Blantyre City Continues to Wear New Face

Government continues to implement various development activities in all corners of the country. Some of the notable developments include, road infrastructure to ease transportation of people, goods and services. In Blantyre, the country’s commercial city, the construction works of Chirimba – Magalasi dual carriage road and Chigumula – Mpemba (by-pass road) are taking shape while construction of the CI – New Naperi Bridge has been completed. Additionally, the construction work of Chinese SOGECOA Business Park is at an advanced…

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Council Terminates Month-Month Contracts

Blantyre District Council has, with immediate effect, stopped provision of month-to-month contracts to members of staff who have reached their retirement age. The decision follows a hot debate during a full council meeting held Friday where the council secretariat asked the house to consider accepting its stores clerk, Alina Banda whose retirement was due December. While some councilors agreed to the secretariat proposal, there was huge resistance from Members of Parliament (MPs) present on the day. “What precedence are…

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Farmers Advised against Early planting: ‘Wait for Normal Rains’

Blantyre District Agricultural Development Officer (DADO), Linda Mphande has advised farmers in the district not to rush in planting their crop with the preliminary rains and wait for normal rains. She was responding to reports that some farmers were busy planting different crops in their fields’ whilst the planting season is not yet due. “Weather experts have predicted that the southern region including Blantyre experience an El Nino in this growing season and that we should expect normal to…

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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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