire, 20 Passengers Escape Death

Over 20 passengers  escaped unhurt in a Matours bus inferno in the wee hours of Thursday in Karonga district,Malawi News Agency reported. Karonga police deputy spokesperson, George Mulewa confirmed of the incident saying the Matours bus registration MN 4386 driven by MCdonald Kumonda was coming from Lilongwe and reached Karonga at around 4am. Mulewa said upon arrival, the driver of the bus noticed there was fire in one of the bus‘s rear tires and he quickly offloaded the passengers…

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Gender Minister Advocates For Opportunities to People With Disabilities

Minister of Gender, Children, Disabilities and Social Welfare Cecelia Chazama has asked Malawians to stop preventing people with disabilities from accessing different life opportunities available in the country. The Minister made the call on Wednesday, when she presided over the 2018 International Day for People with Disabilities, which was celebrated in Salima. “This is an important day for us as a country as we take time to reflect on how we are progressing in pursuant of making each and…

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Madame Mutharika Speaks Tough on Gender Based Violence

Victims and survivors of Violence against women and girls in the country have been encouraged to come out and break the silence and report Gender Based Violence (GBV). First Lady, Prof. Gertrude Mutharika made the remarks Thursday when she launched Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) Campaign at Kochilira Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) grounds in Mchinji. She said those affected by gender based violence should report cases to community leaders and other service providers for remedial action….

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Child Poverty Report Irks CSOs

Some Civil Society Organisations in northern region Wednesday expressed reservations over child poverty report which stated that northern region has fewer number of deprived children compared to Southern and Central regions of the country. During presentation of the 2018 Child Poverty Report in Malawi, an official from National Statistical Office (NSO), Twika Mwalwanda, indicated that the study focused on access to education, housing, sanitation and nutrition among others. He said northern region has about 31 per cent of children…

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Chikulamayembe Haunt Livingstonia Synod Clergy , Tumbuka Chiefs Demand Apology

Tumbuka Chiefs from Rumphi District have strongly condemned Moderator of the Livingstonia Synod, Reverend Douglas Chipofya and Secretary General Levi Nyondo over their conduct during the burial of Paramount Chief Chikumayembe on Tuesday. In a letter seen by Malawi News Agency, the chiefs accuse Nyondo and Chipofya for defying laid down programme of events by including some people to speak at the funeral, describing the conduct as ‘rude’. Copied to the Office of the President and Cabinet, Chief Secretary…

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Dedza Council Secretariat in Truck Park Gate

There is controversy surrounding the sale of a Truck Park owned by Dedza District Council to a trader. The Truck Park which was once used by Mota-Engil as their base camp when doing construction works on the M-1 road has remained vacant ever since the company finished their work in Dedza. However, during a Full Council meeting which was held Monday, Member of Parliament (MP) for Dedza Central Constituency, Daniel Chiwere queried how the park had allegedly been sold…

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