K1000 Fine for Open Defecation in Nkhata Bay

Communities in Traditional Authority (TA) Boghoyo and Mkondowe in Nkhata Bay District have formulated bylaws that will see culprits paying K1000 fine for defecating openly. Village Head Luzeko of TA Boghoyo said Thursday that the bylaws are aimed at ensuring that households construct latrines and use them. He was speaking when Nkhata Bay District Coordinating Team (DCT) visited the area for a modern latrine campaign among households. “Following the formulation of the bylaws, we have agreed that every household…

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Disaster Risk Management Expert Urges Mitigating Impact of Floods

An expert in disaster risk management (DRM) says countries need to scale up efforts if they were to make progress in mitigating the impact of floods. Professor Weihua Fang who teaches at the Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management (ADREM) of the Beijing Normal University, said this on Thursday in Karonga District when he visited Mwaulambo Evacuation Centre which was constructed under the Malawi-China-UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction Small Grants Scheme (SGS). Fang, who is the consultant to the…

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Beam Trust Initiate Tree Planting at Chinsapo Secondary School

As one way of conserving the environment, on Friday the Beautify Malawi (BEAM) Trust led students of Chinsapo Secondary school in a tree planting exercise, as well as establishing BEAM club at their grounds in Lilongwe. The establishment of Beam clubs in schools will help the implementation of the dreams and the vision of Beam Trust which among its activities is to make a cleaner, healthier and a beautiful Malawi. Speaking during the function Chairperson for Beam Trust, Dingiswayo…

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Phalombe District Council Rejects Stadium Construction Project

Members of Parliament and ward Councillors for Phalombe District on Wednesday refused to apply for a loan from the Development Fund for Local Authorities (DFLA) in order to construct a stadium in the district, opting to procure a lorry. The choice for a lorry comes at a time the youth, on one hand, and the local council on the other, have been in a long lived row over the council’s lack of interest in promoting recreation and sports development…

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Puma Energy, Blantyre Journalists Unite Against Charcoal

Puma Energy in conjunction with Blantyre Press Club (BPC) has expressed dissatisfaction over the continued practice of charcoal business in the country which is contributing to the depletion of forests. Puma Energy Managing Director, Dr. Davies Lanjesi, has since called on Malawians to employ other alternative sources of energy such as gas and electricity for household use to scale down charcoal business in the country. “Charcoal business is a challenge in Malawi. Personally, I have been asking people as…

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Mutharika Urges Graduates to Consider Farming

608 graduating students from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) have been urged to become real farmers and bring innovations that would develop the agriculture sector. On Wednesday, President Peter Mutharika, who is Chancellor for LUANAR made the call when he awarded the students with certificates, diplomas and degrees during the university’s second congregation held in Lilongwe. Mutharika said being an agro-based economy, Malawi needs people with relevant expertise to be actively involved in farming if the…

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Police Equip 85 Watchmen With Security Skills

Mangochi Police Station on Tuesday equipped 85 watchmen with security skills to enhance their capacity in protecting lives and the property they guard. The training took place at the station and participating watchmen were drawn from various security companies, NGOs, government offices and individual shops. Mangochi Police Station Officer-In-Charge, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police, George Chikhungu, shared with the watchmen some security tips urging them to always remain vigilant when on duty. Chikhungu said the meeting with the watchmen…

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Multibillion Textile Project to Turn Malawi into Major Exporter – APM

President Arthur Peter Mutharika says the ground of breaking ceremony for the Multi billion kwacha China-Africa Textile Company in Salima is a significant step towards turning Malawi into a major textile exporter in Africa. The President made the remarks on Monday at Salima Local Education Authority School, shortly after the ground breaking ceremony. “Our government is focused on turning the country from a predominately importing to an exporting country as in our campaign promises, and the China-Africa Textile Company…

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Wives Employing Husbands in Karonga

In Karonga District, there are two women who are standing out as exceptional. They are Nellie Nyirenda Mwakamendo and Esselina Nyasinga from Walamba Village in Traditional Authority Kyungu. Nyirenda and Nyasinga are in a deep rooted paternal society but have defied the common belief that women cannot be bread winners in a family. They are the mainstay of their respective households. They are proud and dominant of the fishing industry in their area, owning a motor-engine boat and fishing…

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DAPP Trains 56 Women in Fashion Design

Mzimba Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Teachers Training College (TTC) has trained 56 young women in tailoring and fashion design to empower them economically. Speaking Saturday during a graduation ceremony, the TTC’s Operations Manager Dominic Nali said the college has trained young women only because of high rates of school dropout among girls in the district. He said most girls who drop out of school become vulnerable to poverty as they lack the capacity to stand on…

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