Presidents of Malawi, Uganda and Zambia call for accelerated action to end child marriage in Africa

On the margins of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, the governments of Zambia and Canada, with support from UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA and the African Union Commission, hosted a high-level side event for global leaders to renew their commitments and accelerate efforts to end child marriage in Africa by 2030. “Girls who marry young are often denied their rights,” said President of Zambia Edgar Lungu. “Ending child marriage by 2030 will require a range of action,…

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Its Ralph Nedi at Chanco as Norman Kumwenda takes Speakership

Raphael Nedi, a third year political science student at Chancellor College has been voted into office as the new president for the college’s students union (SUCC) replacing Sylvester Ayuba James. Nedi won with 1019 votes in an election which took place on Friday, 15th September. His rival, Kondwani Tembo scooped 831 votes in the highly contested election which saw new faces being ushered in various positions. In an interview with Nyasa Times, Nedi promised to continue putting at heart…

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Airtel shoots Nkhoma hospital in the arm

Nkhoma referral hospital in Lilongwe has become one of the beneficiaries of the Airtel Malawi Touching Lives Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative after it received a consignment of medical items worth MK 2 million on Tuesday. The medicine and medical equipment that it received among them include digital blood pressure machines, glucose test strips, latex gloves, cotton wool, gause rolls, amoxicillin, and paracetamol. Speaking when making the donation Airtel Malawi’s Corporate Communications and CSR Manager Norah Chavula-Chirwa said as…

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Jailed 14 years for sex with minor

Rumphi First Grade Magistrate’s Court has sentenced CCAP  Synod of Livingstonia cleric Reverend Chiwawa Banda to 14 years imprisonment for defiling  a 13- year-old girl (name shielded for legal reasons.) last year. The girl claimed  the 42-year-old Reverend Banda of Chiswamapira Village Traditional Authority Kabunduli in Nkhatabay but based at Luzi in Rumphi, sexually assaulted her  three times. The cleric had also bought  a mobile phone for the girl so that he could have more contact with her on Whatsapp….

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T/A Nkalo of Chiradzulu elevated to Senior Chief

Government has elevated Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkalo of Chiradzulu District to Senior Chief. According to a recent statement issued by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the position is with effect from August 26, 2017. T/A Nkalo whose real name is Amadu Ali succeeded Labana Sumaili on  May 29, 1997 after his death in 1992. Traditionally, T/A Nkalo oversees an area stretching from Namulenga to Thuchila Rivers. His chieftainship is Yao and shares brotherly relationship with Nthiramanja…

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MEC approves 19 candidates for October by-elections

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has approved names of 19 candidates who submitted their nomination papers to contest in the upcoming October 17 by-elections. According to recent press statement issued by MEC and signed by Harris Potani for the Chief Elections Officer, the commission received a total of 19 nominations of which 15 where men and four were women from all the six areas where the by-elections will take place. “Having gone through all the nomination papers and supporting…

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Chilima declares Ntcheu 100% DPP zone: I don’t joke on serious matters

Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima has declared that come 2019, Ntcheu District is going to vote for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidates at all three levels as is currently the case. Chilima: I don't joke on serious matters Chilima: I don’t joke on serious matters All the six constituencies in Ntcheu belong to DPP. And speaking at Umhlangano wa Maseko Ngoni in the district on Saturday, Chilima said the district was poised to maintain the feat as a…

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Almost 4 million register in the Central Region

The National Registration Bureau (NRB) has registered 3.8 million Malawians in the Central Region of Malawi. According to NRB, the first two phases of the mass registration exercise which were conducted in nine districts of the Central Region as well as in Likoma saw 3,842,495 Malawians getting registered. 3.8 million Malawians registered in the Central Region. In a press release highlighting the first two phases, NRB has said that the results means that the bureau has achieved full coverage…

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MRA releases Kwezy Buses: Mk31.2 million paid

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has released four Kwezy Buses which were seized on allegation that company’s owner Benson Vitsitsi presented falsified documents during clearance. MRA releases Kwezy Buses: Mk31.2 million paid MRA Head of Corporate Affairs Steven Kapoloma said the action was taken on Friday, 25th August 2017after the owner acknowledged using falsified documents during customs clearance. “The owner has since paid additional duty of K16.2 million and a fine of K15 million. The Authority would like to…

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ECAM engages govt. on labour issues

The relationship that is exists between government and the Employer Consultative Association of Malawi – ECAM has been described as a powerful link between employers and employees. ECAM Vice President Sean Longwe ECAM Vice President Sean Longwe Speaking during the 25th Annual General Meeting for ECAM in Blantyre, Minister of Labour, Youth and Man Power development, Francis Kasaira said it is always important for the ministry to engage its stakeholders who help shape the economy. Kasaira said the feedback…

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