Govt Warns People of Prohibited Tobacco Products

Malawi Government has warned the general public that the State of Qatar has banned entry of a number of tobacco products and its derivatives into its territories. Government gave the warning through a press release made available to Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Friday and signed by Secretary for the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Erica Maganga. The statement says the banned and prohibited tobacco products and its derivatives into Qatar include chewed tobacco or sweika (snuff tobacco)…

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Chief Lundu Ask Chakwera to Offer Constructive Criticism

Paramount Chief Lundu of Chikwawa said on Sunday that it is high time opposition political parties worked together with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP’s) – led government by offering constructive criticism in addressing some of the challenges the country faces. Lundu made the remarks during a public rally President Professor Peter Mutharika held at Nchalo Trading Centre in Chikwawa. He said it is a pity that opposition parties are busy castigating government’s developmental efforts without offering alternative measures….

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Do we need SIM CARD registration in Malawi?

By: Macdonald Pato Phoya Mandatory sim card registration that MACRA is implementing seems to irk some circles of people as expressed in the social media and phone in programmes in various media houses. Those that understand the law will agree with me that MACRA cannot just wake up and decide on matters to do with regulation of ICT services in the country. I am told that it is a legal requirement and I took my time to read the…

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Punitive Laws Molding More Drug Abusers

Malawi’s current drug policy is worsening drug use because it is more punitive than being reformative to drug offenders, Women Coalition Against Cancer (WOCACA) through Drug Policy Reform –Project (DPR) has said. The organization made this statement at Chinsapo, UNICEF-ground in Lilongwe on Saturday during a sensitization campaign on the need for Malawi to undertake drug policy reforms. DPR-Project Coordinator, Alexander Zenasi said being punitive to the drug abusers has made them to be more reckless and aggressive to…

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Plan International Donates Ten Motorcycles to MJ District Council

Mulanje District Council on Thursday received 10 motorcycles from Plan International, one of the Nongovernmental organizations working in the district. Speaking during the handover of the motorcycles, Plan International Program Area Manager, Daniel Kapatuka, said the donation was part of a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project exit strategy. Plan International has been implementing the WASH Project in the district from 2013 and ended in the year 2017. Kapatuka indicated that so far, Mulanje has achieved the Open-Defecation-Free (ODF)…

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Pupils Asked to Bring own Chairs to school

Standard 8 learners at Dowa 1 Primary School have expressed worry over lack of desks at their school, a situation which has forced their teachers to ask them to bring chairs to school from home to help them learn better. According to the learners, the situation has disadvantaged some of them, whose parents cannot afford to buy good chairs for their children, forcing them to bring what they called “Kitchen chairs” to class. Heavily affected are the girl learners…

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Chimunthu Says Malawi Needs Generation Thinkers to Develop

Former Speaker of Parliament Henry Chimunthu Banda on Saturday said there is need for secondary school learners and alumni in the country to be generation thinkers in order to promote educational standards that would develop Malawi. Banda said this during a function where Nkhotakota Secondary School Alumni handed over part of the constructed brick wall fence around the school to Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The alumni also launched second phase of the construction of the fence which…

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Bizarre: 82-Year-Old Man Marries 25 year old Woman in Thyolo

Bizarre things do happen in life sometimes. But for people of Goliati Village in Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa in Thyolo, nothing could beat the marriage of octogenarian and a youth. “It is an abomination,” some social commentators argue, while others see nothing wrong. Such is the divided opinion as you walk down footpaths through tea fields to the village where a man and woman with the age difference of 57 years now live under one roof as husband and wife….

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Women Lawyers have condemned Thom Chiumia rape saga

*Women Lawyers Association of Malawi Statement on Recent Allegation of Sexual Assault by a Malawian Citizen in the UK* It has come to our attention that one of the extremely public figures in Malawi, Thom Chiumia of the online newspaper Nyasatimes, has been arrested on allegations of sexually assaulting a young girl in the UK. The first point to make with clarity is that this matter is in the hands of the UK legal system and beyond our jurisdiction…

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HORRORS OF MALAWI CONGRESS PARTY! MCP REBRANDED TO LEAD MALAWI AGAIN?

Ousted from power in 1994, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has struggled to disassociate itself from the past. The thirty years it had been in power fro 1964 to 1994 saw hundreds killed, detained without trial or exiled. This is a fact of history no one can change or rewrite. Many who have been voters over the last 20 years may have been alive when former President, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, was kicked out of power and tried for…

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