Pictorial focus on woes faced by truckers on Chipeta Road stretch

Northern part of M1 Road is the channel for development into the country as goods including fuel, newly-bought cars, food stuffs and clothes find their way in Malawi from Tanzanian ports. However, despite playing this important role, the road continues to deteriorate into bad shape and many goods, property as well as lives have been lost. Malawi News Agency photojournalist Gracian Jeke took pictures to depict difficult moments road users face on the road in Chiweta terrains between Rumphi…

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Magufuli declared Tanzania presidential winner in landslide election; Opposition cries foul

By Cai Nebe, Deutsche Welle (DW) Tanzanian President John Magufuli won an election victory on Friday with 84% of the vote, according to the country’s National Electoral Commission. This is the biggest majority since multi-party elections began in 1995 with his rival, opposition leader Tundu Lissu, winning only 13% of the vote but this overwhelming victory has both the opposition and foreign observers suspicious. “The commission declares John Magufuli of CCM who garnered the majority of votes as the…

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Used vehicles get a second life in Africa; but at what cost?

United Nations Environment Program John Mwangi’s 22-year-old car is his lifeline. His run-down Toyota saloon not only ferries him around the streets of the traffic-congested Kenyan capital, Nairobi, but is also his main source of revenue. Resting against its open boot, surrounded by fresh pumpkins, sweet potatoes and other vegetables, a smiling Mwangi, 34, explained how it has transformed his life. Thanks to this unlikely saviour, he is now a trader, shopkeeper and entrepreneur. “I have changed to a…

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Citizen voices out serious concerns to Ministry of Health over COVID-19 tests

By Duncan Mlanjira A citizen has voiced out some concerns on the Ministry of Health’s Facebook page over his experiences when he went for COVID-19 tests at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH). The concerned citizen observes that people are being asked to pay for the tests even when originally the fee-paying service was meant for people who are to travel outside the country. He said after having been unwell with cold symptoms and fevers for a longer period despite…

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Pedestrians ignoring traffic control lights installed for their benefit in Blantyre CBD

By Duncan Mlanjira Some motorists have complained of the annoying tendency by pedestrians who are ignoring traffic control lights installed for their benefit and to reduce congestion in Blantyre Central Business District (CBD). The pedestrians’ traffic control lights have been installed at busy spots, Nandos along Haille Selassie Road and at First Capital Bank along Sir. Glyn Jones Road, but the pedestrians continue to cross the road in the manner they used to by just crossing into the without…

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Malawians lack skills in storage of harvested crops — WFP Country Director on World Food Day

By Daniel Namwini, MANA World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director, Marco Cavalcante has said too many people in Malawi cannot sustainably feed their families or safeguard their communities’ resources for the future because of their lack of skills to handle and store harvested crops. Cavalcante said this on Friday when Malawi joined the rest of the world in commemoration of World Food Day and Africa Day for food and nutrition security at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. He said this…

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Icon James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery dies aged 90

Maravi Express JAMES Bond actor Sir Sean Connery has died aged 90 surrounded by his family at his Bahamas home, the BBC reports, saying the Scottish star passed away in his sleep after being unwell “for some time”. The BBC reports that Connery, who was knighted by the Queen in Holyrood Palace in 2000, played James Bond between 1962-71, which won him a string of acting awards included an Oscar, two Bafta awards and three Golden Globes.  Sir Sean’s son Jason Connery told the…

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Excepts from Saulos Chilima’s Mind Set change lecture

Maravi Express “People believe their basic qualities, like intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe talent alone creates success — without effort. They are wrong. “When students come to understand that learning can rewire the brain and increase their intelligence, they often become more interested in learning and less afraid to do things that might make them ‘look dumb’. In other words, they…

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Chilima believes negative attitudes are suppressing the country’s potential to develop

By Yamikani Sabola, MANA & Duncan Mlanjira, Maravi Express The country’s Vice-President, Saulos Chilima, has challenged Malawians to positively change their mind-sets in order to achieve meaningful national development, saying negative attitudes are suppressing the country’s potential to develop. Speaking on Friday evening when he delivered a public lecture on mindset change at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, Chilima said Malawians should stop looking down upon themselves and start believing in their capabilities. Delivered under the theme…

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