Blantyre Ready For Voter Registration Exercise

District Commissioner (DC) for Blantyre, Bennet Nkasala has said the Council is prepared to carry out the voter registration exercise and intends to achieve a 100 per cent registration rate. Speaking on Monday during a District Elections Supervisory Team (DEST) meeting, he said in the last General Elections in 2014, Blantyre faced a number of challenges in implementing the exercise and stressed that there shouldn’t be a repeat in next year’s Tripartite Elections. “Despite the fact that the district…

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Blantyre Health Office to Distribute Nearly 900,000 Treated Nets

Blantyre District Health Office (DHO) intends to distribute 860,261 nets to households in its jurisdiction in a bid curb Malaria, a major killer disease in the country. The DHO’s District Environmental Health Officer, Penjani Chunda, told Malawi News Agency Tuesday that the net distribution, which is due in September, will target 303,261 households covering a population of over 1.5 million. “We will distribute 860,261 nets with an average of one net for two people. Each household will receive a…

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Blantyre Receives Last Batch of 3259 National IDs

Blantyre District Council has received the last batch of 3,259 National Identity (ID) cards which remained during the distribution exercise following the countrywide registration campaign, authorities have confirmed. Blantyre Assistant District Registrar, George Chitsonga told Malawi News Agency Monday that the IDs which arrived last weekend would be taken to the registration centres again for distribution. “Only those centres which have received 20 cards or more will be reopened to enable Malawians collect their cards where they registered. “At…

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Malawi Commemorates World Milk Day

Blantyre Agriculture District and Development (BLADD) said small holders farmers need to be encouraged to domesticate cattle for increase milk production in the district. Programmes Manager for BLADD, Eric Haramani said Monday during the commemoration of the world Milk day which was held at Sedi ADMARC ground in Blantyre. He said Milk production could rapidly increase if farmers are encouraged to venture into the sector since milk production has dwindled in the district. “Today is a special day as…

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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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MANEPO Applauds Govt Elderly Pension Scheme

Malawi Network of Older Persons’ Organisation (MANEPO) has hailed government for its bold decision to introduce an inclusive old age pension. The old age pension has been introduced in order to address high levels of poverty and vulnerability among older men and women in the country. A recent feasibility study of a universal old age pension in Malawi carried out by Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social welfare in collaboration with MANEPO and HelpAgeInternational in 2016, shows an…

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Blantyre DC Bans Use of Govt Vehicles After Working Hours

District Commissioner (DC) for Blantyre, Bennett Nkasala on Thursday issued a ban on use of government vehicles by officers and drivers after working hours and during weekends. The DC has since warned to deal with anyone who will not comply with the directive. In an internal memo addressed to all directors and heads of department at Blantyre District Council, Nkasala expressed concern over how some officers and drivers were abusing government vehicles for personal gains. “I have personally noted…

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BT Council to Construct Shopping Mall at Chileka Airport

Blantyre District Council says it will from April this year start constructing a shopping mall at Chileka Airport as one way of boosting its revenue collection. District Commissioner for Blantyre, Bennet Nkasala said although councils were not allowed to directly run any commercial activities, the Blantyre Council would from next week start the process of identifying private entrepreneurs to run the mall under Public –Private – Partnership (PPP) arrangement. “The shopping mall is a good business for the council…

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Shocking Photos: Blantyre Woman Dumps Six Months Baby in Pit Latrine

Bangwe Police have arrested a 26 year old woman on allegations that she dumped in a pit latrine her own six months old baby boy, who later died in the hospital. Limbe Police Deputy Public Relations Officer, Widson Nhlane said in an interview on Monday that the suspect, Veronica James, who resides in Mpingwe dumped the baby, Bester Kasiya on Sunday when her husband was away. “The suspect’s husband, Kenneth Kasiya, who is aged 40, left for work on…

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