Eyewitness – Malawi’s Floods

The scale and impact of the current flooding in southern Malawi seems to have caught the authorities by surprise. Some areas were deluged with a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours, and forecastssuggest there is more to come. Latest figures put the number of dead at 50 with 14,000 households displaced (an estimated 70,000 people). Some villages, cut off by the floodwaters, have yet to be reached, so the death toll may yet rise. Malawi’s President, Peter Mutharika,…

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Mutharika declares State of National Disaster

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has declared half the southern African country a disaster zone after torrential rains over the past few days killed at least 48 people and left around 70,000 homeless. The heavy rains have also damaged crops. Last year Malawi harvested 3.9 million tons of the staple maize, a surplus of almost a million tons. Malawi’s Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has warned of heavy rainfall and flash floods for the next two to three…

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Helicopters sent to rescue villagers

Army helicopters have been sent to rescue thousands of villagers trapped in flooded southern Malawi, local authorities say. Roads and bridges have been washed away and crops and livestock destroyed after rivers burst their banks. Meteorologists warn the bad weather will continue for the next few days. Neighbouring Mozambique has also been hit by several days of torrential rain – and at least 24 have died. So far, 99 people have been moved to safety since the helicopter rescue…

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Court Slaps Convict With 7years IHL for Defilement

The Mangochi Second Grade Magistrate’s Court on Friday convicted and sentenced Mchiliko Anafi to seven years imprisonment with hard labour upon finding him guilty of defilement. The offence of defilement contravenes section 138 (1) of the penal code and attracts a maximum punishment of death or life imprisonment. The court heard through Mangochi Police Station Prosecution Officer, Efford Kamphonje that accused Anafi committed the offence on December 16, 2014 at Michesi village in the district. Kamphonje told the court…

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Kachebere Seminary Clocks 75 Yrs

The Kachebere Major Seminary in Mchinji has clocked 75 years in its service of preparing young men into priests for the Catholic Church across the country. The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has since announced in a statement that the Church would on Saturday, January 10 preside over the Eucharist Celebration marking the official inauguration of the seminary’s Jubilee Year at its premises. Kachebere Major Seminary, also known as St. Anthony Major Seminary, a philosophical college under the Episcopal…

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Man Sentenced to 10 Years IHL for Armed Robbery

The Mangochi Second Grade Magistrate’s Court has convicted and sentenced Patrick Bwanali to ten years imprisonment with hard labour for the offence of armed robbery which is contrary to section 301 of the penal code. The court heard that between September and November last year the convict robbed Joseph Mathopa of a Nokia Cell phone and K11, 000 cash all totaling to K22, 000 while armed with an AK 47 rifle. It was also learnt that the accused was…

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Illovo Sets Aside 5, 000 Maize Bags for Lower Shire Vulnerable Groups

The country’s leading sugar manufacturing company, Illovo Malawi Limited has set aside about 5, 000 bags of maize to be distributed among vulnerable institutions and households in the Lower Shire districts of Nsanje and Chikwawa.. The Company’s Assistant Human Resources Manager responsible for Land Administration, Emma Belo disclosed the development in an interview when she handed over 200 bags of maize worth 1.2 Million Kwacha to Nsanje District hospital Thursday. Belo reiterated the company’s social responsibility in assisting vulnerable…

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A Malawian Student Makes His Own TV Station

Innovation is happening across Africa, in all different sectors, from education to energy, banking to agriculture and in television broadcasting. In Malawi, a university student has created a community TV station called “analog TV project” one that he hopes will transmit all social events taking place on campus. Chisomo Daka is a student at the University of Malawi’s chancellor college. He is pursuing a degree in education science and he is trying to make his mark in the television…

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Senior Chief Mbwana accuses Nkhata Bay DC and DADO in FIP mess

Senior Traditional Authority Mbwana and Youth Net and Counseling (YONECO) working in Nkhata Bay have blamed the District Agricultural Development Officer (DADO) for messing up farm input subsidy programme (FISP), Malawi News Agency (Mana) has the details. FISP flop in Biya -Usisya according to the Chief has been pioneered by a bogus Group village head Bida Kampeya who confused everything by registering people living abroad, relatives, ghost names and civil servants working in the area. TA Mbwana who vehemently…

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SDA Pastor arrested over defilement of 13 year old niece

  The Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has vowed to take to task a Seventh Day Adventist Executive Secretary for Central Region Conference Harrison Juwa, 50, for allegedly defiling his 13-year-old niece. During a press conference in Lilongwe, the Minister responsible Patricia Kaliati expressed concerned over the pastor’s conduct which she described as barbaric and disgusting. “I am deeply shocked to learn that a pastor has been defiling his late brother’s daughter since 2011. As a…

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