Mutharika Challenges MEC to Be Prudent in Financial Management

Malawi President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has challenged the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to be prudent with the way it manages its finances in preparation for the 2019 tripartite elections. Mutharika was speaking on Tuesday at Sanjika Place in Blantyre during the demonstration of the electronic biometric voter registration system using the national identity cards by the commission. “This is the first time in history to fund our elections without any support from our development partners and I am…

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Malawian Man Arrested for Killing His Dogs

Malawi Police at Blantyre Police Station on Tuesday arrested a 40-year-old private auditor John Gawanani Banda for  killing his three dogs. According to Blantyre Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Augustus Nkhwazi on the material day the  suspect  was preparing to take his five dogs to veterinary at Blantyre Society for Protection and Care of Animals (BSPCA). Nkhwazi said: “Due to the fact that the dogs were becoming difficult to get them into the car, he started kicking them with…

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Enhancing Communities’ Resilience to Floods

Floods have become a common occurrence in most parts of Malawi and the resulting damage has had far reaching consequences on individual lives and their communities. For people of Group Village Headman (GVH) Dzindevu and the surrounding areas in Dedza have been part of the statistics exposed to this wrath of nature. The perennial overflowing of Livulezi River, which pass through several villages in Senior Chief Kachindamoto including Dzindevu, has often been a cause of trouble to its catchment…

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High School Dropout Rates Haunt Salima

The problem of high school dropout rates in Salima manifested its magnitude recently during the 2017/2018 Primary School Leaving Certificate (PSLC) examinations as a class which initially had 48 pupils ended up with only 12 sitting for them after the others dropped out. Malawi News Agency (MANA) witnessed this incident at Chinsolo Primary school in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Kambalame in the district. Head Teacher for the school, Christopher Phiri confirmed that the class had 48 learners…

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Govt Yet to Relocate People From The New Airport Site in Mzuzu

As plans are in progress to construct Mzuzu International Airport at Lusangazi in the city, government is yet to offer land for relocation of people who are currently occupying the designated area for the new airport. Speaking Monday in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, James Chakwera said the ministry is working on issues to do with compensation of the communities who reside within and around…

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Communities Advised Make Formal Requests for Electricity

Chief Director in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Chimwemwe Banda has advised communities to make formal requests if they want to be considered for electricity installation. “Unless people in a particular area make formal request on their electricity requirements through their Member of Parliament government may not be able to provide them with the utility,” she pointed out. Banda gave the advice Saturday in Chitipa during the launch of Northern Region Marep Phase 8 at Lwakwa…

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Journos Urged to Support Women in Politics

As the country is expecting to go to polls in May, 2019, UN Women, through “He-for-She”–a movement for gender equality, is lobbying journalists to promote women participation in politics. Speaking in Mulanje District on Monday when the NGO held a meeting with various stakeholders in elections, UN Women He-for-She Specialist, Habiba Osman said journalists have a crucial role to play in ensuring that women not only participate in all levels of the electoral process, but that they are also…

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MEC Unveils 2019 Election Programme to District Supervisors

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Friday conducted a briefing workshop aimed at updating southern region District Election Supervisory Teams (DESTs) on the forthcoming May, 2019 tripartite election programme. The DESTs members comprised district commissioners, district education managers and Officers in-charge of Police. Speaking on the sidelines of a day long workshop at Hapuwani Village Lodge in Mulanje District, MEC Commissioner Jean Mathanga said DESTs are essential in elections as they oversee the election process at district level, hence the…

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Operation Landslide: Chitipa Community Hails Malawi Rural Electrification Program

Communities in Chitipa district  have described the phase 8 of the Malawi Rural Electrification Program (MAREP) as successful following the electrification of trading centres in most of the rural areas in the district. Speaking during the commissioning on of Lwakwa power line in Chitipa on Saturday, Traditional Authority(TA) Mwaulambia said the program, which targeted 336 trading centres across the country will boost developmental activities in his area. Mwaulambia added that communities in Chitipa will no longer seek electrical services…

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Abuse of Sex Workers Rife; Police Officer Cut Off Sex worker’s Finger

A 29-year-old woman, Chimwemwe Chariwa, has raised claims that Kasungu Police officers abused her for allegedly selling stolen property on Wednesday last week. According to Chariwa who plies her trade as a sex worker, one police officer asked her to help them apprehend a suspected criminal who has been eluding the police but heard that he often goes to the rest house where Chariwa and other sex workers put up. “Fortunately, the suspected criminal was a person who came…

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